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County finance committee whisks through agenda
In an abbreviated meeting of the Christian County Board’s Finance Committee, members got through their agenda in a matter of eight minutes Thursday night.

County Treasurer Betty Asmussen presented paperwork to move funds from one investment into another. The move did not require committee approval, but will be brought up at the regular board meeting on Tuesday.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Taylorville Officer Earns Award
Taylorville police officer Christian Nelson, second from left, was awarded the Illinois Elks East-Central District Enrique Camarena Award for his work in helping combating drug crime in the department. The award was presented Thursday by Tom Funk, vice-president of the district and member of Pana Elks Lodge 1261.
Friday, January 17, 2020

City orders 80-foot downtown mural
From painted sea turtles to cityscapes, artist Maggie Tarr says her career has taken a bit of an unexpected turn.

Tarr has found success as an upstart muralist. She got her break painting sea turtles at Knights Action Park, landed one of her first feature walls in Hillsboro, and is currently finishing a mural for the theater in Jacksonville. Now, she’s on track to compose an 80-foot mural in downtown Taylorville. “I don’t know that this is exactly what I envisioned when I decided to study Art in college,” Tarr laughed when asked how she came to be budding muralist. “It’s been a a lot of fun though.”

At Thursday’s City of Taylorville Finance Committee meeting, aldermen unanimously recommended that the full council approve the Taylorville mural at a cost not to exceed $18,000. The money is expected to be taken from the business development district (BDD) funds generated from the additional one-percent sales tax that the city approved last year. Annually, that BDD sales tax generates more than $1 million, and it has to be used on qualifying projects that improve infrastructure, spur development, or improve the area.

Friday, January 17, 2020

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Friday, January 17, 2020

TJHS Council Donates To Honor Flight
The Taylorville Junior High School Student Council presented a check to the Taylorville VFW to help fund the Honor Flight on behalf of the students at TJHS.
Friday, January 17, 2020

Optimists hear about impeachment process
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, January 16, 2020, in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church. Following coffee and donuts, President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor John Crist gave the morning invocation. Ron briefly covered the upcoming Spring fundraiser, our annual Mostaccioli dinner. Details will be forthcoming.
Friday, January 17, 2020

TJHS Student Donates To Honor Flight
For her charitable efforts following the December 1, 2018 tornado, Elli Skultety was recently selected as volunteer of the quarter by People’s Bank and Trust. Along with the honor, Skultety was given $250 to donate to charity.
Friday, January 17, 2020

In a hurry
Sometimes just one word in a biblical story can change the way that we understand it.. As I began this year, I felt a need to read through the story of Jesus, and I chose the gospel of Luke as my text. Though it was after Christmas, I began reading through the birth narratives found in Luke 1-2, and I came upon Luke 1:39-40.
Friday, January 17, 2020

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Kirkendoll's Colossus
How many people can wash the underside of their vehicle while standing up? Outside of Jared Kirkendoll of Herrick, probably not many. Kirkendoll brought his towering truck to the car wash on Main Street in Taylorville on Thursday morning before taking it in to have the paint buffed in advance of a Texas show he’s headed to. 
Thursday, January 16, 2020

South Fork votes to switch over to 8 man football
The South Fork Board of Education held a regular meeting on Wednesday, January 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high Media Center.

At the meeting, the Board finalized the decision to switch over from traditional eleven man football to running an eight man football team. Overall, the change was expected to possibly cut down on the extreme travel the players have had to do in the past as well as allow them to play schools more their size.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Burke named new Morrisonville Police Chief
Former Christian County Jail Administrator Rohn Burke was unanimously named as the Village of Morrisonville’s new police chief Wednesday night at the village board meeting.

Burke will replace Don Broaddus who was with the department for nine years over two different stints. Most recently, Broaddus took the post in July of last year.

Prior to serving as the jail administrator for the county, Burke worked for the Taylorville Police Department and has worked in law enforcement since 1983. Burke says the Morrisonville position will be a good fit for him due to the sense of community there. “I was looking for a community where I could get involved, and I know that Morrisonville has good people, so I wanted to come here and hopefully finish out the rest of my career.”

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Memorial Behavioral Health offers class in mental health first aid
Memorial Behavioral Health will offer a class for the public to receive training on how to identify and respond to adults showing signs of mental illness or substance abuse.
Thursday, January 16, 2020

HSHS St. Mary's Hospital announces around-the-clock Tele-ICU services
HSHS St. Mary's Hospital announced the successful launch of the most advanced critical care telemedicine program available in hospital intensive care units designed to ensure the highest quality of care for our sickest patients.
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Morrisonville Honors Police Officers
The board of trustees for the Village of Morrisonville and Morrisonville Village President Larry Tolliver presented a pair of officers with a certificate of recognition at Wednesday night’s board meeting. Don Broaddus (left) was recognized for his nine years of service to the Morrisonville community over two different tours
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Twsp. trustees say accounting discrepancies persist
Taylorville Township trustees say they are still trying to sort out their financial record keeping after what was a tumultuous year in 2019. In December of 2018, the board enacted a vote of no confidence in Supervisor Deborah McCoy. In February of 2019, trustees said that course of action stemmed from a series of payroll discrepancies where taxes were not being paid. Then, in March, the board reported that tax penalties could top $20,000 as a result of those errors.

In June of last year, it looked like the township was on the road to recovery when trustees agreed to hire a financial advisor. By August of last year, the regular meetings had settled back into a pretty standard routine.

At Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting, however, trustees say there are still some lingering concerns that haven’t been cleaned up from 2019.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Report: '62 elevator doesn't need modernization
A report issued by Stuard and Associates of Martinsville, Ind., indicated the 1962 Otis elevator inside the Christian County Courthouse does not need to be “modernized.” The report was delivered by Phil Schneider, chairman of the Highway and Buildings Committee, which met in the Courthouse Tuesday night.

The visual inspection of the elevator was conducted on Friday of last week and the results were contained in the letter to Schneider, dated Jan. 14, 2020, which he read at the meeting.

“During our visit we saw nothing that led us to believe a modernization needed to happen in order to pass an elevator inspection,” the report stated. “The OSFM (Office of State Fire Marshal) does not mandate when an elevator system needs to be modernized but can and will enforce certain codes to insure public safety for all elevators within their jurisdiction.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Lunchtime on the Square
Taking advantage of some nice weather on Tuesday, this squirrel, perched on a garbage receptacle on the Taylorville Courthouse square, enjoys a break for lunch. The fair weather - at least for mid-January - is giving creatures of all kinds a break from the usual bleak and cold conditions experienced outside.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Lincoln, The Great Communicator tours the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area
Looking for Lincoln will host Lincoln, The Great Communicator in eight Looking for Lincoln Communities around the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. The performance combines live period music with conversation and narrative by President Lincoln (using Lincoln’s own words) to explore Lincoln’s use of communication as a personal and political tool and features Lincoln impersonator George Buss and Illinois folk musician and folklorist Chris Vallillo.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Lake Land College to host Academic Challenge
What happens when you take some of the most brilliant minds from area high schools and put them under one roof? Nothing other than an academic face off, where teams are pitted against each other in eight subject areas in order to take home the Academic Challenge regional championship title.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Taylorville school board hears tech update
Through the federal E-rate program, the Taylorville School District could receive an 80 percent grant that could help the district acquire updated technology.

