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THS Prom Court Announced
The 2019 Taylorville High School Prom Court has been announced.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019


Police/Fire
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

ISP Master Sergeant Davis speaks to Kiwanis Club
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from a Taylorville native now with the Illinois State Police, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Sixteen students attend TMH babysitting clinic
Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary hosted another babysitting clinic on April 18.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Taylorville Park board adopts $800,000 budget
The Taylorville Park district will operate on a budget of $806,661 in the fiscal year 2019, which started in March and concludes at the end of February in 2020.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Pana council to discuss gaming venues
The Pana City Council voted to send to the Administration Committee the question of the number of how many gaming parlors should be allowed in Pana. The decision came after a brief discussion on the topic near the end of the Council’s Monday night meeting in Pana City Hall.

Second Ward Alderman Glenn Schneider thinks there are already too many such venues in Pana. According to a review of the licensees, members counted a total of 15, with five of them being held by local fraternal organizations.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Marijuana bill likely to come up early
A key supporter of an initiative to legalize adult recreational marijuana in Illinois said substantial bill language will be filed soon, and the issue could be one of the first discussed by state lawmakers when they return to the Statehouse from their two-week spring break next week.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Trees Forever will match $1,500 in donations for trees
Trees Forever is matching donations to help replant the community forest in Taylorville, Illinois, following the December 2018 tornado.

“Residents and volunteers in Taylorville have been working hard to clean up the debris and building damage following the December 2018 tornado, which struck the Christian County community and the surrounding area, but there are still large gaps in the tree cover,” Trees Forever Field Coordinator Kevin Bennett said. “As the spring unfolds, the tree loss becomes more obvious as these areas are void of shade and the sound of birds singing in the trees.”

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

TJHS students and teachers will present at TECH 2019 May 7
The 29th annual TECH 2019 student technology showcase will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield where hundreds of students and teachers will represent schools from throughout the state. At the event, students will show the public and members of the Illinois State Senate and House of Representatives how technology is being used in the classroom to increase student engagement and improve achievement.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Blue Mound community garage sale Fri. and Sat.
Blue Mound will be sponsoring a two day, Blue Mound Community Garage Sale Event, in Blue Mound, Friday and Saturday – April 26 and 27. Sales will state at 8:00 a.m. Some businesses are planning special promotional events also.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

APL to host its annual kitten shower this Saturday
In the next few months, APL will take in literally hundreds of kittens. They'll be hungry and some maybe ill and need special care. Some kittens will come with their mothers while others will be orphans. Regardless of their story, all of them will need people to care for them until they can be adopted. In order to care for this many kittens APL needs significant numbers of foster homes as well as resources such as canned cat food (paté style), baby bottles, litter and medicine. In 2018, APL took in over 1,200 kittens and will likely take in at least as many this year as well.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Retiring
Aldermen Jerry Jordan, third ward, left, and A. J. Wiss, center, wrapped up their terms on the Pana City Council Monday night.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Free stroke awareness seminar at Memorial May 8
Memorial Medical Center will hold a free seminar on stroke awareness at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller St.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Eager Egg Hunters
Hundreds of kids gathered at Manners Park on Easter Sunday to celebrate in the park’s 71st annual Easter Egg Hunt and visit with the Easter Bunny.
Monday, April 22, 2019

Bailey bail set at $100,000; charged with contempt
During a hearing to set bail for George T. Bailey, 45, of Kincaid in case 19CF114, aggravated domestic battery/strangle and domestic battery with intent to do harm, a third charge was added as a result of five-hour standoff at his home Thursday night. A charge of aggravated assault of a police officer/case worker was filed Monday morning in Christian County Court.

Bailey was also cited for contempt of court following an verbal, profanity filled rant during the session.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Accident snarls traffic in Taylorville this morning
Taylorville Police and Larry’s Towing Service of Taylorville clean up the remnants of an accident at Park and Shawnee Sts. shortly after 8 o’clock this morning.
Monday, April 22, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, April 22, 2019

Correction
Monday, April 22, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, April 22, 2019

TECH 2019 student technology demonstration set for May 7
The 29th annual TECH 2019 student technology showcase will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m. at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield where hundreds of students and teachers will represent schools from throughout the state.
Monday, April 22, 2019

Empty Bowls Project benefits Midland Area Food Pantry
A bowl making workshop, in preparation for an upcoming “Empty Bowls” event took place this past Thursday morning at Midland United Methodist Church in Kincaid. Dozens of volunteers, including 13 members of the National Honor Society from South Fork High School, gathered at the church to create 100 ceramic bowls - each handmade and unique.
Monday, April 22, 2019

Cool Soups Not Just For Summer
With warmer days on the way, chilled soups are a bright and refreshing alternative to a steaming bowl of soup. And while cool soups are certainly a solution to the heat of summer, they are also delicious year-round. In fact, the slightly chilled temperature often amplifies the flavor and freshness of the ingredients, especially when the soup is as elegantly simple as this pea soup.
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Parachute club will honor memory of Vietnam vet
TAYLORVILLE — Members of the Mid-American Parachute Club at Taylorville Municipal Airport, will honor the memory of a 19-year-old Maroa native to mark the 50th anniversary of his death in Vietnam on Friday, May 3. Army Cpl. James C. Hensley, member of the 11th Aviation Group, 1st Cavalry Division, was doing a demonstration night jump when he died on Sept. 22, 1969.
Saturday, April 20, 2019

You are what you eat: Dr. Bill Beyers, chiropractor, promotes nutritional health
PANA — The simple statement, “You are what you eat,” takes on a more complex meaning for Dr. Bill Beyers, DC, of Pana. Dr. Beyers, who established his chiropractic practice in December of 1995, is using nutrition, supplements and vitamins in helping his patients to attain their wellness goals.
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Pioneer Life day camps planned at historic New Salem
NEW SALEM, Ill. — Illinois College and Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site will offer two Pioneer Life Day Camps this summer to benefit youth of various ages.
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Walking A Mile In Her Shoes
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Tree Recovery Team to kick off tree replacement campaign at Arbor Day event April 27
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Tree Board, along with volunteers working to replace trees lost in the December tornado, will plant two trees to celebrate Arbor Day and to kick off a tree replacement campaign on April 27 at 9:00 a.m. The trees will be planted on the right of way on the 800 block of West Vine Street. In case of rain, the event will be held at City Hall.
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Morrisonville Easter Parade
Saturday, April 20, 2019

