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Caring Corner Thrift Shop has clothing available
MORRISONVILLE — The Caring Corner thrift shop at the Morrisonville United Methodist Church has free clothes of all sizes, household goods, coats, Christmas decorations, and many other things for free or a small donation.
Saturday, December 15, 2018


Christmas In The Park bake-off winners announced
TAYLORVILLE — Results of the 2018 Christmas in the Park Bake Off event were announced this week.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

David Phelps: It Must Be Christmas Dec. 20 at EPC
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — David Phelps: It Must Be Christmas is coming to the Effingham Performance Center on Thursday, Dec. 20that 7:00 p.m. This year marks the 20th season for the David Phelps Christmas Tour.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Soup With Santa And Mrs. Claus
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Little Miss And Mister Snowflake
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Thinking Ahead To New Year's Eve
Saturday, December 15, 2018

What's Chritmas Without Music
TAYLORVILLE — The holiday season is not complete without music. Holiday hits play in shopping malls, and families often trim the tree to their favorite albums.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Christmas Traditions In Christian County
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — A tradition is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as an “inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior, such as a religious practice or a social custom.” During the Christmas holiday season, many families around the country gather together to participate in their own version of a holiday tradition. Perhaps it has been done the same way for generations. Or, maybe some were just started this year.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Salvation Army kettles collect gold coins in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — The Salvation Army says it already has collected several gold coins in the Chicago area.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Cold Moon viewing and hike Dec. 22
DECATUR, Ill. — Explore December’s full moon during an astronomy program at Rock Springs Nature Center on Saturday, December 22 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Giving Back To The Community
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Volunteers needed for bell ringing in Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Ministerial Association will once again be ringing bells for the Salvation Army this year with 85 percent of money raised staying local and 15 percent going towards the Salvation Army.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Old Country Church
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — “There’s a place dear to me where I’m longin’ to be with my friends at the old country church. There with mother we went and our Sunday’s we spent with our friends at the old country church. Precious years of memories. Oh what joy it brings to me. How I long once more to be with my friends at the old country church.” — Old Country Church by Hank Williams Sr.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Last-minute donation saves church
CHICAGO (AP) — A 120-year-old Chicago church was saved from auction after a midnight call from a group of donors, which one church official said was “a Christmas miracle.”
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Faith Community prepares for Christmas events
TAYLORVILLE — Every department at Faith Community Worship Center is rehearsing to present a worship experience at Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville every Sunday during Advent. The entire church is now beautifully decorated in a tasteful Christmas decor to lead attendees to a worship experience.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

University women hear from international teacher
TAYLORVILLE — The University Women of Christian County met for the December meeting on Tues., December 4, 2018 at Whit's End Restaurant.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Commencement for Problem Solving Court held
TAYLORVILLE - Five people went through commencement ceremony for the Christian County Problem Solving Court on Friday afternoon in the Davis Memorial Church in Taylorville.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Taylorville Strong
Saturday, December 15, 2018

TPD Brightened Christmas For A Record Number Of Kids This Year
TAYLORVILLE — The annual Kids, Cops and Christmas shopping event was held Thursday, December 13 at the Taylorville Walmart.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Optimists Help To Make Christmas Merry And Bright For Kids In The Community
Saturday, December 15, 2018

New Year's Food
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Corks can fly out of bottles at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour
TAYLORVILLE — Special occasions like birthdays, holidays, and of course, New Year’s Eve, are often enhanced by the inclusion of sparkling beverages. Sipping a chilled glass of bubbly can make everything feel more festive and indulgent. However, those bottles of champagne, cava or prosecco can pack quite a punch — and not just because of their alcohol content.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

God is making a difference
Pastor Bill Kerns
Davis Memorial Christian Church, Taylorville

TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville has been changed.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Police/Fire
Friday, December 14, 2018

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. Christian County Resident Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Brad Paisley presided over the following cases on Dec. 13, 2018:
Friday, December 14, 2018

Wave of hoax bomb threats made across US
NEW YORK (AP) — A wave of bomb threats emailed Thursday to hundreds of schools, businesses and government buildings across the U.S. triggered searches, evacuations and fear — but there were no signs of explosives, and authorities said the scare appeared to be a crude extortion attempt.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Water plant on budget and on schedule
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville’s new water treatment plant is expected to reach substantial completion by April 21, 2019. The project won’t be totally complete by that date, but the new plant will be active.
Friday, December 14, 2018

County Finance Committee schooled in balance sheets
TAYLORVILLE — Members of the Christian County Board’s Finance Committee met for the first time since the board reorganized the first of the month Thursday night in the courthouse and Christian County Treasurer Betty Asmussen gave the committee a lesson in reading the balance sheets her office provides to county board members. Clark Pearce chaired the meeting in which all five committee members were present.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Springfield man gets 45 years for attempted murder
TAYLORVILLE - Following a two-hour sentencing hearing Thursday afternoon in the Christian County Courthouse, Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley handed down a 45-year sentence to Larry W. Scott, 36, of Springfield, for the attempted murder of Logan Durbin in Kincaid in September of 2017.
Friday, December 14, 2018

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. Christian County Resident Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Brad Paisley presided over the following cases on Dec. 13, 2018:
Friday, December 14, 2018

Memorial School Students Learn Coding
Friday, December 14, 2018

Taylorville Care Center Donates To The Troops
Friday, December 14, 2018

Church Calendar
Friday, December 14, 2018

Officials: Numbers will not meet criteria for federal disaster declaration
The state of Illinois continues to seek ways to support recovery efforts in Christian County after a late season tornado outbreak tore through central Illinois. Today, state officials requested the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to conduct a joint preliminary damage assessment of the tornado damage in Christian County. Local, state and federal officials will participate in the assessment, which is the next step in the long road to recovery for Christian County residents and business owners impacted by the December 1 storms.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Edinburg approves resolution opposing Taylorville Mid-State plans
The Edinburg Board of Education met on Wednesday, December 12 at 6:01 p.m. in the library.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Meeting Notice
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Courthouse
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Police/Fire
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Golf course manager speaks to Optimists this morning
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting today, December 13, 2018, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Ted Marrinan then gave the morning invocation.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Kiwanis Club donates to Missions for Taylorville
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club donated $177 from its weekly "Happy Bucks" promotion, to the Missions for Taylorville tornado relief program, during its Tuesday luncheon.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Sanitary district getting ready for monthly billing
In order to accommodate the forthcoming change to monthly water billing by the City of Taylorville, which is set to begin in January, the Taylorville Sanitary District has been required to update their rate structure. They approved the changes at Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Village of Kincaid to seek solution for unpaid fines
The Village of Kincaid met on Monday, December 10, 2018 in the Village Hall.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

