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Presenting The THS Class Of 2020
It will go down as perhaps the most unusual graduation ceremony in Taylorville High School History, but the class of 2020 still relished the moment and created some powerful memories Friday night. Class speaker Kristina Allen delivered a poignant speech to help kickstart the ceremony; it drew a resounding applause from administration, including THS Principal Matt Hutchison (back).
Saturday, May 23, 2020


Getting crafty: Creating crafts with newspaper
What do you do with your newspaper when you finish reading it? Do you just throw it away? Do you save it to be used as wrapping paper or kindling for a fire? How about using the newspapers you read - including this one - to make unique and functional decorations for your house or apartment? We have gathered together a few simple at home newspaper crafts for adults or children to enjoy.

The first step to all of these projects is gathering together a lot of newspapers. That’s no problem if you have a subscription of your own. If you don’t have a subscription currently, try asking older relatives if you can have their papers once they’ve finished reading them.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Paying Tribute
A large crowd of volunteers made up of veterans, children, and community members gathered at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville on Saturday, May 23 to help pay tribute to our veterans and prepare for the Monday Memorial Day service.
Saturday, May 23, 2020

Include a garden in your vacation plans
There is no doubt everyone is anxious for a change of scenery and a vacation. Though a vacation may not be possible, it’s always fun to plan and think about possible destinations. No matter where you plan to go, consider a stop at a garden along the way.

You can visit gardens near and far. If you aren’t able to travel anywhere, consider just stopping by the University of Illinois Extension Center, 1120 N. Webster Street, Taylorville, to view the pollinator garden at the front of the building. The Master Gardeners of Christian County are in charge of this green spot, and although we have not been able to tend it in usual fashion during the restrictions of the worldwide pandemic, you can still drive by to see changes as the seasons progress.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Taylorville Kiwanis collects over 700 pounds of food for Food Pantry
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club has collected over 700 pounds of non-perishable food and over 900-dollars in cash donations, all for the Taylorville Food Pantry, in its first two "drive-thru donation days" May 9 and 16.
Saturday, May 23, 2020

Parade Of Graduates
Saturday, May 23, 2020

Volunteers Of All Ages
The volunteers helping to put up flags at Oak Hill Cemetary on Saturday, May 23, 2020 were of all ages. Young children worked along side high school students and adults to make sure the cemetery was ready for the services on Monday.
Saturday, May 23, 2020

Coroner Amy Winans nominated for Officer of the Year
Christian County Coroner Amy Winanas has been nominated for the “2020 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.”

Amy is a 1996 graduate of THS and earned her Associates degree in 1998 form LLCC, studying Criminal Justice. She earned a bachelors decree form SIU-C in 2000, majoring in Mortuary Sciences and Funeral Services. Amy married Ben Winans in 2005. They are the parents of three children: Eric, 25, holding a PhD from the U of I in Agronomy; Travis, 23, with a Masters from UI in agronomy and weed sciences; and daughter Lily, 13, and a student at THS. She is the daughter of George and Susan (Black) Calvert. George is recently retired from service for the City of Taylorville.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Information sought in local criminal damage
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, May 23, 2020

One hospitalized after violent downtown brawl
Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler says there was a chaotic and violent brawl in downtown Taylorville Thursday night that sent one to the hospital.

According to Wheeler, a fight between five men broke out on the east side of the Taylorville square at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Wheeler says that four men —Anthony R. Chavez, 24, of Taylorville; Alfred R. Compian, 19, of Taylorville; Steven S. Frost, 23, of Taylorville; and Caleb T. Barrows of Taylorville— were wielding hammers when they approached Trevor A. Durbin,  20, of Taylorville.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Chamber says Chillifest still a go, for now
Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce President Patty Hornbuckle told the City of Taylorville Finance Committee Thursday that plans are moving forward for the 35th annual Chillifest this October.

“I see no reason, if we’re on track the way we are now, that we won’t have the event. We should be on track for phase 5 in October,” Hornbuckle said of holding the event amid current COVID-19 restrictions. “We’re going to be celebrating 35 years, and we kind of hope it’s the kickoff to a return to normal. We are about two months behind because we usually get started with organizing the event in March, but we’re ready to go.”

Hornbuckle approached the committee Thursday about the city’s annual financial contribution in support of the event. A year ago, the council approved an $8,000 donation for Chillifest. On Thursday, Hornbuckle asked the city for a $2,000 increase in order to help offset some financial hurdles the Chamber has encountered amid the COVID-19 outbreak. “The Chamber gets no funds from anybody, we got no PPP loan because we’re a 501c6, and we’re not eligible for any federal grant or state grant...We are down probably 60 percent in dues right now, and I haven’t had my annual banquet,” she explained of the toll the  outbreak has had on the Chamber.

Friday, May 22, 2020

State's Attorney Havera clarifies COVID rule enforcement
Late Thursday morning, Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera, held a press conference with county news affiliates to clarify how his office and county and local law enforcement, figures into matters concerning COVID-19 rules. He emphasized rules and regulations are civil matters under the jurisdiction of public health.

“Criminal law is not involved with any recommendations. It is a civil matter,” Havera said. “We do not enforce the governor’s orders because they are not laws. Our offices do not have a role in this.”

Havera said it is up to the health department - either state or county - to peruse those matters. “They have the burden of proof,” he said.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Volunteers need to erect Avenue of Flags Saturday
The Amvets group will once again be erecting the Avenue of Flags on Saturday, May 23, 2020 beginning at 8 a.m. in Oak Hill Cemetery and volunteers are needed.
Friday, May 22, 2020

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Friday, May 22, 2020

How you can lend a local helping hand
Since the Coronavirus gripped our lives, there have been a slew of challenges, that have prompted closures of businesses and schools and causing much strain on available resources.

Area agencies, now more than ever, are being asked to help people who’ve been hit the hardest. It’s no secret that food pantries across the nation are seeing an increase in need, as many people are out of work.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Kiwanis gives two $500 scholarships
Two Taylorville High School seniors have each received one of the $500 annual scholarships presented by the Taylorville Kiwanis Club.
Friday, May 22, 2020

It will get better!
The pandemic for most people was a shock. No warning or preparation was made for this disaster. We were going about with work, recreation, hobbies, social gatherings, community projects, business transactions and daily interactions.  

Then bam!! 

Friday, May 22, 2020

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Morrisonville grads to be honored in parade Friday night
There will be a parade honoring the  Morrisonville High School Class of 2020 on Friday, May 22, 2020 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The graduation date for the class has been moved to July 11th due to COVID-19.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

So. Fork to follow ISBE guidelines for events
The South Fork Board of Education held their regular meeting on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

South Fork Superintendent Chris Clark made very clear at the board meeting that the district was going to follow the guidelines given to schools by Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) towards events like graduation and end of the year parties. The current guidelines, given in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), state that the power to hold such events is ultimately in the hands of the individual districts. However, any in person events held would have to follow strict rules regarding social distancing, mask wearing, and personal safety. No group pictures would be allowed and each student would have to walk across the stage individually to received their diploma. Everyone would have to maintain a minimum distance of six feet between themselves. Drive through graduations are allowed, but again, require everyone to wear masks, follow social distancing rules, and not to gather in groups. Holding a celebration over social media was also suggested in the guidelines.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Virus claims 23rd life at Sangamon Co. nursing home
The coronavirus outbreak has claimed the lives of 23 residents of a central Illinois nursing home, health officials said.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Mayor establishes private worker relief fund
On Monday night, the Taylorville City Council voted to issue stimulus checks to local businesses to cover qualifying rent and mortgage expenses up to $1,500. According to the city’s Business Development District administrator, Steve Kline, rent and mortgage expenses are the only eligible expense for the which the city can offer this stimulus plan.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Two services will honor veterans, 1 Friday, 1 Monday
Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehab and Life’s Journey Senior Living in Taylorville are co-organizing a special tribute for two local groups of heroes – armed forces veterans and healthcare workers – to start the Memorial Day weekend.

The “Salute Our Veterans and Healthcare Workers Car Parade” is open to any local residents who would like to participate in their own vehicles. The parade will start on Friday, May 22, 2020, at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Board OKs largely symbolic decree to open county
Members of the Christian County Board were called into special session at noon Tuesday, to try once again to discuss the possible opening of Christian County. It was rescheduled following an attempt last Friday to hold the meeting. However, due to a lack of space on the telephone system, the meeting had to be postponed.

In the end, the Board voted, 12-3 in favor of a proclamation to “open Christian County.” It was stated the measure will be sent on to Governor J. B. Pritzker in an effort to have the Illinois governor speed up his plan to open the state.

The meeting started with presentations by Dr. Terry Cunnington, medical director of the Christian County Health Department, Greg Nimmo, Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency and Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera, all spoke about the potential liability of early opening of the county, outside of the state guidelines.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Village of Kincaid modifies Motor Fuel Resolution
The Village of Kincaid met last night in special session via Google Meet.

Village President David Oller called the meeting to order. The board approved a modification to the 2020 Motor Fuel Resolution adding $22,330.50 for an oil and chip project. According to Public Works Director, Mark Wolfe “The tentative resolution was passed in November 2019 so that we can spend the money in January, however, the price of oil is not available until March.”  

Wolfe presented an estimate to the board regarding repairs to the park pavilion totaling $12,400. “Insurance will cover $11,900 and we need to pay the $500 deductible to have the roof replaced that was caused by tree damage when Ameren was cutting down trees.”

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

THS announces scholarship and award winners for the Class of 2020
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

2016 THS grad honored at University of Missouri for leadership
Mizzou Senior Hope Johnson, double majoring in Journalism (Strategic Communication) and Art (Graphic Design) was one of six seniors honored for her leadership, service and academic achievements.

