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Finding Peace Amid Chaos

Saturday, February 23, 2019


Simple salmon and an addictive tapenade
I'll be honest. The real star of this salmon dish is the green olive and almond tapenade. No offense to the salmon, which is sublime as always and a no-fail, simple, healthy meal.
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Options for funding your next home project
TAYLORVILLE — Before starting a home improvement project, either on one’s own or with the assistance of a professional contractor, homeowners must first consider the costs involved. According to the home improvement resource HomeAdvisor, more than one-third of homeowners do not understand what hiring a professional will cost, and then cannot successfully budget and secure financing once they have set their sights on a renovation project.
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Rebuilding after tragedy: People pull together with hope and hard work
TAYLORVILLE – “There are amazingly wonderful people in all walks of life; some familiar to us and others not. People are in many ways one of our greatest treasures.” Alice Newlin, of Taylorville, learned first hand how true this quote by Bryant. McGill is. Alice lives on Prairie Street, which was one of the many places in Taylorville which was devastated by the December 1 tornado late last year. In the aftermath, she saw how people can pull together.
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Pro-life law firm says Illinois could become the Abortion Capital of America if we're not on guard
SPRINGFIELD — Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker vowed to make Illinois “the most progressive state in the nation for access to reproductive health care,” and a conservative pro-life law firm based in Chicago agrees that will happen if Democratic-sponsored legislation becomes law.
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Millikin hosting Interview Boot Camp Feb. 26
DECATUR, Ill. — Millikin University's School of Education will host its 7th annual Interview Boot Camp on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Room, located on the 3rd floor of the University Commons on Millikin's campus.
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Tree Care Workshop offered for March 2
TAYLORVILLE — The University of Illinois Extension and Trees Forever are collaborating to offer a Tree Care Workshop Saturday, March 2, 2019. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with lunch served. There is no cost to attend but registration is requested for a meal count. It will be held at the Manners Park Dining Hall in Taylorville.
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Vosh Eye Care Program accepting applications
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — VOSH program (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) in conjunction with "Save Your Vision Month" has been scheduled.
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Stonington recovery from tornado progressing smoothly
STONINGTON — As the City of Taylorville continues its recovery from the Dec. 1, 2018 tornado, many people may not realize less than 10 miles northeast up Illinois Route 48, in the Village of Stonington, a tornado also reeked havoc in the town of 1,000 residents.
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Learning To Praise Him In The Storm
TAYLORVILLE — How do you tell a story of someone’s darkest moments? How do you describe someone’s fears, frustration, and hurt? How do you tell about their faith in the storm?
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Pana Man Wraps Up 47-Year Ambulance Career
PANA — During his nearly 50-year career with Pana Ambulance Service, Raymond “Butch” Hocq, 69, of Pana, has seen many changes - vehicles, protocols, training and ownership, just to name a few. But the basic challenge of getting sick and injured to local and area hospitals is unchanged.
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Christian County LEADship group members tour correctional facility
TAYLORVILLE — LEADership participants had the unique opportunity to tour the Taylorville Correctional Center (TCC) on Wednesday, February 20.  Major Robert Stoldt and Major Dan Clarke welcomed the group and led them on an extensive tour of the facility after which, Warden Kim Smith shared current statistics about the TCC and answered questions regarding her responsibilities, daily routine, and challenges. 
Saturday, February 23, 2019

LincolnHomestead State Park sets spring activities
DECATUR — The Friends of Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial will host several upcoming events.
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Grief support group to be offered at TMH
TAYLORVILLE — The Pastoral Care Department at Taylorville Memorial Hospital and Memorial Home Services Hospice is offering a six-week grief support group, facilitated by TMH Chaplain, Sr. Rose McKeown. Starting on March 20th, this group will meet every Wednesday from 6- 7 p.m. in room 457, located inside TMH. The course will be a closed group limited to 10 to 12 participants.
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Sheriff's office warns of two ongoing computer scams
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp would like to inform Christian County residents of two separate computer scams that have occurred within the past couple of days.
Friday, February 22, 2019

City to examine sewer rate increase in summer
TAYLORVILLE — Over the course of the last year, city finances have tightened in the face of  a shrinking general fund balance.
Friday, February 22, 2019

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Friday, February 22, 2019

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Friday, February 22, 2019

TJHS Club Teams Up With Mini Hoofs
TAYLORVILLE — The TJHS Builders Club and Heartland Mini Hoofs recently teamed up to deliver homemade Valentines and candy to the residents of Meadow Manor Nursing Home.
Friday, February 22, 2019

Spears speaks to Optimist Club about Lincoln
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, February 21, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium.  Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Terry Wright then gave the morning invocation. 
Friday, February 22, 2019

Pana Minister Delivers Opening Prayer To Illinois Senate
Friday, February 22, 2019

The "To Do" List
TAYLORVILLE — How many of us make lists? Grocery lists, birthday lists, shopping lists, and to-do lists. When you make a shopping list, do you stick with just what you have written down, or do you get other things while you are at it?
Friday, February 22, 2019

Annual CEO Banquet set for Saturday
The Christian County CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) Class will be hosting their annual banquet and fundraiser Saturday night at the Pillars Event Center.
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Morrisonville to remodel old bowling alley
The Morrisonville Village Board unanimously approved a $2,500 expense Wednesday night to begin renovations on the old bowling alley located at 610 Carlin Street.
Thursday, February 21, 2019