City to offer free dumpsters at Street Dept. Saturday
Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry announced Wednesday morning that the city will be offering free dumpsters this weekend to assist in cleanup efforts following the December 1 tornado.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Community health assessment shows two priorities
Taylorville Memorial Hospital has completed a community health needs assessment and placed the document online for the public.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Madrigal Singers Perform For Kiwanis Club
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club were entertained by over 20 members of the Taylorville High School Madrigal Singers, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Groups Donate To Illinois Veterans Home
The Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR along with the Stonington American Legion Auxiliary Unit #257 traveled to the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy on December 5, 2018.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Police/Fire
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

School board seats Mizer; will develop Stonington task force
Dr. Ron Mizer was officially seated to the to Taylorville School Board at Monday night’s regularly scheduled meeting.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Courthouse
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Police/Fire
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Rebuilding
Mark Wiseman of Nokomis and his crew of Denny Bauman, Wayne Dowalder, Curt Hagemeier and Ron Hill have donated their time and skills this week to repair three homes in the Taylorville area that were damaged by the December 1 tornado.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Loving Arms providing help with baby needs during recovery
Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center is providing assistance to those affected by the tornado with the following: diapers, baby wipes, formula, baby food and baby clothing. Pack ‘n Plays and other items are also provided if available.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Pana Council overrides mayor's dog park veto
The Pana City Council on Monday night overrode the veto of Mayor Don Kroski’s to establish a dog park in the city of Pana, in front of a packed house. The vote was 6-2, which was exactly the three-quarters vote needed to override.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

House Fire Monday
A family home on 2041 North 1300 East Road between Taylorville and Mt. Auburn near the Stonington and Edinburg roads was engulfed in flames early Monday morning.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Edinburg in talks with Sharpsburg rural water group
The Village of Edinburg held their regular meeting on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Hall.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Over 450 Years Of Marriage
Harold and Linda Baldock, from Owaneco, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Linda (Voudrie) is from a family of 13 children, including 3 sets of twins.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Dept. on Aging offers help with senior insurance
The Illinois Department on Aging’s (IDoA) Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is reminding seniors of the Medicare Open Enrollment deadline that is approaching on Friday, December 7th. SHIP offers free counseling assistance to Medicare-eligible individuals and their caregivers during this annual enrollment opportunity.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Taylorville Memorial Hospital now offering lung screenings
Taylorville Memorial Hospital is now offering CT lung screenings for qualified individuals who are at risk for lung cancer.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Paying Homage To Storm Survivors
A week after the F-3 tornado ripped through Taylorville, the annual DowntownTaylorville.org Twilight Christmas Parade paid homage to tornado victims by naming them as grand marshals for Saturday’s parade.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Wench And Jesters
Head Wench Tyler Sherbert (left) and jesters Emily Thorpe (middle) and Kennedy Mann (right) entertain the crowd during Saturday evening’s 36th annual Taylorville High School Madrigal dinner.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Missions for Tville looking for volunteers
Missions for Taylorville (MFT) will provide monetary assistance, through an application process, for rebuilding or repairing homes that were damaged in the December 1 tornado that struck the area .
Monday, December 10, 2018

Courthouse
Monday, December 10, 2018

Taylorville Food Pantry breaks down the need for the coming months
The Taylorville Food Pantry is one place that is providing assistance for those in need  every week.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Police/Fire
Monday, December 10, 2018

Central Illinois youth goose hunt registration open
Youth interested in participating in the annual Central Illinois Youth Goose Hunt, sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), may register now for the hunt scheduled for January 20-21, 2019.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Tidings Of Comfort And Joy
The Christian County Historical Society hosted their Christmas Tidings of Comfort and Joy event on Saturday, December 8.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Holiday Family Pops features rare classic animated film
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming Holiday Pops in the Heartland concert will feature a rare live performance with orchestra soundtrack of Raymond Briggs’ classic animated film The Snowman. Performance is Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield. Tickets are available online at ilsymphony.org.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Duckworth, Manar tour Taylorville damage
“Frankly, it’s devastating if it’s your house. It’s devastating for the families there, it’s devastating for the folks that have to rebuild...this is a lot of financial loss that has happened here in Taylorville,” U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth said Friday afternoon at Taylorville City Hall.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

2019 county LEAD class is now seeking applicants
If you are interested in learning more about your community, expanding your leadership skills and networking with other business professionals and area residents, then be sure to register to the 2019 Christian County LEADership Program, which will begin on January 16, 2019.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

LLCC Foundation is now accepting applications
The Lincoln Land Community College Foundation is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 academic year.. Students considering or planning to attend LLCC beginning in fall 2019 are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Peoples Bank & Trust to grant tornado relief loans
During December, Peoples Bank & Trust will make a $75,000 loan fund available to Christian County residents adversely affected by storms on December 1, 2018. The loans are for the purpose of assisting with personal, family or household expenses. Each loan will be limited to $750, be payable in 6 to 12 months, have limited underwriting and have no interest or fees.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Midland Donates To Stockings For Soldiers
Pictured are Erica Fuller, customer service representative for Midland Community Bank, Casie Campbell, branch manager, and Evan Peters of Sutton Funeral Home.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Dickson Mounds hosts pottery program for kids
At Dickson Mounds Museum on Saturday, December 15 from 1:00-3:00 p.m., the Kid’s Day program will be ‘Create with Clay.’ Participants may enjoy learning about the ancient Native American creation and use of food containers. Each participant will receive a generous portion of clay to create a piece to take home. These creations may make the perfect handmade holiday gift.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Program on wolves at Rock Springs Dec. 15
Are Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs presenting an accurate story of wolves? Learn about the history of these canines and how people view them today during Wild and Wonderful Wolves at Rock Springs Nature Center on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

TJHS Students Of The Month Are Announced
The following students were selected by their teachers as Taylorville Junior High School students of the month for November.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

TPD chief tells Optimists about recovery efforts
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its monthly business meeting on Thursday, December 06, 2018, 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 in the mornings’ invocation.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Love of the game: It's not always just about winning
While Taylorville has been reeling from the devastating and catastrophic EF3 tornado that blew threw Hewittville last Saturday, many sports organizations from the area have been raising donations and giving door proceeds to the Tornado Relief Fund.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Attractive Ranch Near The Lake
This attractive ranch home is located near Lake Taylorville. The location puts you close to Rt. 29, Lakeshore Golf Course, bike trail, the lake and within minutes of town.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

For comfort and savings, fix the draft
There are plenty of reasons to fix or replace windows, but wintry temperatures push many homeowners to get the job done.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Three-Bedroom Home Near Lake Taylorville
Beautiful curb appeal and inside to match in this 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath near Lake Taylorville.  Large fenced in yard with pool, deck, garden and storage shed.  New roof and luxury vinyl tile plus many other updates.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Gun at Pana school found to be air-soft gun
Last night schools personnel reported to building administration that a group of students reported seeing a gun fall out of a backpack while school was being dismissed at the end of the day Thursday, December 6. Upon learning the information, building administration contacted the Pana Police Department. During the overnight hours, the Pana Police Department in conjunction building administration quickly launched an investigation to determine the validity of the reports. At the conclusion of the investigation, it was determined that it was a non-lethal air soft gun.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Meeting Notices
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Sweet Bi-Level Home
This home is pleasing inside and out. You will love the "edge of the country feel" as this beauty sits on a huge 1/2 acre treed lot with cornfields behind.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