The annual award, given by the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board, recognizes 39 outstanding seniors across all majors for their leadership, service and academic achievement throughout their time at the University of Missouri.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

THS student 1 of 4 to receive 2020 conservation achievement scholarship
The Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF) has announced the selections of Audrey Batts of Elburn, Henry Eberhart of Evanston, Alexander Morelock of Taylorville, and Natalia Rosinski of Chicago as the recipients of the 2020 Conservation Achievement Scholarships. The high school seniors each will receive $2,000 to apply for specified college expenses.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Cabins at Taylorville lake open
The City of Taylorville announced today that the cabins at Lake Taylorville are being reopened for overnight camping per approval by the board of public health.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

City okays business stimulus checks
City of Taylorville aldermen voted 7-1 (Chris Skultety-no) Monday night to approve a stimulus plan for local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Businesses located in Taylorville’s Business Development District (BDD) will be eligible for up to $1,500 in rent or mortgage relief. The BDD encompasses much of Taylorville’s commerce sector, including the area surrounding the Route 29 and Route 104 intersection and the Route 29 corridor through town. It also juts over to include the Kroger area. The Spresser and Park Street corridor also falls within the BDD boundary, as does the downtown area.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

4th of July fireworks canceled
The Fourth of July is always a star-spangled day of patriotism, but this year, there will be no “bombs bursting in air” in Taylorville to mark the occasion.

At Monday night’s Taylorville City Council meeting, the city announced that this year’s Lake Taylorville fireworks show is officially canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Pana High School prepares for a June 5th graduation
Preparations for graduation day at Pana High School on June 5 continue. That was the word from Pana High School Principal Casey Adam to the Pana School Board during their monthly meeting held Monday night.

Graduation, which was set for May 22, has been delayed by two weeks as logistics for the live/virtual ceremonies needed to be planned. Adam said part of the graduation are going to be videoed this Friday, such as the Valedictorian and Salutatorian addresses. Those parts will be added to the actual graduation on June 4. Students and up to four members of their families will be ushered along various stations from the parking lot north of the high school and into the building before making it inside the gymnasium to walk across the stage and get their diploma. Any academic awards or scholarships the student is receiving will be announced as part of the ceremony and the graduate will pick up any medallions or certificates at that time. Once they clear the stage, students and family members will go into the smaller gym where photos will be taken by a professional photographer before they are dismissed out of the west door.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

First United Methodist Church Honors Grads
The high school graduates were honored during the Sunday morning worship on May 17 in the Taylorville First United Methodist Church.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Tune in to enjoy live acoustic music on selected Sundays this summer
The Macon County Conservation District will again host a free summer concert series. However due to COVID-19, this year participants will enjoy the concert streamed live, on the Macon County Conservation District's Facebook page:
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Ferry Memorial Scholarship recipients announced
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce Ryan Bowsher and Blake Donnan, both 2020 graduates of Taylorville High School, have been awarded the 2020 Dr. George Ferry Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is administered annually through the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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Monday, May 18, 2020

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Moderna: Early coronavirus vaccine results are encouraging
An experimental vaccine against the coronavirus showed encouraging results in very early testing, triggering hoped-for immune responses in eight healthy, middle-aged volunteers, its maker announced Monday.

Study volunteers given either a low or medium dose of the vaccine by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Moderna Inc. had antibodies similar to those seen in people who have recovered from COVID-19.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Virus cancels Muni Band summer outdoor concerts
TAYLORVILLE —  Some members of the Taylorville Municipal Band play instruments and perform year-round. Others eagerly look forward to dusting off their instruments at this time of year and coming out to play at the first performance of the year, Taylorville’s Memorial Day celebration.
Saturday, May 16, 2020

Aldermen debate double occupancy lake lots
TAYLORVILLE — Aldermen already voted this month to allow Lake Taylorville lake lot renters to put a second camper on their lots. The city couldn’t decide, however, how much that practice should cost.
Saturday, May 16, 2020

Taylorville Food Pantry receives large donation
Saturday, May 16, 2020

Vince Childers nominated for officer of the year
TAYLORVILLE — Deputy Chief Vince Childers has been nominated for the 5th Annual Officer of the Year.
Saturday, May 16, 2020

Nokomis Prom July 25
NOKOMIS — The Nokomis High School Prom Court has been announced and is pictured on page nine.The prom will tentatively take place on Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 8-11 p.m. at the Parish Center in Nokomis with a “Roaring Twenties” theme. Coronation will begin promptly at 8:15 p.m.
Saturday, May 16, 2020

THS FFA students learn importance of beekeeping
TAYLORVILLE — Students who have been in an Agriculture class at Taylorville High School have probably heard one of the teachers say, “You don’t have to be a farmer to be a part of agriculture.”  And while production agriculture, such as growing crops and raising livestock, is the basis on which this Industry was founded, it’s true that a large part of today’s agriculture is made up of non-traditional segments.
Saturday, May 16, 2020

Chicago area get four inches of rain
CHICAGO (AP) — Record rainfall of 4 inches or more fell on the Chicago area, causing flash flooding that left some roads impassable, the National Weather Service said.
Friday, May 15, 2020

Special County Board meeting postponed
TAYLORVILLE — A special meeting of the Christian County Board, which was called for a 12:00 noon starting time, was postponed, due to the overwhelming number of on-line participants trying to get into the meeting.
Friday, May 15, 2020

Health of county general fund expected to decline
TAYLORVILLE — Much like the health of a COVID-19 virus patient, the health of the General Fund of Christian County is going to get worse as the year continues. Those remarks were made by auditor Rich Hooper of Lively, Mathias, Hooper and Noblet during the Finance Committee meeting of the Christian County Board last night. Hooper detailed the recently completed audit for the county for Fiscal year 2019 and looked to future revenues for the 2020 fiscal year.
Friday, May 15, 2020

Two new COVID-19 cases reported in county this week
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Over the last week, in Christian County there were two new positive COVID-19 cases, 165 new negative and no deaths. In Montgomery County there were 2 new positive COVID-19 cases, 97 new negative and 0 new losses of life. Total cumulative reported test numbers from each county as of 5:00 p.m. 5/14/20 are:
Friday, May 15, 2020

Bike trail group says bridge delayed by COVID-19
TAYLORVILLE — Bud Altman, Lincoln Prairie Trails Conservancy (LPTC) Vice-President, said they were notified on March 10, 2020 that a number of trees near the bridge on the bike trail were potential habitat for Indiana bats, an endangered species. If these trees were there and available to the bats during their nesting period of April 1-October 1, the trees could not be disturbed.
Friday, May 15, 2020

Bank Donates $5,000 To Food Pantry
Friday, May 15, 2020

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Time to Arise!
TAYLORVILLE — The Gospel of John records Jesus saying “if you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free”. A few verses later He says “He whom the Son has set free is free indeed”. This freedom is of the Spirit and soul. No matter where our physical bodies are, nor how confined, Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever. Many of us are experiencing this truth now.
Friday, May 15, 2020

City to vote on business stimulus checks Monday
While the full council has yet to vote on the matter, Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry says he is optimistic that that the city will be able to provide stimulus checks to local businesses that reside within the city’s Business Development District (BDD).

The BDD encompasses much of Taylorville’s commerce sector, including the area surrounding the Route 29 and 104 intersection and the Route 29 corridor through town. It also juts over to include the Kroger area. The Spresser and Park Street corridor also falls within the BDD, as does the dowtown area.

At last week’s council meeting, Barry revealed the plan, saying he thought the  city may be able to cut checks up to $2,000. After speaking more closely with the city’s BDD administrator about the proposal, Barry now says the city may be looking to cap the stimulus payment at $1,500.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Pana Township establishes emergency program
A program will be offered starting Monday for Pana Township residents who may need some help paying bill under their General Assistance Program. Emergency Assistance up to $250 will be available. The program was outlined during Wednesday’s session of the Pana Board of Trustees.

The way the program works, a person must apply first for General Assistance and be denied. General Assistance is for those with an income of less than $312 per month and are single with no dependents. The Pana program does not support family situations.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

No graduation date set for Edinburg seniors
The Edinburg Schools Board of Education meet remotely via the Zoom app on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Like many schools in the state, Edinburg has been working hard to make sure all the needs of their students are met. However, the district has not been able to nail down a concrete date for their seniors’ graduation. Currently, Superintendent Ben Theilen said they were shooting for either an in-person graduation or a kind of drive through service in late July or early August. Surveys have been sent out to the seniors with four possible dates, asking for which is the best, but principal Michelle Reiss has not received many back yet.

Theilen did say that if the state allowed for in-person graduations sooner, the graduation committee would work hard to move the event to a closer date. With the current situation in the state, though, he could offer no promises on when the event could happen. He also mentioned that prom had been pushed until July 18, tentatively. Being able to hold prom depends largely on the state. If the prom for 2020 is canceled, any seniors who missed it would be invited to attend the 2021 prom if they desired to do so.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Pana Chamber accepting nominations
The Pana Chamber of Commerce celebrates member businesses for outstanding contributions made to the community and local economy through continued growth and expansion, innovation and community support.
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Twin Sisters Celebrate 93rd Birthdays In An Event Organized By Family
Twin sisters, Wreatha Riva of Taylorville Estates and Leatha Brown of Mt. Carmel, Ill. celebrated their 93rd birthday Wednesday. Leatha came to town to celebrate with her sister.  The sisters and staff from Taylorville Estates greeted well wishers in a drive-by parade, led by TPD, family and friends.
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Area students graduate from SIUE
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville completed virtual 2020 Spring commencement exercises for more than 2,400 graduates on Sat., May 9. SIUE Chancellor Randy Pembrook bestowed degrees upon students from the Graduate School, College of Arts and Sciences, and Schools of Business, Engineering, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Education, Health and Human Behavior.
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Information sought in local burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary to a vehicle that occurred in Taylorville.
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Projects at courthouse and jail are discussed
Several projects for the Christian County Courthouse and the Christian County Jail were discussed at the meeting of the Highway and Building Committee of the Christian County Board on Tuesday night. The repairs were approved by the Committee and sent to the Finance Committee for further consideration.