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

S. Fork plans to become CACC Member School
The South Fork Board of Education met on Wednesday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high Media Center.
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Rep. Bourne to host district wide traveling office hours
Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) is hosting Traveling Office Hours throughout the district from March 26-29.
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Kiwanis hear about Alzheimer's disease
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from a Taylorville physician about Alzheimer’s Disease, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday. Dr. Pavi Gill's presentation was on "The Human Brain and Alzheimer's Disease." Dr. Gill talked about many different case studies and the results of these studies.
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Millikin University's Percussion Ensemble presents "Synergy" Feb. 24
Kirkland Fine Arts Center and the Millikin University School of Music will present the Percussion Ensembles' Synergy concert on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Council Celebrates Alderman Jones
After 17 years of service, Alderman Bruce Jones bid farewell to the Taylorville City Council Tuesday night.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

County board nixes liquor license increases
A 25% increase in liquor licenses in Christian County was defeated unanimously Tuesday night during the regular meeting of the Christian County Board held in the Courthouse. Members vote 0-14 to increase the rates. Members Chad Michel and Tim Carlson were absent.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

VisionWay Staff Donate To AAMP
VisionWay Christian School recently donated a monetary gift to The Autism And Movement Program (AAMP).
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

TJHS Tornadoes raise awareness for breast cancer
The North Gym was covered in pink and purple during the Taylorville Jr. High School’s 7th and 8th grade volleyball game to raise awareness for breast cancer this past Valentine’s Day.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

'Butch' Hocq Ends Long Career With Pana Ambulance
After 47 years of service to Pana Ambulance Service/Decatur Ambulance Service, Raymond “Butch” Hocq marked his retirement from the organization.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

THS Evening of Jazz and Percussion set for Thurs.
Sounds of blaring brass will fill the Taylorville High School Cafeteria Thursday night for the tenth annual Evening of Jazz and Percussion.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Nominations for senior hall of fame
The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is accepting nominations for the 2019 Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame Awards. These awards recognize adults, 65 years of age and older, and highlight the meaningful contributions they have made in Illinois.
Monday, February 18, 2019

'High School Musical: On Stage' at Pawnee High
Pawnee High School is excited to announce that their spring musical this year will be Disney's "High School Musical: On Stage"! The performances will be held in the PHS Auditorium on Friday March 1 and Saturday March 2 at 7:00pm, with a matinee performance on Sunday March 3 at 2:30pm.
Monday, February 18, 2019

IDNR announces wingshooting clinic schedule
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), in cooperation with a number of partners and co-sponsors,  announced its schedule of wingshooting clinics to be held at sites throughout Illinois from March through mid-November.
Monday, February 18, 2019

TCCU scholarship program voting ends Feb. 28
Local residents are reminded that voting in TCCU’s 5th Annual Scholarship Program ends on February 28th. Tri-county residents can help determine which six graduating seniors – two each from Taylorville, Hillsboro and Litchfield High Schools – will receive $1000 awards from Taylorville Community Credit Union.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Breast cancer support group to focus on art therapy
The March meeting of the breast cancer support group at Memorial Medical Center will focus on art therapy.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Forty years of volunteer service
“They needed help, and I liked volunteering and helping people.” Humble, simple words, from a humble, simple man, they lay out the reasoning behind why one local man dedicated much of his life to the assistance of others.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Fact vs. Fiction: Lincoln and Kennedy
Do you know about all the “eerie parallels” between Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy? Elected 100 years apart, concerned with civil rights, replaced by men named Johnson. The list goes on. But which ones are significant and which ones are routine coincidence or outright lies?
Saturday, February 16, 2019

53rd Annual Shelby County Art Show April 13 - 14
The 2019 Shelby County Art Show information is available for artists to plan their entries.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

TMH Foundation announces 2018 Healthcare Careers Scholarship Recipient
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation board of directors is pleased to announce its recipient of the 2018 Healthcare Career Education grant is Kami Kingery.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Mid-Winter Concert Award Winners
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Goal of NRA-sponsored training to protect children
Recently completed training at Pana High School is designed to help local law enforcement officials look for ways to better protect school children while attending schools in Christian County. Fifteen officers, including representatives from the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Taylorville Police Department, Pana Police Department, Moweaqua Police Department and Assumption Police Department were trained for what to look for to help local s schools be more secure from intruders.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Information sought on criminal damages in Taylorville
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a series of criminal damages that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, February 16, 2019

LEAD participants hear from local elected officials
Members of the 2019 LEADership program were able to hear first-hand Wednesday afternoon from a distinguished panel of local elected officials that included, Dennis Shackelford, Chairman of the Lincoln Land Community College Board; Steve Turner, Taylorville School Board member; Mike McClure, Christian County Board member; and Amy Winans, Christian County Coroner.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Pana Education Foundation Presents Donation
Prior to Friday’s Pana basketball game against Vandalia, Becky Carter-Beeson of the Pana Education Foundation presented a $28,565 check to Pana School Superintendent Jason Bauer.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Preschool Peepers learning about skunks Feb. 17
Young children with an adult buddy are invited to explore skunks at Rock Springs Nature Center during Preschool Peepers: Skunks on Sunday, February 17 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

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Friday, February 15, 2019

County looking at additional sales tax
Following a presentation from architect Joseph Petty of J. H. Petty and Associates of Springfield on the facts and figures surrounding an addition to the Christian County Jail, the Finance and Audit Committee decided to table approval of the low bid during their meeting at the Courthouse in Taylorville Thursday night.
Friday, February 15, 2019