May 24 deadline to enter photo contest
DECATUR — The macon county conservation district invites children and teens to participate in a county-wide nature photography contest this spring.
Saturday, April 20, 2019

TJHS Solo And Ensemble Contest Participants
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Helping To Send Kids To Camp
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Iles House season opening and party Sat., April 27
SPRINGFIELD — The Elijah Iles House, Springfield's oldest surviving home, will kick off the 2019 tourism season with a special Birthday Party event on Saturday, April 27 from noon to 4 p.m., and the historic house museum will hold its annual Spring Fundraiser on Saturday, June 1.
Saturday, April 20, 2019

1st high school to health care class celebrates graduation
PANA — Pana Community Hospital celebrated the graduation of the first Pana High School students participating and completing the HS2HC (High School To Health Care) Spring Program on Thursday, April 11th.
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Taylorville yoga instructor helps students reconnect with their inner selves
TAYLORVILLE — When you meet Lindsay Moomey for the first time, owner of the Taylorville Yoga Studio, you will immediately feel her positive energy. She’s a calming force with a willingness to help people become better versions of themselves.
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Cellulite treatments: What works and what doesn't
TAYLORVILLE — As long as women have been conscious of the presence of cellulite on their bodies, the search has been on to find effective treatments. People have gone to great lengths to eradicate cellulite. Gaining a greater understanding of what causes it and the treatments available can help women effectively address cellulite.
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Taking the family cycling? Consider these tips
· Buy the right bikes. Take time to research different brands of bicycles and what they offer. Some bikes are ideal for streets or paved trails, while others are better for rustic roads and trails. A qualified bike retailer can help shoppers find the right bike for them and their families, ensuring everyone in the family is riding the right size bike and the one commensurate with their skill level.
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Understanding hydration and moisturizing for dry skin
TAYLORVILLE — Dehydrated skin is among the many causes of facial wrinkling, which also can be caused by smoking, environmental factors and UV exposure. Aging skin doesn't produce as much collagen and elastin, which allows skin to spring back into place, as it once did. Conditions like dry, dehydrated skin may make wrinkles appear worse. Treating dehydration and dryness may reduce wrinkles and refresh dry skin, giving it a more youthful appearance.
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Building confident, healthy children
TAYLORVILLE — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970’s, with recent data from 2015 through 2016 showing that one in five children aged from six to nineteen was obese. The major causes of the dramatic increase were narrowed down to poor childhood diets, slower metabolisms, as well as inadequate sleeping schedules, and a lack of suitable physical activity.
Saturday, April 20, 2019

CACC: A path for budding beauticians at THS
TAYLORVILLE — While many of their peers are  busy pouring over text books back at Taylorville High School, THS senior Caelyn Dyer and THS junior Payton Mollet are busy styling and cutting hair; they’re also working toward a professional certificate, and they’re doing it during what would normally be regular school hours.
Saturday, April 20, 2019

MFT to host informational meeting for insurance claims
TAYLORVILLE — Missions for Taylorville will host an informational meeting for homeowners on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Davis Memorial Christian Church.
Friday, April 19, 2019

No one injured in 5-hour police standoff in Kincaid
KINCAID — A Kincaid man is in jail this morning after he allegedly brandished a knife at a police officer before creating a five-hour standoff with law enforcement personnel from the Kincaid Police Department, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, and the Illinois State Police.
Friday, April 19, 2019

Doug Nelson is nominated for officer of the year award
TAYLORVILLE — Doug Nelson has been nominated for the 2019 Officer of the Year. Doug is a Taylorville native, graduating from THS in 1981. The son of Bill(deceased) and Sonja Nelson, Doug and his wife Susan, are the proud parents of three children; Elizabeth, Becky, and Michael.
Friday, April 19, 2019

Scrap Metal Drive Continues Saturday
Friday, April 19, 2019

City-wide cleanup day set for April 27
TAYLORVILLE — The City of Taylorville will hold a city-wide Clean Up Day Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. or until the dumpsters are full.
Friday, April 19, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, April 19, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, April 19, 2019

Meeting Notices
Friday, April 19, 2019

Trombonist Shaw will present final Millikin concert
 DECATUR, Ill. – In his final concert at Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Dr. Gary Shaw, professor of music and director of bands at Millikin University, will be joined by former trombone students, friends, colleagues and the Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. to celebrate his 37 years of performing and teaching at Millikin. The concert is free and open to the public.
Friday, April 19, 2019

Rogan Reindl
Friday, April 19, 2019

Extension offers Illinois Cottage Food Law session
CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ill., — In 2012, Illinois joined with several states across the nation to support the growing local food movement by allowing vendors to sell homemade baked and canned items at farmers markets under the Cottage Food Law.
Friday, April 19, 2019

Board Members Recognized
Friday, April 19, 2019

Kiwanis Club members learn about essential oils
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the benefits of eesential oils, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Friday, April 19, 2019

There were more on the cross and left the tomb than one thinks
TAYLORVILLE — Were you there when they crucified the Lord?   Were you there when He rose from the dead? The Bible says to all who believe and are baptized, “Yes, you were. But you were not in the crowd. You were on the cross with Jesus and walked out of the tomb with Him.”
Friday, April 19, 2019

EASTER SERVICES AND EVENTS
Friday, April 19, 2019

Faith Community teens participate in talent day
BETHALTO, Ill. — Faith Community Worship Center is very proud of our students. Saturday, April 13 our Faith-Xtreme Teens,  Youth Pastors, Leaders and parents spent nearly the entire day  at the Bethalto, Illinois  Church of God participating in Illinois Teen Talent Performances, and watching other students from 72 churches across the state compete.
Friday, April 19, 2019

The Last Supper
Friday, April 19, 2019

Morrisonville to rehabilitate south-side sewer
The Village of Morrisonville will undertake a $600,000 sewer rehabilitation project on the south side of town this fall.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Scrap metal drive to benefit veterans Friday and Saturday
The 4th annual scrap metal drive to benefit veterans will be held Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the corner of Webster and Market streets in Taylorville, weather permitting.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Mueller report out: Trump claims victory
Before the world glimpsed the redacted version of the special counsel’s report, President Donald Trump tried once more to frame the moment as a political victory.

