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Candidates listed for March primary
The ballot for Christian County candidates has been set for the Mar. 17, 2020 Primary Election. Three Democrats are unopposed as they seek re-election to their posts as Christian County State’s Attorney, Circuit Clerk and Coroner.

There were no petitions filed simultaneously so there will be no lottery for position on the March ballot, according to County Clerk Mike Gianasi.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019


Senator Manar to meet with AFSCME retirees
Retired members of AFSCME Sub-Chapter 87 will have two opportunities in December to obtain the latest retiree information as 2019 comes to a close. The first meeting will be held on Monday, December 9, at the Decatur Public Library (Staley Room). A pot-luck luncheon will kick off at 12 noon with the meeting immediately following at 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

TPD investigating death of 34 year old Taylorville man
On Monday, December 2, 2019, Taylorville Police responded to a check welfare call at the residence in the 800 Block of East Stevenson.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Mt. Auburn accepts Rural Development Bonds
The Village of Mt. Auburn held a regular meeting on Tuesday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.

With the first phase of the village-wide water project finished for the year, the Board has already set their sights forward towards getting the second phase starting as soon as possible. In order to do so, the Board and Mayor Amber Dooley have been working to get USDA money through Rural Development.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

In Support
The staff at Memorial Elementary school in Taylorville wore red to show companionship and support for Vandalia schools after a tragic accidwent that claimed the lives of two students and two adults.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

APL Presents Program On Humane Solutions
Sarah Moore and Deana Corbin from Animal Protective League in Springfield gave an informative presentation on TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) and TNVR (trap-neuter-vaccinate-return) programs at Christian County Animal Control Monday, Dec. 2nd. They explained what the program is and its importance in curbing the feral cat overpopulation problem in a humane way. Guests from Christian, Moultrie, and Fayette Counties attended the meeting.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Local Kiwanis Club welcomes a new member
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the club’s new meeting place, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.

Kiwanis committee chairs reported on the work they’re doing to benefit children and youth in the Taylorville community.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

City okays sewer rate increase
Last week, City of Taylorville Aldermen passed a planned incremental, five-year sewer rate increase out of the finance committee. Monday night, the full council made it official when aldermen approved the increase by a vote of 6-2 (Shawn Burtle-no, Chris Skultety-no).

Over the course of the next four years, sewer rates for the City of Taylorville will increase from 14.7 cents per 100 gallons currently to 30 cents per 100 gallons by January 1, 2024.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Elevator replacement is questioned
Bill Kennedy, long-time caretaker of the clock in the Christian County Courthouse, presented his opinion on the replacement of the building’s elevator during a meeting of the Highway, Buildings, grounds and Zoning Committee of the Christian County Board on Monday night. Kennedy’s opinion - replacement was not needed.

In addition to hearing Kennedy’s comments, there were several members of Protect Christian County in the audience to ask about the procedure surrounding a possible moratorium on building or permitting wind turbines in the county.

Kennedy, reading from a prepared statement, told the committee, “It’s my opinion that Otis (Elevator Co.) gave incorrect or inapplicable information to the county.”

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Heartland Hoofs Help Out
The Heartland Mini Hoofs miniature therapy horses of Taylorville were present at the annual Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery Children’s Holiday Store on Sunday, December 1. All children shoppers had the chance to pose with the horses for pictures and even take them along for a walk while they did their shopping.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Stonington mayor says he'll step down in January
Village of Stonington Mayor Ryan Marucco informed the board at last night’s meeting that he would be resigning as Mayor after the January 6, 2020 grant closeout meeting.

Marucco said “It is something I have looked at doing since July and now feels like the right time to do it. I have gotten to where I have many irons in the fire and my work schedule keeps me increasingly busy. The Village of Stonington should not take a back seat to these things.”

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Bond set at $800,000 for Charles R. Hays
On November 27, 2019 at approximately 10:45 p.m. members of the Taylorville Police Department while conducting narcotic enforcement conducted a traffic stop which led to the arrest of Charles R. Hays, 42 years of age of Langleyville.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Master Gardeners honored at recognition banquet
University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners in Christian County were honored at an annual recognition banquet.

Master Gardeners were recognized for their years of service during the banquet. Gwen Podeschi was recognized for 23 years of service. Karen Cherry was recognized for 21 years of service. Linda Smith was recognized for eight years of service.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Kindergartener wins poster contest
North School students participated in an attendance poster contest. Students were encouraged to create a poster with their families to highlight the importance of regular school attendance and/or reasons they loved school.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Honored
Three Memorial Elementary students were honored for their prefect record of school attendance.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Rock Springs hike Dec. 8
Explore the changes happening in nature as wildlife prepare for winter during a Season’s Changes Hike at Rock Springs Conservation Area, on Sunday, December 8 at 2pm. Each registered family will receive a free bluebird house to take home and put up next spring.  This program is free and for all ages. Must pre-register online by noon on December 6 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Veterans Honored At Pinning Ceremony
Life's Journey Senior Living of Pana, Quad County Home Health and Pana VFW #4441 held a pinning ceremony at Life's Journey on Nov. 26, 2019. The purpose of the pinning was to honor and show appreciation to those who have served the country.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Guest Speaker Discusses Health Topics
Taylorville Memorial Hospital infection prevention and control coordinator Peggy Chapman, RN  spoke with the residents of Hickory Estates on different ways to keep healthy. Residents learned about the importance of good hand hygiene as well as taking care to cough and sneeze in their sleeve.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Macon County offering Christmas light recycling
Strings of unwanted Christmas lights will be collected for recycling between December 2, 2019 and January 15, 2020. People may place strings of lights in the specially-marked, outdoor, blue collection box at the Macon County Environmental Management Recycling Center at 1750 N. 21st Street, Decatur.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Raymond Celebration Committee plans events
The Raymond Celebration Committee meet on Thursday, November 21 to discuss upcoming holiday celebrations. At the meeting, it was decided that the Queen Committeewould sell Krispy Kreme Glazed Donuts $8 a box, along with Scavenger Hunt tickets that are $5 each for those who are 16 and over, at the Raymond Christmas Mall.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Morrisonville High Hosts 'Pack The Pantry'
On Wednesday, November 27, the Morrisonville High School Student Council hosted their annual "Pack the Pantry." On that day, all students brought in foods that the Morrisonville Food Pantry was in need of, such as cake mix, cornbread, cereal, and various canned goods. As the students brought in their food, they sorted it into specific categories.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Christmas celebration in Morrisonville this Saturday
The Village of Morrisonville will hold an Old Fashioned Christmas celebration on Saturday, December 7 throughout the entire village. Visitors are welcome to come and enjoy the seasonal festivities.