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Red Roses group meets at Rosebud on Valentine's
The Pana Red Roses Red Hat club had their monthly  meeting at the Rosebud Cafe in Pana The food was delicious and had great service.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Lake Land sets Pana visit
Lake Land College has scheduled a high school visit in Pana to help students know more about transitioning from high school to a college or university. The meeting is set for March 5, from 2:35 to 3:20 p.m.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Ron Spears shares little-known facts about George Washington with Optimists
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, February 14, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Terry Wright then gave the morning invocation. Upcoming for the club is our annual Spring fundraiser Mostaccioli dinner on March 28th, preceded by the members social on March 19. The local club will also be the host site for the Southern Regional Oratorical Contest on March 30th.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Christian County turns 180 today: Lincoln introduced bill to create county
Today marks 180 years since the establishment of Christian County. Tuesday was the 210th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. The closeness on the calendar is not their only connection.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Moving the walls
Boundaries, edges, even separation is not always a bad thing. Our outer skin serves a protective function to our bodies keeping out dirt, germs, and infections. We wouldn’t get very far without skin. Healthy boundaries are essential in human relationships, to clearly define that you are you and I am me. In any work setting, except for a self-employed, single employee setting, knowing who is responsible for what is essential to the workings of any office or worksite.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Hockey with Bishop to benefit Catholic Charities
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, also known as the “Holy Goalie,” will host his ninth annual “Hockey with Bishop Paprocki,” an exhibition hockey game to benefit Catholic Charities Legal Services, which provides free legal assistance in civil matters to those with little to no income in 28 counties in Central Illinois.
Friday, February 15, 2019

County liquor license fees could be on the rise
The Christian County Board Executive/Personnel Committee approved an approximate 25-percent increase for county liquor license fees at their regular meeting Wednesday night.
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Edinburg superintendent tenders his resignation
This summer will see a new face settling into the superintendent’s office at the Edinburg schools. After four years of leading the district, Fred Lamkey will be leaving his post officially on June 30.
Thursday, February 14, 2019

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Candidates, signage topics at Edinburg
The Edinburg Board of Education held their regular meeting on Wednesday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room.
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Taylorville Township saddled with payroll penalties
In December, the Taylorville Township Board of Trustees enacted a vote of no confidence in Supervisor Deborah McCoy.

Trustees Pat Kretzer, Rich Payne, Linda Lytle, and Colleen Hadley all voted in favor of the motion while McCoy abstained.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Bike trail advocacy group announces plans for '19
The Lincoln Prairie Trails Conservancy (LPTC) had a busy 2018 with repairs, maintance of the trail and enhancement.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Mid-Winter band concert Thursday
It promises to be a great night of music on Thursday, February 14 at Taylorville High School when the THS Concert Band puts on their annual Mid-Winter Band Concert.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Missions for Taylorville assistance deadline is March 1
The Missions for Taylorville (MFT) application for assistance deadline is fast approaching. Christian County homeowners who received damage from the December 1, 2018 tornado are encouraged to fill out and application and return it to MFT by March 1, 2019.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Village of Kincaid tables talks about residential moving pods
The Village of Kincaid met in regular session Monday night. On the agenda, once again, was the passage of an ordinance limiting metal shipping containers/moving pods to be on residential property for 45 days.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

TMH Auxiliary Men Who Cook event March 2
Looking for something to do on Saturday, March 2nd? The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is hosting the annual Men Who Cook event. This event was postponed, due to weather concerns, on January 19th. All tickets bought previously will still be honored.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Ace Donates To Children's Miracle Network
ACE Hardware recently donated to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “We are thrilled to be contributing over $26,000 divided between three local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals this year,” said Ace Hardware President George Preckwinkle during their recent check presentation to CMN.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Pawnee High School to host blood drive Feb. 26
Pawnee High School will host a community blood drive from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26 at 810 N. Fourth Street, inside the Bloodmobile.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Memorial to host free seminar on spine, back issues
Memorial Medical Center will host a free community seminar on spine and back problems at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller St.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Memorial's Festival of Trees raises over $380,000
Nearly 35,000 people attended Memorial’s 29th annual Festival of Trees, which raised $380,306 to fund health-related projects and programs at Memorial Health System and in the Springfield community, Memorial Medical Center Foundation has announced.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Details emerge on return of building trades
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our students. We’ve had approximately 300 individuals involved in Building Trades over the years. Many of them have built their own homes, started their own business, and assisted others in the community with those skills. Now, we get a new generation to continue that, and we’re very excited to bring this program back,” THS Principal Matt Hutchison said Monday night at the Taylorville School Board meeting. He was speaking in reference to the return of the home-building initiative that was once the cornerstone of the THS Building Trades class.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

TSD prepping for incremental facility overhaul
At Monday afternoon’s Taylorville Sanitary District meeting, board members instructed engineer Jeff Large to draw up a master plan for the TSD facility.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Industrial client looking at Pana, city planner says
At the close of the Pana City Council meeting Monday night, City Planner Tom Wobbe announced he was working with an “industrial client” who is planning on settling in Pana.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR recognizes good citizens
Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR met at 10 a.m. on February 9 at the Christian County Extension Office where Ellen Colbrook introduced seven area students chosen as DAR Good Citizen Awards winners.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Rewards card turns into Kiwanis Club fundraiser
The Kroger Rewards Card has now turned into a Taylorville Kiwanis Club fund raiser, according to officials with the club.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Dr. Barron guest speaker, Monday Sertoma meeting
Dr. Joe Barron of Barron Chiropractic and Acupuncture attended Sertoma's recent dinner meeting. Dr. Joe explained that chiropractic care consists of adjusting and manipulating joints. These adjustments assist with blood flow, bringing nitric oxide to the affected area.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Lake Land offering GED class in Pana
Lake Land College’s Adult Education is offering GED classes in Pana on March 7 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Edinburg PD looking at portable breath testers
The Village of Edinburg held a regular meeting on Monday, February 11, 2019.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Seniors Get Practical Advice About Scams
Richard Peters, Director of TRIAD and Taylorville Police Chief, Brian Hile, spoke with residents of Hickory Estates recently concerning the many scams that are targeted at our communities.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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Monday, February 11, 2019