TCUSD Technology Director Chris Kuntzman provided the board with his annual report at Monday’s meeting where he explained the E-rate program and what it could mean for Taylorville schools.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Three hospitalized following Sunday morning crash
Three Christian County residents were hospitalized following a one-vehicle accident about 2:25 a.m. Sunday. The Christian County Sheriff’s Department released details of the accident Monday afternoon.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Hadley tapped as next THS athletic director
Taylorville High School Athletic Director Paul Held has been with the Taylorville School District for more than thirty years, but he jokes that he will be a “free agent” at the end of the current school year. Held is retiring from the post after a successful tenure, but Taylorville High School sports shouldn’t miss a beat under the direction of his successor, Jason Hadley.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Manar describes road projects, land issue
During its 40-minute session on Monday night, members of the Pana City Council heard from Illinois State Senator Andy Manar. The Bunker Hill Democrat spoke about a pair of highway projects which will improve Illinois Routes 29, 16 and U. S. 51. He also spoke about a recent bill signed into law by Gov. J. B. Pritzger which gives the city total control of the Pana Lake area.

Under a 1949 agreement between the city and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the state agency had complete control over development of the property for recreational use, despite the city having ownership. This was in exchange for $200,000 to build the latest dam on the lake for the city’s water supply.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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Water reclamation district offers project updates
The Christian County Water Reclemation District met in brief session Monday afternoon where Crawford, Murphy & Tilly senior engineer Jeff Large outline the progress on phase one of the district’s ongoing capital improvement project, which is a $10 million commitment that will span the next eight to ten years.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Village of Edinburg takes a 'wait and see' approach on large gas rate increase
The Village of Edinburg held a regular session meeting on Monday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.

Mike Genin, a representative from the Illinois Public Energy Agency (IPEA), was present at the meeting to explain the gas transportation rate increase to the village and advise them on what possible actions could be taken to challenge the 500% increase. Genin began by explaining that Edinburg got its gas from Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company, a major corporation that provides gas from the panhandle area of Oklahoma through Midwestern states like Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. The last major increase in the company’s rates was seen in 1992. Because it had been so long since they raised rates, the company therefor felt justified in going with a 500% increase on their rates, which would cost the village an estimated $69,000 more per year.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Students Earn Attendance Awards
North School attendance winners for the week of January 6-10 were Ariel Johnson, Nick Atteberry, and Lillie McCauley.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Local Teacher Earns National Board Certification
North School special education teacher Antoinette Spinner (left) was honored by the Taylorville School Board Monday night after she recently earned her National Board Certification.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Area school libraries get grant funding
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded over $1.2 million in FY 2020 School District Library Grant Program awards to 684 public school districts. More than 1.5 million Illinois students served by school library programs will benefit from the grants.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Nature event for preschoolers Jan. 19
Young children with an adult buddy are invited to Rock Springs Nature Center for Preschool Peepers: Ice Cold on Sunday, January 19 at 2pm. Children and their adult buddies will explore how cold weather affects the natural world, and take a short walk outside to observe nature during wintery weather.  Then, make a craft inside, where we’ll paint with ice! All supplies will be provided. Preschool Peepers programs are ideal for ages 3-5, but all ages are welcome. This program is free, but you must pre-register online by noon on January 17 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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Monday, January 13, 2020

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Donations Delivered coming to Christian County and Food Bank
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Central Illinois Foodbank is bringing a new food rescue program - Donations Delivered - to Christian County to help feed families. This program uses volunteers to pick up donations from local establishments like restaurants, caterers, and bakeries and deliver the donations to local agencies such as the Taylorville Food Pantry.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

TMH Auxiliary Men Who Cook event set for Jan. 18
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host its annual Men Who Cook event Saturday, January 18 at The Taylorville Moose Lodge at 720 McAdam Dr.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

New law may encourage smaller businesses to offer retirement plans
NEW YORK (AP) — A new law expanding retirement plan options for small businesses may encourage more companies to offer the benefits to their workers.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

TMH Foundation supports both the local hospital and the community
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is seeking donations for its annual appeal in support of the Foundation’s efforts to improve the health and care provided to the community.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Donations to Animal Control go a long way to keep the services coming
TAYLORVILLE — It is a 24-hour operation, the Christian County Animal Control Office, with numerous cats and dogs being housed, waiting for owners to claim their pets or pets waiting to be adopted. A lot of volunteer help is coordinated by Animal Control Officer Vince Harris, who is also the county’s zoning officer. Along with those volunteers whose assistance keeps the office and housing of animals on track, donations from the public at large go a long way in helping.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

People In the News
GREENVILLE, Ill. — Alexandria Hooper, a senior from Taylorville, Jared Beyers, a freshman from Pana, and Logan Dameris, a senior from Pana, were named to  the Dean's List at Greenville University for the Fall 2019 semester.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Toddlers learn about eagles at mini camp Jan. 15
DECATUR — Children ages 1-5 and their adult buddy are invited to Rock Springs Nature Center for Mini Camp: Majestic Eagles. This camp for ages 1-5 will be offered Wednesday, January 15 and Thursday, January 16 from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Nominations open for LLCC honored alumni award
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College is accepting nominations for the 2020 Honored Alumni Award. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 15, 2020.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Annual Kiwanis breakfast helps raise fund for community youth programs
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis are working to serve the community by serving up some hot breakfast.  The club is serving up an “all you can eat” breakfast to raise funds to support youth in the Taylorville area.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Two arrested for possession of meth
TAYLORVILLE — Members of the Community Action Team (CAT) conducted a narcotic search warrant at 717 W. Poplar Street, Taylorville.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

"Now what?"
TAYLORVILLE — Child after child came running to their mother about another tragedy or injustice in their life. After about an hour of this, the last child came running to mom about a crime a sibling had committed. In frustration and exasperation, mom turns and says, “Now what?!”  
Friday, January 10, 2020

Flash flood watch is continued through Saturday
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a Flash Flood Watch for all of Christian County and neighbors in Sangamon, Shelby and Macon counties until 12:00 noon on Saturday.
Friday, January 10, 2020

Crimestoppers
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a hit and run that occurred in Taylorville.
Friday, January 10, 2020

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Inspections complete: Front Entrance to PCH to open Monday
PANA — Pana Community Hospital is excited to announce the completion of Phase II of their Building Expansion Project. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) inspected the project Wednesday, January 8th and the hospital has now received the official “Certificate of Occupancy”, which allows PCH to move into the new addition!
Friday, January 10, 2020

Co. Clerk Gianasi testifies before House committee today
Christian County Clerk and Recorder, Michael Gianasi, is in Washington, D. C. today and testified before the U. S. House of Representative’s Administration Committee in the Longworth Office Building. Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis (R-13th), of Taylorville is the Ranking Republican Member of the committee.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Rogan's Escort
In the wake of a terrible Glioblastoma diagnosis, nine-year-old Rogan Donoho, formerly of Taylorville and currently from Mt. Zion, needed something to help lift his spirits. The City of Taylorville and several dozens of its residents did just that Wednesday afternoon on his trip home from a St. Louis hospital.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

E'burg schools eye maintenance grant
The Edinburg Board of Education held a regular meeting on Wednesday, January 8 at 6:00 p.m. in the junior high room #145.