Engineer Bill Kennedy presented several plans for Courthouse repairs dealing with ceilings, painting and floor repairs. Included is repairs and scraping of plaster and removal of the waste. There will also be more chicken wire place on the ceiling of Courtroom “B” on the third floor of the Courthouse this is to keep plaster from falling on to or through the suspended ceiling in the courtroom.

With these projects is repairs to the floor of the Court Reporter’s Office and the replacement of the floor. The concrete floor will be leveled before new sub-floor and flooring is installed.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Special meeting to discuss reopening county
The Christian County Board has a special meeting at noon Friday and the topic of discussion is listed as reopening Christian County. The meeting has been called by at least six board members. There was no indication as to whom the board members were.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Taylorville parks hoping for July 1 reopening
The Taylorville Park District says it’s taking a wait-and-see approach to the potential reopening of park district facilities.

The board met in a special meeting Monday evening to discuss possible reopening dates, but members ultimately elected to postpone any decision until the upcoming June 1 meeting where the board says it will reassess the COVID-19 landscape.

While the board did not settle on a reopening decision officially, several park officials and board members say they are hopeful that a July 1 opening could still be possible, even for the pool. Park Recreation Director Bailey Hancock told the board Monday that she arrived at that date after a conversation with the Christian County Health Department earlier in the day; Hancock, however, identified that date as a best-case scenario and one that may not come to fruition at all.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Possible opening of courthouse before end of May
When the Christian County Courthouse will again open to the public and under what guidelines may be decided at the next full meeting of Christian County Board on May 18. Guidelines were discussed at the Executive/Personnel Committee of the Board on Monday night.

The opening could come on the day following Memorial Day - Tuesday, May 26. While the guidelines presented at the meeting were not approved, the committee did recommend to the full County Board the Courthouse offices and all county offices, be opened one week following the County Board meeting, which is Tuesday, May 18.

This would be with consultation with Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp and Christian County Public Health Department Director Denise Larson as well as the Board as far as the Courthouse goes.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

TCUSD receives donations, grant funds
The Taylorville School Board met virtually in special session last night. Superintendent Chris Dougherty announced the school board received a $1500 donation and the donor wished to remain anonymous. Dougherty said the donation came in one hundred dollar bill increments and designated that $500 be allocated for each of the following schools: North Elementary PTA, Taylorville Junior High and Senior High booster Clubs. “We’re very grateful the anonymous donor thought of our school district,” said Dougherty.

The board also received confirmation for a state maintenance grant in the amount of $50,000 to fix the drainage problem at Memorial Elementary School. The grant will partner with funds already set aside for the project.

Taylorville National Bank will be providing a grant to assist with COVID-19. Dougherty said the bank has some community dollars set aside that they wish to use to help with the cost of transporting meals in the school district as a result of COVID-19.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

$2.8M Pana budget approved with mayor's vote
Pana City Council members approved the new fiscal year budget which began on May 1 without much debate. However, it needed the yes vote of Pana Mayor Don Kroski to break the tie of three affirmative and three no votes. The action took place during the Council’s meeting held Monday night in the Council Chambers of Pana City Hall. Three members were in person and three others attended remotely with two members absent.

Aldermen Glenn Schneider, Steve Scott and Ron Miles voted “no” while Aldermen Ray “Butch” Hocq, Tim Eddy and Leon Goff voted “yes.” Alderman Kirk Woods was absent and later in the meeting, Mayor Kroski announced Alderman Tracy Braye-Strawn had submitted her resignation as Ward II Alderman.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Edinburg looking at water infrastructure project
The Village of Edinburg held their regular monthly meeting via teleconference on Monday, May 11, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

The Board has been thinking about doing a large water infrastructure project for awhile. There are three major areas around the Village that need work. Mike Lebshier, the Water Superintendent, has told the Board that he is worried about the main raw water line supplying the village. Because of that, and because of concerns for future droughts, the Board has been tossing around the idea of building an interconnect with Sharpsburg’s water system as an emergency back up for water. Finally, the water lines at Sunnyside Acres are in need of replacement.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Schafer and Mickey recognized as state FFA proficiency winners
Eric Schafer  was selected as the State FFA Proficiency Winner in Diversified Livestock Production and Tanner Mickey was selected as the State FFA Proficiency Winner in Diversified Agriculture Entrepreneurship. Eric and Tanner are senior members of the Taylorville FFA Chapter and of the Illinois Association FFA. Illinois FFA recognizes students in fifty different areas based on their work-based learning, also known as Supervised Agricultural Experiences or SAE. FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through record keeping, leadership, and scholastic achievement may be considered for this award. SAEs allow students to learn by doing by either owning and operating an agricultural business, working or serving an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture-based scientific experiment and reporting results.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Millikin to host virtual graduation celebration May 17
Millikin University will stream a virtual graduate celebration for spring 2020 graduates on Sunday, May 17.

Millikin President Dr. Patrick E. White will preside over the celebration, which will be streamed on the University's Facebook page beginning at 2 p.m. CST.

The virtual graduate celebration will honor members of the Millikin Class of 2020. Friends, families and Big Blue alumni everywhere are invited to gather online to celebrate this special occasion as Millikin University recognizes the spring graduates and confers their degrees.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Lincoln Land offers assistance with federal financial aid
Lincoln Land Community College's Financial Aid office is offering free, personalized financial aid assistance and help in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

LLCC students honored for academics, leadership
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Gould awarded sheriff's scholarship
Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp has announced that Anna Gould, of Pana, has been awarded one of the Illinois Sheriff’s Association (ISA) Academic Scholarships.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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Monday, May 11, 2020

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Alwerdt nominated for officer of year
The second nominee for the 2020 Taylorville Optimist Club Law Enforcement Officer of the year, is K9 Officer Jeremy Alwerdt of the Taylorville Police Department. He graduated from THS in 2007, and studied Criminal Justice at LLCC. Officer Alwerdt also received  training at a part-time academy setting, LETAC transitional training, and South West Illinois College.
Monday, May 11, 2020

John Blakeman earns PhD in nursing
John R. Blakeman, a 2009 graduate of Taylorville High School, was awarded a PhD in nursing from the Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University on May 8, 2020.

His dissertation was titled "A Holistic Exploration of Fatigue Experienced by Women Before a Myocardial Infarction." This study explored the symptom of fatigue that women experience in the weeks and months leading to a myocardial infarction, also known as a "heart attack." Dr. Blakeman also holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Ill.

Monday, May 11, 2020

South Fork Prom King And Queen
South Fork High School is pleased to announce the 2020 Prom king and queen, seniors Vincent Wake and Morgan Summers.
Monday, May 11, 2020

Meeting Notices
Saturday, May 9, 2020

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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Pandemic EBT application available
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) launched the Pandemic EBT application for families on May 1 at https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/access/. P-EBT is a new special benefit that can help families buy food for their school age children who would normally receive National School Lunch Program (NSLP) free or reduced-priced meals when schools are in session. All families with school age children who attend schools approved for Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) are eligible for the benefits as they receive NSLP meals at no charge.
Saturday, May 9, 2020

The winding road to motherhood
Taylorville’s Kate Graham is a brand new mother again for the third time, and just in time for Mother’s Day too.

For many, the road to motherhood is a nine-month journey. For Graham, this particular road was anything but conventional, and it was a journey that lasted more than 18 months.

On Friday, Graham officially completed the adoption process for her new daughter, Monroe Elizabeth Graham. Five-year-old Monroe is actually the half sister, on the father’s side, to Graham’s oldest son, Michael. “I think it gives him peace of mind to know that his little sister will have a loving home to grow up into and that she will have the same opportunities that he’s going to have,” Graham said of her son.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Local medical experts give guideance on use of masks
Masks worn in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19 should cover the bridge of the nose, mouth and chin to be most effective, local health-care providers say.

The advice comes in the wake of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s amended statewide stay-at-home order, which began May 1 and runs through May 30. The order says people must wear a face-covering or mask when in a public place or when working and unable to maintain a 6-foot social distance.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Courthouse to keep cautionary procedures in place until May 31
Out of an abundance of caution and in response to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Fourth Judicial Circuit is amending its procedures in an attempt to reduce the possibility of spreading the disease.
Saturday, May 9, 2020

County principals have sights on August opening
High schools throughout Christian County have been trying to cope with distance learning this spring and make plans for the usual end of the school year activities. But just because the preoccupation of the schools is making it to the end of the 2019-20 school year, doesn’t mean they haven’t lost sight of what’s to come when the school bell rings in August for the 2020-21 school year.

While what the next school year will look like, all of the administrators will make plans to open regularly, but know they must have a contingency plan if distance learning continues.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Farming is not just for boys
When people hear the word “farmer” they typically imagine a person wearing bib overalls, a hat and typically dirty working with crops and livestock. But, have we got something new for you to envision, a young, intelligent, athletic, pretty lady can be a farmer too. 
Saturday, May 9, 2020

LLCC Virtual Commencement planned for May 15
Lincoln Land Community College will conduct a virtual commencement ceremony to honor its graduates on Friday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. A link to the commencement video will be available at www.llcc.edu/graduation.

 “The commencement video will premiere on the date and time the live ceremony was originally scheduled, but graduates and their families can watch and enjoy it any time,” said Dr. Lesley Frederick, vice president of student services at LLCC. “Our theme for commencement this year is Moving Forward. We hope this virtual ceremony will provide a memorable celebration to commemorate the accomplishments and perseverance of our students in these unique times.”

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Craft time with the kids: Easy home projects for families to enjoy
Facing another possible month of being stuck at home with your children is enough to make any parent want to pull their hair out. How are you going to keep them entertained and tolerable for another four weeks when you’ve already watched all the Disney movies ten times and could recite Pete the Cat from memory? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Here is a selection of kid friendly crafts and projects that can be done at home. Not only are they fun to do, each one can be turned into a learning opportunity to help teach your children to measure, count, cut, and play.
Saturday, May 9, 2020

1 new COVID-19 case reported in Christian Co.
In their first weekly news release, the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency has announced an increase in COVID-19 cases in both counties. Christian County’s total went up by one and three new cases were reported in Montgomery County.