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Monday, February 11, 2019

LLHF reschedules annual business meeting
Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF) of Springfield Illinois announces the rescheduled date for our Annual Business Meeting to be held Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Lakeside Christian Church located at 226 Toronto Road (I-55 Exit 90 west) in Springfield. Beginning at 1:00 p.m., this meeting is open to the general public, including veterans, guardian escorts, volunteers and supporters of LLHF. A complete recap of the 2018 flight season, which consisted of six flights, will be included along with operating costs and statistics of veterans served. There will also be announcements of upcoming plans and dates for the planned six (6) 2019 flights, upcoming events, and salutes to LLHF’s partners and donors. 
Monday, February 11, 2019

Taylorville Optimist Club present grant money to Missions for Taylorville
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its monthly business meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7, in the TMH Auditorium.
Monday, February 11, 2019

John Phillip Sousa returns to Peoria
The Bradley University Symphonic Winds, conducted by Dr. David Vroman, will present a costumed, turn-of-the-century park concert in Dingeldine Music Center on the Bradley campus Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. The concert will be presented in the same style that John Philip Sousa used to entertain large audiences and which made him a household name throughout the United States.
Monday, February 11, 2019

Two blood drives this month, February 13 and 28
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Two upcoming blood drives in the area will allow residents an opportunity to roll up their sleeves during February, Heart Month.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

LEADership participants tour Taylorville mainstays
TAYLORVILLE — Focusing on medical and educational facilities within Christian County, members of the 2019 LEAD program were able to get a first-hand look at Taylorville Memorial Hospital (TMH) and Taylorville High School (THS) this week.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Taylorville's Lauren Peabody takes the stage by storm
TAYLORVILLE — Having just completed a successful run as the lead in “James and the Giant Peach” at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield, 11-year-old Lauren Peabody has aspirations of more acting roles, as well as being a director one day.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Manar, Bourne, local businesses talk minimum wage
TAYLORVILLE — After passing through the Illinois Senate last week, a bill seeking to increase the state minimum wage to $15 per hour is expected to be debated in the Illinois House of Representatives this week.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

TJHS hosting Volley for Cups on Valentines
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Jr. High School 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams will host Volley for CUPS on Wednesday, February 14th, 2019 at the North gym.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Bright picture painted of state's college savings plans
SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Dan McConchie can relate to how the two state managed college savings programs can help Illinois families.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Outdoor writer and wildlife photographer to present program on Illinois
LEWISTOWN, Ill. — Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting "Meet the Artist: Kevin Wright" on Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 1:00-3:00 p..m. Kevin Wright, an award-winning outdoor writer and wildlife photographer working out of central Illinois, is the focus of the Museum's latest exhibit, The Wandering Flatlanders: A Photographic Journey for Illinois Wildlife. He will talk about his work and experiences in the field.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Miles for Smiles
Saturday, February 9, 2019

CWA to award two $1,000 memorial scholarships
TAYLORVILLE — The Community Women’s Association (CWA) will be awarding two $1,000 CWA Memorial Scholarships this year.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Your donation will help send special needs kids to camp
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Kids to Camp New Hope Benefit Committee is asking for donations to help send individuals with developmental disabilities from the Taylorville and Pana areas to Camp New Hope’s “Summer Camp.” Thanks to donations from several Taylorville and Pana area businesses, civic organizations and individuals this past year, 33 special needs kids from Christian County were able to attend this camp.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Council, TPD hit impasse on hire
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile informed the City of Taylorville Emergency Services Committee on Thursday that the Taylorville Police Department responded to 13,899 total calls in 2018.
Friday, February 8, 2019

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Kincaid soldier promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 3
SPRINGFIELD — Kincaid native and Illinois National Guard Soldier Thomas Watson was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 3 in a ceremony Feb. 6 at the Illinois Military Academy, Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois.
Friday, February 8, 2019

Information sought in criminal damage to vehicle
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Friday, February 8, 2019

National Signing Day
Friday, February 8, 2019

TJHS To Host Family Theater Night February 13
Friday, February 8, 2019

TJHS To Host Family Theater Night February 13
Friday, February 8, 2019

Minister's Message: Not what it seems
TAYLORVILLE — Don is a border collie who lives on a farm in Scotland. Now, border collies are known as some of the smartest dogs on Earth, but this appeared to be a little too much for even the smartest of dogs. When his master, a farmer named Tom, hopped out of his John Deere Gator to check on one of his lambs, Don the collie scooted over into the driver’s seat.
Friday, February 8, 2019

TMH to offer three youth mental health first aid classes
Taylorville Memorial Hospital will offer several training days for Youth Mental Health First Aid.
This valuable teaching shows how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Pawnee man gets 45 years in prison
A Sangamon County judge has sentenced a central Illinois man to 45 years in prison for the 2016 stabbing death of a 31-year-old woman.
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Illinois Department of Natural Resources announces February events
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has announced several activities for the month of February 2019:
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Greatest Lincoln collector of all had connectin to Taylorville
Of the great collectors of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia of the twentieth century, none standtaller than Oliver R. Barrett.
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Mike Crews invited guest at State of the Union Address
Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews, at the invitation of Congressman Rodney Davis, witnessed President Trump’s State of the Union Address first-hand Tuesday night.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Giving Back
Landmark Automotive CEO Sean Grant presents a check to Missions for Taylorville board members Lois Hesse and Lynda Hall.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