Plans are being made by business and organizations to open up their doors in downtown Morrisonville to allow the public to browser and see what the village has to offer.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

City Commemorates 1st Anniversary Since Tornado
Over 250 people came out to the Taylorville VFW on Sunday for the commemoration of the first anniversary of the December 1, 2018 tornado. Guest speakers included Mayor Bruce Barry, Pastor Bill Kerns, former Fire Chief Mike Crews, Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettlekamp, Congressman Rodney Davis, and Dennis Metsker.
Monday, December 2, 2019

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Monday, December 2, 2019

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Bench Honoring Pusch Dedicated
This lovely bench was dedicated at the Christian County Historical Museum near the Owaneco Depot in memory of Glenn Pusch, a long time volunteer, past board member, and past President of the Christian County Historical Society.
Monday, December 2, 2019

Calling all artists: Women's right to vote coin design contest
The Illinois State Treasurer’s Office has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking an artist to design a coin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote.
Monday, December 2, 2019

THS Madrigal Singers Win The WNNS Christmas Choir Competition
In November, WNNS radio held a competition in which area high school choirs were invited to submit a video of themselves singing a Christmas song.  Listeners and fans were then invited to vote online. On Saturday, Nov. 30, the top three choirs with the most votes were invited to perform at the Tree Lighting Ceremony as part of the Old Capital Holiday Walks sponsored by Downtown Springfield Incorporated.
Monday, December 2, 2019

One Year Anniversary Of EF-3 Tornado
HEWITTVILLE — Today marks the one year anniversary of the December 1, 2018 EF-3 tornado that struck Hewittville, Taylorville, Stonington and parts of Christian County.
Sunday, December 1, 2019

The threat posed by ice dams
TAYLORVILLE — Cold, snowy weather can present various issues for homeowners to contend with. One such problem, ice dams, can cause damage to walls, ceilings and other areas.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Home security tips for seniors
TAYLORVILLE — Seniors are often targeted by criminals. Though many criminals target seniors from afar via telephone or internet scams, criminals seek to enter seniors’ homes. The Bureau of Justice Statistics offers that, between 2003 and 2013, the ratio of property crime to violent crime was higher for the elderly and persons between the ages of 50 and 64 than it was for younger persons between the ages of 25 and 49.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Missions for Taylorville: Recovery is a marathon not a sprint
TAYLORVILLE — Missions for Taylorville (MFT) was thrust into overdrive in December of 2018 after a tornado ravaged the area.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Exterior renovations that improve curb appeal
TAYLORVILLE — Neglecting a home’s exterior can be a disservice to homeowners, particularly those looking to increase the value of their homes. Curb appeal is important, as a home’s appearance can greatly affect prospective buyers’ perceptions.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

What causes curled shingles?
TAYLORVILLE — No homeowner wants to look at the exterior of his or her home and see roof damage. Such damage may lead homeowners to think they need a new roof, a potentially costly expense that can quickly throw household budgets into a state of disarray.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Seven uses for fallen leaves
TAYLORVILLE — By the time autumn hits full swing, many trees will have shed their leaves for the season, and the last vestiges of red, yellow and orange magic will have faded to brown. Raking, blowing and collecting leaves becomes the primary chores of lawn and yard maintenance, and presents most homeowners with large piles of gathered leaves to tend to.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Prepare your deck for winter
TAYLORVILLE — Homeowners often take steps to winterize the interior of their homes in the weeks before winter’s arrival, but such efforts should extend to the outside of a home as well.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Defining hardscape and how to use it
TAYLORVILLE — Curb appeal is beneficial in various ways. Curb appeal can make a home more attractive to prospective buyers and give existing homeowners a place they want to come home to. In its study of the worth of outdoor remodeling projects, the National Association of Realtors found standard lawn care and overall landscape upgrades were most appealing to buyers, as well as the most likely to add value to a home.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Olive, Budd reflect on year at the Gagne Building
TAYLORVILLE — In the aftermath of the December 1, 2018 tornado, the old Gagne building was a place of both healing and hope for so many people, and, for the volunteers that helped run it, it was like a second home. 
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Beginning to rebuild: Life one year after the tornado
HEWITTVILLE — “We weren’t home whenever it happened. We had just left the house and heard the second siren go off. We headed for cover over at my mom’s house.” Barb Wicker states, recalling the day a year ago when her walls quite literally came crumbling down.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Lake Land College to celebrate grand reopening of the Luther Student Center
MATTOON — The Lake Land College Board of Trustees invites all Laker alumni and community members to attend the Grand Reopening of the Luther Student Center on Thursday, Dec. 5. The open house will run from 3-6:30 p.m. with the Rededication Ceremony held at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

2nd Annual Cross Country Classic Christmas Concert to be held December 8
TAYLORVILLE — Cross Country Classics is a 7 piece band from the Taylorville/Decatur, IL area featuring Pam Wilson, Phil Davis, Larry Clark, Stephen Turner, Marshall Sperry, Janet Downs and Mike Burkham.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Today marks first anniversary since an EF-3 tornado struck the area
TAYLORVILLE — As we reflect upon the one year anniversary of the December 1, 2018 EF-3 tornado, there are many things to be said about the community spirit that came alive during the days, weeks and months after the tornado.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

MHS Student Council Packs The Pantry
MORRISONVILLE — On Wednesday, November 27th, the Morrisonville High School Student Council hosted their annual "Pack the Pantry."
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Secrets to making your home look like you hired a design pro
TAYLORVILLE — Photo spreads in home design magazines can be awe-inspiring. Quite often homeowners wish they could lift the looks right off the pages of magazines and transform their own homes into picture-perfect retreats.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Former Wildcats Speak On Career Day
Friday, November 29, 2019

Guest speaker at FCWC Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — Evangelist Cory Respondek will be the guest speaker in the 10 a.m. morning worship service on Sunday, December 1, 2019.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Wanda Mountain Boys sing at free Tower Hill concert on Dec. 7
TOWER HILL — Southern Gospel Music has always been known for it's smooth harmonies, strong vocals and powerful, straight forward lyrics. For the last 25 years, the Wanda Mountain Boys have displayed all three of these qualities as they have established themselves in the Gospel Music community in the Midwest.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Minister's Message: "Between Giving Thanks and Remembering"
TAYLORVILLE — How fortunate that Thanksgiving is so close to December 1st.  Yesterday, we paused in our busy lives to thank God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for the blessings received this past year. But it has been a rough year.Some of us have lost loved ones. We felt the sting of their absence yesterday. Hopefully the day ended with a word of thanks to God. Our departed loved one who died in faith in Christ is now safe and sound at the never ending banquet feast in heaven.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Heartland Mini Hoofs at area benefit
The annual Children’s Holiday Store opens Sunday, December 1, in Fairhills Mall, 1919 W. Monroe, Springfield. The biggest fundraiser for the Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery, the store will be open daily through Saturday, December 21. The hours are weekdays, Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sundays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. On opening day, the Heartland Mini Hoofs, the miniature therapy horses from Taylorville, will be available for holiday pictures with the shoppers from noon until 2pm. Santa will also be visiting the store between 1 and 3pm that day.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Edinburg-Area Christmas Cantata is December 8
The Edinburg-area Christmas Cantata will be held on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 4 p.m. in the Edinburg United Methodist Church located at 102 W. Douglas Street in Edinburg. The public is invited to join.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Morrisonville Old Fashion Christmas is Dec. 7th
The 2019 Morrisonville Old Fashioned Christmas celebration is set for Saturday, December 7, 2019 throughout the Village. Plans are being made by businesses and organizations to open up their doors in downtown Morrisonville to allow the public to browse and see what the Village has to offer.

There will also be drawings for Morrisonville Bucks, 5-$100.00, 2-$50.00, 2-$25.00 prizes and a kids drawing of 5-$10.00 prizes for a total of $700.00 to be given away. Each participating businesses will have cards with the names of the businesses on them and each person must have the card validated at 10 businesses. Drop off validated cards at any participating business for your chance to win.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Free family activities at ALPLM on Black Friday
A family-friendly alternative to the stress and headaches of Black Friday shopping is returning to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

“Fun Frosty Friday” offers an array of free activities the day after Thanksgiving, including games, face-painting, a life-sized Candy Land Adventure and visits with Santa Claus.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Village of Raymond annual Christmas Mall Nov. 30
The holidays are fast approaching, and that means time to attend the Annual Raymond Christmas Mall at the K of C Hall.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Guess Who's Coming to Town?
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Area Holiday Events
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Candlelight tours Dec. 14 at Vandalia Statehouse
The oldest surviving capitol building in Illinois is putting on its best holiday duds and throwing its doors open to the public the evening of Saturday, December 14 for candlelight tours as part of the annual Vandalia Statehouse Christmas Open House. The first 100 families to visit will receive free Christmas ornaments.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Holiday events at Old State Capitol, Dana Thomas
There are full slates of special events and celebrations scheduled for the holiday season at two state historic sites in Springfield.