The human spirit at its best in Taylorville right now
In the wake of a devastating tornado Saturday, December 1, 2018, it is amazing to see the human spirit rise to the occasion and help out a neighbor, friend or complete stranger. We've certainly seen that in the midst of all the chaos in Taylorville, Hewitville, Stonington and other places in Christian County.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Two-Story Duplex, Completely Renovated
This two story, duplex that has been completely renovated in the past couple of years is in an excellent location.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

AT A GLANCE
If you are among the homeowners who have suffered tornado damage, here’s a list of trusted service providers who can help in the recovery pocess. Their ads can be found inside this day's paper.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

RENTALS
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Tax implications for those who suffered tornado damage
Those who suffered real estate property loss during the December 1 tornado will have some tax relief coming to them as a result of the storm. Those who have suffered property damage can apply for a reduction in their real estate taxes for Christian County by filling out a form which is available on line from the office Christian County Supervisor of Assessments, Chad Coady, on the second floor of the Courthouse.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Police Chief Hile offers advice on avoiding repair fraud
”I personally got a call myself. The guy indicated that he was at my address and that he was going to go up and check on my roof. He was kind of pushy and a little forceful. They were using a local number, but they weren’t from here, so that makes it a little tough,” Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile said of a wave of contractor fraud that is sweeping Taylorville in the aftermath of last week’s tornado.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Community Women Donate To Relief Effort
TAYLORVILLE — The Community Women's Association held their annual Christmas party in the home of Eldonna Herberger.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Woodworker donates to veterans organization
American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 73 of Taylorville, Ill. received the donation of a handcrafted Red Oak Bench from Paul Nation, Jr. of Paul's Woodshop.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

LLCC Foundation accepting scholarship applications
The Lincoln Land Community College Foundation is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 academic year.. Students considering or planning to attend LLCC beginning in fall 2019 are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Just in time for Illinois Bicentennial: Lincoln portrait now graces the courthouse
A ceremony to unveil a portrait of Abraham Lincoln in celebration of the Bicentennial of the State of Illinois was held in the Courthouse in Taylorville Friday afternoon, Nov. 30. Several judges, both active and retired, took part in the ceremony.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

MHS student organizes drive for Wounded Warrior
Jacob O'Toole, a senior enlisted in the Marine Corps and member of the Morrisonville High School National Honor Society, organized a donation drive for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Exhibit at state museum
The Illinois State Museum in Springfield has opened a new exhibit Harvesting the River: Pearl Buttons focusing on an important and historic Illinois industry – the harvesting of freshwater mussels from Illinois waters.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Do you hear what I hear? Tubas at Lincoln Library
The jolly sound of tubas will fill the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Dec. 15 as the museum takes part in the worldwide “TubaChristmas” celebration.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Stonington facing challenges after tornado damage
Village President Ryan Marucco talked about the damage from the tornado Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Monday night's board meeting. He stated the damage was in the north west corner of the town. "Our village employees have been working really hard to get the mess cleaned up. We had a lot of help from other communities through our mutual aid agreements from Moweaqua, Assumption, and Blue Mound. A lot of our guys are now helping Taylorville with dump trucks because their situation is a lot worse. Ours is bad but there's is catastrophic. This will take a while to clean up here in Stonington. We know that. We ask that folks here in Stonington pile up their brush on the boulevard and separate it from any wood or home materials like siding. My plan going forward is that we need to get some dumpsters in here and hauling it out. Senator Manar has reached out to me from the beginning of this. J.B. Pritzker also called and offered help. Although he doesn't take office until January, he said he would help anyway he could. One of the first towns to reach out to us was Moweaqua. They were so helpful and we appreciate their quick response.”
Friday, December 7, 2018

Storm victims gather at resource center
Up one row, and down another, there was hardly a parking spot available at Taylorville Christian Church Friday morning.
Friday, December 7, 2018

Civil Air Patrol assists NWS following tornado
Civil Air Patrol's Illinois Wing provided valuable geotagged aerial imagery for the destructive tornadoes this past weekend across the state focusing on the Taylorville storm.
Friday, December 7, 2018

Police/Fire
Friday, December 7, 2018

Courthouse
Friday, December 7, 2018

Dunn's to get expedited payment after tornado
An ambulance service that has assisted injured Taylorville residents since a series of tornadoes swept through the city Saturday night will receive an expedited payment of money owed by the state, State Senator Andy Manar announced today.
Friday, December 7, 2018

Christ, our rock
As Kim from the Breeze and myself communicated about this letter being in on time, we said “it has been a busy week” Indeed it has. Such a mess and so much destruction around our town and area, yet to this point, no life lost.
Friday, December 7, 2018

Christian Men's Fellowship Donates To Youth
Pictured is Jonathan Newlin (far right), Christian Men’s Fellowship co-ordinator, presenting a $500 donation to the Davis Memorial Christian Church youth group, and the youth minister Ashley Hughes (far left). Proceeds were derived from the C.M.F. annuak fish fry.
Friday, December 7, 2018

Dinner Seasoned with Love Dec. 15, Calvary Baptist
The Calvary Baptist church in Taylorville will be hosting a free dinner on Saturday, December 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The dinner is completely free of charge and open to the public.
Friday, December 7, 2018

Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club celebrates holiday
Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club had their Annual Christmas Party Saturday December 1 in the Spring Garden Restaurant.
Friday, December 7, 2018

TPD warns residents: Beware of fraud
Taylorville Police Department has become aware that some contractors have been notifying homeowners of work to be done on their properties without the homeowner soliciting the service.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Police/Fire
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Dr. Mizer to serve again on school board
 The Taylorville School Board voted unanimously (Pam McConnell-absent) Wednesday night, at a special board meeting, to appoint Dr. Ron Mizer to the vacant school board seat left by Steve Curtin.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Feeding The Hungry Crew
County and municipal crews from all across the area have been working almost nonstop to remove debris and restore some normalcy following Saturday’s tornado.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Mt. Auburn Christmas at the Park open
The Village of Mt. Auburn held their regular board meeting on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Meeting Notices
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Courthouse
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Tornado Resource list continues to grow for victims
Additional resources are being added each day for victims of last Saturday’s tornado in Taylorville and Christian County. Please check out the latest additions below:
Thursday, December 6, 2018