The report totals are, for Christian County,  29 positive cases with four deaths reported and 437 negative tests. In Montgomery County, the count is now 35 positive tests with one death. There have been 623 negative tests reported.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Police/Fire
Friday, May 8, 2020

Local business donates senior salute posters
Dunn’s Ambulance Service is looking for some businesses around the Taylorville Courthouse square,  willing to post signs of the 180 graduates of Taylorville High School.

Paula Dunn, of Dunn’s Ambulance says the service has 11 x 13 photos of all of the seniors, laminated and ready for display. Dunn’s has paid for the signs and is asking for those businesses along the parade route of the May 22 Senior Parade around the square, to display them.

“I just woke up in the middle of the night and the idea struck me,” Dunn said. “It’s just a way to honor the seniors who have had a very challenging senior year. I just wanted to do something special for them.”

Friday, May 8, 2020

Rep. Davis announces federal grant for vehicle for TPD
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill) announced that the City of Taylorville was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development’s Community Facilities Direct Loans and Grants Program.

This Rural Development grant will be used to purchase a police vehicle for the City of Taylorville. The city is purchasing a 2020 Dodge after recently losing two vehicles from their fleet. The grant amount from USDA is $20,000, and the City of Taylorville is contribution $17,978.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Kiwanis Club hosting food drive each Saturday in May
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club and Ministerial Association will host a food drive each Saturday in May from 10 a.m. -1 p.m.
Friday, May 8, 2020

Courthouse
Friday, May 8, 2020

Class visits with author of '52 Little Lessons From It's A Wonderful Life'
Cathy Schaeffer’s 6th grade class from St. Mary’s School has been reading the book titled “52 Little Lessons From It’s A Wonderful Life” by author Bob Welch.

Schaeffer indicated she’s read this to eight different classes throughout her time at St. Mary’s School. With approximately 20 students in each class, she estimates the story has touched 160 different lives just here in Taylorville.

It’s based on the Frank Capra’s 1946 classic story about a small town in Bedford Falls with characters George and Mary Bailey. It’s a reflection of what we can be when we’re at our best and a reminder that our lives can change everyone around us for better or worse.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Lessons to live by
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, my guess is that many of us are thinking about mom. That, of course, is not limited just to those who carried us and gave birth to us, but all the amazing and astounding women in our lives who have been a mother or like a mother to us. Also, as is necessary on a day like this, is a recognition that for some this is a day of mixed emotions. Add into this already tenuous mix a global pandemic that has resulted in reduced or eliminated contact and you have the making of a Mother’s Day like no other.
Friday, May 8, 2020

Courthouse
Thursday, May 7, 2020

Police/Fire
Thursday, May 7, 2020

TPD Thanks Local Nurses
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Police Department is grateful for all the nurses at Taylorville Memorial Hospital for their dedication. In observance of National Nursing Week, the police dropped off  flowers at the emergency room to say thank you.


Thursday, May 7, 2020

CCHS announces new museum coordinator
The Christian County Historical Society has hired Raymond Gates, pictured, as the new Museum Coordinator to start on May 14. CCHS hopes to have the gates of the museum  open at the end of May.
Thursday, May 7, 2020

Memorial to resume surgeries, medical visits
Memorial Health System, in accordance with guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health, on May 11 will begin resuming many surgeries and other medical procedures and visits that had been postponed during the initial stages of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As always, the safety of our patients and caregivers is our first priority, and we are confident these new guidelines will protect everyone involved,” said Dr. Raj Govindaiah, chief medical officer for Memorial Health System.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Phase II Begins At TMH
Heavy equipment has begun the task of taking down the old portion of Taylorville Memorial Hospital so Phase II of the construction project can begin. Kim Bourne, CEO of TMH, says portions of the building had been gutted in the past week and the heavy equipment moved in on Monday.
Thursday, May 7, 2020

Local 'smash and grab' suspects arrested
On April 2, 2020, at approximately 1:20 am TPD responded to an alarm at the Mach 1 gas station, located at Illinois Rt. 29 and Illinois Rt. 104. The alarm was for front counter motion. 
Thursday, May 7, 2020

Science and compassion: A look at the nursing profession
The healthcare field has definitely been in the spotlight the last few months with the onset of COVID-19. Many stories have been shared about the profession, the risks and the sacrifices that the nursing community endures.

This week we celebrate National Nurses Week. In the past, it was considered a profession made up predominetly of female nurses, but that is changing.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

A Parade Of Birthday Wishes
A birthday parade of friends and church family paraded past Mickey Davis’ house Tuesday afternoon led by Taylorville Police Department. Passersby greeted the 62 year old Davis with honking horns, balloons, shouts of good wishes and lots of cards honoring his special day.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Mt. Auburn projects significant losses
The Village of Mt. Auburn held their regular monthly meeting via the Zoom app on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

Village Board Trustee Scott Vincent presented the Board with a spread sheet he had made showing the possible projected revenue loss the village was going to suffer in the 2020 fiscal year because of the statewide lockdown. To make his projections, Vincent used the total revenue reports from the General Fund from 2019 and broke them down into four equal quarters. He then took the revenue projections from four major banks, JP Morgan/Chase, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and Morgan Stanely, along with the projections from the Congressional Budget Office, and averaged them out with the village numbers to build an estimate on what the total losses for 2020 were going to be.

Based on the projected numbers, the Village of Mt. Auburn was going to have anywhere between $12,254 to $28,976 less in revenue for 2020 than it had in 2019. Vincent had double checked his numbers with the Village Treasurer, Gerry Mahr. On Mahr’s suggestion, Vincent created another spreadsheet projection that took the annual property tax revenue out of the equation. They were not certain if people would be able to pay their property taxes this year, and did not want to build their numbers solely on past revenue that included that money in the totals. Without property tax included, Mt. Auburn would have between $9,275 and $21,929 less revenue to work with than they normally had. Vincent again told the Board that the numbers were only for the General Fund accounts, as he had no current way to figure what Motor Fuel Tax and other possible revenue sources were going to be bringing in.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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

Sometime between Friday, May 1, 2020 and Sunday, May 3, 2020, person or persons unknown made entry into the concession stand located on the Taylorville High School Football Field. The unknown subject or subjects damaged a door on the building to make entry. Nothing appeared to have been taken at this time. The total dollar amount of damage is unknown at this time.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Taylorville lake lots and campgrounds are open
Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry has opened Taylorville Lake to lot lease holders and permanent campers only. The announcement came Monday afternoon after the newspaper had already been printed.

“We would expect users to abide by the rules set forth for social distancing,” the statement stated. “This includes only people residing in the same household and a limit of 10.”

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Council considers stimulus for local business
Nothing has been discussed officially by City of Taylorville aldermen, nor has any vote been cast, but Mayor Bruce Barry announced Monday night that the city is considering issuing stimulus checks to local businesses as a result of the financial toll the COVID-19 outbreak has taken.

“We will support our small businesses with up to a $2,000 stimulus stipend out of our current BDD (Business Development District) funds,’’ Barry said of the proposed plan.

Barry estimates that there are approximately 115 businesses located within the BDD. If every one of those were to receive a stimulus payment, the total financial commitment from the city would obviously approach $230,000.

Details were limited Monday night on how the program might work specifically; Barry says those items are intended to be ironed out at the upcoming finance committee meeting on May 21.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Bids for Pana, Taylorville highway projects opened
While there is no confirmation the bids have been accepted by the Illinois Department of Transportation, bids were opened for two highway projects in Christian County. The bids were opened on Apr. 24, 2020.

Lowest bidder to resurface 10.6 miles of pavement on Illinois Route 29 from Velma Road near Taylorville to just north of Magnolia St. in Pana, is R. A. Cullinan and Co. of Tremont. The bid was just over $5,337,000. It has a 90-working day completion schedule.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

EMA ending daily updates; will issue weekly reports
In their final daily press briefing issued today, the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency is reporting one new case of COVID-19, taking place in Montgomery County. As per usual, they did not release what town the new case was located.

With the new case, Montgomery County now has 30 positive cases with one death resulting. Negative cases stand at 410, an increase of nine from a day ago. For Christian County, positive cases are still at 28 with four deaths. Negative cases increased by 15, with 373 now reported.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Police/Fire
Monday, May 4, 2020

EMA: No new cases in Christian Co.
In their daily press briefing today, the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency is reporting three new case of COVID-19, taking place in Montgomery County. As per usual, they did not release what town the new case was located.

Testing has been conducted today on every resident and staff member at the Montgomery Nursing and Rehab Center in Taylor Springs. An organization, Home With Heart, assisted staff with Hillsboro Area Hospital in conducting the tests. Results from these tests could take as long as 72 hours. Last week, one resident was found to have contracted the virus.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Work began today on Rt. 29 between Berry and Rochester; expect delays
The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that resurfacing of Illinois 29 between Cardinal Hill Road in Rochester and Jett Road at Berry begins May 4. 

At least one lane will be open in each direction during the resurfacing, which will help preserve the road and provide a smoother driving surface. Work is expected to last about a month. 

Monday, May 4, 2020

Strokes related to virus not prevalent here
As if there wasn’t enough to worry about during the COVID-19 breakout, doctors on the east coast are noticing a relationship between the virus and strokes caused by blood clots in younger patients - some of them deadly. But in Christian County, this does not seem to be a problem.

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert-Winans says there was no indication of strokes in the four victims from Christian County. Those who passed away were said to have been older people. A check with the pathologist who does autopsies for Christian County, Dr. John Denton of Bloomington, finds no cases as well. Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon’s office did not respond to the inquiry.

Monday, May 4, 2020

State reverses ban on drive-thru graduation
On Friday, nine Taylorville High School students drafted a letter to Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker asking him to reconsider a statewide ban on drive-through graduation ceremonies.