TJHS students to learn about dangers of e-cigarettes
Students at Taylorville Junior High School will be learning about the dangers of electronic cigarettes this Friday in their physical education classes.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Mt. Auburn water project moving forward
The Village of Mt. Auburn held a regular meeting on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 in the Village Hall.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Judge appointed to serve this circuit
Chief Judge Kimberly G. Koester announces that the Fourth Judicial Circuit Judges have voted to select Jeffrey A. DeLong as Associate Judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit, effective February 8, 2019. 
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Volunteers gather to address tree loss from Dec. tornado
Volunteers from the Taylorville Tree Board, Trees Forever and University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners met recently to address tree loss after the December 1, 2018, tornado that struck Taylorville and Christian County. The meeting was a first step in the recovery and replanting efforts after loss of hundreds of public and private trees from the storm.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

National Winners Recognized
Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry recognized members of the Taylorville High School Livestock Judging Team which won the national championship in Denver, Colo.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

City bans alternative nicotine for teens
The Taylorville City Council voted unanimously during the Monday night council meeting to ban the sale of “alternative nicotine products” to persons under the age of 18 in the city. The new ordinance goes into effect 10 days following its passage.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Dan McNeely seated as YMCA board president
At the 39th Annual Meeting of the Christian County YMCA, the Board of Directors unanimously approved the slate of officers for 2019 which includes Dan McNeely being named the new Board President, Adam Vocks as Vice President, Jennifer Nagle as Treasurer and Duane Stock as Secretary.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Applications being accepted for Lord scholarship
The Lord Educational Trust awards annually a scholarship which is renewable for three years.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Extension offering workshop on pruning fruit trees
Are you a gardener interested in learning how to prune fruit trees? Pruning fruit trees is a necessary task to reap the greatest benefit from your trees.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Taylorville Junior High School Names January Students Of The Month
The following students were selected by their teachers as Taylorville Junior High School Students of the Month for January.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

VisionWay Students Spend Quality Time With Seniors
Students in Mrs. Good's 4th grade class from VisionWay Christian School recently visited residents at Taylorville Care Center.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, February 4, 2019

Relief Comes In Many Forms
During Friday night’s basketball game between the Taylorville Tornadoes and the Charleston Trojans, Charleston High School presented Taylorville Athletic Director Paul Held (right) with a check for $1,004 in support of the ongoing disaster recovery efforts following the December 1 storm. 
Monday, February 4, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, February 4, 2019

Railroaders Tour Taylorville
On Saturday, February 2, the American Association of Railroaders of St. Louis visited Taylorville.
Monday, February 4, 2019

General Grant impersonator to speak at Mt. Pulaski
On Saturday, February 9, 2019, the Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site will host a birthday party for Abraham Lincoln from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.  Visitors will be greeted by Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by John Walther) and General Ulysses S. Grant (portrayed by Larry Werline).
Monday, February 4, 2019

New way for children to enjoy history at library
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum introduces a new educational program called “If Objects Talked” in February, which is also the last month of free admission for school groups until summer.
Monday, February 4, 2019

Blood drive at Edinburg High Feb. 19
Edinburg High School will host a community blood drive from12:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19 at 100 East Martin St., inside the Bloodmobile.
Monday, February 4, 2019

Blakeman recognized for excellence in nursing education
John Blakeman, a 2009 graduate of Taylorville High School and a Taylorville native, was recently awarded a Nurse Educator Fellowship by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

TMH Foundation welcomes new Board members
Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation has welcomed D. Jane Davis, Shirley DeFraties, Matthew Hutchison, Loretta Kahle and Dr. Ronald Mizer to serve on the TMH Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

VisionWay donates to AAMP
VisionWay Christian School recently donated the 1st semester of jean money to AAMP. The Autism and Movement Program or AAMP, is located in Pana, Illinois and is owned by Erica Fraley-Matthews.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Davis to host Crews at State of the Union Address
In recognition of his efforts before and following the devastating December 1 tornado, Taylorville Fire Chief and Christian County Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Crews has been invited by Congressman Rodney Davis to attend President Trump’s State of the Union Address in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, February 5.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

TFD Enacts Dog Rescue
The Taylorville Fire Department performed a dog rescue Friday after being alerted that a lab had fallen through the ice on the pond at Manners Park.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

LEAD participants explore personality styles with Colors® Training
What does it mean to find out you’re a blue, gold, green, or orange personality type?  These four colors each represent a different primary personality type in the Colors® Training system, and members of the 2019 LEAD class learned how understanding each of these personality types can lead to effective communication between, and collaboration among, employees and ultimately to the success of any organization.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Maple Syrup Programs at Rock Springs, Feb 16
Discover where maple syrup comes from at the Macon County Conservation District’s Maple Syrup programs at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Saturday, February 16.  Programs will be held hourly at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Tator Tots Rock!
K, 1, and 2 students at North School welcomed the singing Tator Tots Rock! The show was on Friday, February 2nd.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, February 1, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, February 1, 2019

Goundhog Day Saturday: Illinois has plenty of them
Punxsutawney Phil may be the most famous groundhog of all.  But he’s got plenty of cousins in the Land of Lincoln.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Winter photography workshop next weekend at Rock Spgs.
Explore outdoor winter photography with members of the Decatur Camera Club at Rock Springs Nature Center on Saturday, February 9 from 1-4 p.m.
Friday, February 1, 2019

TMH visitors encouraged to take precautions to prevent spread of flu
Following a recommendation from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Memorial Health System is putting into place temporary visitor restrictions at its four hospitals to curb the spread of the flu.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Kemmerer Village exec speaks to local Optimists
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, January 31, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium.
Friday, February 1, 2019