The 448-page report does include an account of how the president attempted to seize control of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and force out Robert Mueller from leading the inquiry. But that didn’t stop Trump from taking a public victory lap Thursday, declaring at a White House event that he was having “a good day.”

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Clark named new superintendent of South Fork Schools
The South Fork Board of Education held their regular meeting on Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high Media Center.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Five Generations
Five generations of the Thacker family were together for a photo.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Optimists learn about Go Steady program today
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting this morning in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, and Pastor Ted Marrinan led the group in the morning invocation. Terry Wright gave a brief report on the recent District Conference held in Bloomington.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Support group will teach stress reduction
The May meeting of the breast cancer support group at Memorial Medical Center will teach participants how to manage their stress.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

First Place
The Christian County Blue Ribbon Livestock Judging Team was the first place team overall in the junior division at the Western Illinois University contest on April 6th.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

2019 Spring Honor Roll
Thursday, April 18, 2019

County Board meeting to focus on turbine zoning
A meeting of the Christian County Board known as a committee of the whole is being planned for the discussion of revamping the county’s wind turbine zoning ordinance. Christina County Board Chairman Becky Edwards made the announcement during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Board in the Courthouse on the Taylorville square.

There were about a dozen farmers and landowners interested in the subject at the meeting Tuesday night. A large crowd attended the March board meeting and a committee meeting of the Highway, Building and Grounds, Environmental, Welfare and Zoning Committee last week. Edwards told the crowd the Board has a lot to do in getting ready to revise the ordinance.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Celebrating trains at historic Union Station
Trains will begin running again at Springfield's historic Union Station when the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum opens its newest exhibit – a family-friendly look at railroad history.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Few details on missing Pana man found dead
Officials are keeping a tightlip on the circumstances surrounding the death of 40-year-old Michael R. Eakle of Pana. According to reports published on the Missing Persons Awareness Network (MPAN) Facebook page, Eakle’s body was found near Lake Pana in Shelby County on Tuesday. It was believed some people out looking for mushrooms found the body.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Pana High School Prom Saturday Night
Pana High School Junior-Senior Prom is Saturday, Apr. 27, from 7:00-11:00 p.m. in the PHS gym. The theme for the event is, “An Evening in Paris.” The coronation ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The sisterhood of the traveling birthday card
Ada Baker, of Taylorville, and her sisters are still celebrating  birthdays in the same way they have since May 10, 2012.

The sisters have been sending the same birthday card each year. The original card and a second are completely filled now. And so the third card has been started and continues to send birthday wishes from afar.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

High school equivalency testing offered
Regional Superintendent Julie Wollerman has announced that ROE #3 will begin offering the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) test at their Taylorville office location.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

City tables ambulance ordinance
At Monday’s Taylorville City Council meeting, aldermen tabled a proposed ambulance ordinance that would require a minimum of three staffed ambulances be available twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week.

Paula Bantner-Dunn, president of Dunn’s Ambulance, asked the council to postpone their decision so that her attorney could further review the document. She said she thought that several portions of the document were ambiguous.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

'Paris' great cathedral will again reach for the heavens'
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois issued the following statement in response to a fire destroying Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris:
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Lincoln Day Dinner Guests
Congressman Rodney Davis, left, along with Congressman Mike Bost, right, and Peggy Hubbard, joined over 150 Republicans Saturday night to celebrate the 27th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the local VFW.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Bulpitt Easter Egg Hunt Winners
The Village of Bulpitt held an Easter Egg Hunt over the weekend.  The winners of the prizes were Mylee Tucker, Vuitton Bugett and Marshal Thompson.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

American History Essay Contest Winner
The Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR met Saturday, April 13 at the Christian County Extension Center to recognize the junior high student entries for the American History Essay Contest. Co-chairs Tracy Altman and Donna Achenbach introduced Taylorville 6th grader Lydia Hopkins.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Gardening event planned for May 2
Do you have questions about your vegetable and/or flower garden?

Stonington Township Library presents Geri Niemann, Master Gardener and Naturalist on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, April 15, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, April 15, 2019

Blood drive next week at TMH
Taylorville Memorial Hosptial will be hosting a blood drive on April 25, from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Monday, April 15, 2019

Pana Pride Spring Rally focuses on positives
Braving some nasty weather on a Sunday afternoon, more than 50 people attended the Pana Pride Spring Rally in the Pana Junior High School auditorium. President of the organization, Melissa Rybolt, told the crowd the meeting was to focus on “Why Pana is a community of opportunity and a great place to raise a family, and not dwell on the negatives.”
Monday, April 15, 2019

Prevention group to present program in Kincaid on identifying teen drug use
The Christian County Prevention Coalition will present “Hidden in Plain Sight” tomorrow night, April 16 at South Fork High School, 612 Dial Street, Kincaid, IL 62540, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. This presentation is being Sponsored by The Neighborhood Watch Program. 
Monday, April 15, 2019

ISBE and ISP team up to teach teens about Scott's Law
Sixteen Illinois State Troopers have been struck or lost their lives on the road so far in 2019, compared to eight in all of 2018. The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois State Police are working together to ensure all teen drivers and their families have the information they need to protect those who protect us.
Monday, April 15, 2019

TCCU will announce scholarship winners in May
While an outside vendor counts the thousands of votes cast in TCCU’s 5th annual Scholarship Program, dozens of seniors at Taylorville, Litchfield and Hillsboro High Schools anxiously await the results.  The votes cast will determine which six students – two from each of the high schoolswill receive $1000 awards toward their continuing education.
Monday, April 15, 2019

Nokomis Prom Court Named
Nokomis High School prom will be held on Saturday, April 27 at the Parish Center from 8-11 p.m. Doors will open to the public at 8:15 p.m. and pictures will be from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Monday, April 15, 2019

EPA, U of I partner to offer new 5th-6th curriculum
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Acting Director John J. Kim announces that the Agency has partnered with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (MSTE) to create a new science curriculum unit for fifth and sixth grade educators: Why is the Pond Green? The unit focuses on surface water and algae. The entire curriculum is free and available online to teachers and parents at https://pathways.mste.illinois.edu/.
Monday, April 15, 2019

Fire up the smoker for Easter dinner this year
For much of the country, Easter Sunday typically falls during a time of year when the weather outside is still pretty chilly. But this year Easter falls on the third Sunday in April, increasing the chances that temperatures will be more spring-like and less reminiscent of winter.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Information sought in Taylorville burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