Santa will be available regularly at the Old State Capitol to collect children’s Christmas wishes and specially themed tours are scheduled for the Dana-Thomas House designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Iles House holiday events December 7 and 14th
Come see Springfield's oldest surviving house in a different light during the annual holiday events scheduled for the Elijah Iles House on December 7 and 14. The events are free and open to the public, but donations are welcomed.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Little Theatre on the Square presents Elf the Musical Dec. 13-22
Embrace your inner Elf this holiday season by visiting The Little Theatre On The Square for its production of Elf The Musical running Friday, December 13 through Sunday, December 22.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Charitable giving season kicks off December 3rd
Designed to serve as the unofficial kickoff to the holiday charitable giving season, Giving Tuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the United States.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

TFD Looks To Make The Holidays Brighter
For over 30 years, the Taylorville Fire Department has been helping families in need through their annual Angel Tree. Every year, they ask the community to submit names of those in need. Sign-ups for the angel tree will be held on Nov.30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Dec. 5 from noon until 3 p.m. Recipients must live in the fire protection district and the cut off age is 14. Cards with names will go up on November 30 and more will be added on as they are gathered.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

THS to host 37th annual Madrigal Dinner December 6th and 7th
Taylorville High School is set to host the upcoming 37th annual Taylorville High School Madrigal Dinner on December 6 and 7.

As always, the event promises to be a merry evening of feast and fun as dozens of students prepare to ring in the season of Yule through festive song and dance as well as few antics from the two jesters and the wench.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

TJHS Collects Items For Taylorville Food Pantry
Taylorville Jr. High 6th grade students held their annual food drive, and on Monday, November 18th,  met with Amy Hagen from Taylorville Food Pantry to kick off the collection week. Seventh grader Sophia Thomas also spoke of her own experience after last year’s food drive. She now volunteers regularly at Taylorville Food Pantry.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Sensory-friendly film series film event this Saturday
Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films.”  The next sensory friendly movie event will be held at 1 pm Saturday, November 30 at The Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro. The movie will be the newly released Disney animated feature, “Frozen 2.”  With Sensory Friendly Films, the movie theatre lights are left up and the sound is turned down. Audience members are welcome to move about and dance, walk, shout or sing. 
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Cub Scouts Provide Food Baskets For Needy
Taylorville Cub Scout Pack 132 held their annual Thanksgiving potluck Sunday, November 24, 2019. The scouts recieved patches for popcorn sales, as well as being able to throw pies in the leaders’ faces. Donations were received from the scouts and their families to provide food baskets to families in the area. T
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Light pre-holiday agenda for Pana council
The Pana City Council whipped through its light agenda in 20 minutes Monday night in a pre-Thanksgiving session. Six of the eight aldermen were present. Tim Eddy and Leon Goff were absent.

The first presentation of the 1019-20 tax levy ordinance was approved by the council. The levy is up a little more than $5,000, from $1,136,000 to $1,187,200. Also approved was the annual Motor Fuel Tax Resolution which has an estimated $203,500 total for it.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Taylorville Food pantry served 1,159 people last month
In October the Taylorville Food Pantry served 383 families, a total of 1,159 people, including 409 children.

Co-director, Amy Hagen said “We always welcome donations and volunteers. We have begun our holiday distributions, so some donors have asked for us to publish our second annual reverse advent calendar, whereby each day, a frequently needed item is added to a box and then at Christmas, the contents are donated to the Food Pantry. Here are some ideas:

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Committee votes to raise sewer rates
Aldermen voted 3-0 (Shawn Burtle-abstain) at Monday’s City of Taylorville Finance Committee to move forward with an incremental sewer rate increase over the next five years.

The City of Taylorville and the Christian County Water Reclamation District operate separate sewer systems. The bill for both entities shows up on the City of Taylorville water bills, but the proposed increase is only for the city sewer fees, not the water reclamation district fees.

Under the proposal, the city intends to leave its base fee of $2 unchanged, but aldermen voted for an incremental increase in the city usage fee that would take the rate from 14.7 cents per 100 gallons currently to 30 cents per 100 gallons by January 1, 2024. On January 1, 2020, the rate increase, if approved by full council, will jump to 20 cents per 100 gallons. On January 1, 2021, the rate would increase to 22.5 cents per 100 gallons. In 2022, the rate would increase to 25 cents per 100 gallons. In 2023, the rate would increase to 27.5 cents per 100 gallons, and it would reach its max rate of 30 cents per 100 gallons at the beginning of 2024.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Park okays Ameren testing well
The Taylorville Park Board voted unanimously Monday night to allow Ameren to install a single groundwater monitoring well on park property.

Ameren requested the well in order to perform additional groundwater monitoring in an attempt to better gauge whether or not contamination may be present in connection with the old coal gasification plant that used to be located adjacent to the park’s western border.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Veterans Celebrated at Life's Journey
Three veterans at Life’s Journey were celebrated last Friday afternoon for their service to this country with a pinning ceremony. In front of many of the Life’s Journey residents, veterans John Spindle, Charles Lash, and LeVern Moliske were presented with American Flag pins. “
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Edinburg Schools Celebrate American Education Week
Edinburg 8th grade student, Bryce Baker, front row kneeling, visited Mrs. Mathis’ fourth grade class  to read to students.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

State Military Museum showcases Illinois National Guard history
Tucked in behind Camp Lincoln, in Springfield, Illinois, is a building resembling a castle that houses the history of the Illinois National Guard.

The Illinois National Guard has a rich history dating back to 1723 when Kaskaskia residents participated in the first militia muster under the French. It wasn't until 1878 when the Illinois State Legislature mandated the Illinois National Guard to house and maintain its artifacts and archives, which tell the story of the Illinois National Guard.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Two more defendants appear in court in Walmart heist
Two more defendants in a suspected burglary and theft at the Taylorville Wal-Mart appeared before Judge Christopher Matoush Friday afternoon. Cierra S. Willis, 33 and Mario O. Dickson, 19, both from St. Louis, had bond set at $100,000 (10% cash applies).
Monday, November 25, 2019

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Monday, November 25, 2019

THS Jazz Band Performs At Edinburg For American Education Week
Edinburg concluded their American Education Week with entertainment from the award winning Taylorville High School Jazz Band directed by Mr. Chris Gunn. The music ranged from classic Jazz to Pop tunes.
Monday, November 25, 2019

Attendance Winners
These North School students won the attendance awards for perfect attendance the week of November 11-15:  Damari Thompson, Jaxson Turner, and Raelyn Reber.
Monday, November 25, 2019

Austism support group holiday party
TASC/The Autism Support Connection will be holding its Annual Sensory Friendly, Family Christmas Party, instead of the regular support group meeting on Thursday, December 5, from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the Free Methodist Church, 1400 Seymour Ave. in Hillsboro.
Monday, November 25, 2019

Members Of THS Class of 1967 Celebrate Their 70th Birthdays
The Taylorville High School Class of 1967 recently celebrated their 70th birthdays. A pre-party was held on Friday, September 20, 2019 at the Palomino Club with a birthday party at the VFW on Saturday evening, September 21, 2019. Classmates, near and far, gathered together for a fun filled weekend of good food and great fellowship. Everyone enjoyed this time together.
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Corey Robinson's time in Oxford an eye-opening experience for this scholar
World famous author and much beloved Oxford professor J. R. R. Tolkien once wrote, “the road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began.” The mysteries of the world lie outside every front door, not just those in Tolkien’s Middle Earth, as long as someone is brave enough to step out onto it. Sometimes, it can be frightening to think of leaving behind the familiar paths of our own homes. Those who are courageous enough to do so get the chance to experience the type of wonder and adventure books are created upon. One such brave soul, who traveled to the very roads Tolkien himself once trod upon, is Corey Robinson.