THS musicians earn spots in All-State ensembles
Thirteen student musicians from Taylorville High School have earned performing positions in Illinois Music Education Association All-State Ensembles.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Response team providing comfort dogs and reinforcement
The Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) will be providing 150 plus volunteers in Taylorville on Saturday, December 8, 2018.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Missions for Taylorville accepting applications for help with repairs and rebuilding
Missions for Taylorville (MFT) is now accepting applications for disaster relief assistance beginning Friday, December 7, 2018. It is important to note that the assistance by this agency will be for repairs and/or rebuilding expenses only at this time.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Resource center opens tomorrow
A Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) will open in Taylorville on Friday and Saturday to make it easier for people affected by the December 1 tornadoes. The MARC is a one-stop-shop for tornado survivors to access disaster related relief services and information. The MARC brings together representatives from more than a dozen local and state agencies and essential support organizations.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sensory friendly film event Saturday
Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films.”
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Museum recalls wartime celebrations
Military Museum living historians will tell how Soldiers celebrated Christmas during four conflicts: the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I and World War II.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

APL Tree of Lights open house is this Saturday
The Animal Protective League (APL) invites the public to honor a loved one, animal or human, with a memorial light on APL’s annual Tree of Lights. For each $5 tax-deductible donation to APL designated for the Tree of Lights, a small, white light will be placed on the tree in the Memorial Garden on APL’s grounds. All proceeds will benefit the non-profit organization’s sick, injured, abused or abandoned cats and dogs.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

LLCC closing for winter recess Dec. 15 - Jan. 1
Lincoln Land Community College is closed for winter recess Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. No classes will be held, and administrative offices at the Springfield campus and Outreach Centers in the LLCC district will be closed. Regular hours will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Holly Jolly holiday event at Kidzeum this Saturday
This Saturday December 8, Kidzeum of Health and Science is celebrating the season with the opening of the Little Free Lincoln Library reading area. There will be holiday crafts, and fun fitness activities all day long included the Student Yoga and Mindfulness Project and The Little Gym. Kidzeum will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

AFSCME retirees to hold two meetings next week
Retired members of AFSCME Sub-Chapter 87 will hold two meetings in December to finish off 2018 in style. The first will be held at noon on Monday, December 10, at the Decatur Public Library (Staley Room). All members are encouraged to bring a dish to pass to the “Pot-luck” luncheon. The meeting will follow the meal at 1:00 p.m. The guest speaker for that occasion is Chad Tobin, a financial advisor with Slagle Finance.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Clean Up Continues Despite The Chill
Work goes on in Taylorville as neighborhood’s clean up following Saturday’s powerful tornado.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Media Group's Audience Donates $50,000
Neuhoff Media Group presented a check for $50,000.00 to the Taylorville Food Pantry today. The media group held a three hour phone event where listeners of WFMB or WSOY radio called in to donate funds to help victims of the December 1st tornado in Taylorville and Christian County.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Storm victims encouraged to join the parade
DowntownTaylorville .org announced yesterday that Taylorville’s annual twilight Christmas parade  has been rescheduled for this Saturday, Dec. 8 at 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

City seeks monetary donations in lieu of goods
“We don’t want to create a disaster within a disaster,” Christian County Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Crews has stated on numerous occasions since Saturday’s storm.

He is referencing an influx of material relief goods like clothing and food that take manpower to sort, store, and distribute.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Volunteer Center gets great response
“We probably had 15 to 20 people come through as soon as we opened up, and then there’s been a steady pace of volunteers since,” Volunteer Programs Manager for the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service Michelle Hanneken said this morning. She was referencing the volunteer coordination center that has been established at the Taylorville Township building at 1620 W. Spresser
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Taylorville Kiwanis Club holds regular meeting
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday. 
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Additional resources for tornado victims available
The list of local agencies offering services to those affected in Saturday’s tornado in Christian County continues to grow. Below are the newest additions.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

LPTC cancels meeting, encourages volunteerism
As the community begins to recover from the devastation of Saturday's tornado The Lincoln Prairie Trails Conservancy (LPTC) has decided to cancel their annual meeting that was scheduled for Saturday, December 8.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Unstoppable: Christmas In The Park Kicks Off Friday
The concession stand at Hafliger Field at Manners Park is in ruins, and Park District Recreation Director Bailey Hancock says Manners Park saw some pretty significant tree damage, but Saturday’s storm will not affect opening night of the annual Christmas in the Park celebration, which begins Friday evening.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Courthouse
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Police/Fire
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

NWS says at least 23 tornadoes touched down
The severe weather was part of a line of thunderstorms that raked areas of the central U.S. late Friday and into Saturday, killing one person in Missouri. The National Weather Service confirmed tornadoes in Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma. And in Arkansas, at least three tornadoes that largely caused property and structural damage were confirmed in the northwest and southwest parts of the state.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Rauner declares county a disaster area
On Monday, Governor Bruce Rauner declared Christian County a state disaster area after severe storms and tornadoes ripped across Illinois Saturday.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

City okays $3.9 million solar farm
At Monday night’s Taylorville City Council meeting, Cypress Creek Renewables outlined their plans to bring a $3.9 million, 20-acre solar farm to Taylorville.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

County Board Members Sworn In
Newly elected and re-elected members of the Christian County Board were sworn in Monday night at the Courthouse in Taylorville.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Arrests made in meth delivery case
Two men were arrested and appeared before Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Amanda Ade-Harlow via video conference today in Christian County Court. Eric R. Fortner, 34 and Caleb J. Reber, 35, both of Taylorville, have each been charged with two counts of meth delivery between 100 and 400 grams and possession of meth, between 100 and 400 grams
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

County Board reorganization takes on new meaning
The reorganizational meeting of the Christian County Board on Monday night could be described more like a reorganization of priorities as it related to the events of the past 48 hours and the EF-3 tornado which plowed its way through Christian County and Taylorville on Saturday evening. The meeting was also historic in nature as the first woman to chair the board, Becky Edwards, was selected to fill the position for two years.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Police/Fire
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Resource center to open Friday for tornado victims
Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews has announced there will be a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) available to victims of the December 1st tornado that hit Christian County.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Christmas parade is rescheduled; tornado survivors asked to join
Taylorville will celebrate the season of giving after all this year — just in a way that’s a little different than expected.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Bravery in the face of tragedy
"I know that I've got a responsibility to the community first," Taylorville Firefighter Nick Hackney said Sunday afternoon as he stood in front of his own home on South Houston Street.

The two-story house had been lifted approximately 15 feet of its foundation, and it was a total loss.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Services available to victims: Cars, laundry, more
In Monday’s edition of the Breeze-Courier, a list of local agencies were listed offering services to those affected by Saturday’s tornado in Christian County. According to Public Information Officer, Greg Nimmo, the following agencies have been added to the list offering services.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

God Bless
While patrolling near the intersection of Michael and Coal St. in Hewittville yesterday evening, Sherriff Kettelkamp said he “witnessed friends helping friends, neighbors helping neighbors and strangers helping strangers. What an amazing community we live in,” he said.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Mental health effects of tornadoes can be long-lasting
Memorial Behavioral Health in Springfield recently sent the following information to Kim Bourne, CEO of Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

The effects of tornadoes can be long-lasting and the resulting trauma can reverberate even with those not directly affected by the disaster.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

God's Work
Hundreds of volunteers flooded Taylorville to help on Sunday, many who have no connection to the city at all.
Monday, December 3, 2018

Ground Zero
In testament to the unpredictability of Mother Nature, a house on South Houston Street in Taylorville, stands amid a field of trees snapped in half and scattered like match sticks.
Monday, December 3, 2018

Bent But Not Broken
This photo taken at Oak Hill Cemetery and provided by Dee Krueger shows a flag pole, at the base of the Civil War statue, that is doubled over from the intense winds ushered in by a rare December tornado that touched down in Taylorville and other Central Illinois communities on Saturday, December 1., 2018.
Monday, December 3, 2018

21 injured; 34 structures destroyed
Saturday evening was supposed to be a festive occasion, a  kickoff to the Christmas season as Taylorville was set to host its annual Twilight Christmas Parade.