All Decked Out For Easter
The large Tulip Tree at the Taylorville Presbyterian Church is all decked out for the Easter season.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Easter of 1865 was definitive period in American history
Holy Week is a reflective time for people of many faiths, and Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday are marked by tens of millions around the world. However, Holy Week in 1865 was a defining period in American history.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

71st Manners Park Easter Egg Hunt
The 71st Easter Egg Hunt at Manners Park will take place Sunday, April 21, 2019. The Taylorville Fire Department will be there to start the hunt promptly at 2 p.m. and the Easter Bunny will be there to take photos, as well.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

The history of Easter bonnets
When celebrating Easter, many Christians don their best apparel to attend church services and family gatherings. On Easter Sunday, gentlemen often put on their best suits and women their fanciest dresses. Children, too, wear formal clothing on Easter Sunday. Girls in particular tend to wear an item of interest that seems to only appear once per year.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Did you know...
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Create colorful Easter eggs
The practice of coloring eggs and offering them as decorative items is embraced during both secular and religious Easter celebrations.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Mock Crash: An Eye-Opening Experience
Morrisonville High School junior Shawn Goebel sits in handcuffs in the back of a police cruiser, terrified as the horror of a single bad decision unfolds around him. One of his classmates is spilled out on the roadway, already covered in a sheet; another has been carted off in the ambulance, her status still uncertain; and none of the other students involved in the two-car collision will ever be the same.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

THS Jazz Band takes top honors at IHSA contest
“This is kind of like our state tournament,” Taylorville Junior High School Music Teacher Russ Burch said Friday night. He was speaking on behalf of several hundred high school musicians who convened at Taylorville High School for the IHSA Sate Organizational Music Contest.

In a competition that featured 20 ensemble groups from more than nine different schools, Taylorville High School m musicians were able to continue a long-standing tradition of excellence as all three groups —the jazz band, the concert band, and the THS choir— earned division-one accolades. The THS Jazz Band, though, took the highest honor after they were named best of day.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Senate approves tax credit for Taylorville tornado victims
State Senator Andy Manar’s plan for the state to offer a $750 natural disaster tax credit to people affected by a 2018 central Illinois tornado outbreak was approved by the Senate this week.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Visionway Academic Expo held
VisionWay Christian School hosted their annual Academic Expo. The students from the youngest pre-school age through junior high had a very active night presenting projects with a variety of topics and interests.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Heartland Mini Hoofs host successful 5K run
The Heartland Mini Hoofs held their first 5K run and fun walk on Saturday, April 13 at the Lake Taylorville Marina. Andra Ebert, owner of the animal therapy program, was proud to announce they had 29 runners participate in the event she hopes to make an annual run. Participants were aged from under thirteen all the way up to over 50. The overall winner of the race was Jessi Sloan, who ran the 5K in 15.48 minutes and was a youth runner.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

View the night sky during van trip, Thursday, April 25
Macon County is lucky to have a state-of-the-art observatory right in its own backyard.  Join Macon County Conservation District staff on a Van Trip to Millikin University’s Requarth Observatory on Thursday, April 25, from 8-10pm.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, April 13, 2019

TMH encourages the community to participate in Drug Take Back Day
To prevent misuse of prescription medications, one important action individuals can take is to dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired medications to limit the possibility of illegal use. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is on April 27. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Essay Contest Winners
The local chapter of American Mothers, Inc. sponsored a 5th grade essay contest, from which came not only a state champion but a national champion.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Annual Taylorville FFA Banquet honors members, sponsors, and community supporter
On Thursday, April 11, the Taylorville FFA Chapter hosted their annual banquet honoring outstanding members, generous sponsors, mentors, and community leaders. This banquet was held in order to present awards to FFA members for outstanding performances in Career Development Events, Proficiency Awards, State Degrees, and Leadership Events.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Jacob Latonis receives UW student award
Jacob Latonis of Pana, Student Network Administrator at the University of Wisconsin’s Division of University Housing, was among 20 students who received the ROSE Award during a recognition dinner Thursday night on the university’s Madison campus.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Walmart Celebrates Two Milestones
Thirty-eight year Taylorville Wal-Mart Associate Teri Greer cuts the ceremonial ribbon Friday morning to celebrate the completion of the store’s recent $11 million renovation. “It was a long journey, but we’re happy to have reached the finish line,” Taylorville Wal-Mart Manager Troy Foraker (pictured right of Greer) said. The renovation for the store may have been the initial draw, but Foraker had even bigger news to share.
Friday, April 12, 2019

City prepping for next big airport project
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) the taxiways at Taylorville Municipal Airport are in poor condition. “They have an organization that comes out and does a survey of the pavements...They’ve ranked that taxiway pavement at 58 out of 100, so this is really the time the FAA wants you to start looking at this,” Crawford, Murphy, and Tilly Engineer Chris Groth told the Taylorville Lake and Airport Committee Thursday night
Friday, April 12, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, April 12, 2019

Nat'l Drug Take Back Day is April 27
Mark your calendars for the next National Drug Take Back Day to be held Saturday, April 27, 2019.
Friday, April 12, 2019

Sheriff joins with group advocating kids programs
Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp joined nine other Illinois law enforcement leaders — all members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids — on a visit to Springfield yesterday.
Friday, April 12, 2019

Telecommunications week begins April 14
Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators.
Friday, April 12, 2019

Audit shows no problems with county finances
The recent audit of Christian County’s finances from the 2018 Fiscal Year showed no discrepancies and no compliance problems, according to Rich Hooper of Lively, Mathias and Hooper CPA’s, who prepared the audit. He reported his findings to members of the Christian County Board’s Finance and Audit Committee during their meeting Thursday night at the Courthouse.
Friday, April 12, 2019

Drug-resistant fungus isn't widely infecting healthy people
You can stop panicking. Contrary to some media reports, a potentially deadly fungus isn’t going to infect you on your next visit to the hospital.
Friday, April 12, 2019

Spring Rally for Pana Pride set for this Sunday
The Pana Pride Spring Rally is set for Sunday, Apr. 14, at 2:00 p.m. in the Pana Junior High School auditorium. Pana Pride President Melissa Rybolt says citizens will learn about what has been accomplished by the organization over those past two years and what they have on the horizon in the future.
Friday, April 12, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, April 12, 2019