A 2016 Taylorville High School graduate, Corey was recently given the opportunity to study abroad in England at Oxford University.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

SUV crashes into home; woman killed
An 87-year-old woman is dead after her Decatur house erupted in fire when an SUV crashed into it and ruptured a gas line.
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Morrisonville Students Tour DC
Morrisonville High School students from the junior and senior class traveled to Philadelphia and Washington D.C. on November 6-10, 2019. The group was able to visit the United States Mint, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, the White House, Bureau of Printing and Engraving, Arlington Cemetery, the Library of Congress, the United States Capitol Building, the Holocust Museum, several Smithsonian Museum exhibits, Washington Monument, Ford’s Theater where President Lincoln was assassinated, and the Marine Corps War Memorial.
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Local LEAD program accepting applicants for new year
The Christian County LEAD Program is now accepting applicants from current and emerging leaders of Christian County. The 2020 class will begin in January, and is designed to enhance the social and economic well-being of Christian County by developing an active group of effective leaders. 2020 will begin the fifteenth year of offering LEAD in Christian County, and over 230 current and future leaders have graduated from this program since 2005.
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Edinburg Students Enjoy Family Reading Night
Thursday, November 21st, Edinburg Elementary hosted a Family Reading Night. Edinburg families enjoyed reading games, activities, a free book shop, a technology station, and storyteller Mrs. Jessica Green from the Taylorville Public library entertained the crowd.
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Speakers
Casie Campbell and Lauren DeClerck from Midland Community Bank spoke to several of Ms. Porter and Ms. Pennock's  business classes this past week. They discussed with the students about the importance of savings and the process of lending. Students ended with doing a budget activity that opened their eyes to what it takes to live on your own after high school.
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Information sought in Taylorville burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.

Sometime between Saturday, November 16, 2019 and Sunday, November 17, 2019, person or persons unknown made entry into a garage located at 909 West Vandeveer Street. While inside, the unknown subject or subjects took numerous tools. This includes, 6 socket sets and an impact driver.  The total dollar amount of the theft is estimated at over $2000.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Touring the Nation's Capital
Morrisonville High School students from the junior and senior class are pictured near the Battle of Iwa Jima statue when they toured Washington D.C. earlier this month.
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Suspect in custody from gun shot incident on Tuesday
Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler said authorities have in custody a suspect in those reported shots fired near Hershey Tower on Tuesday night. Wheeler said the suspect is a 16-year-old male from Springfield.

Wheeler said he was taken into custody Thursday night about 11:00 without incident in Springfield. At the time of his arrest, he had in his possession two hand guns, one which was believed to have been the one fired on Tuesday. The gun has been sent to the crime lab for forensic analysis. The suspect could be facing charges for aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Downtown group seeking entries for Christmas parade
DowntownTaylorville.org has announced the Twilight Christmas Parade this year will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 beginning at 5 p.m. at the corner of Madison and Main Cross Streets in Taylorville. Parade lineup will start at 4:30 p.m.
Friday, November 22, 2019

Three from St. Louis charged in Walmart heist
Three St. Louis, Mo. residents face charges in Christian County Court of burglary and theft between $10,000 and $100,00, after one of the trio entered Taylorville Wal-Mart and made off with nearly $15,000 in merchandise. The theft occurred during the late evening hours of Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.

One of the defendants, Marvin L. Bailey, 19, appeared before Judge Christopher Matoush Friday morning and his bond was set at $100,000. In information filed with the court, Bailey is accused of walking into the Taylorville Wal-Mart on Thursday, having a crow bar underneath his jacket.

Friday, November 22, 2019

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Friday, November 22, 2019

SF board answers union questions
The South Fork Board of Education held a regular session meeting on Wednesday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high Media Center.

The Board of Education took the time at the start of the meeting to address the concerns brought before them by the teacher’s union at October’s meeting. Board President Jack Hanlon read aloud the Board’s answers to each question that was raised by the Union.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, November 22, 2019

County Democratic party salutes organized labor
Christian County Democrats gathered for their annual event Wednesday evening at the Pillars Event Center in Taylorville. Hosting the event were State's Attorney Mike Havera. Circuit ClerK Julie Mayer, Coroner Amy Winans, County Clerk Michael Gianasi, and Supervisor of Assessment Chad Coady.

County Chairman Jack Mazzotti gave a warm welcome to State Senator Andy Manar. Mazzotti said, "Senator Manar has been a binding force in the county and has also served as a mentor in many aspects of legislation." Manar most recently introduced bills covering prescription insulin cost limits and disaster response and recovery funds, which were used in Taylorville following the tornado last December. Other important bills include the military service and salaries, daylight savings time all year, insurance, managed care and education regarding teacher's salaries.

Friday, November 22, 2019

THS basketball coaches speak to Optimist Club
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, November 21, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and Pastor John Crist gave the morning invocation. Ron reminded the board members of a meeting next Tuesday morning. Ron also updated the club on the upcoming “Christmas for Kids”. This will take place on Dec. 12, and follow the same format that has proved so successful over recent years.
Friday, November 22, 2019

Five on Friday
Friday, November 22, 2019

Area Church Services and Events
Friday, November 22, 2019

Services dedicated to giving thanks at FCWC
The Sunday 10 a.m. service on November 24 at Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville will be dedicated to the theme "In Everything Give Thanks."
Friday, November 22, 2019

The thankful one
Best-selling author, Max Lucado, tells about living as an American in Brazil. One day, as he was walking along the street on his way to the University to teach a class, he felt a tug on his pants leg. Turning around, he saw a little boy “about 5 or 6 years old with dark beady eyes and a dirty little face.” The little boy looked up at the big American and said, "Bread, Sir." He was a little beggar boy and Lucado said, "There are always little beggar boys in the streets of Brazil. Usually I turn away from them because there are so many and you can't feed them all. But there was something so compelling about this little boy that I couldn't turn away.
Friday, November 22, 2019

City to commemorate anniversary of December tornado
The community of Taylorville is commemorating the first anniversary of the EF-3 tornado that hit the community on December 1, 2018, with an event at the Taylorville VFW Post 4495, 515 North West Avenue, on Sunday, December 1, from 2-4 p.m.
Thursday, November 21, 2019

USDA awards Mt. Auburn $681,000 for water improvement
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded $681,000 to improve rural water and wastewater infrastructure to the Village of Mt. Auburn. The Village will receive $430,000 in a low-interest loan and a grant of $251,000.

"This is great news for Mt. Auburn," said Davis. "This grant is a great example of the kind of investments we have to make at the federal level to support our rural communities and those they serve. This project will ensure safety and maintain water quality within the area. I appreciate the work all local officials did to apply for and obtain these grants."

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Morrisonville opts out of recreational marijuana sales
With almost no discussion surrounding the topic, the Morrisonville Village Board voted unanimously Wednesday night disallow recreational marijuana sales in village limits.