Superintendent Ben Theilen has been talking about the State of Illinois School Maintenance project Grant since first learned of it, but at the January meeting, he had more concrete plans and information for the Board. The grant would be a 50/50 matching grant through the State of Illinois, with the state agreeing to pay half up to $100,000 of a project. Also, up to 50% of the funds the school put forth towards any maintenance and building repair work to be reimbursed to the district.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Local man convicted of aggravated domestic battery
A 42-year-old Taylorville man was found guilty of one count of aggravated domestic battery Tuesday evening, following a two-day long trial in Christian County Circuit Court. Ronald E. Nigh was found guilty of aggravated domestic battery/strangle, in that during the battery of his wife, Marshalle Nigh, he strangled the victim. On a second charge of aggravated domestic battery, he was found not guilty.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

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Mt. Auburn citizen concerned about missing hydrants
The Village of Mt. Auburn held a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.

Mt. Auburn resident Mike Whitehead was present at the meeting to report on an issue he thought the Village needed to take up with the engineers of the Water Project.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

LLCC looking for volunteer tutors for adult ed
Lincoln Land Community College is looking for volunteer tutors to assist with the adult education program at its Hillsboro, Litchfield and Taylorville locations.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Critical need for blood donors after the holidays
The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood. To help tackle the critical need, the Red Cross and NFL are working together to offer one lucky winner a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

TMH Foundation announces grant recipient
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation board of directors is pleased to announce its recipient of the 2019 Healthcare Career Education Grant is Kristin Stanton.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Goodall Sworn In
At Monday night’s Taylorville City Council Meeting, Andy Goodall was sworn in as the city’s new Building, Zoning, and Ordinance Officer. Goodall will replace the recently retried George Calvert.


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Volunteers needed in local 'Point in Time' homeless count
Each year, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires a homeless count to  be completed for the entire United States in January.  Why January? It is believed if some one is experiencing sleeping on the streets, in a car or in an emergency shelter, during the coldest time of the year, it is likely he has no support network and will remain homeless without assistance.  HUD uses this count to assist in determining if grant funds are effective in ending homelessness.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Council orders body cams for TPD
Following a recommendation from the emergency services committee last week, the full Taylorville City Council voted unanimously to move forward with the purchase of police body cameras Monday night.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Bruce Dowdy appointed as Stonington village president
The Village of Stonington met in regular session Monday night, with Village Trustee Andrew Callan calling the meeting to order.

Former Village President Ryan Marucco announced in December he would be stepping down in January after nine plus years due to an ever increasingly busy work schedule. He recommended as his replacement Trustee Bruce Dowdy and the board unanimously approved with a 4-0 vote. Dowdy was sworn into office by Callan.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Morrisonville teacher one of 5 recognized by State Board of Education
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has recognized five educators for their leadership in implementing the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS). ISBE named the five inaugural “KIDS MVPs” at the third annual Mastering KIDS Summit on Dec. 13 in Normal.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

City Honors TPD Officer
Officer Kirsten Bollinger of the Taylorville Police Department was presented with a plaque Monday night by Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler, Deputy Chief Vince Childers and Mayor Bruce Barry in honor of her outstanding community service work with the TPD.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Amelia, Oliver, Levi Springfield's top baby names
Amelia was the most popular name for a baby girl in Springfield in 2019, while the most popular name for a boy was a tie between Oliver and Levi, according to information from Springfield’s two hospitals.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Adult ed: Manufacturing skills class free
Lake Land College Adult Education will hold an orientation for free manufacturing skills classes on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 9 a.m. at the Lake Land College Workforce Development Center, room 105.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Take a virtual tour of the Land of Lincoln Thursday
America has dozens of national heritage areas. Only one is devoted to a single person – the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area in Illinois. On Thursday, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum offers a chance to learn more about the history and purpose of this ambitious project.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

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Monday, January 6, 2020

North students celebrate improved attendance rate
Students at North Elementary celebrated their October attendance success with a schoolwide dance party. The school met the goal of having 82% of its students miss one day of school or less in October, an improvement over 80% in September. A teacher-lead team at North School is working collaboratively with the administration to combat absenteeism and boost attendance.
Monday, January 6, 2020

Area gallery to host Barn Colony artists
Barn Colony Artists, based in Decatur, fill the Gallery and Upper Lobby of Flourishes Gallery and Studios through April 11. They invite you to view the forty-nine two-dimensional works by nine of their members. The reception with some exhibiting members present will be held Saturday, January 11 from 10 am to 2 pm. All are invited.
Monday, January 6, 2020

Building God's House: Renovations and expansion coming to Taylorville church
The Methodist Church in Taylorville has been located on the same spot since 1844. For 176 years, the congregation has gathered together at the corner of Market and Walnut Streets in Taylorville to worship and celebrate fellowship and goodwill ministry. The current church building was constructed in 1919, supporting generations of worshippers for 101 years. With the rapidly changing world and ways in which people worship, the congregation has decided that it is once again time for the church to be renovated and expanded. Along with Pastor Becky Lembke, the Breeze-Courier recently sat down and discussed the coming changes with members of the team helping to realize the dream of a better church. Team members include Melisa Livingston, Jenny Moats, Bob Febus, Greg Patrick, and Jim Brubaker.
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Taylorville man's federal pornography trial delayed
A Federal trial for Todd M. England, 46, of Taylorville, has been delayed until February, following a motion filed on behalf of the defendant. England was indicted on a two-count information in Federal court on Oct. 29, 2019, charged with possession of child pornography.
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Community fundraiser brings new weightroom to Morrisonville High School
“I’ve maybe only used it once or twice that I can think of,” said Morrisonville High School senior Shawn Goebel. He was referencing the outdated, inadequate, and unsafe weightroom that used to occupy space at Morrisonville High School.

Goebel is a three-sport athlete too, so if anyone had reason to overlook those conditions, it was him.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Deadline approaching for flood survivors to apply for SBA Disaster Loans
Time is running out for homeowners and business owners to apply for low-interest, long-term loans provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to assist with recovery efforts associated with the historic flood of 2019.  The filing deadline to return loan applications for physical property damage is January 13, 2020.
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Center HCEA meeting Monday
Center HCEA meeting will be on Monday, Jan. 6, in the Christian County Extension Office at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Birds of Prey Homeschool Program at Rock Springs
Homeschool children of all ages are invited to Rock Springs Nature Center for a Birds of Prey Homeschool Program on Wednesday, January 15 at 2pm.
Saturday, January 4, 2020

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Information sought in vehicle burglaries
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a series of vehicle burglaries that occurred in Taylorville.
Friday, January 3, 2020

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Two openings remain in 2020 LEADership class
The 2020 LEADership class still has two openings, so apply today to be a part of this exciting program! The 2020 class, which begins on January 15, is designed to enhance the social and economic well-being of Christian County by developing an active group of effective leaders.
Friday, January 3, 2020

Suspect at large after high-speed chase
Just before 6:00 p.m. Thursday night, a still unidentified driver was clocked by Edinburg police doing 91 miles per hour on Illinois Route 29, headed toward Taylorville.