On Sunday, the Illinois State Board of Education laid out new, more relaxed guidelines on graduation ceremonies that will let THS students, and students all across the state, have their day in the sun after all.

“Students, and only their immediate family members who are staying at home together, should arrive in waves and leave after their individual recognition,” the state’s new guidelines read of drive-through ceremonies. “Students may exit the car individually, in their cap and gown if available, to have a photo taken. These events will require precise scheduling, traffic control, and school safety personnel, etc. and may be appropriate for small to medium-sized graduating classes in less trafficked areas.”

Monday, May 4, 2020

Edinburg woman killed in one-car crash Saturday night
One person was killed and three others were injured in a one-car accident at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. Deputy Christian County Coroner Austin Peters identified the victim as 35-year-old Michelle White. She died of blunt force trauma due to the accident according to the Deputy Coroner.
Monday, May 4, 2020

Alzheimer's Association supports global day of giving and unity during pandemic on Tuesday
The Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter is proud to join with individuals and groups around the country and the world to support #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5.

Traditionally held on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday is designed to drive generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation and support for communities and nonprofits around the world. In wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers of the annual event are designating May 5 as #GivingTuesdayNow – a timely additional opportunity for individuals and groups to support non-profit organizations hit hard by the current crisis.

Monday, May 4, 2020

AFSCME retiree chapter cancels meetings for May
The AFSCME Retiree Sub-Chapter #87 meetings for Monday, May11th and for Tuesday, May 12 have been canceled due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. AFSCME is adapting to the recommendations from the CDC and the governor’s office to cancel all in-person meetings until the CDC lifts them.

On Monday, June 8 at 1 p.m. the AFSCME retiree Sub-chapter #87 will hold their regular meeting in the Staley Room at the Decatur Public Library. The program is to be determined. The Decatur meetings are held on the second Monday of each month.

Monday, May 4, 2020

American Legion hosting mostaccioli dinner pickup
The Taylorville American Legion will be hosting a mostaccioli dinner (curbside pickup) on Thursday, May 7, 2020 from 4-7 p.m. at the American Legion parking lot, 110 W. Franklin Street in Taylorville.
Monday, May 4, 2020

Lake Land accepting apps for emergency aid grants
The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has allocated funding to colleges and universities, including Lake Land College, to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.
Monday, May 4, 2020

County board's Koonce files suit against gov
TAYLORVILLE — Christian County Board member Ray Koonce has filed a federal lawsuit against Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. Koonce asserts that the executive orders mandated by the governor are unconstitutional.
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Illinois 29 work begins May 4
ROCHESTER — The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that resurfacing of Illinois 29 between Cardinal Hill Road in Rochester and Jett Road at Berry begins May 4. 
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Courthouse elevator back in service
TAYLORVILLE — When the Christian County Courthouse reopens to the public - and employees as well - they will be able to take a new ride. While this pandemic has been going on, workers from Otis Elevator in Springfield have been busy refurbishing the 58-year-old Courthouse elevator from top to bottom.
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Strokes related to COVID-19 not prevalent in area
TAYLORVILLE — As if there wasn’t enough to worry about during the COVID-19 breakout, doctors on the east coast are noticing a relationship between the virus and strokes caused by blood clots in younger patients - some of them deadly. But in Christian County, this does not seem to be a problem.
Saturday, May 2, 2020

CC Coroner's offices investigates death
TAYLORVILLE — On Friday, May 1, 2020 at 10:19 a.m., Christian County 911 received a call that a femail was unresponsive in her home in Taylorville. Taylorville Fire and Dunn’s Ambulance responded and requested the coroner.
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Davis teams up with ag groups to deliver sanitizer
TAYLORVILLE — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) has teamed up with the Illinois Corn Growers Association and Illinois Soybean Association to deliver hand sanitizer to local first responders and public health departments in Christian and Montgomery counties. In total they delivered 12 gallons of ethanol-based hand sanitizer manufactured by Marquis Energy in Hennepin, IL.
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Veterans donate
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Agriscience fair projects in full swing still for THS
TAYLORVILLE — While school and classes may not be in session, the FFA Agriscience Fair is still on. The Illinois Association FFA has worked very hard over the past five weeks to still make competitive oppoprtunities available for students while still following social distancing guidelines.
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Get Crafty And make the world go away.
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — With another month of shelter in place quarantine looming over May, many of us are wondering what the heck we are going to do with ourselves for the next four weeks. We’ve caught up on all our laundry, cleaned the house until we could eat off the floors, and binged watched shows until we can’t keep our eyes open anymore. With shopping excursions limited to bare necessities and only so much lawn work to be done, it may seem like there is nothing left to occupy our time.
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Wide Open Spaces
TAYLORVILLE — The famous chorus from the song “Wide Open Spaces” by the The Dixie Chicks probably sums up the life of THS Class of ‘83 graduate Jacque (Collier) Urnikis the best:
 
She needs wide open spaces
Room to make her big mistakes
She needs new faces
She knows the highest stakes

Saturday, May 2, 2020

You've probably got all you need for this dish, too
(AP) — As the days go by, I am being forced to become more creative with my cooking. I’ve always been a fan of stews and hearty soups, and I make them all year round to stock my freezer. That stash has started to run low lately. So it was time to see what I could make out of the slim pickings I had and replenish the freezer stock.
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Spirit-Boosting Bus Connects Clients And Staff
Friday, May 1, 2020

Taylorville students draft letter of appeal to governor
TAYLORVILLE — A group of Taylorville High School Students have drafted a letter to Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker asking him to reconsider a state ban on any and all high school graduation ceremonies, especially drive-through ceremonies designed around social distancing protocols like the one that had previously been planned by THS administrators.
Friday, May 1, 2020

EMA reports 1 new COVID case in Montgomery Co.
TAYLORVILLE — In their daily press briefing today, the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency is reporting one new case of COVID-19, taking place in Montgomery County. They did not release what town the new case was located.
Friday, May 1, 2020

County fair will take place in July
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Christian County Agricultural Fair board of directors announced today, after a gret deal of consideration, that the fair will go on as scheduled this summer.
Friday, May 1, 2020

A Show Of Support For Healthcare Workers
Friday, May 1, 2020

Taylorville leaf burning ban is still in effect
TAYLORVILLE — The current leaf burning ban will remain in effect until at least May 5. On Monday, May 4, the City Council will vote if it will be either extended or eliminated.
Friday, May 1, 2020

Elementary schools announce times for pick up
MEMORIAL SCHOOL— Students needing to pick up their personal items, learning packets, PTA spirit wear, and medication from Memorial elementary school can do so on the following days and times.
Friday, May 1, 2020

CEFS is offering local assistance with utility bills
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) still has energy assistance funding available for the 2020 season. The deadline for making an application has been extended this year due to COVID-19 to June 30, 2020. Any household that has not applied for assistance yet could apply as soon as possible. Any household that has applied as of October 1, 2019 or after and have a high outstanding balance, may apply again and receive further assistance at this time
Friday, May 1, 2020

THS FFA members compete online
TAYLORVILLE — Thursday night, April 23, 2020, students from the Taylorville FFA Chapter were trading traditional interview rooms for kitchen tables. Rather than meeting at the University of Illinois in Champaign to compete at the State Proficiency Award Contest, members will be competing virtually from the safety of their own homes
Friday, May 1, 2020

National Day of Prayer will be observed in Christian County on May 7
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Christian County National Day of Prayer (NDP) Task Force committee will observe the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 7, 2020.
Friday, May 1, 2020

Police/Fire
Friday, May 1, 2020

State nixes THS plan for parade of graduates
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville High School administrators were already on plan B when it came to graduation. Now, a state directive will have school administrators scrambling to change gears yet again.
Thursday, April 30, 2020

Agency reports 1 new COVID-19 case in county
TAYLORVILLE — Since its last report on Thursday, the number of positive COVID-19 tests has increased by one in Christian County. The report was made in the Thursday daily briefing by the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency. They did not release where the new case was located.
Thursday, April 30, 2020

Crimestoppers: Information sought in several vehicle thefts
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a several vehicle thefts that occurred in Taylorville.
Thursday, April 30, 2020

Things to consider before drafting a living will
TAYLORVILLE — During the prime of their lives, people typically don't give much thought to scenarios in which they become ill or are facing the end of life. Sickness and mortality are not easy conversations to have, but it is important for everyone to approach these heavy topics with close family members so that individuals can rest easy knowing their needs will be met if or when their health falters.
Thursday, April 30, 2020

Second state lawmaker files suit against governor's stay-at-home order
SPRINGFIELD — A second Republican state representative on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Gov. JB Pritzker alleging he overstepped his authority in ordering Illinoisans to stay at home to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Thursday, April 30, 2020

Local lawyers discuss obstacles they've encountered during 2020 pandemic
TAYLORVILLE — The COVID-19 emergency is effecting almost every walk of life and it is no different for local attorneys. In observance of Law Day, three local attorneys - Dennis Atteberry, Nathan Frisch and John McWard - related how their practices have been challenged during the past two months. They agreed closed courthouses, inability to speak face-to-face with clients and delays in cases are just a few of the roadblocks they are facing.
Thursday, April 30, 2020

MFT still needs volunteers and donations to complete tornado projects
Thursday, April 30, 2020

Parade for Bob Zueck, former Circuit Clerk's birthday
Thursday, April 30, 2020

County Board approves voluntary furloughs
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Board approved a recommendation from the Finance Committee to allow for voluntary furloughs of employees during a special meeting on Wednesday night. The decision was made as offices and buildings of the county are closed due to the emergency orders issued by the Governor during the COVID-19 emergency. Elected office holders will be able to set up furloughs with members of their departments if there is a lack of work for those employees.
Thursday, April 30, 2020

Now hiring: Court reporter shortage in Illinois
TAYLORVILLE — The State of Illinois is in crisis mode when it comes to court reporters. There has been a definite decline in numbers and it’s only going to get worse in the next ten years, as the average age of a reporter is 52 years old.
Thursday, April 30, 2020

Montgomery Co. facility reports case of COVID-19
The Montgomery Nursing and Rehab Center in Taylor Springs has confirmed a resident of the facility has tested positive for COVID-19. This information is provided in the daily update from the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency.