February sensory-friendly film event set for Feb. 9
Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films”.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Super Saturday at Illinois State Museum tomorrow
The Illinois State Museum in Springfield invites families to two upcoming special events featuring February holidays and African American history.
Friday, February 1, 2019

APL announces February pet adoption dates
The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during February with cats and dogs available at various locations. All animals presented by APL for adoption have been spayed or neutered, micro chipped and have received all vaccinations by the time of their adoption.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Good family of Stonington to host Elevation Church watch party Sunday
There’s a party happening on Sunday, and I don’t mean of the Super Bowl variety.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Wisdom and power
Charlie Daniels, not the country singer, came from my childhood hometown. My earliest memory of him was a man who had severe alcohol addiction. For example, one day I saw him wobbling badly outside a tavern. At one point, he was kicked out of town.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Information sought in local car burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to vehicle burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, January 31, 2019

TRS candidate meets retired teachers
During a special meeting of Retired Teachers of Christian County held recently at Charros, members were introduced to retired teacher Doug Strand, endorsed by the Illinois Retired Teachers Association as its Teachers Retirement System annuitant trustee candidate. James Bachman, president of IRTA, said Strand was unanimously chosen by the IRTA Board of Directors as annuitant trustee candidate and encouraged those attending to sign Strand’s petition.
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Special Olympics Dream Catcher Team Plays AT A&M Half Time
The Dream Catchers were in attendance at Monday night’s Central A&M game.
Thursday, January 31, 2019

THS choirs to participate in festival
The students of the THS Mixed Choir and Concert Choir will form the core of a choir comprising around 250 voices in the annual Area Choral Festival on Thursday, Feb. 7 at Lincolnwood High School, 507 Prairie St. in Raymond, Ill.
Thursday, January 31, 2019

THS choirs to participate in festival
The students of the THS Mixed Choir and Concert Choir will form the core of a choir comprising around 250 voices in the annual Area Choral Festival on Thursday, Feb. 7 at Lincolnwood High School, 507 Prairie St. in Raymond, Ill.
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

County committee approves low bid for jail addition
A total of 10 construction companies from around the region submitted bids Tuesday afternoon for the 20-bed addition to the Christian County Correctional Center to be considered by the Highway and Building Committee of the Christian County Board. The low bid accepted by the committee was submitted by Schwartz Construction of Country Side, Ill. Their bid was $849,000 for the 2,160-square-foot addition.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Cold Weather Causes Rail Issue In Pana
A westbound Union Pacific freight train experienced mechanical problems early Wednesday morning as it made its way through Pana, causing traffic on Route 29 to be detoured.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Frigid temps may disrupt delivery of Breeze for some today
As sub-zero wind chills set in across much of the area, schools and some local businesses closed their doors today.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Historical Society Trivia Night
The Christian county Historical Sciety held a trivia night fundraiser Saturday night at the American Legion in Taylorville where 109 guests participated.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Veteran support group speaks to local Kiwanis Club
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the Salvage Dawgs Veteran Support Group, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Pana to rescind future lake lot lease increases
The Pana City Council authorized its attorney to prepare an ordinance which will freeze lake lot leases at the current rate for this year and 2020, but rescind increases which were written into the ordinance passed late last year.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Park reports a successful 2018 'Christmas in the Park'
Over the course of 18 days in December, Manners Park saw more than 5,700 cars tour the annual Christmas in the Park display.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Pana School Board okays $1.5-million bond for improvements
Members of the Pana School Board voted Monday night to approve the expenditure of $1.5 million in alternative revenue bonds to pay for improvements in the junior high school building and at the Brummett Field track and football field.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Governor declares weather emergency
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has joined the list of Midwestern governors issuing disaster proclamations as frigidly cold weather hit the region
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Kincaid Police make drug arrest Monday
The Kincaid Police Department conducted a search warrant on the 200 block of Garrison Street, Bulpitt, Christian County, Ill. on Monday, January 28, 2019.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Autism support group meeting Feb. 7
TASC/The Autism Support Connection will be holding its regular monthly support group meeting on Thursday, February 7th   6:00pm-7:30pm at the Free Methodist Church, 1400 Seymour Ave. in Hillsboro.  This month we will have an open discussion format.   
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Proceeds from mouse race help support library
The 10th successful Mouse Race was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Morrisonville, Saturday, January 26. Despite questionable weather the crowd enjoyed a fun night to benefit Kitchell Memorial Library. Fourteen races were run along with numerous side events. Some of the local big winners for the night were Wes Rush, Pat Dennison, and Linda Sheedy along with numerous out of town winners. David Peat of Paw Paw, Ill. was the winner of the 50/50 drawing for $303.00.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Extension program: Retirement, end of life planning
The University of Illinois Extension Office in Taylorville, Illinois will present a program entitled “As We Grow Older - Retirement and End of Life Planning,” on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

County to have two warming centers available
Christian County will have two warming centers available 24 hours as needed, according to Mike Crews, Emergency Management Director.
Monday, January 28, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, January 28, 2019

Theatre 7 holding open auditions for comedy "Murder Inn."
Theatre 7 is hosting two days of open auditions for the hilarious Jones, Hope Wooten comedy "Murder Inn." Auditions will start at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 12 or Wednesday, February 13 at Theatre 7, located at 131 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur.
Monday, January 28, 2019

LEAD participants hear from local officials
Leadership in Christian County was never more prevalent than on Wednesday afternoon, January 16, when 2019 LEADership program participants toured the Christian County Emergency Communications Center in the basement of the Christian County Jail, as well hearing from several key elected officials serving Christian County residents at the courthouse later that afternoon.
Monday, January 28, 2019