As Edinburg police attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the scenario quickly turned into a high-speed chase. Taylorville police aided in the pursuit once the vehicle reached the northern edge of Taylorville.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Herpstreith bond set at $1-million
Accused murderer Michaela L. Herpstreith, 21, of Taylorville, was back in Christian County Circuit Court on Friday and bond in the case was set at $1,000,000.

On Thursday, probable cause was found in the case. Herpstreith faces two counts of first degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of Jason R. Bright, 40, of Taylorville, on New Year’s Eve in Taylorville.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Taylorville police pursuing body cams
The City of Taylorville Emergency Services Committee considered two proposals Thursday night that will equip active-duty TPD officers with body cameras.

The committee unanimously settled on an option that will purchase eight body cameras at a cost of $13,563, which was far cheaper than the alternative option that came with a price tag of $66,254, though that did include 16 cameras.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Christian County's First Baby
On Wednesday, January 1 at 10:36 a.m., Lacey and Randy Jones welcomed the first baby of the new decade. Nora June Jones, born at Decatur Memorial Hospital, weighed 8lbs 7oz. and was 20 inches long. Nora has an older sister, Lily.
Friday, January 3, 2020

Officer Of The Quarter
Officer Alwerdt has been recognized as Taylorville Police Department Officer of the Fourth Quarter. Officer Alwerdt has distinguished himself in his position to serve the citizens of Taylorville. I
Friday, January 3, 2020

TMH Foundation announces Carolyn Butterfield scholarship recipients
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the Carolyn M. Butterfield Trust Nursing Scholarship and the John H. Butterfield Agriculture and Nutrition Scholarship.

Morgan Bangert was awarded the Carolyn M. Butterfield Trust Nursing Scholarship and Taylor Helenthal was awarded the John H. Butterfield Agriculture and Nutrition Scholarship.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Program at Illinois State Museum on January 8 focuses on fight for ERA
Despite bipartisan passage in the U.S. Congress of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the country has witnessed a battle to adopt the amendment, a battle that was often contentious and always noisy. On Wednesday, January 8, Dr. Mark DePue, Director of Oral History at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, will present a talk entitled “An Unlikely Defeat: The ERA Fight in Illinois.” The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Illinois State Museum’s Thorne Deuel Auditorium and will cover the long fight between pro- and anti-ERA groups in Illinois.
Friday, January 3, 2020

This is 2020. So, what now?
A young boy asked his father, "Dad, if three frogs were sitting on a limb that hung over a pond, and one frog decided to jump off into the pond, how many frogs would be left on the limb?" The dad replied, "Two." "No," the son replied. Then he repeated the question, "There are three frogs and one decides to jump, how many are left?" The dad said, "Oh, I get it, if one decides to jump, the others would too.
Friday, January 3, 2020

Heberling Sworn In
TAYLORVILLE — On Monday, December 31, a new Clerk was sworn in for the Taylorville Township. Billie Heberling began her duties in her new post on January 1.
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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Hearing Friday for woman accused of first degree murder
A bond hearing for Michaela L. Herpstreith, 21, of Taylorville, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday in Christian County Circuit Court. Resident Christian County Judge Brad Paisley found probable cause in the matter during today’s court session.

Herpstreith faces two counts of first degree murder in connection with the death of Jason R. Bright, 40, of Taylorville, on New Year’s Eve in Taylorville. The victim died of a stab wound to the chest according to autopsy findings released today by Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert-Winans.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Drive-in car wash closes after 64 years
A drive-through car-washing business that opened in Springfield when Eisenhower was in the White House and tail fins were on stylish coupes has closed its doors after 64 years.
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Story Time at Illinois State Museum gets a make over
Story Time programs at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield have been expanded to include even more hands-on learning for children and a new name: Museum Play Date. Preschoolers and their caregivers will still enjoy stories and a craft, but Museum Play Date programs will also include interactive games, songs, and objects from the Museum’s collections.
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Taylorville's Liberty passes on New Year's Day
Miss Liberty, an orphan piglet who chose Taylorville for her forever home and became a global tourism ambassador and a mentor for homeless children, died unexpectedly at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day.
Thursday, January 2, 2020

American Legion Presents Gifts To Veterans
The American Legion J. Ivan Dappert Post 73 accompanied by auxiliary members visited several care facilities as they continued their annual Gifts to the Yanks program. Veterans were presented with blankets, sweatshirts, sweatpants, and a goody bag.
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Taylorville woman arrested in fatal stabbing
TAYLORVILLE — On Tuesday, December 31st at approximately 1:08p.m., Taylorville Police responded to 1015 E. Adams Street in Taylorville for a male subject suffering from a stab wound to the chest.  Upon arrival, officers found Jason R. Bright, age 40, bleeding from a single stab wound to the chest area.  Officers started first aid and secured the scene for arriving medical personnel.  Mr. Bright was transported to Taylorville Memorial Hospital where he later died as a result of the injuries.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital shares winter safety tips
HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital encourages everyone to stay safe in the winter weather this season. When recommended by local weather and safety experts, stay inside and off the roads.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

IDNR accepting applications for Park and Recreation Facility Construction Grants
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is accepting applications through Jan. 21, 2020 for the state's Park and Recreational Facility Construction (PARC) Grant Program. The program will provide grants to eligible local governments for acquisition, development, construction, rehabilitation or other capital improvements to park and recreation facilities in Illinois.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Most popular baby names for 2019
Picking out a baby name can be difficult. Some may want to use family names, while others choose popular, trendy names.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Great gift ideas for new parents
A baby’s first holiday season is a special time. Baby Center states that slightly less than four million babies are born in the United States each year. In Canada, around 390,000 babies are born annually, according to data from Statistics Canada. That means there are millions of new parents out there who are looking forward to their first holiday season with their newborn children.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

She Said Yes
David Gideon proposed to his girlfriend, Mercedez Morgan, at halftime of the Taylorville boys basketball game Saturday night. Gideon, with the help of his sister, had the Taylorville cheerleaders perform a “Will you marry me?” cheer in front of the whole crowd.
Monday, December 30, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, December 30, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, December 30, 2019