Board members commented on the matter only briefly, saying they thought it was unlikely anyway that a dispensary would locate in Morrisonville, but they all agreed that they did not wish to open up an avenue for that potential.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Coroner rules on fatal train accident
Christian County Coroner Amy Winans has released the manner and cause of death for Pamela McPherson, 52, of Blue Mound who died October 17, 2019 at Taylorville Memorial E.R.  
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Taylorville Public Schools Foundation Awards Grants To Teachers
The Taylorville Public Schools Foundation recently awarded several Mini Grants to Taylorville Community Unit School District 6-12 teachers to be used for additional resources to motivate and encourage educational excellence.

The Taylorville Public Schools Foundation (TPSF) raises money every year through fundraising, donations, and contributions from local supporters for projects to enrich and enhance the educational experience in TCUSD #3 schools.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Shots fired near Hershey Tower on Tues. night
The Taylorville Police Department is still investigating a report of shots being fired near Hershey Tower on Tuesday evening. Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler called the incident a “Bona fide shooting.”
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Three area hospitals, including Pana, form alliance
Carlinville Area Hospital, Hillsboro Area Hospital and Pana Community Hospital have entered into a definitive agreement forming an alliance of south-central Illinois hospitals. This alliance will establish the framework to allow these Critical Access Hospitals to collaborate on mutually beneficial opportunities in order to maintain professional, community-based, high quality healthcare in their local communities. This alliance is not a formal affiliation, merger or acquisition, and will not change the independent status of each hospital.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

'Food is Medicine' founder to speak at Millikin
Millikin University welcomes Dr. Jennifer Wolfe Grenier '02 to campus on Thursday, Nov. 21, who will present the 2019 T.W. Samuels Lecture: "Food is Medicine: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health on Chicago's West Side."
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Crowd urges transparency with turbines
An overflow crowd on Tuesday night for the Christian County Board meeting forced a move to the large third floor courtroom in the Courthouse. Upwards of 80 people, most proponents of a new group, Protect Christian County (PCC), attended to show support for their proposed six-month moratorium on wind turbines in the county until equitable revisions of rules and regulations can be enacted.

Several of the speakers, who spoke at the end of the meeting, were also concerned with what they called a lack of transparency by the county when it comes to dealings with the wind turbine industry.

In addition, the Board approved the 2020 Fiscal Year budget, which begins on Dec. 1, and approved the hiring of Greg Ninmo, Farmersville, as Emergency Management Services (EMS) for the newly formed Christian-Montgomery Counties EMS. After some debate, they also set the new director’s salary at just over $57,000 per year.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Ameren elaborates on proposed monitoring wells at park
At the October 28 Taylorville Park Board meeting, an Ameren representative, Tim Mathis, approached the board about the possibility of performing additional groundwater monitoring in Manners Park in an attempt to better gauge whether or not contamination may be present in conjunction with the old coal gasification plant that used to be located adjacent to the park’s western border.

At that meeting, Mathis indicated that Ameren was seeking to install three new ground monitoring wells. Ameren Manager, Remediation Projects Dave Palmer and Ameren Environmental Specialist Donald Richardson have now stated that the information provided by Mathis was incomplete and partially inaccurate.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Morrisonville CUSD approves tentative levy; discusses state test scores
The Morrisonville CUSD #1 Board of Education met last night in regular session.

Superintendent Dave Meister reported to the board that the EAV (entity-attribute-value) is estimated to increase by approximately 5.7%. Montgomery and Christian County combined pick up the Unit 1 land area. When you take our statutory limits in the regular funds, we end up increasing by 5.7% as well. Because some of our levy funds that are not depending on the law are set. For example, in our IMRF and Social Security Funds, we are running a positive balance in there of about a year. So what I am proposing in this levy is to reduce the levy in each one of those by about $5,000 or $10,000 total. I’m also going to keep the Tort Fund down from what it was. Last year it was approximately $45,000. Our Bond and Interest Fund was up just a little bit. But when you combine all the funds together our levy increase is a at 4.2%. This keeps us below the threshold level of 5% and we do not have to do a Truth in Taxation hearing on that.”

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas. . .
The Taylorville Fire Department spread a little holiday cheer this morning as they offered a helping hand to DowntownTaylorville.org Executive Director Marcia Neal in hanging Christmas lights on the memorial tree on the courthouse lawn. Utilizing the long reach of the bucket on their fire truck, TFD hoisted a daring decorator high into the air while helpers below kept the lights from tangling.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Park district rec director speaks to Kiwanis Club
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the many activities taking place at various Taylorville Park District locations, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the club’s new meeting place, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.

Guest speaker was Bailey Hancock, the Recreation Director for the Taylorville Park District, who told Kiwanis members about the year-round activities taking place in local parks. Hancock said that besides the many baseball and softball teams that play at their various fields during the summer, the Manners Park Pool and Park District Day Camp also attract lots of children.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Hunters are reminded in this busy season to practice ethics and be safe
With the fall hunting season underway, hunters are reminded of their obligation to practice ethical and safe hunting while in the field. Remember, your personal ethics might not match your neighbors, but certain guidelines do pertain to all hunters.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Davis Memorial sending out military packages
Davis Memorial will be mailing packages to deployed service members on December 7, 2019, for Christmas. If you know of someone who is actively deployed, who would like to receive a package, please call the church office (824-8181) with their name and address.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

TPD Officer receives district award
Taylorville Police Officer Christian Nelson has won the Enrique Camarena Award presented by the Elks. Officer Nelson will now continue on to the State Level. Should he win at the State level, he would proceed to the Nationals.

Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler nominated Officer Nelson for this award in September of this year. Wheeler said “Officer Nelson has proven to be an asset to fight the war on drugs in our city. I am proud of each one of our Officers in this battle. I am proud to see Taylorville’s Police Department name on this award. It shows this district that we are a proactive police force.”

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Correction
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Pana schools performing at 'commendable' level
At last night’s Pana School Board meeting, members learned all attendance centers in the district are performing at a “Commendable” level. This was determined by testing done by the Illinois State Board of Education and detailed in their 2019 “Illinois Report Card.”

District Curriculum Director Paul Donahue made the report, reviewing the statistics revealed by the testing. A school district is listed as commendable when they do not perform in the top 10% of all schools in the state and a high school graduation rate better than 67%. There are no underperforming student groups at or below the “all students” group in the lowest-performing 5% of all schools. To be “Exemplary,” testing performance must be in the top 10% and graduation rate above 67%. An “Underperforming” school is one or more student groups underperforming at or below the “all students” group.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

City votes to raise license fees for taxis
Taxi cab license fees in the city of Taylorville will soon see a dramatic increase. The Taylorville City Council voted 4-3 (Chris Skultety-no, Shawn Burtle-no, Ernie Dorchinecz-no) Monday night to direct the city attorney to draft an ordinance that will increase taxi license fees from $5 per driver per year currently to $100

The potential increase was initially discussed at the November 7 emergency services committee meeting; there, aldermen said the motivation behind the decision was to help ensure that cab companies are selecting safer, more dedicated drivers. Background checks were already being performed at that time and will continue in the future.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Coalition speaker to discuss sexual assault services
Jody Clark from the Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault (PCASA) Taylorville branch will be the guest speaker at the next Christian County Prevention Coalition (CCPC) meeting.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Kick off the Christmas season with a little 'Harmony'
What better way to start off the Christmas season than by attending a holiday program performed by the local singing group, Harmony. They will be presenting a Christmas program on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of The First Presbyterian Church of Taylorville at 116 E Franklin.