Seeking the mystery of vortexes in Sedona
SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) — I suppose I shouldn't have taken the parking attendant's advice so literally.
Saturday, January 26, 2019

Ron Spears will speak on Lincoln at LLCC events
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College invites the public to its 11th annual Lincoln Lecture Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. in the R.H. Stephens Room of Menard Hall on the Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
Saturday, January 26, 2019

Nokomis Jr.-Sr. High Schools announce honor roll
Saturday, January 26, 2019

Greg Fombelle art work on display in Courthouse
TAYLORVILLE — The art work of Greg Fombelle is now on display in the first floor lobby of the Christian County Courthouse. The lobby is open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, until Mar. 29, 2019.
Saturday, January 26, 2019

People in the news
FAYETTE, Mo. — Whitney Pascoe, a biology major from Pawnee, was among students at Central Methodist University who were named to the Dean's List for the fall 2018 semester.
Saturday, January 26, 2019

2019 K-8 Artists Showcase set for February 23
Saturday, January 26, 2019

Get schooled on education savings plans
TAYLORVILLE — Here ar some options to consider when thinking about beginning to save for your child’s college education.
Saturday, January 26, 2019

Tax-advantage investing: From retirement to health
TAYLORVILLE — Tax-advantaged investing, also called tax-efficient investing, allows investors to maximize the profits they can keep after taxes are filed. Investment selection and asset allocation are important factors affecting returns, but minimizing taxes and other costs is also crucial, according to the Schwab Center for Financial Research.
Saturday, January 26, 2019

Walls
TAYLORVILLE — For those foolish persons saying it is immoral or non-Christian to have a wall guarding our border(s), here are just a few Scriptures giving the Lord’s view concerning walls. I did not include the Scriptures telling of the walls being breached or broken down because of sin in the land, but a few concerning the Lord’s instruction to rebuild them when they walked in obedience to Him.
Friday, January 25, 2019

St. Mary Catholic School to celebrate Catholic Schools Week
TAYLORVILLE — Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Many activities are planned from masses, open houses and other fun activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. The week is slated to focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people.
Friday, January 25, 2019

CWF donates to Safe Passage Program
Friday, January 25, 2019

DMCC youth hear from law enforcement officials
Friday, January 25, 2019

Information sought in vehicle theft
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a vehicle theft that occurred in Taylorville.
Friday, January 25, 2019

Fire Engulfs Langleyville Home
LANGLEYVILLE —  Just before 6:00 a.m. this morning, area fire departments responded to a blaze at 101 N. Reimer Avenue in Langleyville.
Friday, January 25, 2019

Millikin choir to hold Winter finale concert
DECATUR — The Millikin University Choir will present the final concert of its 2019 Winter Tour on Sunday, Jan. 27 at St. Patrick's Church, located at 407 E. Eldorado St. in Decatur, Ill. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. The concert is free to the public and free-will offerings are accepted.
Friday, January 25, 2019

South Fork student designated an Illinois State Scholar
KINCAID — South Fork High School Principal Clark is pleased to announce that Grace Dulakis from the graduating class of 2019 has been recognized as an Illinois State Scholar.
Friday, January 25, 2019

Energy assistance is available through assistance program
Springfield — The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity  announced that income qualified households can apply for winter heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
Friday, January 25, 2019

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Christian County Resident Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Brad Paisley presided over the following cases on Jan. 25, 2019:
Friday, January 25, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, January 25, 2019

THS Class of '74 reunion planning meeting
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville High School Class of 1974 will hold a planning meeting for the 45th class reunion on Thursday, February 7, at 6:00 p.m. at the American Legion in Taylorville.
Friday, January 25, 2019

Switzer guest speaker at Optimist Club Thursday
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, January 24, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and Ron Spears gave the morning invocation.
Friday, January 25, 2019

St. Mary School fifth grade students donate to Taylorville Food Pantry
TAYLORVILLE — Inspired by an article appearing in the Breeze Courier, fifth grade students at St. Mary School began a new service project this year by donating to the Taylorville Food Pantry.
Friday, January 25, 2019

In the aftermath of the December 1 tornado: TMH Foundation Employee Emergency Fund grows
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation receives donations to its Employee Emergency Fund in response to the December 1 tornado.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Millikin University to present love-themed cabaret
For as long as he can remember, Dr. Justin John Moniz has been using music as a vehicle for conversation - an opportunity for social impact. In his second year as Millikin University's coordinator of vocal studies, Moniz is now challenging his students to do the same.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

St. Mary School Raises Money For Tornado Victims
St. Mary School fifth grade students recently held a change war to help victims after the tornado that hit Taylorville on December 1. The fifth grade class, under the direction of Ms. Amy Hughes, proposed the idea of a change war to Principal Cathy Robertson.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

State Rep Sue Scherer to chair new education committee
State Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, will draw on her experience from 34 years as a public school teacher and legislative efforts to expand access to quality education as the new chair of the House Elementary & Secondary Education: Administration, Licensing & Charter School Committee.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