Instead, it was marred by a historically devastating storm for Taylorville

Monday, December 3, 2018

Courthouse
Monday, December 3, 2018

#TaylorvilleStrong; Many ways to plug in and help
The Taylorville spirit is definitely alive and well despite the devastation experienced by so many in the Taylorville and Hewitville area on Saturday.
Monday, December 3, 2018

Tornado survivors recount harrowing tales
Sheer terror: It's how most victims in the direct path of Saturday's tornado described the moment when they knew their home had been engulfed in what would ultimately be Taylorville’s most devastating storm.
Monday, December 3, 2018

County communities come together in time of need
When devastation hits, people come together. The truth of that can been seen across Christian County as communities both small and large gather themselves to do what they can to help recover from the tornado that ripped through on Saturday. Volunteers offer time and helping hands, working alongside strangers and friends. Food is generously given, offered without hesitation to those who need it most. The communities of Christian County have come together in solidarity despite being from different towns and walks of life.
Monday, December 3, 2018

Rauner, Rodney Davis tour Taylorville damage
“This event is personal to me. These are my friends, these are my neighbors. These are the people I grew up with and still live with,” Congressman Rodney Davis said Sunday afternoon. “And, to see my community, also, in the aftermath of the tragedy, what you see right behind us, to see my community and friends come together to help each other, that’s what makes small-town America great. That’s what makes towns like Taylorville great, and I’m proud to be from here.”
Monday, December 3, 2018

Stonington Township clerk elected secretary of state officials' organization
Craig Paulek, clerk for Stonington Township in Christian County, was unanimously elected to serve as secretary of the Township Officials of Illinois (TOl) during the Association's 111th Annual Educational Conference held in Springfield, Illinois, November 11-13, 2018.
Monday, December 3, 2018

County officials sworn in
Three of the four Christian County officials elected county-wide in the November General Election took their oaths of office this morning in the County Board Meeting Room in the Courthouse.
Monday, December 3, 2018

Devastating tornado hits Taylorville
UPDATE — Sunday, December 2, 5:31 p.m.

Disaster recovery efforts have been ongoing all day on Sunday. Officials say considerable progress has been made, but the damage was extensive. More than 300 total structures were assessed. According to Joe Gasparich, assistant emergency management director of Montgomery County, fifty-three of those showed major damage, 29  were destroyed, and 219 were damaged but inhabitable

The National Weather Service has not yet commented on the classification of the wind speed of the storm that caused that destruction.

“By the end of the night, I don’t’ think those numbers are going to change too much, or at all.” Christian County Emergency Management Director Mike Crews said.

Crews initially stated that he thought a federal or state disaster proclamation was unlikely, which would make securing disaster relief funds difficult. He softened his stance on that a little at the 4:00 p.m. press conference. “There is new legislation we’re aware of. We were really concerned about the per capita numbers; we may be looking more at the disaster impact. I spoke with the IEMA (Illinois Emergency Management Agency) director briefly before I came over...we’ll review the numbers, double check the numbers, then we’ll send those numbers electronically up to IEMA. They, in turn, will mesh the per capita versus what the actual impact is. We’ll be making a narrative to IEMA; we’re going to plead our case and kind of tell them how we’ve been affected. Of course, we have businesses, residences, infrastructure, and basically paint a poor picture of how we’re suffering...I guess there may be a chance that we may have some state funding, and that’s a big if.”

Reports of injuries have not increased since early estimates that pegged the number at less than 30. City officials did state, however, that two people were transported to intensive care units as a result of the storm. One of those individuals was a male that suffered a cardiac episode during the clean up process and not during the storm. According to Crews, he was successfully resuscitated by Taylorville Fire Department personnel. Officials, however, were uncertain about the exact condition of those two individuals.

The City of Taylorville and Ameren are also still dealing with extensive power outages. “We’ve got about 1,081 customers that are currently without power in Christian County,” said Ameren representative Tucker Kennedy. “We do expect to have all but about 300 of our customers restored by midnight. Again, we had about 110 poles down...we’re making significant progress in putting those back up, but it does take time.”

“Customers who have damage to what we call their weather head -which is the facility that is right outside their home where the piping comes down with the wire in it - if they have that damaged, they have to get that repaired by a qualified electrician before we can turn that power back on.”

Taylorville will implement a 9:00 p.m. curfew for the affected areas, which includes neighborhoods west of Shumway Street, East of Houston, south of Park or Spreser Street, and all the way to Illinois Route 48.

“Law enforcement will be out in that area. We will be enforcing the curfew. In all practicality, we will be issuing a warning at first unless somebody refuses to, and then we could issue an arrest,” Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp said.

“If people need to get out, that’s obvious.” Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile said of the curfew. “This is just to minimize the traffic  and try to prevent people from being in the areas that don’t need to be there. If somebody is there and needs to go or has to get out, obviously they would be able to come and go.”

The curfew will be lifted at 6:00 a.m.

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry has also announced a burning ban for all affected areas; that includes leaves and storm debris. “With the wind, the last thing we want is to start a fire,” Barry said while noting that law enforcement will be on the lookout for any illegal burning.

The city is asking home owners to try and separate woody material and tree limbs from home debris as there are two different entities responsible for picking up each respective debris type.

City officials say that volunteer efforts have been a critical component in the speed of Sunday’s recovery effort. “In large part, this response, much of it, a great part of it, is strictly volunteers...From that, look at the immense gain we’ve made today. It’s because people are engaging, and strangers are helping strangers...it’s really amazing to see,” Crews said.

Crews did say that the city has currently had to turn away volunteers. Currently, there is no dedicated avenue for volunteers to contribute, but he says the city is evaluating the needs of the residents right now and that a proper channel for volunteerism will be created an announced. “Just sit tight,” he said to those wishing to lend a helping hand.
See Monday’s edition of the Breeze-Courier for additional coverage on Saturday’s storm.

UPDATE — Sunday, December 2, 9:26 a.m.

Damage in the Hewittville area, along Prairie Street, and near South School, is devastating. Christian County Emergency Management Director Mike Crews says the injury total has remained at approximately 30 people. Fortunately, no fatalities have been reported.

Christian County 911 Director Mickie Earhardt says that dispatchers handled 309 incoming 911 calls between approximately 4:30 p.m. and midnight Saturday. They dispatched 175 of those calls.