Optimist club hears from Sheriff Kettelkamp
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, April 11, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Ted Marrinan was visiting for the morning and provided our morning prayer.
Friday, April 12, 2019

Community Women Meet
The April meeting of the Community Women's Association was held on April 3 at Whit's End. Speaker for the evening was Carol Alexander who gave a highly entertaining and informative talk on her experiences on Broadway.
Friday, April 12, 2019

Going home
I was talking with my mother a couple of days ago and she was saying that one of the speakers at church on Sunday stated something to the effect that Lent no longer meant what it used to mean and that many churches were moving away from having Lenten services or following ‘protocol’ for Lent. I have to admit that I was somewhat shocked, but not completely. I explained to her that Lent was a time to give up something to help you to draw closer to God, so for me Lent truly was important.
Friday, April 12, 2019

Kincaid Church of God community egg hunt
This Sunday at 4 p.m., Kincaid Church of God (KCOG) is inviting everyone to join them at their annual community Easter Egg Hunt located at the Kincaid Park! Each year, the church provides snacks, drinks and fun for all ages to enjoy with the whole family for the new spring and Easter season. Outreach Pastor, Chris Rose, said, “It is by far one of our favorite seasons of the year! We want everyone to feel the love at Easter time, and we are for sure excited about the fun we have in store this year for our community Egg Hunt.”
Friday, April 12, 2019

Five on Friday
Friday, April 12, 2019

Taylorville Walmart remodel brings new innovations
Walmart is celebrating the grand re-opening of the remodeled Taylorville Supercenter, which includes the launch of a Pickup Tower and the retailer's free Online Grocery Pickup service, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, April 12, at 8 A.M. Residents are invited to celebrate with family-friendly activities, refreshments, giveaways and samples while supplies last.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Prevailing wage to cost park an additional $4k
In March, the Taylorville Park District voted to pay a contractor $21,000 to assemble the central piece of the new playground equipment that was purchased in late 2018.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Farmers make zoning appeal to county
Close to two dozen farmers and land owners were on hand for the Christian County Board’s Highway and Building Committee meeting Wednesday afternoon in the Courthouse to express their opinions on revisions to the Christian County Zoning Ordinance concerning the placement of wind turbines in the county. There was a general consensus setbacks from non-participating property lines should be at least a half-mile (2,640 feet) or five times the distance of circumference of the rotor blades.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Supporting A Once In A Lifetime Trip
Christian County FS presented a check for more than $4,000 to the Taylorville High School FFA Chapter, and the livestock judging team specifically, Wednesday afternoon to help offset travel expenses for the team’s upcoming trip to Scotland where they will represent the United States in the Royal Highland Show, a distinction they earned after bringing home a national title from the Denver National Western Stock Show in January.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, April 11, 2019

TMH Foundation publishes 2018 Community Update
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation has published its 2018 Community Update to recognize its many donors and share stories of impact.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra closes season April 13
The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) will bring its 2018-19 season of rhapsodic stories and American dreams to a brilliant close with Dvorak's Symphony no. 9, "From the New World," on Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Kirkland Fine Arts Center.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Edinburg schools to pursue Future Green and new signs
The Edinburg Board of Education held their regular meeting on Wednesday, April 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the library.

Last month, the Board heard from representatives of Springfield Electric about getting private investors to put a solar array on school property to help lower electricity costs. At the meeting this month, Kyle Loyd was present to discuss the opportunities Future Green supplies to schools. Like Springfield Electric, Future Green is offering to provide schools with clean energy through solar arrays, but that is where the similarities end. Future Green is a non-for-profit organization endorsed by IASA, ISBE, and ISBO, three important education entities in Illinois. By partnering with global corporate energy giant ENGIE, they were able to find a source of clean renewable energy that they could then use to offer three distinct lower rate energy options to school districts in Illinois.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Village of Kincaid to sell 2 land tracts
The Village of Kincaid met in regular session Monday night. The board voted unanimously to approve the sale of two tracts of land owned by the Village.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Barnes & Noble book event to feature local author
For the second year in a row, local author Liberty the Pig will be in the spotlight for a special event at Barnes & Noble Booksellers.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Looking for Lincoln event schedule announced
Looking for Lincoln is sponsoring five signature events this summer.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Taylorville Twsp. divide reaches near boiling point
Taylorville Township Trustee Pat Kretzer made a motion at Tuesday’s regularly scheduled Taylorville Township meeting to  file a court injunction against supervisor Deborah McCoy; he is seeking her removal from office for what he calls a  persistent failure to perform the duties of the position.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

TMH helping to fight cancer with free screening kits
Taylorville Memorial Hospital and The Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois worked together to provide over 65 free colorectal screening kits for residents of Christian County. This is a 200 percent increase from the number of kits given away last year.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Police cameras; sewer pumps need updating in Edinburg
The Village of Edinburg held their regular meeting on Monday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

THS Student Council attend LEAD Conference
Taylorville High School's Student Council members took a trip to Lombard, Illinois for the 2019 LEAD Conference. They started out the weekend on Friday, March 22nd with a general session and then a break out session.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Memorial Heart and Vascular Services to sponsor free heart-health event for women
Memorial Heart and Vascular Services will hold its annual women’s heart-health event from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the Gus and Flora Kerasotes YMCA, 4450 W. Iles Ave.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Taylorville Kiwanis hears about local rural water system
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the efforts of a local rural water system, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

TMH initiative to enhance swing bed utilization on display
A Taylorville Memorial Hospital initiative to enhance swing bed utilization was on display in the State Capitol on April 3 as part of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association’s (IHA) Quality Advocacy Showcase.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Pana City Council approves several ordinances
Five of six ordinances were approved on first reading by the Pana City Council on Monday night during its regular meeting in the Council Chambers of Pana City Hall.

Usually, any ordinance has a first presentation then it is voted on for final approval at the next council meeting, generally two week later. But Alderman Ray “Butch” Hocq made a motion to pass each ordinance on first reading, which is allowable. They must be approved by a two-thirds majority, which all of these ordinances were. The ordinances each got 7-0 votes with Alderman Tim Eddy absen

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Taylorville School Board seats new members
With the departure of board members Steve Milling, Jim Andruch, and Andra Bland-Ebert Monday night, the Taylorville School Board lost more than 28 years of experience.