Long-time community journalist, Millie Meyerholz, retires - again
PANA — There are all kinds of sayings dealing with second chances and do-overs, but few people actually get those kinds of chances. One person who did was journalist Millie Elam Meyerholz-Outis of Pana. A photo-journalist and feature writer for the weekly Pana News-Palladium, Meyerholz retired in January of 2005, only to return to journalism in 2007 working for the newspaper. Earlier this month, she again stepped away from full-time reporting, finishing a 53-year career.
Saturday, December 28, 2019

Dave Cappellin earns top spot in TMH Foundation Lose-to-Win challenge
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation completed their 36th session of the Lose-to-Win Challenge and Dave Cappellin, Taylorville, takes the win by losing 22.437 percent of his body weight.
Saturday, December 28, 2019

Morrisonville mouse races January 25th
MORRISONVILLE — The “Running of the Mice” is fast approaching! The mice have been in training and are in perfect racing form!  Morrisonville’s Kitchell Memorial Library’s annual Mouse Races will be held Saturday, January 25, at the K of C Hall, 607 Fuller Street in Morrisonville. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m., and races will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 28, 2019

Morrisonville UMC to host community blood drive
MORRISONVILLE — Morrisonville UMC will host a community blood drive from 3:00 p.m. to  7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7 at 109 SE 5th Street, inside United Methodist Church  Fellowship Hall.
Saturday, December 28, 2019

Christmas in Park winners announced
TAYLORVILLE — Manners Park recently announced the category winners for the Christmas Light Displays. A total of 4,954 cars passed through the park display so far.
Saturday, December 28, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, December 27, 2019

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge James L. Roberts presided over the following cases on Dec. 27, 2019:
Friday, December 27, 2019

Holiday Church Services
Friday, December 27, 2019

Beyond Christmas
TAYLORVILLE — I love the excitement of people have for Christmas.  I love how folks become more generous and cheery during December.  I love and deeply moved that we celebrate the source of all life? Jesus Christ.
Friday, December 27, 2019

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Joel J. C. Powless presided over the following cases on Dec. 26, 2019:
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Coalition Donates
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Animal Protective League announces adoption dates
SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during September with cats and dogs available at various locations. All animals for adoption will be spayed or neutered, microchipped and have received all age appropriate vaccinations by the time of their adoption.
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Tales From The Vault returns Jan. 2 at State Museum
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Museum and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum welcome the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield as a third partner for the popular "Tales From the Vault" program series in 2020.
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Taylorville Junior High School Musicians Perform
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Just Hours Away
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New ordinance prohibits consumption of pot in the park
TAYLORVILLE — The new state law allowing recreational consumption of marijuana already prohibits use in public areas, but the Taylorville Park District voted unanimously Monday afternoon to adopt their own ordinance prohibiting use of the substance on park property. Park officials say the intent is simply to reinforce their stance on the matter.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Information sought in local theft
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a theft that occurred in Taylorville.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Central Illinois schools can seek help visiting Lincoln Library
SPRINGFIELD — Schools in five Illinois counties can apply for financial help visiting the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, thanks to the generosity of the John Ullrich Foundation.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Pennies for Paws Campaign
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Employees Donates To TFD Angel Tree
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Holiday travel tips when a loved one has Alzheimer's
SPRINGFIELD — As people conduct their holiday travel this year, planning and completing a long-distance trip can be very stressful for the more than 230,000 Illinois residents currently living with Alzheimer's and their families. While the symptoms of this progressive brain disease can sometimes make travel more difficult, it doesn't mean families can't travel with a loved one with dementia and participate in holiday festivities.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

VFW Auxiliary Donates
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Nearby conservation area doubling in size
DECATUR — The Macon County Conservation District was awarded a grant of over $1 million from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to add 180 acres to Fort Daniel Conservation Area.
Monday, December 23, 2019

New Officer Joins TPD
Monday, December 23, 2019

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Martin Siemer presided over the following cases on Dec. 23, 2019:
Monday, December 23, 2019

Lake Land renews partnerhip with SIUE
MATTOON — Lake Land College and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) officials met recently and renewed a partnership that provides an accelerated, seamless path to a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the SIUE School of Nursing.
Monday, December 23, 2019

Memorial Students Of The Month
Monday, December 23, 2019

HSHS surgeon speaks to Taylorviille Kiwanis Club
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the newest HSHS Surgeon that’s joined their practices in Decatur and Taylorville, during their weekly luncheon at the club’s new meeting place, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Monday, December 23, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, December 23, 2019

Give one last gift - the gift of life - this holiday season
During this season of giving, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the gift of life to help ensure patients don’t have to worry about the availability of blood this winter. Blood and platelet donations of all types are needed, especially type O.

Holiday travel and severe winter weather often lead to a decline in blood donations. However, a patient’s need for lifesaving treatment doesn’t take a vacation or stop for nasty weather. Blood and platelets are needed every day for those receiving treatment for cancer and leukemia, accident and burn victims and surgical patients, among others.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Christian County families honor their timeless holiday traditions
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Pottery Program at Dickson Mounds Tot Time January 2
At Dickson Mounds Museum’s Tot Time on Thursday, January 2 at 9:30 a.m., the Tot Time program will be “Pottery Party” presented by museum staff. The program will focus on ancient container use and feature the hands-on activity of making various clay creations. This fun activity is a great way to kick off a new year of the Tot Time program series.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Tots can hike, feed birds and make pinecone bird feeder
Young children with an adult buddy are invited to Rock Springs Nature Center for Preschool Peepers: Feed the Birds on Saturday, December 28 at 2pm.  Children and their adult buddies will learn about birds that stay in Central Illinois for the winter. Then, take a short hike and make a peanut butter or Crisco pinecone bird feeder to hang outside. All supplies will be provided. Preschool Peepers programs are ideal for ages 3-5, but all ages are welcome. This program is free, but you must pre-register online by noon on December 27 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

South Fork Students Celebrate Christmas
Pictured are the first graders at South Fork Elementary school performing a movement piece to the "Russian Dance" from The Nutcracker. Students grades Pre-K through 5 performed a variety of holiday selections in the program entitled "This Beautiful Holiday", presenter on Thursday, December 12.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

CHRISTMAS SERVICES AND EVENTS AT AREA CHURCHES
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Did You Know?
One of the more popular tales involving Christmas stockings is the placing of oranges into them by a widowed father of three beautiful girls. The father was struggling to make ends meet and was concerned that his financial struggles would affect his daughters’ ability to find a spouse. St. Nicholas was wandering through the man’s town and heard of his concerns.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Peter Meyer Chapter learns about Christmas nativities
The Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR met at the Pence Building on the Christian County Historical grounds at 10 a.m. on December 14th for a catered meal.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

You better not cry: helping kids manage their fears of Saint Nick
Photos of crying kids on Santa’s lap may be popular on Facebook, but steps can be taken to ease fears about meeting jolly old Saint Nicholas, avoid the tears and preserve a healthy level of caution around strangers, a Springfield-based therapist says.

“The point is for it to be a fun moment for everyone involved,” said Jonathan Ponser, manager for children and family therapy at Memorial Behavioral Health, an affiliate of Springfield-based Memorial Health System. “I understand the societal pressure to get that picture and that photo op.”