Damage assessments are ongoing. Crews sad he hopes to have the total number of homes affected by approximately 4:00 p.m. today.

While damage is extensive in many neighborhoods, especially the Hewittville area, Crews says he does not believe the damage will be enough to qualify for federal disaster reimbursement funds.

Pictures are available on the Breeze-Courier Facebook page.

 UPDATE — Saturday, Dec. 1, 11:55 p.m.

Emergency services personnel are now reported that 30 patients have been transported to Taylorville Memorial Hospital with injuries resulting from Saturday’s devastating storm. Fortunately, no fatalities have been reported.

In an updated press release from the City of Taylorville, officials are asking residents to monitor for downed power lines and gas leaks. “If they suspect a gas leak, they should contact Christian County 911, and they should not try to correct or mitigate the hazard on their own,” it reads. “Residents should not attempt to clear debris as there may be downed power lines in the debris.”

The city also stated that residents will be given information on what to do with their debris in a later press briefing. “Citizens are not encouraged to be removing debris until all utilities have been secured,” the release continues.

Contact numbers for the Red Cross were also made available. Volunteers who wish to contribute to the recovery are urged to contact the Red Cross at 661-992-6031. They will begin accepting volunteers at 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning at the Christian County Fairgrounds.

Any family member needing to make contact with someone affected by the storm is urged to call the Red Cross reunification number at 844-319-6560.

Any resident in need of shelter can go to the Crossroads Apostolic Church at 212 Jaycee Drive in Taylorville.

Christian County Emergency Management Director Mike Crews says progress has been steady in the early hours of the recovery. “We believe that we’re transitioning from a life-safety incident into an incident-stabilization incident,” he said. “We’re going to start doing damage assessment at 7:00 in the morning. We’re going to have our local team team up with the emergency management team, and we’ll get a strong number on what homes are affected, damaged, and destroyed. We’ll get some idea what our infrastructure losses have been.”

“We’re finishing up searching the areas that were heavily damaged...I know we had probably 12 or 15 houses, at least, where people were trapped,” Goodall commented of the work already done.

Sheriff Kettelkamp warned that he has received a few reports of looting. He assured that police personnel are working to combat that issue as well.

Route 48 was still closed as of approximately 11:15, but the Illinois State police said they were hoping to have the highway opened by approximately midnight.

According to Joe Gasparich, assistant emergency management director of Montgomery County, Ameren has estimated that 2,500 people in Christian County are without power. Approximately 1,270 residents in Taylorville are without power. He said they are bringing crews in to replace what he says is approximately 20 poles that were damaged.

Gasparich also reported a potential hazardous situation that is developing at Willey’s Station. He did not offer any additional details other than to say a HAZMAT team was responding to investigate.

 

ORIGINAL STORY

 

TAYLORVILLE — Saturday evening was supposed to be a festive occasion, a  kickoff to the Christmas season as Taylorville was set to host its annual Twilight Christmas Parade.

Instead, it was marred by one of the worst storms Taylorville has ever seen.

“We were following a storm track that came into the county a few hours ago...We believe that the bulk of the damage for Christina County has occurred in Taylorville,” Christian County Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Crews said.

What transpired was a massive storm that left a trail of twisted wreckage and destruction. “We took the unprecedented step of activating our sirens twice,” Crews said of his initial concern for the storm. “We have a policy not to do that, but we felt that because of the size of the storm, we did do that. The storm sirens in our town were activated right when the storm was at the cusp of our county.”

Those sirens may have sounded the alarm, but the damage is still immense.

“I was out in the field. I was on the south side where the storm went through...there is multiple, I would guess, over a hundred, easily, that are damaged severely from the storm because it took a path almost right through town,” Taylorville Assistant Fire Chief Andy Goodall said of the damage to Taylorville homes. “Most of those houses, roofs are gone, significant damage, including my own. That’s one of the things we gotta manage, and that’s what this team is doing. We’re going to get this all put together and try to get everybody back whole as soon as we can.”

Downed power lines are strewn across city streets, so, too, are fallen limbs and home wreckage. Additionally, Crews stated that some railroad crossing gates are currently inoperable. “We just received a call from the railroads. We’re aware that the train signals are down as well...we’ve asked Norfolk Southern to halt their trains in the short term...so, obviously, we don’t want anyone crossing the tracks at this point,’ he said.

“We’ve got damaged houses out in the county, several have been reported to us,” Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp added. He also noted that he was aware of at least one home that he says was totaled in the Hewittville area.

Crews and emergency responders say no fatalities have yet been reported as a result of the storm, but there have been many injuries. “We had several injuries; I can’t comment on the number of injuries at this time. To our knowledge there were no fatalities. We did have several individuals who were trapped in their homes initially,” he pointed out.

In a press release issued by the city, it states that approximately 15 residents have been transported for medical treatment. “That’s a ballpark figure from the 911 director,” said Joe Gasparich, assistant emergency management director of Montgomery County. That estimate was as of approximately 7:45 p.m.

The protocol for the next several hours is still search and rescue.  “Soon, we’re going to be getting all the resources from the fire side and police and sending task force out to do search and rescue,” Crews said, while Gasparich added that that process would include a home-by-home search.

Once search and rescue efforts are completed, Crews says responders will move to damage assessment.  “When the morning comes along, we’re going to be getting a damage assessment team from Christian County...At some point, I suspect that we’ll be reaching out to the governor and potentially asking for a (disaster) declaration of some kind for this,” he said. “We have a team of about 20 volunteers that will be doing damage assessment for us. They’re trained to do that; they’ll go through, they’ll assign the damage to that, and we’ve encouraged all the superintendents to start tracking their costs if we are able to capture a disaster declaration with this thing.”

In the meantime, Crews says responders are also working on establishing a hotline that absentee family members can call to try to contact Taylorville residents that are otherwise unreachable.  It will be staffed by the Red Cross he says. “We’re going to try to get a number set up with Red Cross; they’re on site right now.” Crews commented.  That number was not yet available as of approximately 8:30 p.m. Saturday night. “Red Cross will be managing our shelters too. We haven’t received any sheltering needs yet; I suspect we probably will as the night goes on. Typically, they’re actually at the fire station,” Crews continued.

Crews said that the most important thing that residents can do right now is clear the roadways for emergency personnel. “Right now, we’re working a variety of issues. We have, obviously, a significant debris issues. We also have, quite honestly, a lot of people that are out inhibiting us from getting to where they need to be. In fact, our crews right now are working a structural fire...We’re encouraging people, strongly, to stay off the streets.”