Just minutes later, the board, seated newly-elected members Dave Driskell, Dr. Ron Mizer, and Sara Van Huss. It only took a matter of moments then to replace all that lost experience. Van Huss is a newcomer, but both Driskell and Mizer have served previously on the board. Mizer, who was actually appointed to fill a vacancy late last year, returns 16 years of experience while Driskell has 12 years of experience on the Taylorville School Board.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Honored
Steve Milling (left) and Jim Andruch (right) were recognized for their many years of service to the Taylorville School Board Monday night when they were presented with plaques in their final meeting. Andruch served on the board for 15 years;
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Scholarship Applications Due Friday
Kamila Allen was selected as a Ken Deck Memorial Fund (KDMF) Scholarship recipient in 2018 following her stellar career at Taylorville High School. She was very active in all aspects of student life with high academic achievement, participation in many sports and extra-curricular activities and selfless aid to others - all Ken Deck qualities.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

St. Marys, Vita Center for Women hold open house
The newly-renovated Vita Center for Women on the campus of HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital will play host to the “Spring to Life Open House” on Wednesday April, 17 from 5 – 7 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the 1750 building.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Correction to Officer of the Year Nominations
The Optimist Club has announced they are now accepting nominations for the 4th Annual Officer of the Year.
Monday, April 8, 2019

MHS, ThinkFirst Plan Crash Reenactment for April 12
Morrisonville High School will host a crash reenactment at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 12. The event, coordinated by the Christian County Coroner and Christian County Sheriff’s Office, will demonstrate what can happen when young drivers drive or ride with distracted or impaired drivers. ThinkFirst, an injury prevention program offered by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, will assist in planning and presenting the event.
Monday, April 8, 2019

Morrisonville man arrested for threatening sheriff, deputies
A 41-year-old Morrisonville man is being held on $100,000 bond following an appearance in Christian County Court today, where it is alleged he threatened the lives of the grandchildren of Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp and the families of two other deputies.
Monday, April 8, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, April 8, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, April 8, 2019

Taylorville Kiwanis hears about club activities for children, youth at weekly luncheon
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the club’s ongoing activities for children and youth, at their monthly business meeting during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Monday, April 8, 2019

Lincoln Log Cabin hosts an Easter Egg Roll on April 13
Celebrate a presidential tradition at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site on Saturday, April 13 as the site hosts an Easter Egg Roll for youngsters from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Monday, April 8, 2019

'Mushrooms Then and Now' program on April 14
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Healthy Kids Day Saturday
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Prairie Days Continues Today
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Hazardous waste collection in Effingham April 27
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has announced its spring schedule for household hazardous waste collection .
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Crimestoppers
PANA — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred near Pana.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Barb Kerns shares pollinator garden successes
TAYLORVILLE — “I wouldn’t call my thumbs green. It’s gotta grow easy, or it isn’t going to grow in my yard,” Barb Kerns laughs. Still, she has a tremendous passion for pollinator gardens, the resources they provide to local pollinator species, and certainly their aesthetics as well.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Millikin presents 'HAIR' The Musical April 11-14
DECATUR — Millikin University's School of Theatre and Dance will present the production of "HAIR" The Musical Thursday, April 11 – Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 13 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. Performances will be held at Albert Taylor Theatre located in Shilling Hall on Millikin's campus.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Assumption veterans reflect on trip of a lifetime, Honor Flight to Washington
ASSUMPTION — “At my age, it’s once in a lifetime,” Assumption Army veteran Bill Shuck said describing his experience on the Tuesday, April 2 Land of Lincoln Honor Flight.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Red Hat group tours Nokomis gift, garden shop
NOKOMIS — Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club traveled to Nokomis on Thursday, April 4th  to Nokomis Gift and Garden to view their shop and have owners Tom and Lola Spears provide a tour.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Growing Memories
TAYLORVILLE — As the award-winning author Margaret Atwood said, “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Spring is time for gardeners to dust off their tools and start working in the soil. They till and fertilize, water and prep for the vegetables, flowers, or herbs they plan to cultivate. For one Taylorville gardener, a garden is so much more than a place to grow food or flowers. In Mary Milling’s garden, she grows precious memories along with her fresh vegetables and numerous herbs.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

A little care for fresh-cut flowers will help them last
URBANA, Ill. — A little care for your cut flowers will help them last the maximum time possible, says Jennifer Fishburn, a University of Illinois horticulture educator. The basic needs of fresh-cut flowers are water, food, sanitation, and cool temperatures. Keep in mind certain types of cut flowers last longer than others. For example, carnations can remain vibrant for one to two weeks, while roses have a shorter vase lifespan.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Things to consider before building a greenhouse
TAYLORVILLE — Avid gardeners may be enticed by the idea of a greenhouse that allows them to explore their passion for plants year-round. While it’s true that greenhouses afford this luxury, there are important things to consider before erecting a greenhouse in your yard.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Help the peonies in your garden shine this spring
URBANA, Ill. — Herbaceous peonies are a common sight in many gardens and are some of the most beautiful flowers you will find, says Ken Johnson, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

If you want to save the planet, do it thru horticulture
TAYLORVILLE — Think about some of the things you have done today or in the past few days. Have any fruits or vegetables? What about a walk or drive through a park and noticed the landscaping? If you have - and there are countless more examples - then you have been enjoying horticulture.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Some potential culprits behind thinning grass
TAYLORVILLE — Thinning grass can be caused by any number of things. And while it might take a little effort to address, thinning grass can be treated if homeowners correctly identify that cause of the problem.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Taylorville Community Garden prepares for 2019
TAYLORVILLE — Seven core volunteers met on March 4, 2019, to plan for the upcoming season. Even though the cold winds still blow, plans are underway to start planting cool weather crops as soon as the weather cooperates.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Identify and treat a garden mole problem
TAYLORVILLE — Lawn and garden enthusiasts often must address unforeseen issues when tending to their lawns. Weeds can be a blight, and drought can compromise the look and integrity of a lawn.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Ask a designer: How to design and decorate poolside
(AP) — Ask Elizabeth Stuart Design founder Muffie Faith about how to decorate around a backyard pool and she’ll answer you with a question of her own: How are you going to use it?
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Monarch butterflies and the family farm
TAYLORVILLE — Sally Brusveen has taken on a labor of love when she moved back to the family farm.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