This group of ladies is referring to this as a stage production because it is more than just a concert of holiday favorites. It involves props, costumes, dancing, and lots of laughter as well as singing. The program is free, but a free-will offering will be collected, and all are invited to attend.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Council Honors Union Workers
Mayor Bruce Barry and the Taylorville City Council honored members of the Laborers’ Local 477 and the Operating Engineers Local 965 at Monday night’s council meeting. Both groups were critical in assisting in cleanup efforts in the aftermath of the December 1, 2018 tornado.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Salvage DogsHonor Vets
In observance of Veterans Day, the Salvage Dogs honored veterans with a surprise breakfast at Meadow Manor.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Community event teaches public about bleeds
Featuring simulations in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, a free community event will teach the public how to handle life-threatening bleeding incidents.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, November 18, 2019

Taylorville VFW to host a Blood Drive on November 30
Taylorville VFW will bring the community together for a blood drive from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, November 30 at 515 N. West Ave. Additional sponsors for the blood drive include: The City of Taylorville, The Christian County Sheriff’s Department, The Taylorville Police Department and the Taylorville Fire Department.
Monday, November 18, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, November 18, 2019

St. Mary's Educators Attend Conference
Teachers from St. Mary's School in Taylorville recently attended the Illinois Educators of Technology Conference in Springfield.
Monday, November 18, 2019

Kitchell Library celebrates Family Reading Night
Kitchell Memorial Library in Morrisonville celebrated Family Reading Night going to the dogs on Thursday, November 14.

This year’s theme was “Dog Tales,” and special guests were a Chihuahua named Sarina and a Border Collie named Molly. The dogs and their trainers, Kim Dykstra of New Berlin, and Mary Ann Pollitt of Carlinville, demonstrated tricks and training techniques. Guests were also shown how to approach and greet dogs properly. Everyone enjoyed the interesting program.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Crimestoppers
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a theft that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Public Safety Tax to appear on March ballot
TAYLORVILLE — On the upcoming March 17 ballot, Christian County voters will be asked to consider a county-wide one-percent sales tax increase that is being dubbed a Public Safety Sales Tax.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Five Loaves And Two Fish Donation
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Perfect Attendance
Saturday, November 16, 2019

UIS waives application fees for new terms
SPRINGFIELD — The University of Illinois Springfield is waiving all application fees for prospective students in an effort to ensure that all students are given the opportunity to pursue a higher education.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Lake Land community choir holiday concert Nov. 24
MATTOON — The Lake Land College Community Choir will present a holiday concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24 in the Lake Land College Theater.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Pawnee community blood drive Nov. 25
PAWNEE — Pawnee Fire Protection District will host a community blood drive from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm on Monday, November 25 at 711 8th Street, inside Bloodmobile - Register on the Bus
Saturday, November 16, 2019

TMH Auxiliary holds annual governance meeting
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary held their annual governance meeting on November 13 in the Janice Hopper Auditorium at TMH.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, November 15, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, November 15, 2019

DMH to host Alzheimer's Dementia support group
DECATUR — Decatur Memorial Hospital is now offering a support group for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The DMH Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group will provide resources, the latest information, and support.
Friday, November 15, 2019

Author is featured speaker at genealogical society annual meeting
TAYLORVILLE — Author Kevin Corley will be the featured speaker at the Christian County Genealogical Society’s annual meeting Sunday, November 17th, at 2 p.m. at the Christian County Museum at 325 Abe’s Way next to Super 8 Motel in Taylorville.
Friday, November 15, 2019

Pana Chamber gears up for annual Christmas event
PANA — The Pana Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for their Annual Christmas Event to be held Saturday, November 30, 2019 in downtown Pana.
Friday, November 15, 2019

F-X youth groups displays acts of thankfulness
TAYLORVILLE — During the month of November the "Faith Extreme" (F-X) Student Group from Faith Community Worship Center has been displaying acts of thankfulness in various ways to thank God for blessings in their lives.
Friday, November 15, 2019

THS wins $10,000 in energy education community challenge
It was announced today that Taylorville High School won second place in the Energy Education Community Challenge, where residents and community groups earned points by signing up for energy efficiency programs, hosting or attending community education efforts, and reducing energy use. Marisa Joyce, Regional Community Outreach Coordinator for local nonprofit Elevate Energy, made the announcement during an assembly at Taylorville High School. 
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Gettysburg Address on display starting today
The Gettysburg Address is Abraham Lincoln’s most famous speech, containing some of the greatest language in history. It helped changed the way America looked at the Civil War. And now it will be on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for two weeks.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Pana Twp. board deadlocks on turbine issue
The Pana Township Board met in regular session on Wednesday night with about 15 people in attendance. They are opponents of the wind turbine projects being proposed for Christian County, and the Board had on its agenda an item to discuss and possibly make a recommendation to the Christian County Board.

Following public comments about the projects - all negative - Trustee Joe Coleman offered a motion to have the county use the half-mile setback when they consider changes to the wind turbine ordinance. The vote failed on a 2-2 vote. Coleman and Trustee Brett Henschen voted in favor while Trustee and Township Supervisor Tom Latonis voted , “no.” Trustee Harley “Tom” Foster was absent.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Edinburg schools switching to Skyward
The Edinburg Board of Education held a regular session meeting on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in junior high room 145.

After a year full of mistakes and frustrations, the Edinburg School District has made the decision to switch their financial systems over from SDS to Skyward software suite for the 2021 school year. SDS repeatedly causes balancing issues on the school budget and was reportedly not very forthcoming or friendly with the district while they were making service calls to try and fix the problem. The numbers just would not match up, leading to there being two separate sets of financial records being kept, one through SDS and one manually by the District.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Free program on movement disorders
Memorial Medical Center will host a free program on movement disorders on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI).

The 90-minute program, titled “Movement Disorders,” begins at 6 p.m. in the M.G. Nelson Family Auditorium on the MCLI’s first floor.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

US Marshal speaks to Optimist Club this morning
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14, in the TMH Auditorium. President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Pastor John Crist giving the morning invocation. The next big event for the club is the annual “Christmas for Kids”. This has become one of the more popular events for the club over the past several years. Children and their families are the guest of the club for a dinner, carol singing, and a visit from Santa Claus.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Veterans Share Experiences With Students
Veterans were honored during a flag ceremony and reception at St. Mary School on Wed., Nov. 13. The VFW #4495 Honor Guard led the school in the Pledge of Allegiance during an assembly in the school library. After the ceremony, the sixth grade class hosted the veterans at a reception.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

North School Attendance Winners
North School attendance winners for the week of November 4-8 are Judson Shanks and Madison Skinner, left photo and  Annabelle Carter, right.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Div. 5 Director Speaks To DAR About Service To Veterans
Pictured is guest speaker Susan Beard, District V Director for the Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR during a recent meeting. Beard spoke about opportunities for DAR to participate in service to our veterans, and especially underserved homeless women veterans.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

TCUSD reviews district report card, levy
A cursory look at the state report card for Taylorville Schools shows that two buildings in the district, Memorial Elementary and North Elementary, were labeled as “underperforming.” Taylorville High School, on the other hand, earned the designation of “commendable”, and the junior high was given an “exemplary” rating, which is the highest rating possible. No school in the district was designated as “lowest performing”.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Pana Council approves real estate acquisition
Two properties in the 100 block of East Second St. in Pana were accepted by the entire Pana City Council during its regular meeting held Tuesday night in Pana City Hall. At the previous meeting, members balked at the acquisition, even voting down the acceptance of one of the properties before going back and rescinding the vote and table both acquisition at their meeting two weeks ago.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Village of Kincaid to consider sale of lake
Don Fowler and Scott Wittington of Land Guys, Inc. made a presentation to the Kincaid Village Board regarding the sale of Kincaid Lake. The gentleman discussed options available to the Village and a possible direction the board could take. Fowler suggested the board should consider selling it as a whole, but if that doesn't happen, possibly selling off parts of it to property owners.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Edinburg to meet with public about flooding issue
The Village of Edinburg held their regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12 in the Village Hall.