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Four-Year-Old Class Helps Support Troops
The 4 year old class at Davis Memorial Christian Church preschool took donations for packages to brighten up the holidays and show their gratitude for our active members of the military. 
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Senator For A Day
State Senator Andy Manar welcomed Emma Kelly, a senior at Taylorville High School, to the Capitol this week as his senator for the day. Kelly, 17, of Taylorville is the daughter of Cheryl Graham.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

View meteor shower Dec. 14
Join Senior Naturalist Alysia Callison for a look at the Geminid Meteor Shower at Griswold Conservation Area on Friday, December 14 from 9pm to 11pm. The Geminid Meteor Shower is the strongest meteor shower of the year. These meteors originate from the constellation Gemini, and are usually bright and colorful!
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Peter Meyer Chapter DAR announces recipients of Good Citizen award
Ellen Colbrook, chairwoman of the Good Citizen Committee for the Peter Meyer Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of The American Revolution, has announced the winners of the DAR Good Citizen Award from seven area schools. This annual award is presented to a high school senior, boy or girl, who possesses the following qualities” Dependability, Service, Leadership and Patriotism.”
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Feeding Mind And Body
Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville sponsored a Thanksgiving food drive from Nov. 1-14 in which students and faculty collected more than 450 non-perishable food items.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Tidings Of Comfort And Joy
The John Canty Morrison house on the grounds of the Christian County Historical Museum is decorated for the Christmas event “Tidings of Comfort and Joy” on December 8, beginning at 5 p.m.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
Local Master Gardeners were busy decorating the Christmas tree at the courthouse on Tuesday.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Feed the Animals at Rock Springs, December 9
Get a behind the scenes look at how staff feed and care for the live reptiles, amphibians, and fish at Rock Springs Nature Center during Feed the Animals on Sunday, December 9 at 2 p.m. 
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Event celebrates Mary Lincoln's 200th birthday
Mary Lincoln remains one of the most fascinating first ladies in history, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will celebrate her 200th birthday with special events on Dec. 13.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

The 16th President Unveiled
A portrait of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, is unveiled during a ceremony on Friday afternoon in Courtroom A of the Christian County Courthouse.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

County officials take oaths of office Monday
Those who were elected or re-elected to Christian County offices in the Nov. 6, 2018 General Election, will be sworn into office during ceremonies on Monday, Dec. 3. County-wide officials will be sworn in at 8:00 a.m. while the members of the county board will be sworn in during the reorganization meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Meeting Notices
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Info night at Lake Land on new IT program
Lake Land College host an informational session about the new online IT-LaunchCode program on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kluthe Center for Higher Education and Technology in Effingham.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Annual twilight Christmas parade downtown Saturday
The arrival of Santa Claus promises to be a spectacular grand finale to Taylorville’s annual Christmas twilight lighted parade, sponsored by DowntownTaylorville.org  on Saturday, December 1 at 5:00 p.m.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Coalition Training For Opioid Overdose
Approximately 58 people were in attendance at the Christian County Prevention Coalition (CCPC) meeting Wednesday night.
Friday, November 30, 2018

County board recount shows same results
The hand counting in the discovery recount of Christian County Board District 3 has shown the same results as the night of the election Nov. 6 - Ray Koonce beat Bev Graham by one vote to take the seat on the board. The vote tally shows Koonce with 1,222 votes and Bev Graham, 1,221.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Accident Shuts Down Spfld. Road
Springfield Road, in front of Taylorville High School, was closed for about 45 minutes Thursday night as emergency responders and Ameren worked to secure a utility pole that had been struck by a vehicle.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Courthouse
Friday, November 30, 2018

Police/Fire
Friday, November 30, 2018

Information sought in local burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Autism support group party
TASC/The Autism Support Connection will host our annual Sensory Friendly Christmas Party on Thursday, December 6 from 6-7 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church, 1400 Seymour Avenue, Hillsboro, Illinois.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Animal Protective League December pet adoptions
The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during December with cats and dogs available at various locations. All animals presented by APL for have been spayed or neutered, microchipped and have received all vaccinations by the time of their adoption.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Women Of The Moose Donate
Pictured top is Donna Stephens, Taylorville Chapter 1263 Women of the Moose chairperson for November. Donna collected items for the  troops for the We Care Christmas Package.
Friday, November 30, 2018

TMH Auxiliary holds annual governance meeting
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently held their annual governance meeting in the Janice Hopper Auditorium at TMH.
Friday, November 30, 2018

TMH Auxiliary holds annual governance meeting
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently held their annual governance meeting in the Janice Hopper Auditorium at TMH.
Friday, November 30, 2018

TMH Auxiliary holds annual governance meeting
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently held their annual governance meeting in the Janice Hopper Auditorium at TMH.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Tim Lovelace at Tower Hill Free Methodist Church
As a Grammy and Dove nominated artist, this nationally sought after storyteller and musician has been described as the most versatile comedian on stage today. His award winning musical talents, coupled with his crystal clean humor, have people of all ages laughing their ribs loose!
Friday, November 30, 2018

Praying like an expert
Whenever I teach on prayer, one of the comments that I usually get goes something like this: “I don’t know how to pray. What should I say?”
Friday, November 30, 2018

Special Christmas concerts in Pawnee and Thayer
Pawnee United Methodist Church invites everyone to a special evening of Christmas music and ministry presented by the Dysart Family on Saturday, December 1 at 6 p.m. They’re located at 402 Sixth Street (corner of Sixth and Washington Streets), Pawnee, IL 62558. For more information, please call Pastor Chuck Kurfman at either 217-646-8174 or 217-691-5406.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Edinburg Community Choir to perform Dec. 9
The Edinburg Community Choir will present their Christmas cantata “Good News from Home” in the Edinburg United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 9 at 4 p.m.
Friday, November 30, 2018

State report card: South Fork schools now rated as 'commendable'
The Board of Education held their regular meeting on Wednesday, November 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Junior High Media Center.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Courthouse
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Police/Fire
Thursday, November 29, 2018