UWCC meet Sgt. Pepper Greystone
TAYLORVILLE — The University Women of Christian County met for the April meeting at Whit's End Restaurant on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. The two guests were Kelle Endris and her standard poodle Sgt. Pepper Greystone.
Friday, April 5, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, April 5, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, April 5, 2019

Pathologist submits 'summary report'
TAYLORVILLE — A pathology defense witness in the murder case of Quinton L. Morrissey has presented to the Public Defender a copy of what was called a “Summary Report” to Christian County Court. Under the threat of a contempt of court citation, Christian County Resident Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Brad Paisley had imposed today, Apr. 5, 2019, as the deadline for the St. Louis-based pathologist to submit his report to the defense.
Friday, April 5, 2019

Taylorville man sentenced to 10 years for child abuse
TAYLORVILLE — Chad R. Johnson, 30, of Taylorville, entered a plea of guilty in a negotiated agreement to aggravated battery of a child and was sentenced to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The agreement was accepted by Christian County Resident Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Brad Paisley Thursday afternoon.
Friday, April 5, 2019

Second ambulance provider considering Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Medics First ambulance service out of Springfield is considering an expansion to Taylorville.
Friday, April 5, 2019

Correction
Friday, April 5, 2019

Former local man pleads guilty in child sex case
DECATUR — A former Taylorville man pled guilty to one count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child in Macon County Court on Monday, Apr. 1. Antwain J. Ward, 35, of Decatur, entered the negotiated plea and will be sentenced on May 14, 2019.
Friday, April 5, 2019

Village of Stonington approves budget
STONINGTON — The Stonington Village Board met Monday night in regular session.
The budget was approved with a few changes including: police wages, equipment and improvements increased from $10,000-$20,000 to allow for possible purchase of a new brush; new vehicle was increased to $35,000 to cover cost of a new service truck; TIF was decreased to $115,000 expenditure. Village President Ryan Marucco stated that it would still leave $100,000 in the bank.

Friday, April 5, 2019

YMCA to host Healthy Kids Day tomorrow
TAYLORVILLE — On Saturday, April 6, the Christian County Y is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active at the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families
Friday, April 5, 2019

Former Local Artist Helps LPTC Raise Funds
TAYLORVILLE — Watercolor artist, and former Taylorville resident, Robert J. Johnson, created numerous works of art depicting local and regional landmarks.
Friday, April 5, 2019

Gospel concerts on April 13 and 14
Friday, April 5, 2019

Edinburg choir to present Easter cantata
EDINBURG — The Edinburg Community Choir will present their Easter cantata “One Day” in the Edinburg United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 14th at 4 p.m.
The message of this beautiful cantata is to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Friday, April 5, 2019

F-X Praise
Friday, April 5, 2019

Minister's Message: Stronger than fear
TAYLORVILLE — Anger, hate, jealousy, even ambition – all of these are powerful forces and emotions we experience, yet more powerful than even all of these together is the power of fear. Fear can cause us to act in extreme ways to avoid that which causes us distress. This is not always bad; it is actually a good way to move towards safety and self-preservation.
Friday, April 5, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Woman faces animal cruelty charges
A 29-year-old Taylorville woman faces a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals after a pitiful was found dead in the home she previously occupied in Kincaid. Her bond was set at $30,000 by Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley.
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Helping Hand
More than four months after the December 1, 2018 tornado, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers have returned to Taylorville to assist with cleanup efforts.
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Craggs kickstarts Building Trades return
The home at 727 W. Vandeveer Street was totaled in the December 1 tornado, but, sometimes, great loss can spur even greater gain.

The property, now a vacant lot, will work to kickstart the return of the home building initiative for the Taylorville High School Building Trades program.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Mt. Auburn water project officially begins
The Village of Mt. Auburn held their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Taylorville man arrested on meth delivery charges
On April 2, 2019, an investigation conducted by the Central Illinois Enforcement Group and the Christian County States Attorney, Mike Havera into the distribution of crystal methamphetamine (commonly referred to as ICE) in the Taylorville, Christian County area ended in the arrest of 33 year old James J. Humphrey of Taylorville.
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Local man arrested on child pornography charges
— On Wednesday morning, April 3, 2019, the Taylorville Police Department, with assistance from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, conducted a state authorized search warrant in the 1000 block of South Cheney at the residence of Todd England, 45, of Taylorville.
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Bike Helmet Give Away
The Lincoln Prairie Trails Conservancy (LPTC) will be joining the fun at Healthy Kids Day at the Christian County YMCA, this Saturday, April 6. As bike safety is a primary aspect of trail use, the Conservancy feels it is very important to get kids started off right when they begin to ride.
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Prairie Days this weekend at historical society grounds
This year Prairie Days falls on the weekend of the 157th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Shiloh. Don Chamberlain of Decatur will be sharing, in pictures and stories, details about this major event in history both on Saturday and Sunday at 1pm in the heated historic courthouse.
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Optimists hold business meeting this morning
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its monthly business meeting this morning 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. Treasurer, Jim Adcock, reported on the report from the recent board meeting, which included the results of the recent mostaciolli dinner.
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Weather spotter class offered
The National Weather Service is conducting a Basic Weather Spotter class at the Taylorville Christian Church on April 11 at 6:30.
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Two women elected to city council
The City of Taylorville hasn’t had a female alderman since 1985 when Alberta Pyle finished her four-year term.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Free Bird
It took Taylorville firefighters about 45 minutes this morning to help free a hawk from the marquee of the Taylorville Cinema on Main Cross Street. Using their aerial truck, firemen, left, had to loosen a protective netting which is supposed to keep birds from roosting in that location.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

3 incumbents returned to Pana School Board
Three incumbent members of the Pana School Board won re-election and one newcomer was elected during the Apr. 2, 2019 Consolidated Election. Less than 10% of registered voters in Pana’s five precincts went to the polls on Tuesday.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

TMH Foundation goes to Vision Way for 'Try it Day'
On March 21, Raedena Ryan, Melissa Thomas, and Michelle Kilduff from Taylorville Memorial Hospital visited VisionWay Christian School, their first CATCH school in 2018.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Center HCEA Meets
Center HCEA members met at the Christian County Extension Office on April 1, 2019. Ann Bandy surprised each member with a treat from her basket that was filled with Easter treats.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Council Honors Cast
Mayor Bruce Barry and the Taylorville City Council honored the cast of the THS Spring Musical Monday when Barry proclaimed April 1, 2019 as the Cast of ‘Cinderella’ Day.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Cause Of Fire Today Unknown
At approximately 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, the Taylorville Fire Department responded to a structure fire at number nine Cherry Wood Trailer Park in Taylorville, just behind Tastee Treat.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

City to memorialize cemetery flag pole
Following the December 1, 2018 tornado that ravaged Taylorville, an almost singular image has emerged as a memento to that day, a doubled over flag pole at Oak Hill Cemetery.