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Tips On Tree Recycling
When choosing a real Christmas tree for holiday celebrations, consumers should think about the many ways that trees can be repurposed after the holiday season. Some towns collect discarded trees to use them for various purposes. However, homeowners can get in on the action as well. The Old Farmer’s Almanac offers these great ideas for post-holiday tree use.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Cold, white Christmases in Illinois not that frequent
For those of you dreaming of a white Christmas, your odds in Illinois are not good.

And while we commonly associate Christmas in the Land of Lincoln with cold weather, the average highs on Santa's big day are surprisingly moderate.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Taylorville FFA combines classroom, community, FFA, and holiday giving in one great package
During the holiday season the Taylorville FFA Chapter likes to teach students how to help community members in need. Every year one of the ways that the Taylorville FFA Chapter funds their angel tree gifts and food basket project is through their annual holiday fruit sale. This year agriculture teachers and members decided to take the holiday learning event to another level. The agriculture department decided to involve several agriculture classes in planning a fundraiser that would pay for a large holiday community service project.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Welcome to Phillipsville
Someone once said “Life is like a train track, full of possibilities and happiness.” That’s exactly what Tom Latonis of Pana feels when he’s working with his model railroad.

Latonis has been tinkering with model trains since he was a young boy. “I always had a train set as a kid and was always fascinated by them. A couple of my cousins and I, back in high school, made an H-O layout in their basement and had lots of fun. I’m not really a serious model railroader, but I enjoy it. I guess maybe I still haven’t grown up yet. My dad worked for the C&IM railroad and worked as a radio operator and dispatched the trains. Growing up in Grandview in Springfield we were surrounded by trains. We had tracks going North, South, East and West,” said Latonis.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Park announces winners of Christmas Bake Off
Winners were announced in the Manners Park Christmas Bake Off competition. The contest was held Sunday, December 15, 2019 in the Dining Hall at Manners Park in Taylorville.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, December 20, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, December 20, 2019

Fisher arrested for aggravated battery
On Wednesday, December 18, 2019, Taylorville Police Department conducted a traffic stop on the 500 Block of Cottage in Taylorville. Taylorville Police arrested Trae Fisher, 18-year-old, of Taylorville.
Friday, December 20, 2019

Hooper Foundation Donates To TMH Foundation
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation has graciously accepted a $10,000 grant from the Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation in support of its Healthcare Careers Education Grant program. This program will aid students interested in studying healthcare and offers an opportunity to work at Taylorville Memorial Hospital upon degree completion.
Friday, December 20, 2019

Pana to continue agreement with Pana Pride
During the Pana City Council meeting on Monday night, members voted 6-0 to renew an agreement with the group Pana Pride which employs City Planner Tom Wobbe. During a meeting of the Economic Development and TIF Committee on Dec. 10, the committee voted to recommend not to renew the agreement.
Friday, December 20, 2019

Pana Red Roses Red Hats club celebrates Christmas
Thirty members and guests of the Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club had their annual Christmas party December 4 held at the Spring Garden Restaurant in Pana. Each member dressed in their finest snowman attire and brought a snowman themed ornament for a gift exchange. The members all ordered from the menu with Tina serving them their lunch in an excellent manner. They all played a few games of Bingo, with the finale being the coverall game. Snowman themed prizes were awarded to the winners. Many drawings were held for the numerous "Frosty" type top hat table decorations that the hostesses all hand made. Jewelry prizes were made by Becky Miller.  Judy Glick made several trays of homemade cookies and candy for the group’s enjoyment. A drawing for a hand carved wooden train in Red and Purple colors that spelled out NOEL was also held.  
Friday, December 20, 2019

Lincoln Presidential Library announces January auditions for 'Alabama Story'
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will hold auditions in early January for its next play, “Alabama Story,” a drama about censorship and civil rights that was inspired by real events.
Friday, December 20, 2019

December Students of the Month
These students were nominated by their teachers as Students of the Month at North Elementary for the month of November.
Friday, December 20, 2019

A time to celebrate
Another Christmas is nearly here. I don’t know how many years it has been celebrated, but the birthday event happened a bit over 2000 years ago. Those of us who believe that the Creator of all the earth sent His Son to redeem us from the bondage of sin, never cease to be awed by such love shown to humanity in this season. We remember that God so loved the earth He had created that He sent His Son to give Eternal Life to whosoever would believe on Him.
Friday, December 20, 2019

Christmas Sunday at Faith Community Worship Center
Sunday, December 22 at 10 a.m. will be Candlelight Christmas Sunday at Faith Community Worship Center located at      South Spresser, (the intersection of Route 40 and South Spresser at 10 a.m.
Friday, December 20, 2019

Five on Friday
Friday, December 20, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, December 19, 2019

South Fork considers building repairs
The South Fork Board of Education held a regular session meeting on Wednesday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high media center.

During the brisk meeting, the Board heard from Superintendent Chris Clark about monetary opportunities that had recently been made available through the State of Illinois that would allow the district to work on a building repair project worth up to $100,000.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Two speak to Optimists about Antarctica adventures
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its last regular meeting of 2019, and the last in the soon to be demolished TMH Auditorium this morning. Following breakfast, President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and Terry Wright gave the morning invocation. Ron mentioned that the club will relocate their meetings to the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church beginning on Thursday, January 9. The TMH Auditorium had been our home since August 21, 2014.
Thursday, December 19, 2019

Nurses Honored
Lake Land College nursing students  received their pins at the Land College Associate Degree in Nursing Pinning Ceremony on Monday, Dec. 9.
Thursday, December 19, 2019

Doug Kohl Honored
The Taylorville Fire Protection District posthumously honored Doug Kohl for his years of service to the Fire Protection District.
Thursday, December 19, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

All Decked Out
The Christian County Courthouse is putting out its best for the holiday season. As people enter the Courthouse, the Christmas tree is a welcoming beacon for the season. The festive decorations continue on to the second floor as well as to the outside of the historic landmark.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Elevator inspector, assistant defender hiring ok'd by board
A crowd estimated at about 150 people gathered at the cafeteria of Taylorville High School for the Christian County Board’s December meeting. Some of them supported the wind farm projects being proposed for the county while the majority either opposed the projects or wanted setbacks to be at least a half-mile from non-participating land owners.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Information needed in Pana fairgrounds theft
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a theft that occurred in Pana.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Taylorville Skilled Nursing & Rehab Ribbon Cutting
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Monday, December 16, 2019 for the Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center, 800 McAdam Drive in Taylorville. The facility, formerly known as Meadow Manor has recently changed ownership.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Donation to Pana Mission Center
The Walmart Foundation, Community Grant Program and Taylorville Walmart announced in late October the Pana Community Mission Center would receive a grant in the amount of $2,000. These funds will be used to continue the operation of the center and all of its programs, including the recent coat giveaway and the school supplies giveaway each year.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Speaks To THS Class
Pictured is Todd Altman, owner of Altman Monitoring Solutions. Altman recently spoke to Ms. Pennock's College and Career Readiness class.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

City Welcomes Four New Firefighters
The CIty of Taylorville swore in four new firefighters at Monday night’s  council meeting. From left: Daniel Tatge, Eric Dodd, Kobe Wheaton, Nathan Childers.


Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Pana School Board approves lower tax levy
The Pana School Board passed its tax levy for next year which is 7¢ lower than the previous year. The action took place during last night’s regular December meeting.

Pana School Superintendent Jason Bauer said the levy this year is $4.94 per $100 of assessed valuation. The rate last year was $5.01. This is the first time in a number of years it has dipped below the $5.00 mark. Part of the reason for the lower levy is due to a drop in the rate for IMRF and Social Security. Over the years, the district has developed a surplus in those accounts. That money is only allowed to be spent on those specific expenses, so Bauer said they are “spending down” those accounts.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

City okays junior high school resource officer
Beginning next school year, the Taylorville Junior High School may have its own dedicated school resource officer.

The Taylorville City Council voted unanimously Monday night to move forward in the hiring process of a new police officer. Discussion was almost nonexistent on the matter Monday night, but, at the December 5 emergency services committee, aldermen specified that the new officer would be utilized as a second school resource officer.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Community Women Celebrate Christmas
The ladies of the Community Women’s Association recently gathered for their annual Christmas party. The CWA raises funds for scholarships that are given to women fromt he community to help further their education.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Salvage Dawgs Christmas For Veterans
The veterans support group Salvage Dawgs hosted their 2nd Annual Salvage Dawg Christmas for Veterans event. Each Veteran present received a monetary gift plus a sweet treat.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Employees Donate
The Breeze-Courier employees recently donated their “Friday Jeans Day” money to the Taylorville Food Pantry. Employees pay $1.00 each Friday for the opportunity to dress casual and wear jeans.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, December 16, 2019

Snowflake Royalty
The Taylorville Park District put on it’s annual Snowflake pageant Saturday night where Kyndle Coady was named 2019 Little Miss Snowflake and Jayse Carlile was named 2019 Little Mr. Snowflake.
Monday, December 16, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, December 16, 2019

Learn about Dinosaurs at Rock Springs
Learn about Dinosaurs at Rock Springs Nature Center on Sunday, December 22 at 2 p.m. We’ll explore how many dinosaur fossils have been found in Illinois, see how you size up to them, and more. Free. For all ages. Must pre-register online by noon on Friday, December 20 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Monday, December 16, 2019

Visitors encouraged to take precautions to prevent spread of influenza
Following a recommendation from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Memorial Health System is putting into place temporary visitor restrictions today at its five hospitals to curb the spread of the flu.
Monday, December 16, 2019

Four Graduate From Problem Solving Court
Saturday, December 14, 2019

Battery Specialists Plus Golf Cars lands Super Bowl contract
TAYLORVILLE — It won’t be the biggest contract the company has ever taken, not by a long shot actually, but it is certainly one of the most prestigious. Battery Specialists Plus Golf Cars in Taylorville announced Friday that they have landed a contract to supply golf cars at the 2020 Super Bowl in Miami.
Saturday, December 14, 2019

Taylorville Junior High School November Students Of The Month
Saturday, December 14, 2019

Pana Hospital Opens Expanded Facilities
PANA — An excited CEO of Pana Community Hospital, Trina Casner, center, cuts the ribbon to officially open the newly completed $20.4 million remodel and expansion of the hospital. About 200 people were on hand for the ribbon cutting which took place Thursday afternoon.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Cowell to Corso: Anderson Jewelers has new owners
TAYLORVILLE — Almost a year ago exactly, Matt Corso was finishing up a little a holiday shopping at Anderson Jewelers. He completed his purchase and went on his way without much of a second thought. Fast forward to today, and he’s back again, only this time he’s on the other side of the counter.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Dec. 13, 2019:
Friday, December 13, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, December 13, 2019

US charges Army vet with threatening to shoot Congressman Davis
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A 64-year-old Army veteran has been charged in federal court with making a threatening communication against an Illinois congressman.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Kiwanis Donates To Builders Club
Friday, December 13, 2019

Retired judge John Coady speaks to Optimists
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, December 12, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium. Secretary Jim Adcock presided over the meeting and called it to order with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Optimist Club Hosts 'Christmas For Kids'
Friday, December 13, 2019

Request made for asst. public defender
TAYLORVILLE — Christian County Resident Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Brad Paisley appeared before the Christian County Board’s Audit and Finance Committee on Thursday night to request consideration of hiring an Assistant Public Defender for the county.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Church Event Calendar
Friday, December 13, 2019

Coat drive ongoing at Taylorville Skilled Nursing Center
TAYLORVILLE — Time is winding down on a great opportunity to help provide coats to needy kids and families.  For every new or gently used coat donated to Taylorville Skilled Nursing Center at 800 McAdam Drive by the end of the day on Saturday, another new coat will be donated by Crest Healthcare.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Safe Passage Program reflects on progress
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — There’s been much talk about the Opioid Crisis in America in the last few years. Christian County was not immune to that crisis, wrapping up a total of 25 accidental deaths related to drug overdose in seven years. A total of 15 overdose deaths occurred in the years 2015 and 2016 in Christian County, according to Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans.
Friday, December 13, 2019

"Like a Good Neighbor"
TAYLORVILLE — I was blessed earlier this week that I had a chance to relive some great experiences of my childhood with my own oldest child. It is one thing to tell your children what things were like, it is another for them to experience it, or at least a small taste.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Committee approves hiring attorney for wind ordinance
TAYLORVILLE — During a brief meeting of the Christian County Board’s Executive and Personnel Committee meeting Wednesday night, approval was given to hire an attorney for guidance in making up an ordinance for the county’s zoning of wind energy projects in the county. The vote was 3-1 with member Matt Wells voting, “no.”
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Dec. 12, 2019:
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Edinburg Schools review audit and plan for improvements
EDINBURG — The Edinburg Board of Education held a regular meeting on Wednesday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the junior high room #145.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Memorial to hold breast cancer support meetings
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center will hold a series of monthly meetings for its breast cancer support group in 2020.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Clothing giveway at Camp One Way this Sunday
MT. AUBURN — On December 15, Camp One Way, just outside of Mount Auburn, Illinois, will offer free kids clothing for children ages newborn to teen.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

THS Choral Department Vespers concert Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Schools Choral Department will present its long-running Christmas Vespers Concert on Sunday, December 15, 2019 beginning at 4:00pm in the THS Cafeteria.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Santa Sighting At Memorial School
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Information sought in criminal damage
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.