May trial date set for accused baby abuser
Accused of beating his four-month-old infant son on July 6, 2018, a new trial date has been set in the case of Chad R. Johnson, 30, of Taylorville. He is now set to go to trial on May 20, 2019, at 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Hopper Foundation Donates To THS
Following it’s annual meeting, the Bertrand C. Hopper Memorial Foundation presented the Taylorville  School District with a donation in the amount of $30,000.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Pana State Scholars Named
Pana High School has announced eight seniors are the recipients of the Illinois State Scholar Awards.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Election Recount Is Underway
A hand recount is underway this morning in the board meeting room of the courthouse.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Old Fashioned Christmas Saturday in Morrisonville
The Village of Morrisonville will hold an Old Fashioned Christmas on Saturday, December 1, 2018 throughout the village.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Former POW guest speaker at Optimist meeting
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, November 29, 2018, in the TMH Auditorium.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Christian County Illinois State Scholars are announced
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission has announced the 2019-20 Illinois State Scholars. These exceptional students rank in approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors in Illinois and are chosen each year based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth semester class rank.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Election recount for county board seat set for tomorrow
Christian County Clerk and Recorder Michael Gianasi has confirmed the discovery recount in the Christian County Board District will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday. The time had been contingent on having a representative of the election supply company being present as well as a pair of election judges.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Courthouse
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Sanitary district to begin southeast project
At it’s regular monthly meeting on Monday, the Taylorville Sanitary District moved forward with a southeast sewer project that will reroute and replace aging sewer infrastructure that runs, partially, through Manners Park.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Police/Fire
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Youth talent performance series at governor's mansion
The Illinois Governor’s Mansion Association announced today that it is staging a series of youth-in-the-arts performances at the newly renovated People’s House. The series is part of a Families First initiative undertaken by the association to showcase the work of talented Illinois youth.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Students tell what CEO program means to them
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from five Christian County CEO students, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Kroski vetoes dog park at Pana meeting
During Mayor Don Kroski’s report at the Pana City Council meeting Monday night, he announced he has vetoed a proposal passed by the council to establish a dog park in Pana.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Manners Park pool project could top $250,000
The Taylorville Park board tabled a decision Monday night to move forward with a Manners Park pool project that could cost $256,500.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Meeting Notices
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Courthouse
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Police/Fire
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Farmers store record soy crop amid China dispute
American farmers still working to get out their remaining soybeans after a weather-plagued harvest season are struggling to figure out what to do with a record crop now that their traditionally dominant export market is largely closed.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Unveiling of Lincoln portrait celebrates Bicentennial
A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to the Christian County Courthouse on Friday afternoon.  The unveiling ceremony will take place at 3:00 p.m. in Courtroom A on the third floor of the courthouse and is open to the public.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Food pantry suggests unique way to give this holiday season
The Taylorville Food Pantry currently serves about 350 families each month in Christian County.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Four candidates file for four Pana seats
Monday was the last day for candidates to file for the municipal election in Pana and only four candidates have filed for the four aldermanic positions to be elected in April. Each ward has a seat open for a 4-year term as alderman and two incumbents have filed for the election and a pair of former council members have also filed.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Missions Fair
Each school year, VCS students participate in a missions fair. The missions fair is a way for the students to learn about various countries and cultures that are in need of basic financial support to help supply for a specific need.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Millikin welcomes holiday season with Vespers
Millikin University will present its 60th annual Vespers concert on Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Performances will be held at Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin University's campus.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

TMH Foundation annual appeal funds essentials
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is seeking donations for its annual appeal in support of the Foundation’s Medical Technologies Fund.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Days Gone By
Pictured from left are Shellie (Patton) Oehler and her sister Tammy Patton delivering the Breeze-Courier newspaper in Edinburg circa the summer of 1969 or 1970.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Candidate files for discovery recount
Democrat candidate for Christian County Board District 3, Beverly Graham, has filed for a discovery recount in three Taylorville precincts from the Nov. 6, 2018 General Election. Graham lost her bid for one of the two seats by one vote, 1,222 to 1,221, to Republican Raymond Koonce.
Monday, November 26, 2018

Winter brings higher risk of carbon monoxide poisoning
The Illinois Poison Center says winter months bring increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.  It’s called the “silent killer” because it can’t be seen, smelled or tasted.
Monday, November 26, 2018

Courthouse
Monday, November 26, 2018

Police/Fire
Monday, November 26, 2018

Kincaid Power Station Donates To Food Pantry
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Cruising aficionados offer practical tips and tricks to maximize experience
(AP) — Cruising can be an ideal vacation for people of any age, but particularly for seniors. Cruises combine all-inclusive meal packages with accommodations, breathtaking ports of call and pre-arranged activities, so vacationers do not have to lift a finger for days on end.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Correction
Friday, November 23, 2018

Kiwanis hears about Pilgrims
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Historical society holiday event Dec. 8
TAYLORVILLE — Christian County Historical Society and Museum will host “Tis the Season of Comfort and Joy” event December 8, 2018.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Gift Of Love
Friday, November 23, 2018

Courthouse
Friday, November 23, 2018

Do you want Jesus to return
TAYLORVILLE — I once asked the congregation if they would like to go to heaven. All shook their heads yes. When I asked if they wanted to go today, only a six year old boy after a moment of pondering shook his head yes.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Santa Claus is coming to town soon
TAYLORVILLE — The arrival of Santa Claus promises to be a spectacular grand finale to Taylorville’s annual Christmas twilight lighted parade, sponsored by DowntownTaylorville.org  on Saturday, December 1 at 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Celebrate the season and enjoy these area holiday events
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Enjoy the holiday by simply keeping it simple
TAYLORVILLE —  Holiday entertaining is no small chore. From feeding the masses to keeping everyone happy and engaged, it can be a big job playing host during the holidays. 
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Holiday Table: Sweet Treats For A Sweet Ending
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Simple syrup made simple at home
 TAYLORVILLE — A wide range of cocktails call for sweet syrup to enhance the flavor of the liquor, and one variety in particular lends a rich molasses note to drinks. Demerara syrup is made using Demerara sugar, a special variety of raw, unrefined cane sugar with large grains and a golden amber hue. 
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

At the end of the day: Old fashioned with a twist
TAYLORVILLE — Cocktail trends may come and go, but one staple remains a fixture on drink menus two centuries after its invention - the Old Fashioned. 
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Some Suggestions For Your Holiday Table This Year
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

County race came down to just 1 vote
With the last 15 absentee votes now tallied in the 2018 Christian County General Election, Raymond Koonce, a Republican, has won a seat on the Christian County Board by one vote, 1,222 to 1,221 for Beverly Graham.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Co. Board approves tax levy ordinance; 5 vote no
Four members of the Christian County Board were honored at the close of Tuesday’s board meeting held in the Courthouse on the Taylorville square. They represented more than 35 years of service to the county.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Police/Fire
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Decked Out For Thanksgiving
This festive home belonging to Richard Keafer at 110 North Commonwealth Avenue in Kincaid is all decked out for the holiday.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Information sought in criminal damage
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Morrisonville to hold an Old Fashioned Christmas on Dec. 1
The Village of Morrisonville will hold an Old Fashioned Christmas on Saturday, December 1, 2018 throughout the village.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Taylorville native is featured in LLCC concert
November and December performances by faculty and students in Lincoln Land Community College’s music program are in full swing now.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Precedent for the holiday: President Lincoln's first Thanksgiving proclamation
This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America's national day of Thanksgiving. During his administration, President Lincoln issued many orders similar to this. For example, on November 28, 1861, he ordered government departments closed for a local day of thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

THS hosting 36th annual Madrigal dinner Dec. 7-8
Taylorville High School is set to host the upcoming 36th annual Taylorville High School Madrigal performance and dinner.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Charitable giving season kicks off Nov. 27
Designed to serve as the unofficial kickoff to the holiday charitable giving season, Giving Tuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the United States.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Youth Volleyball Teams Collect Donations
Instead of taking money at the door for their games, the Christian County Youth Volleyball teams collected items for the Stonington Elementary students to use at their indoor recess time!
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

New Subdivision Planned
Dennis Atteberry and his wife Cassandra broke ground on Taylorville’s newest subdivision Monday afternoon.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018













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