“We are in close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps,” reads a release from the facility. “Resident safety is our top priority.”

The center is continuing to insure they are preventing the spread by screening employees reporting to work on each shift; not permitting any visitors; and checking vital signs of residents multiple times during the day.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

City Street Crew To The Rescue
The City of Taylorville Street crew was dispatched shortly after 8 p.m. last night to the 1700 block of E. Ash Street after several trees and large limbs were reportedly blocking the roadway. Straight-line winds were to blame for the damage.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Illinois State Museum offers virtual Super Saturday
The Illinois State Museum (ISM) announces "Bugs! Virtual Super Saturday" – the first virtual event in its popular Super Saturday series – will take place online from Saturday, May 2 to Tuesday, May 5.

Families with elementary age children can join ISM over the weekend to explore the remarkable world of insects, bugs, and arachnids. "Bugs! Virtual Super Saturday" will include engaging art and science activities that families from across Illinois and beyond can do while at home.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Local student wins Modern Woodmen scholarship
Kristina Allen, of Taylorville, is one of 198 students across the country to receive a Make An ImpactSM scholarship from Modern Woodmen of America. The award recognizes young Modern Woodmen members who have made a local impact through volunteerism and demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.

“We’re proud to support these exceptional students as they continue their educational journey,” says Jill Lain Weaver, chief fraternal officer at Modern Woodmen. “Thanks to their strong volunteer spirit, they’ve made a positive impact in their communities at a young age.”

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Optimists postpone respect for law month activities
For the second consecutive time, the Taylorville Optimist Club’s board of directors met by way of teleconferencing. Many topics were discussed centered around the uncertainty caused by the current pandemic and the resulting restrictions. One thing is certain, however, and that is the fact that all decisions made at today’s meeting are based on the guidelines that are in force at the time. As the guidelines change, so may the decisions announced today.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

County won't pursue mandatory furloughs
Christian County Treasurer Betty Asmussen told the Christian County Finance Committee Monday night that financial losses related to the COVID-19 outbreak could range between ten and twenty percent of the county’s general fund budget.

If the losses ultimately hover around the ten-percent threshold, Asmussen estimated them at more than $275,000. At twenty percent, the loss in revenue could top $550,000.

With those losses looming, the finance committee debated the possibility of employee furloughs Monday night.

The board ultimately voted unanimously against any mandatory furloughs, but members did say that they would be open to the potential of voluntary furloughs.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

COVID-19 update: No new cases to report in county
With today’s COVID-19 report from the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency, they report no new cases of the disease in either county. There have been 32 total tests which have come back negative.

Current numbers show Christian County holding with 28 positive cases and four deaths. An increase of four negative cases, up to 248, are reported. Montgomery County has 23 positive cases with one death. The negative tests case numbers increased by 28 with 309 now reported.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Extension to offer Good Growing in Illinois webinar series
University of Illinois Extension is pleased to announce a free webinar series, Good Growing in Illinois on Wednesdays starting May 6, 2020 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. delivered using Zoom. University of Illinois Extension Educators Andrew Holsinger, Chris Enroth, Ken Johnson and Katie Parker will teach these webinars.

"Now is a great time to learn new techniques about gardening and further your horticultural knowledge," states University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Andrew Holsinger. "Participating in these webinars will give you some ideas to keep your garden productive and safe all season long.”

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Student selected as leader in principals association
Landri Salmon has been selected to represent Memorial Elementary as an outstanding student leader in the Illinois Principals Association, Abe Lincoln Region.

“We are all so proud of her accomplishments, but just as importantly, we are thankful that Landri's strengths in leadership bring out the best in others as well.” Principal Eric Bruder noted.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Evert Nation nominated as officer of the year
Detective Evert Nation comes to the Taylorville PD with strong family ties. His father Evert served on the PD as did his brother Bill and sister-in-law Sheila. Evert is a 21 year veteran of the force. He graduated from THS in 1990. Det. Nation joined the US Navy in 1994 and served until 1998. He became an auxiliary officer in 1994 and served in that capacity until becoming full time in 1998.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

4-H livestock team staying competitive
The Senior Christian County 4-H Livestock Judging Team was very disappointed when the spring meet of contests was cancelled, but this resilient group has been able to find new success in the online livestock judging world. In this new type of situation we are living in, the livestock judging team has found several opportunities for online cattle, sheep, hog, goat, and oral reasons contests.

Many livestocking judging websites have made it possible for these kids to still have the opportunity to get as much practice in during these times and even take part in nationally sanctioned online competitive events. Even though the competitive Christian County 4-H Team cannot see the livestock in person they have adapted well to the online version of contests.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Pana Council votes to increase water bond issue
During its meeting on Monday night, the Pana City Council voted unanimously on first reading an ordinance to approve issuance of nearly $3.9 million for the city’s water system. Seven of the eight aldermen participated either in person or by telephone. Alderman Ray “Butch” Hocq was absent.

The bonds will cover a loan from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the Rural Development (RD) Act for the amount of the bonds. This is an increase in the indebtedness of the city, due to bids on two of the projects coming in above the estimated amount. City Attorney Steve Mahrt told council members the USDA had agreed to the higher loan request in order to fund the project. The USDA approved and the city accepted, a $1 million grant for the project.

While the bids have not been accepted by the city, by expanding the bond issuance, the contractors are able to start some of their paperwork which includes securing performance bonds and insurance. The city did pass a motion of intent to accept the bids, contingent on approval of the bond sales and USDA-RD approval.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

May 1 deadline for area scholarships
Monday, April 27, 2020

Police/Fire
Monday, April 27, 2020

Two more COVID-19 cases are reported in Christian County
Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported by the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency as of Monday. The location of the positive tests have not been indicated.

This brings the number of positive COVID-19 cases to 28 with four deaths being reported. The number of negative tests returned by Christian County is now at 241, which is an increase of 32. For Montgomery County, positive cases number 23 with just one death reported. Negative tests total 281, which was an increase of 46 negative cases from Friday’s report.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Science Teacher Uncovers A Fresh Crop Of Morels
Mary Dawson, retired THS and Lincoln Land science teacher found these beautiful morel mushrooms in Christian County this weekend. The whereabouts will remain unknown.
Monday, April 27, 2020

Donation Goes To Meals On Wheels, Food Pantry
The Christian County Water Reclamation District (CCWRD) donated $50,000 today to local agencies for COVID-19 relief.
Monday, April 27, 2020

Taylorville Community Garden prepares for 2020 season
The Taylorville Community Garden (TCG) is entering its eighth year of providing valuable commodities to the community. The garden began in 2013 and is located at Davis Memorial Christian Church, 1500 W. Franklin Street.

In 2019, nearly 2100 pounds of food was raised with 558 volunteer hours logged between 32 adults and 8 children.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Bringing home the baby
Usually, bringing home the baby would be cause for a huge celebration. Family and friends from all over converge, with congratulations, baby necessities, and offers of assistance readily handed out. People share food and wisdom while welcoming the precious new life to the world. But what happens when such a blessed event occurs during a global pandemic that brought the entire world to a screeching halt?
Saturday, April 25, 2020

Rep. Avery Bourne rejects Pritzker "One-Size-Fits-All" approach to modified Stay Home Order
On Thursday, Governor JB Pritzker announced he will extend the Illinois Stay Home Order through May 30. In addition to the extension, the Governor announced some modest changes to the restrictions that accompany the Order.

"While I was glad that some of the common sense changes House Republicans asked for were made, I am disappointed that he has dismissed the idea of using a regional approach to reopen the economy," said State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Morrisonville). "In fact, during the Q and A portion of the briefing on Thursday, when asked about reopening parts of downstate Illinois that are not seeing infection rates like in urban areas, the Governor laughed. To the Governor, I say this: We in Central and Southern Illinois, who are forced to abide by your statewide mandates, we're not laughing."

Saturday, April 25, 2020

CCWRD commits $50k for local COVID-19 relief
The Christian County Water Reclamation District (CCWRD) stepped up in a big way Friday to help local families impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

At a special board meeting held via phone conference, the district, which operates the local waste water treatment plant, committed $50,000 to local entities and organizations in an effort to provide immediate relief for Christian County residents.

The board voted unanimously to donate $20,000 to the Taylorville Food Pantry, $10,000 to Meals on Wheels, and $20,000 to the City of Taylorville Water Department. The money given to the City of Taylorville will be used to pay delinquent water bills for first-time delinquent accounts for people who have been affected financially due to the outbreak.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Kincaid student graduating with college's highest honor
Six students graduating from Western Illinois University at the end of the Spring 2020 semester have received the highest recognition from their colleges for their overall academic excellence by being named a College Scholar.

Kaysi M. Vice, a Clinical Laboratory Science Departmental Scholar and Honors Scholar from Kincaid, will graduate with high academic distinction, magna cum laude.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

THS FFA crop plot continues to grow as world is on lockdown
As the world continues to be on lockdown, the agriculture industry must run as normal as possible. Agriculture is the backbone to our society and provides food, goods and various other resources we need for our daily lives. This is something that many do not think about as they gather all goods from the store. As students in the agriculture program at THS we are fortunate enough to learn where our food comes from, how it is processed and ultimately how it gets on our table. On an average year, we are able to help plant our Mt. Auburn Crop Plot. This plot aids in our educational learning, as we are able to get hands on learning experience. With things being on lockdown, we are beyond grateful to work with an amazing agriculture business. This business everyone is familiar with, and that would be Brandt Consolidated. Despite the fact that we were not able to assist with planting this year, we hope that we will be able to take part in the harvesting process of the corn and beans this fall. On an average year, we are able to help fill the planter, record varieties and measure rows. This plot is replicated across Central Illinois to help gather data on various varieties of seed.
Saturday, April 25, 2020

County COVID-19 numbers remain stable
The numbers of Christian and Montgomery County residents who have tested positive for the Coronavirus remain stable. For Christian County the number is 26 cases with four deaths. There have been 217 negative cases, the number up by eight from the previous day. For Montgomery County, their total is now 23 positives - up by one - and one death. Negative cases are at 246, up by 11 over a day ago.