Sometime during the early morning hours of Sunday, December 1, 2019, person or persons unknown spray painted the bleacher area of the Hafliger Baseball Field located inside Manners Park. There were several areas of the bleachers spray painted with words and pictures. The total dollar amount of the damage is unknown at this time.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

THS Madrigal Singers Entertain Taylorville Kiwanis Club This Week
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club hosted Taylorville High School students who are part of this year’s Madrigal performances, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the club’s new meeting place, the Taylorville Moose Lodge. Under the direction of music instructor Keith Chase, the THS students performed several of the songs they’re performing as part of this year’s Madrigal Dinner.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Taylorville Junior High School Announces Students Of The Month
Taylorville Junior High School has announced their students  of the month. To receive student of the month honors, students must be nominated by a teacher or an administrator.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

LLCC Taylorville Sponsors Food Drive
LLCC-Taylorville sponsored a Thanksgiving food drive in November when students and faculty collected more than 450 non-perishable food items. The items were donated to the Taylorville Food Pantry and the First Presbyterian Church Deacon’s Thanksgiving Basket Program. Classes competed to collect the most items for the drive and win a pizza party.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

2 nature programs at Rock Springs this weekend
There will be two nature programs at Rock Springs Conservation Area this weekend. All ages can learn about mammals in Illinois on Saturday, December 14 at 11am. Attendees will examine pelts, tracks, and skulls of Illinois mammals to piece together what their lives are like. The program is free. Those attending must pre-register online by noon on Friday, December 13 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Pana council to consider ban on sale of cannabis
Following a rambling discussion about marijuana sales, employee related use of cannabis and work performances during Monday night’s Pana City Council meeting, members asked City Attorney Steve Mahrt to bring back an ordinance to ban establishing retail cannabis points of sale inside the city.

The discussion began with Mahrt telling the Council they needed to establish a new employee policy which would basically treat cannabis in the same way alcohol is in the city’s employee manual. The attorney said this applies to any employee who is involved in operation of heavy machinery and those who work and/or drive emergency services/vehicles. However, this does not include police or fire department employees. But it does include those holding CDL driver’s licenses, which have to abide by federal regulations. They are subject to random drug testing and can be dismissed or disciplined if they are found to have cannabis in their systems. Under Federal law, cannabis is an illegal drug.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

$400,000 drainage project incoming at Memorial School
The cafeteria at Memorial Elementary School in Taylorville takes on water when it rains, and it has for some time. Previous attempts to mitigate the problem have ultimately proven unsuccessful, and, now, the district has elected to pursue a fix that could cost between $350,000 and $400,000. The project was approved unanimously at Monday’s Taylorville School Board meeting.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Broadcast news class could be coming to THS
Tommy TV started as  project to help make Taylorville High School sports more accessible to the masses. It’s worked; the popular internet and TV channel is an avenue where stay-at-home and transplant Tornado fans can cheer on the Purple and Gold. But, it’s blossomed into something more; it’s become a outlet for students to showcase their mutlimedia talents, and school officials have taken notice.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Nativities On Display At Stonington Library
STONINGTON — Stonington Township Library will host a Nativity display through December 13. A total of 33 Nativities will adorn the library. The event is open to the public Monday-Friday from 1-5 p.m. The nativity scene pictured belongs to Diana Kupish of Blue Mound.



Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Learning Express hosts Christmas party for families
The Regional Office of Education #3 Learning Express Program, hosted a Polar Express themed Christmas party on Friday, December 6, at the Davis Memorial Church in Taylorville for Christian County families who are enrolled in the program.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Lincoln Home visitor center to host play set on Christmas Eve of 1864
The holiday season is here and Lincoln Home National Historic Site invites the community to attend a special performance of “A Message at Midnight” that will be presented on Friday, December 20, 2019 and Saturday, December 21, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Performances are at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site Visitor Center at 426 S. Seventh Street, Springfield, Illinois.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Village of Edinburg Board discusses Cannabis use as of Jan. 1
The Village of Edinburg held their regular meeting on Monday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m.

As most Illinois residents now know, smoking cannabis will become legal in Illinois January 1. In response to this change in law, Edinburg Chief of Police Aaron Morgan asked the Village Attorney Rocci Romano to draft up a new ordinance for the village that would lay out the changes in the Village Code, and to help explain to his police department and the Board what they could and could not do.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

DT.O Twilight Parade Kicks Off The Season
Monday, December 9, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, December 9, 2019

Peter Meyer DAR honors Good Citizens
Ellen Colbrook, Chairman of the DAR Good Citizen Committee for the Peter Meyer Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, has announced the winners of the DAR Good Citizen Award from area schools. This annual award is presented to a senior high school student, boy or girl, who possesses the following qualities “dependability, service, leadership and patriotism”.
Monday, December 9, 2019

Taylorville native Tim Drea elected President IL AFL-CIO
The Illinois AFL-CIO Executive Board recently elected Taylorville native Tim Drea as President of the 855,000 statewide member organization.

Across all fifty states, the Illinois AFL-CIO is the third largest such union organization, behind only New York and California.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

THS Hosts 37th Annual Madrigal Dinner
It was another merry evening of feast and fun at the 37th annual THS Madrigal Dinner Friday and Saturday night as dozens of students helped ring in the season of Yule with festive song.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Protect Christian County wants everyone's rights recognized
Protect Christian County (PCC) wants to be a partner with the Christian County Board as a wind energy ordinance is being rewritten or revised. They are the organization behind a six-month moratorium on wind farm development, application or building until facts can be gathered about the potential projects.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Land of Lincoln Credit Union hires Ben Austin as new CIO
Land of Lincoln Credit Union (LLCU) is pleased to announce Ben Austin as the new Chief Information Officer. Austin will be responsible for ensuring effective, efficient and secure technology solutions for throughout the credit union.

Austin brings 15 years of experience in the technology and systems field, most recently as an IT Business Relationship Manager at Archer Daniels Midland Company.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

From intuition to TFD institution: Goodall retires after 34 years
Intuition, it’s said, is like the GPS of the soul. Trust it, and it will always lead you to your destination, even if you don’t know exactly where the road ends.

For Taylorville’s Andy Goodall, his intuition led him down a road that both started and ended at the Taylorville Fire Department. In 1985, Goodall trusted an inkling that would ultimately become a lifelong dedication. Now, after 34 years, Goodall says it’s time for him to retire, but what a tenure it’s been.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Arias and Architecture Holiday Event Dec. 15 at Dana-Thomas House and Cathedral Church of Saint Paul in Springfield
Enjoy festive holiday lights and music on Sunday, December 15 in Springfield as the Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site and the neighboring Cathedral Church of Saint Paul host “Arias and Architecture – An Evening of Music and Design” to help celebrate the holiday season.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Lake Land College announces GED class schedule
Lake Land College’s Adult Education is offering GED classes throughout the Lake Land College district beginning the second week of January. Classes are 100 percent federally funded thanks to the U.S. Department of Education.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Get an up-close look at Lincoln Presidential Library's rare Civil War relics
More than 150 years after the bullets stopped flying, the battles of the Civil War hold a special place in American memory. On Dec. 12, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will open its vault to display concrete reminders from a few of those bloody battles.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Celebrate the holidays with Postmodern Jukebox's "A Very Postmodern Christmas" at Kirkland Fine Arts Center Dec. 14
This holiday season, Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) launched their inaugural Christmas tour, entitled "A Very Postmodern Christmas," which can be seen on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin University’s campus.
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