City and AFSCME agree to 5 percent raises
Forty-three City of Taylorville employees will see a five-percent bump in their paychecks  for the remainder of 2019 after the city council and the AFSCME union came to terms on a new contract Monday night.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Campus visit day Feb. 18 at Lincoln Land College
Prospective students interested in starting or restarting college or training for a new career are invited to Campus Visit Day at Lincoln Land Community College on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 18. The free event will be held at the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road, with two sessions scheduled, 10 a.m.-noon and 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Students Participate In Babysitting Clinic
Pictured are students who participated in the TMH Auxiliary Babysitting Clinic held Monday, January 21, 2019.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Council Honors Henley
Mayor Bruce Barry and the Taylorville City Council honored Carson Henley at Monday night’s Taylorville City Council meeting for overcoming adversity in his adolescence.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Local Crime Stoppers partnering with alert network
Christian County Crimestoppers is teaming up with a state-wide alert system that will help spread information about missing or wanted subjects.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Students learn valuable skills at babysitting clinic
Even though they had a day off of school, these students were still ready to learn. On Monday the 21st Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary hosted another babysitting clinic.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Vandalia Statehouse to celebrate Lincoln's birthday
The Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site will celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday with a special event on Saturday, Feb. 9.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Prevention Coalition to meet Wednesday, Jan. 23
The Christian County Prevention Coalition (CCPC) will hold their January meeting Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Meeting Notice
Monday, January 21, 2019

Illinois Wesleyan announces Dean's List
The following students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2018-19 academic year at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Monday, January 21, 2019

Extension hosting food safety workshop for groups
University of Illinois Extension will be presenting a Serve it Safely Workshop, which teaches safety principles for volunteer organizations. Selling and serving food remains a popular fundraising activity for community groups.
Monday, January 21, 2019

Lincoln Land hosting auditions for spring play
Lincoln Land Community College Theatre in collaboration with Cutlass Artists will hold auditions for "Red Sails: Jeanne de Clisson the Female Pirate" on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 4 and 5, from 7-9 p.m. in Sangamon Hall South, Room 0015 on the LLCC campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
Monday, January 21, 2019

Nat. Guard recruiter from Blue Mound retires
The Illinois Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion said farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey V. White of Blue Mound, Illinois, as he transferred responsibility to Sgt. Maj. Jason Wolfe of Fairfield, Illinois, during a ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, January 17.
Monday, January 21, 2019

TRIAD and TPD hosting seniors' seminar Thursday
On Thursday, Jan. 24, at 9:30 a.m., in the Taylorville Municipal Building lower floor, the Taylorville Police Department and the Christian County TRIAD will be hosting a special presentation presented by the United States Postal Inspectors. The agents will provide an overview of their investigative roles, current trends, and the never-ending scams the public continuously faces.
Monday, January 21, 2019

People Bank establishes loan fund for federal employees
Peoples Bank & Trust has established a loan fund available to Christian, Coles, Effingham, Fayette, Greene, Macoupin, Montgomery, Morgan, Sangamon and Shelby County residents adversely affected by the government shutdown. The loans are for the purpose of assisting with personal, family or household expenses.  The loan program will be effective for the remainder of January and February. Each loan will be limited to $750, be payable in 6 to 12 months, have limited underwriting and have no interest or fees.
Monday, January 21, 2019

TMH Foundation honors retiring board members
aylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation held their annual meeting of the corporation on January 15 in the Annex of Taylorville Memorial Hospital where they honored retiring board members Penelope J. Bliler, Mary E. McNeely, David L. Hixenbaugh and William A. Cope.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Taylorville Junior High School announces Geography Bee winners
Taylorville Junior High School recently held its 2018-2019 Geography Bee. The Bee is the first level of the National Geographic Bee, sponsored by the National Geographic Society.  Over 250 students participated in the preliminary rounds, and ten finalists competed to determine the school winner. The Bee is conducted by Mr. Daniel Nieves and Mrs. Jacqueline Foil.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Pana Students Travel To Washington
Students from St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Pana traveled to Washington DC for the annual March for Life, joining hundreds of thousands of other pro-life advocates for the march and other festivities Jan. 16-18.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum honors the life of John F. Kennedy through photographs
An exhibition of photographs tracing John F. Kennedy’s private life and public trajectory opens at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Feb. 15. Some are iconic images of Camelot, while many have rarely been seen before.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

LLCC celebrates African-American History Month in February
Lincoln Land Community College is celebrating African-American History Month during February with various events. The theme for this year’s observance is “Still: We Rise as the Journey Continues.”
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Millikin marks MLK Day Monday with guest speaker
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Millikin University, Decatur welcomes Dr. Willie Rockward, president of the National Society of BlackPhysicists (NSBP), for a presentation on Monday, Jan. 21 at 3:00 p.m. in the Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Room, located on the third floor of the University Commons on Millikin's campus.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Second round of snow, cold will impact travel
The Illinois State Police (ISP) reminds motorists to remain vigilant as a second system of winter weather enters Illinois. During last weekend’s storm, the ISP handled 384 traffic crashes and assisted 1,257 motorists.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

TJHS Donate To Honor Flights
Students at Taylorville Junior High School raised money for The Honor Flight by having a Hat Day and Camo Day.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

City seeking to limit video gaming signage
“We’ve had numerous complaints, not only by the aldermen, but also by the citizens, that they are tired of seeing the banners that are out front of all the video gaming establishments,” Alderman Bruce Jones said last Thursday night at the City of Taylorville Ordinance Committee meeting.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Meeting Notice
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Pelosi cancels Afghanistan trip, cites Trump 'leak'
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today canceled her plans to travel by commercial plane to visit U.S. troops in Afghanistan, saying President Donald Trump had caused a security risk by talking about the trip.
Friday, January 18, 2019

Kincaid hires Safe Passage coordinator
The Village of Kincaid met Monday night in regular session. Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler presented to the board a proposal of hiring a part-time Safe Passage Coordinator to help run the program. Chief Wheeler explained that he had applied and received a large donation from the Duncan-Kendrick Ministry Fund of the Taylorville First United Methodist Church to hire the coordinator.
Friday, January 18, 2019












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