The near perfect arc of the pole has come to symbolize the Taylorville spirit in the wake of the devastation: Bent, but not broken.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Davis honors TPD officer Jones on House Floor
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) last week honored the life and service of Gary Jones, a police officer in Taylorville who passed away last month after battling cancer. 
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

April National Donate Life Month
More than 5,000 people across the State of Illinois are awaiting organ transplants. On Monday evening, Mayor Bruce Barry encouraged everyone to join the Illinois Organ and Tissue Donor Registry when he proclaimed April as National Donate Life Month in the city of Taylorville.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Central A&M FFA Team Competes In Judging Event
On Wednesday, March 7th, the Central A&M FFA Chapter traveled to Sullivan High School to compete in the District IV Proficiency judging.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Academy of Lifelong Learning hosting presentation on early African-Americans
The Lincoln Land Community College Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) invites the public to the presentation "Slaves, Indentured Servants and Free Black Leaders in Our 'Free' State, 1818-1860" by Kathryn Harris and Tara McClellan McAndrew. It will be offered free of charge on Saturday, May 4, 5:30 p.m. at the Springfield and Central Illinois African-American History Museum, 1440 Monument Avenue, Springfield.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Area veterans set for Tuesday honor flight
Four area veterans —James Smith of Taylorville, Chuch Schneider of Nokomis, Lyndell Durham of Taylorville, and Frank Bilyeu of Blue Mound— will be recognized for their service to this country on Tuesday when they journey to Washington D.C. as part of the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight program.
Monday, April 1, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, April 1, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, April 1, 2019

Lookin' Good in the Neighborhood
Monday, April 1, 2019

LLCC hosting open registration prep day April 9
Lincoln Land Community College will provide an opportunity for students starting at LLCC in summer or fall 2019 to complete steps to enrollment during an Open Registration Prep event on April 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. This event will take place on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
Monday, April 1, 2019

April Autism Awareness Month events planned
In celebration of April being Autism Awareness Month, TASC (The Autism Support Connection) has planned some special events for families affected by Autism:
Monday, April 1, 2019

Optimists hold annual regional oratorical contest
The Taylorville Optimist Club hosted the 2019 Southern Regional Oratorical Contest.
Monday, April 1, 2019

Little Theatre high school all star auditions April 12
The Little Theatre On The Square seeks high school age students to be part of its LTOTS High School ALL STARS. Auditions for The LTOTS ALL STARS will be held from 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2019.
Monday, April 1, 2019

City altering MFT protocols
For just about as long as anyone at City Hall can remember, the City of Taylorville has retroactively collected Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) money for road projects completed the year prior.
Saturday, March 30, 2019

TJHS Attempting SeaPerch STEM Competition
Three teams of eighth grade students from Taylorville Junior High School will participate in a STEM (Science, Technology, Math and Engineering) project at the Navy Great Lakes SeaPerch Competition in North Chicago on Apr. 6, 2019. This will be the first time-ever teams from TJHS will take part.
Saturday, March 30, 2019

Tuesday's Consolidated Election not drawing much attention
Except for a handful of races, the Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2019 Consolidated Election across the county is pretty lackluster compared to last November’s election.
Saturday, March 30, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, March 30, 2019

Taylorville Schools hold kindergarten registration
The Taylorville Community Unit School District #3 will be holding kindergarten registration for the 2019-20 school year, Thursday, April 4 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at North Elementary only. If you live in the Taylorville School District and have a child (or children) who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2019, please plan to pre-register. There will be no screening.
Saturday, March 30, 2019

TJHS Students Of The Month
The following students were selected by their teachers as Taylorville Junior High School Students of the Month for March.
Saturday, March 30, 2019

Scenes From The THS Spring Musical, 'Cinderella'
Taylorville High School students put on another incredible Spring Musical this weekend in their rendition of Roger and Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella.’ The performance featured great acting, fun choreography, memorable costumes, and a wide array of interesting props.
Saturday, March 30, 2019

School Bus Safety Contest winners
Each year Illinois takes part in a school bus safety contest through the Secretary of State’s office. This year nine students from Memorial Elementary School participated.
Saturday, March 30, 2019

Applications available for Ken Deck Memorial Fund Scholarship
The Ken Deck Memorial Fund (KDMF) is looking forward to granting one or more scholarship awards this May to Taylorville High School Seniors.

Seniors at THS are encouraged to apply for the $1,000 grant and in doing so, learn a little history about THS graduate, Mr. Ken Deck.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Emmons earns best of show at state art convention
Taylorville High School senior Sierra Emmons definitely has an artistic flare; she’s an Advanced Art student at THS and has been involved in the THS Art program for four years.
Saturday, March 30, 2019

Neighbors Helping Neighbors After The Storm
Several gentleman from the Rochester Christian Church and DeLong Builders, Inc. are in town this week helping one tornado victim rebuild.
Friday, March 29, 2019

CCPC learn about medical cannabis program
The Christian County Prevention Coalition (CCPC) met Wednesday night. Conny Moody, Deputy Director for the Office of Health Promotion at the Illinois Department of Public Health was the guest speaker and spoke to the crowd of approximately 25 citizens about the medical cannabis program, as well as the new opiod alternative pilot program.
Friday, March 29, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, March 29, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, March 29, 2019

Five on Friday
Friday, March 29, 2019

Tree Program at Dickson Mounds Tot Time April 4
At Dickson Mounds Museum's Tot Time on Thursday, April 4 at 9:30 a.m., the program will focus on Illinois trees and how important trees are to the environment. Tots and their caretakers may enjoy working together with staff and volunteers to plant several trees on the museum's grounds.
Friday, March 29, 2019

Taylorville Community Credit Union elects Board Directors at annual meeting
One of the highlights of Taylorville Community Credit Union’s annual meeting was the election of its 2019 slate of Board Directors. According to TCCU President, Will Perkins, these individuals are charged with setting the credit union’s policies and procedures.
Friday, March 29, 2019












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