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Berry has delayed the opening of the Lake Taylorville Campgrounds and lake lots until Sunday, May 14, 2020.

“I understand that this is an inconvenience for all concerned but in the current circumstances with the safety and well-being of all our residents and visitors my top priority, this is a decision I must make,” said Barry in a statement released to the news media.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Courthouse
Friday, April 24, 2020

Memorial distributes monitoring kits for recovering virus patients
At-home kits with monitoring equipment are helping Memorial Health System health care providers quickly spot potential complications for dozens of central Illinois residents who are recovering at home from COVID-19 symptoms.
Friday, April 24, 2020

A Better Life Renewed
Friday, April 24, 2020

Emergency Management Agency offers tips, recommendations
While the Coronavirus emergency progresses, the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency is reminding citizens of several precautions they should take or observe during this time. One of those cautions concerns social media.

Residents should be cautious of posts on Facebook and other social media formats from unofficial sources. The agency is seeing posts, Tweets, etc., which are opinion based or uninformed of all the facts regarding a given situation. These types of posts in turn, after several assumptions being made without all of the facts, many of which are confidential to HIPPA and privacy concerns, tend to fester into a highly shared post which only raises anxieties of those who see them. Residents should not get wrapped up in such postings and widely share them. Doing so only breeds fear and furthers anxiety of an already very stressful time for everyone. Everyone should do their part and be responsible for the information shared, commented on or post.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Hope
So many things feel out of place at the moment. I feel a bit out of place as I’ve been working from home. The surroundings are familiar, but they are not familiar for the purpose I’m using them. I’m accustomed to work in the office and do the rest of life at home. Not right now. My schedule is a bit out of place. I’ve found that work and every other part of life mix themselves together at present. I find myself working at odd hours because tasks keep coming to mind. Nothing seems normal.
Friday, April 24, 2020

COVID concerns affect two area stores
The Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency is reporting employees in two stores in their jurisdictions have been tested - one positive - for the COVID-19 virus.

It was announced on Wednesday afternoon - after the regular daily update - the Montgomery County Health Department had a confirmed case of Coronavirus of an employee at the Raymond Dollar General Store. They have instituted proper cleaning protocols prior to this case that follows CDC recommendations. At this time, the store will remain open, according to CMCEMA Director Greg Nimmo. He also reported the store will provide staff with face masks and gloves for their safety, and the safety of others who enter the store.

Shopping at the Raymond facility within the last two weeks does not make you a “close contact,” Nimmo said. The Montgomery County Health Department will continue to work with the Raymond Dollar General Store and its corporate office.

The agency said no additional information will be released as this is an ongoing investigation.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Chris-Mont EMA COVID-19 report shows little activity
Only one new case of COVID-19 has been reported by the Montgomery County Health Department during the past 24 hours according to the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency in their latest update about the virus. They now have 17 total positive tests with one death. The number of negative cases is now at 224, up by seven since the last report.

For Christian County, the positive cases and deaths remain the same, but the negative cases rose to 199, up six.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

County: 'We may be talking furloughs soon'
It wasn’t until the tail end of the Christian County Board meeting on Tuesday afternoon when the subject of the status of county employees came up. In fact, there had already been a motion to adjourn the meeting, but before it was voted on, District 2 representative Vicki McMahon asked the question, “Are we going to have a Finance Committee meeting?”

Board Chairman Becky Edwards responded, “Conversations are taking place right now, there are several things that have to be discussed. We may be talking furloughs soon.”

“That was my next question,” McMahon said. “Are we going to be proactive or reactive?”

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Police/Fire
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Pana issues notice regarding meetings
Pursuant to Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order 2020-07 (COVID-19 Executive Order No. 5) which suspends the requirement of the Illinois Open Meetings Act requiring in-person attendance by members of a public body during the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation, the members of the City Council may not be physically present for the Council Meetings, but may instead be participating in the meeting through audio access using a virtual meeting platform.   
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

What constitutes unemployment in an outbreak?
With the staggering numbers of the unemployed across the United States caused by the COVID-19 virus, there is relief offered through the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

In general, Unemployment Insurance (UI) provides temporary income maintenance to individuals who have been separated from employment through no fault of their own and who meet the eligibility requirements, including being available for work, register with the state and actively seek work. Those who have been laid off could qualify for benefits as long as they are able and actively seeking work. Under emergency IDES rules recently adopted, an individual would not have to register with the employment service. They would be considered actively seeking work, as long as they were prepared to return to their job as soon as the employer reopens.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Meeting Notice
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Information sought in local vehicle theft
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a vehicle that occurred in Taylorville.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Plans for Pana hybrid graduation go forward
During a virtual meeting of the Pana School Board on Monday night, members decided to form a committee to plan a student-parent graduation plan. The event will take place on the day graduation had been originally scheduled for, Friday May 22, 2020.

All seven members attended with President Bill Beyers, Superintendent Jason Bauer and Administrative Assistant Nicole Blodgett stationed in the Library of Pana High School. The other six board embers participated in the meeting from home.

A committee of Dr. Beyers, Superintendent Bauer, PHS Principal Casey Adam, Assistant Principal Heath Strom and others yet to be named, will put the event together. The main consensus was the seniors deserved their moment to “walk across the stage” for graduation.

“There is no perfect model which will fit all,” Bauer said. “It comes down to each local school district deciding.”

Beyers stressed he felt something was needed at this “Important, monumental time” in the life of the seniors.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

City warns of shrinking finances amid virus outbreak
Aldermen were split on a vote Monday night that sought to prohibit the expenditure of ward money in case the city were to need to fall back on some financial reserves amid the economic aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak.

It took a “yes” vote from Mayor Bruce Barry to break the 4-4 tie, which means that aldermen will now be barred from spending previously allocated ward money, except for two projects that are already underway; one is in the area of Rich and England Streets and the other is on Madera Court.

With so many businesses shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the city says it expects to see a dramatic reduction in sales tax, video gaming revenue, utility tax, and BDD revenue. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Police/Fire
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Flags to fly at half mast in honor of victims of COVID-19
The Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency (Christ-Mont EMA) has announced that as of 4:43 p.m. last night, the following test numbers from each county are Montgomery County, 16 positive tests including 1 death, and 217 negative tests. Christian County has 26 positive tests to include 4 deaths and 193 negative tests.

The press release states: “As a testament to how effective a quarantine can be, we need look no further than the Park Glen Complex in Taylorville. The Christian County Public Health Department upon being notified of third positive COVID-19 case in the 10-story apartment complex immediately took steps to quarantine all residents in their apartments for 14 days.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

A Bright Message
Kathy Driskell of Taylorville is displaying this sign on Lincoln Trail to help brighten people’s spirits
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Area road projects expected to last about two weeks
The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that pavement improvements along Illinois 29 and Illinois 48 in Taylorville are underway.

Work on Illinois 29 is between Webster Street and Pershing Avenue and on Illinois 48 from just north of Lincoln Prairie Trail to 2 miles south of Spresser Street. Both roads have been reduced to one lane with traffic controlled by flaggers. Work is expected to last two weeks and once complete will give a smoother road surface for motorists.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

TCCU provides remote-learning financial literacy program for local schools
Local students are getting a free education in how to manage their money. TCCU is working with Banzai, a national award-winning financial literacy program, to make online, remote-friendly curriculum available to 13 schools in Christian and Montgomery county completely free.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Taylorville High School announces 2019-2020 National Honor Society inductees
Please join THS in congratulating the following students, who have been selected for membership into the Taylorville High School chapter of National Honor Society. Their selection is based on their demonstrated history of scholarship, character, leadership, and service.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Quarantine of Park Glen ends
The quarantine of the Park Glen apartment complex in Taylorville has been lifted. The order was given on Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. Staff from the Christian County Health Department and the Illinois National Guard Medical Team assessed the residents on Sunday and did not find any symptoms of COVID-19.

“This announcement is a great relief for everyone involved,” Greg Nimmo of the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency said. “We would like to extend a special thank you to the residents of Park Glen for cooperating and being patient through this very trying time for everyone.”

Monday, April 20, 2020

Police/Fire
Monday, April 20, 2020

Not In School, But Still Learning
These are interesting times for all, but it is very difficult for students that have learning opportunities when hands on classes such as Agriculture Mechanics are not in session.

Every week students are given assignments through google classroom by teachers, even in hands on agriculture mechanics classes.

Some of these lessons are reviewing tool identification, safety practices, virtual welding, and virtual small engine repair. Many Taylorville agriculture students are taking their learning upon themselves and coming up with challenging projects that put the skills that they learned in the classroom to the test.