Village President David Lutrell was finally able to talk with an engineer about conducting a drainage study on the south end of Edinburg to try and figure out what could be done to help alleviate the flooding problems in the area. Martin Engineering would, for $9,000, come to the town and conduct a survey of the effected area. Once they had the data, the engineers would come up with a plan, if one was available, giving the Village an idea of what work needed to be done to fix the flooding. They would present their findings before the Board and include an estimated cost in their presentation.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

THS Band looking for community support
The Taylorville High School Band and Jazz Band are in the middle of a new Cooperative/Problem Based Learning Unit and they need your help.

The THS musicians have created Chamber Ensembles with the band. Chamber Ensembles are small performing groups of 2 to 8 members that typically perform in smaller venues. The Chamber Ensembles are rehearsing and preparing holiday music and learning about how a professional musician needs to present themselves to the public. This is where the public comes into the picture.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Collectors day and artifact ID event at state museum
The annual Collectors Day and Artifact Identification Event is an opportunity for members of the community to share and celebrate the stories told by their treasured objects. 
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Millikin event sheds light on homelessness
Millikin University's Human Service Connection and the Macon County Continuum of Care will host its 10th annual Box City event in support of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week on Friday, Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. The event is part of Millikin's campaign to help bring hunger and homelessness awareness to the local community.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

TMH annual Holiday Extravaganza this weekend
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host its annual Holiday Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, November 15 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, November 16 in the TMH Janice Hopper Auditorium.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Monday's Storn Turns Veterans Day Into Snow Day
This bunch of kids took time to enjoy the day off school yesterday. They took to the hills at Manners Park with their sleds and snowboards in the first snow of the season.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Festival of Trees begins November 23
The 30th annual Memorial's Festival of Trees will be held Nov. 23 to Dec. 1 at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

The festival's hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 23, Nov. 25-27 and Nov. 29-30; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 24 and Dec. 1; and 4-8 p.m. Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving Day).

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

HSHS provides tips to stay healthy during flu season
Flu season is upon us. Although HSHS has not seen an increase of patients presenting in the emergency department with symptoms of the flu yet this season, it is important to be prepared.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Veterans Honored Today
The American Legion held a Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Monday, November 11 to honor those who served.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Illinois is home to 10 national cemeteries
Veterans Day is a time of remembrance and reflection not only for surviving veterans who served our nation, but those who were lost. Some spend part of the day in national cemeteries, a solemn reminder of the legacy of the American military.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Soldiers and Dogs offers a cause to carry on
It’s said that there is no instance of bravery which has never faltered. Even an iron will and steely resolve can sometimes waiver under the weight of the world.

For some veterans, that’s exactly the scenario they find themselves in as they try to reacclimate to civilian life. Assumption veteran Gary Shuck, though, is working to help struggling soldiers find the conviction to carry on, and he’s doing it with the help of some four-legged friends.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Pana Red Hat members attend Persimmon Party
Saturday,  November 2nd, The Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club met at the Persimmon Party at the Christian County Historical Society. All the historical buildings were open to view. The Courthouse served as the stage for the Little Miss Persimmon contest. The Pence building was the scene for the baked goods and lunch that was available for purchase. The persimmon pulp to make your own homemade goods was there to purchase also.
Monday, November 11, 2019

North School Students Of The Month
These North School students were nominated as students of the month for October.  The teachers chose them because of their outstanding character traits shown both in and out of the classroom.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Event to explore anti-slavery movement
Illinois may have been a free state, but its anti-slavery forces were far from united in the years leading up to the Civil War, as a historian will explain Nov. 14 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Monday, November 11, 2019

APL annual fall trivia night is Friday
The Animal Protective League (APL), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting ill, injured and abandoned homeless animals, will hold its annual Fall Trivia Night Fundraiser on Friday, Nov 15th at the Knights of Columbus Hall on 2200 Meadowbrook Rd, Springfield. Doors open at 6 p.m. Trivia begins at 7 p.m.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Pana Loving Arms fundraiser Thurs.
The Pana Loving Arms Crisis Pregnacy Center is hosting a Friendraising Supper of Thursday, November 14 at St. Patrick Parish Hall on 219 Locust Street. The meet and greet will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the supper and presentation running from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The event will include a tour of the new Pana center.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Expanding Christian County Development Corp. providing affordable housing, ownership
TAYLORVILLE — Christian County Development Corporation (CCDC) is expanding opportunities for residents by providing affordable housing for citizens of Christian County. It is also starting to branch out into the area with the same mission in mind.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

"Halloween Post Script" presented to UWCC
TAYLORVILLE — The University Women of Christian County met for the November meeting on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Whits End Restaurant.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

TMH Foundation to host Annual Signature Event
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation host its annual Signature Event titled “Gifts of the Season” on Saturday, December 7 at The Pillars Event Center. The event will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by a welcome and plated dinner at 7 p.m. “Wild Columbine”, a central Illinois trio known for their performances at many historical destinations across the state, will feature 19th century parlor, traditional Irish and holiday music.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

The Animal Protective League sets November pet adoptions
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.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Dunn Guest Speaker At THS
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Kitchell Library staff attend Illinois Heartland Member Day
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — Kitchell Memorial Library Board President Beth Fuchs and Librarian Linda Sheedy recently attended Illinois Heartland Library System’s Member Day at the Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham, IL  This year’s theme was “2020 Vision:  the image or insight of how something could or should be in the future.”
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Post 905 Royalty Announced
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Principal For A Day
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Why are food allergies on the rise?
Hosting a party or a special event where food will be served has become a bit more complicated over the last several years, as hosts must now contend with food allergies when planning party menus.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Veterans Day will be observed Monday in Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — The Annual Veterans Day Celebration will be held Monday, November 11, 2019 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Taylorville American Legion Post 73.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Stonington elementary building enjoying new resurgence
STONINGTON — “It’s a great asset, and it gives us a place to host community events. It gives people a place to congregate, and it’s just one more addition to help our community come together,” Stonington’s Ben Curtin said of the former Stonington Elementary building that is now serving as the Stonington Community Center.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Millikin's School of Theatre and Dance presents 'Chicago'
DECATUR, Ill. – Millikin University's School of Theatre and Dance continues its 2019-20 performance season with Broadway's longest-running American musical, "Chicago." The show will run Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. All performances will be held at Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin's campus.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Operation Gratitude Ships Out
Friday, November 8, 2019

Clarification need on turbine zoning
TAYLORVILLE — A flaw in the implementation of Christian County’s Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS) - more commonly known as wind turbines - zoning, needs some attention before anymore action is taken.
Friday, November 8, 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 Nov. 8, 2019:
Friday, November 8, 2019

Friday, November 8, 2019

Kiwanis members review community youth efforts
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the club’s new meeting place, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Friday, November 8, 2019

AFSCME retirees to meet in Taylorville this Monday
TAYLORVILLE — AFSCME Sub-Chapter 87 retirees will be honoring Veterans at both of their meetings during the month of November.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Millikin campus visit day this Monday
DECATUR — Millikin University will host a campus visit day for prospective high school students on Monday, Nov. 11.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Run to the sound of the guns
TAYLORVILLE — As those who have chosen Christ as Savior and Lord, we are involved in an intense spiritual battle in the Heavens being manifested on earth - in our lives and those around us. Those without Christ are involved as well, but without the hope that is ours in Christ.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Faith Community to honor veterans this Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — Sunday, November 10 Faith Community Worship Center (FCWC) in Taylorville will honor Veterans in the 10 a.m. service.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Five on Friday
Friday, November 8, 2019

THS Madrigal dinner will be held 1st weekend in December
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville high school music department will present its thirty-seventh annual Madrigal dinner performances on Friday, December 6 beginning at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 7 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the THS Cafeteria.
Thursday, November 7, 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 Nov. 7, 2019:
Thursday, November 7, 2019

New crisis pregnancy center will open
PANA — Cathy Coker, Executive Director of Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center was the guest speaker at the October 21st Pana Community Interagency Group meeting held at Pana Community Hospital.  
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Sen. Manar and TRS reps address area retired teachers
TAYLORVILLE — Members of Retired Teachers of Christian County heard a number of significant legislative updates during the spring session from State Sen. Andy Manar (D, 48th District), one of four speakers who addressed retirees during their fall 2019 meeting.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, November 7, 2019

THS Jazz Band participates in music educators jazz festival
Sixteen members of the Taylorville High School Jazz Band participated in the Illinois Music Education Association District 5 Jazz Festival on Monday, November 4, 2019.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Christian, Montgomery EMS merger proposed
The Christian County Board’s Executive, Personnel and Legislative Committee approved a proposal to merge the Christian County and the Montgomery County Emergency Management Services during their meeting on Tuesday night in the Christian County Courthouse. Greg Nimmo, current director in Montgomery County, will become head of the multi-county agency.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Phase1 water finished in Mt. Auburn
The Village of Mt. Auburn held its regular meeting on Tuesday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.

The first phase of the water project upgrades has been officially finished. Many of the old cast iron pipes which caused the chunky, rusty village water have been removed and replaced with PVC pipes. The contractors have been working around town to fix some of the rough ditches and other areas, and are under a one year warranty for any erosion and other issues that may crop up. The workers will be back in the spring to complete seeding and mulching in order to finish up the final leg of the first phase project.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Stonington seeks to fill two positions
The Village of Stonington met in regular session Monday evening, November 4, 2019.

Zoning Officer Doug Hoy gave his resignation effective December 31, 2019. In addition, Trustee Todd Thomason has also resigned. The board will begin searching for replacements for both positions soon.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Canoe Sangamon River with conservation district
Enjoy fresh fall air and colorful autumn leaves on a guided canoe trip down the Sangamon River with Macon County Conservation District staff on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

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

Millikin to host annual literary festival this weekend
Millikin University will host its 17th annual Literary Festival and High School Writing Contest on Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9. The 2019 Literary Festival is open to high school and college students, and the general public. The festival includes workshops, readings and sessions with featured writers. The event gives students the opportunity to work directly with professional writers and receive feedback.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Schafers take first at National FFA Agriscience Fair
For only the second time in school history, The Taylorville High School FFA Chapter has produced a National FFA Agriscience Fair winning project, and it belongs to Eric and Lizzie Schafer.

It’s a prestigious accolade for the Schafers, and another feather in the cap for the Taylorville FFA program, which has experienced tremendous success over the years, but it was also a bit a breakthrough win for the program too.  For the last twelve years, the THS FFA  program had sent a finalist to the National FFA Agriscience Fair, but none had been able to crack the podium, let alone win it, until now.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Downtown Taylorville.org Christmas parade Dec. 7
DowntownT aylorville.org is pleased to announce the theme for this years Twilight Christmas Parade is "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town."

The parade will be held on December 7 and starts at 5:00 p.m. at the corner of Madison St. and Main Cross St. Line up will start at 4:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Adermann named new fire chief
Matt Adermann was named acting fire chief at the October 21 Taylorville City Council meeting, but his new position was made permanent Monday night when the council unanimously (Kathy Driskell-absent) designated him as Taylorville’s new fire chief.

Adermann has been with TFD for nearly 15 years, and was previously a captain with the department prior to his promotion to chief. “I always think it’s a privilege to be a fireman, and, now, to be the fire chief is even more of a privilege,” he said. “I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family and my fire family here at the station. I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Memorial School Red Ribbon Week Winners
The winners of the fourth grade Memorial School Red Ribbon Week have been announced.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Fall In All It's Glory
This glorious colored tree was spotted this morning on Main Cross Street. The sunshine highlighted the brightly colored red, orange and yellow leaves signaling Fall is here.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

St. Mary's first quarter honor roll students announced
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Volunteers Clean Garden
Taylorville Community Garden Several volunteers helped with end of season clean up Monday morning.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

City Honors Teen
Mayor Bruce Barry and the Taylorville City Council honored 13-year-old Elli Skultety at Monday’s Taylorville City Council meeting.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, November 4, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, November 4, 2019

Persimmon Queen Royalty
The Christian County Historical Society and Museum held it’s annual Persimmon Party Saturday, November 2, 2019. The winner of the Little Miss Persimmon pageant was announced, along with her court.
Monday, November 4, 2019

Memorial's Festival of Trees seeks volunteers for event
Memorial Medical Center Foundation seeks volunteers for the 30th annual Festival of Trees, which will take place Nov. 23 to Dec. 1 in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Monday, November 4, 2019

Sensory film event Nov 9 at Orpheum Theatre
Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films”. Our movie event for November will actually be held at 1 pm Saturday, November 9th at The Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro. This month’s movie will be the newly released live action feature, “Playing with Fire”. With Sensory Friendly Films, the movie theatre lights are left up and the sound is turned down. 
Monday, November 4, 2019

Decatur Artist featured at Flourishes
Bonnie Rideout makes baskets in Decatur and will fill the Library area at Flourishes Gallery and Studios for the next two months.  Her show opens Sunday, November 3 from 1-4 at 140 ? E. Main, Shelbyville, elevator available. She welcomes viewers to see and learn about her handmade baskets. Not only will Bonnie be an available artist, but other artists also with opening shows will be available including Rae Nell Spencer (Decatur), Jamie Rutherford (Shelbyville), Carol Kessler (Shelbyville), and students and family from the Shelbyville Schools. All will be on display through January
Monday, November 4, 2019

Lincoln Presidential Library honors American's Veterans
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will honor the sacrifices of America's veterans with special events throughout November, including a display telling the story of the "Fighting Powells."
Monday, November 4, 2019

Skultety's strings: Hearts that spread hope
Sometimes, small ripples can turn into big waves. Just ask Taylorville’s Elli Skultety. Almost 11 months ago to the day, the then 12-year-old Skultety felt compelled to take action in the aftermath of the December 1, 2018 tornado that ravaged much of Taylorville.

Elli’s simple act of kindness quickly blossomed into one of the biggest feel-good stories in a community that was desperately searching for silver linings in the wake of that devastating storm, and it all started with some simple string and a thoughtful gesture.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

UIS campus preview day Nov. 11
The University of Illinois Springfield is hosting Preview UIS from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day). UIS was recently ranked the top public regional university in Illinois by U.S. News and World Report.
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Kiwanis, HSHS Medical help kids and teachers
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club and Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) Medical group office staff in Taylorville teamed up to collect and donate supplies to be used for students in the coming school year.
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Student Art Featured
K-12 Art by Shelbyville students will be on display until January 4 at Flourishes Gallery and Studios in downtown Shelbyville.  Mrs. Cole presents her student works titled "Ocean Adventures" and Mr. Mathis has student work as well.  The opening reception is Sunday, November 3 from 1-4 at 140 1/2 East Main, Shelbyville.
Saturday, November 2, 2019

First Quarter Honor Roll
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Information sought in Taylorville criminal damages
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards a criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, November 2, 2019











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