Monday, April 20, 2020

How to seek car payment relief during pandemic
(EDMUNDS via AP) — A record 16.7 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits in the past few weeks as the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the U.S. and shut down business on a large scale. When people are struggling to keep up with their bills, they often prioritize their basic needs and move their car payment to the bottom of the list.
Saturday, April 18, 2020

Closure: 'The reality is sad, but teachers remain committed to learning'
TAYLORVILLE — TCUSD #3 Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty issued this statement Friday afternoon about the governor’s decision to close Illinois schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year:
Saturday, April 18, 2020

Foundation offering virtual services for those in recovery
SPRINGFIELD — Gateway Foundation is indeed open for admissions. According to Mindy Melton, Business Development Coordinator for Gateway Foundation, they have open beds for commercial clients, grant funded and government funded beds too.
Saturday, April 18, 2020

Park Glen residents will be assessed
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency provided issued the following COVID-19 update Saturday:
Saturday, April 18, 2020

Extension pressing forward with plans
URBANA, Ill. — As public health and government officials consider the next phase of managing the Coronavirus pandemic in Illinois, organizers of traditional summer events and activities are considering options. University of Illinois Extension, the university’s public outreach program that includes Illinois 4-H, is listening carefully and making contingency plans for summer events should restrictions on large group gatherings continue after April 30.
Saturday, April 18, 2020

Two earn local agriculture scholarships
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Farm Credit Illinois recently awarded $85,000 towards youth and rural community development through its annual agriculture scholarship and community improvement grant programs.
Saturday, April 18, 2020

4-H'ers Keeping Busy With Projects Helping Others
Saturday, April 18, 2020

Area artists sharing their work during pandemic
SHELBYVILLE — Area visual artists are sharing what they are creating during the pandemic through Keepers of the Arts at Flourishes Gallery and Studios in Shelbyville.
Saturday, April 18, 2020

Nominations for officer of year being accepted
TAYLORVILLE — It is with a good deal of “Optimism” that the Taylorville Optimist Club announces the 2020 Respect for Law/Salute to Law Enforcement/Officer of the year. Amid uncertainty about the future of  returning to some degree of normalcy, they are planning their month of May activities as scheduled.
Saturday, April 18, 2020

Pana student elected Lake Land student trustee
MATOON — Lake Land College students elected Lucas Duduit, Pana, to serve as the student trustee for 2020-2021. In this role, Duduit serves as the liaison between the student body and the Lake Land College Board of Trustees.
Saturday, April 18, 2020

Two arrested for arson in Pana house fire
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — As a result of a criminal investigation conducted by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office and the Illinois State Fire Marshal Office, Eric J. Klein (age 40) from rural Pana and Leanna M. Grissom (age 39) from Pana have been arrested for Arson.
Saturday, April 18, 2020

This Local Business Really Understands Giving Back
TAYLORVILLE — For many small businesses right now, life is tough. The pandemic has swept all their customers away, leaving many wondering how to make ends meet. Some of the hardest hit businesses are the restaurants. They have turned to curbside services and take out to make ends meet, but many forget about the small local eateries. One small business hasn’t, though.
Saturday, April 18, 2020

Hangry Farmcy
TAYLORVILLE — Hangry Farmcy and Project 777 began as way to honor Angie and Aaron Anselm’s daughter Ashley, who passed away July 7, 2018.
Saturday, April 18, 2020

COVID-19: Park Glen quarantine scheduled to end Sunday
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — More negative cases of COVID-19 are being reported by the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management agency. In Friday’s press briefing, the number of negative cases in Christian County went up by seven to 160 since the last report. For Montgomery County, the total is up by 19 to 174 negative virus tests.
Friday, April 17, 2020

Police/Fire
Friday, April 17, 2020

Two charged with arson in Pana residential fire Thurs.
PANA — Firemen from Pana and five other local fire departments fought a fire in the Pana Lake area on Thursday afternoon, into Thursday evening.
Friday, April 17, 2020

Pana, Area Departments Battle Stubborn Blaze
Friday, April 17, 2020

Assumption man charged, illegal firearms possession
SPRINGFIELD — An Assumption man, Randall R. Burrus, 50, made his initial appearance in federal court via teleconference on Thursday, Apr. 16, following his arrest on Wednesday, Apr. 15. Burrus is charged in a criminal complaint with possession of a firearm by a felon and with possession of a firearm after conviction for misdemeanor domestic violence.
Friday, April 17, 2020

My grandfather, my father and I
TAYLORVILLE — My grandfather, Rev. Carl Bramscher, graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. The year was 1911. He served as a Lutheran minister until his death in 1952. During that time the world saw The Great War-World War I, the Spanish flu pandemic, the stock market crash, the great depression, World War II and the Korean Conflict-War. 
Friday, April 17, 2020

Starting a vegetable garden: the basics
(AP) — Lots of people sheltering at home now because of the coronavirus pandemic are thinking about planting a vegetable garden. It offers more than food: Growing vegetables is a family activity, gives everyone a reason to get out in the fresh air, provides exercise and saves money.
Friday, April 17, 2020

Christian County Democrats select Ben Curtin as chairman
Christian County Democrat Precinct Committeemen met last night and elected a new party chairman as well as electing the first female to hold a county-wide party office. Life-long Stonington area farmer Ben Curtin, 67, takes over for local pharmacist Jack Mazzotti who has held the chairmanship for the past 28 years.

The vice-chairman of the party is Laura Wilkinson, Bear Creek Precinct Committeeman. A former Christian County Board member, she has held her precinct post for 27 years.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

More negative COVID-19 tests in county
Latest word from the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency is that each county has posted more negative COVID-19 tests. Christian County is at 153 negatives as of last night - up from 148 reported the previous day and Montgomery County has two more negatives at 155, up from 153.

The agency notes the CEFS Economic Opportunity Corporation in both counties is active and ready to help citizens with the same services they have been providing as usual. This includes rent assistance, homeless services, referral services and tax preparation assistance. They can also assist with the Illinois Utility Assistance Program (LIHEAP) through June 30. For more information, call 217-824-4712 in Christian County and 217-532-5971 in Montgomery County.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Courthouse
Thursday, April 16, 2020

Police/Fire
Thursday, April 16, 2020

Police/Fire
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Health officials: ER visits remain safe, necessary
Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans confirmed Tuesday afternoon that two local residents recently passed away in their homes to non COVID-19 related causes. Winans says, however, that both individuals phoned in a medical emergency, were treated by paramedics on site, and then advised to go to the emergency room; both individuals refused that advice.

Winans says she cannot state definitively the reason for the refusal from these particular individuals, but she did acknowledge that there is, in general,  a growing fear about visiting hospitals and emergency rooms amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Courthouse
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

THS prom canceled, no other plans now
Taylorville School Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty confirmed Monday night that the Taylorville High School prom has officially been canceled.

Administrators say there are no plans to reschedule the event, and unlike the unique approach being taken with the graduation ceremony, there are no alternatives currently being considered for the annual event.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

No changes in county COVID-19 status
The old saying about “no news is good news” can apply to the latest new release from the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Services Agency as everything appears to be “status quo” from yesterday’s news release. No one cases or testing reported in either county.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Emergency Food Drop At Park Glen
Residents at Park Glen received a breakfast and lunch food drop of 1750 meals that will last them through April 19, 2020. The Chris-Mont EMA was assisted under a mutual aid request by Hanover Park Township Director of Emergency Services Mike Crews, Madison County Emergency Management Agency Director Tony Falconio and several members of their teams in getting this food to residents.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Senator Manar emphasizes importance of mental wellness during pandemic
State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) is emphasizing the importance of mental health wellness and encouraging Illinois residents to use resources and services available for those experiencing heightened levels of stress related to COVID-19.

“This pandemic has cast a great deal of stress into our lives over a very short period of time,” Manar said. “If you are dealing with heightened levels of anxiety or depression as a result, please know that you are not alone. We are all in this together, and there are people and resources available to help you work through this.”

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Information sought in local vehicle burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a vehicle burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

County Courthouse remains closed thru May 1
The Christian County Courthouse in Taylorville is now closed through May 1, 2020, according to an announced by the county released this morning.

Prior to this extension, the Courthouse closure was to run through Apr. 17, 2020, as noted on their website.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Police/Fire
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

County records fourth virus death
Another death in Christian County has been attributed to the COVID-19 virus, according to the latest news release from the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency. It was announced in their daily news release this morning.

The person is not being identified pending notification of next of kin.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

County taxpayers can make pre-payments
Christian County Treasurer Betty Asmussen says county taxpayers will be able to make pre-payments on their real estate tax bills this year. Other than that, due dates and whether there will be any property tax relief from the Illinois General Assembly is still up in the air.

“We are really in the early phases of getting property tax bills ready,” Asmussen said. “The Supervisor of Assessments (Chad Coady) sends the abstract of taxes to the state to get the county’s multiplier. Then, it is up to the County Clerk (Michael Gianasi) to apply the levies before the tax bills are sent out.”

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

THS preparing for 'Parade of Graduates'
In lieu of a traditional graduation ceremony, Taylorville High School administrators have preliminarily crafted a unique alternative should the restrictions surrounding COVID-19 extend through the end of the school year.  The new plan is being dubbed the “Parade of  Graduates”

“We would love to have  a traditional commencement ceremony in the gym with family and friends and all 2,000 people on May 22, but I don’t know that that is going to be possible.” THS Principal Matt Hutchison said. “Because that’s in doubt, we’re trying to come up with  something special for these seniors; they’ve obviously  earned that, and we want to recognize them the best we can.”

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Lake lots to open this weekend for maintenance only
Mayor Bruce Barry has released the following statement about the lake lots being open for maintenance this weekend:
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Local food pantry needs your help
The Taylorville Food Pantry could use your help in providing monetary and food donations, as well as volunteering at the pantry.

Nationally, the trend seems to be the same thing. People who normally have never been to a food pantry are having to now visit as many have lost jobs due to COVID-19. In addition, those regular customers are also in need.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Lincoln Land offering summer courses online, no online fees
Lincoln Land Community College has announced that summer classes will be offered online and students will pay no online fees.

“LLCC wants to support students during these uncertain times,” said Charlotte Warren, Ph.D., LLCC president. “To remove one financial barrier for students, LLCC will refund online fees for summer courses. Students will only pay our regular summer tuition and fees.”

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Buckling down for a cause: Taylorville schools tech team lends a helping hand
During these difficult times, we are all asking ourselves what we can do to help. Some people are making homemade masks to provide protection to our front-line first responders and medical workers. Others are pitching in to buy groceries and other necessities for families and the elderly. Lindsey Davis, one of the technology team workers at the Taylorville School District, also wanted to extend a helping hand during this time. But what could she do for her community? Her chance came when an old college friend reached out for assistance in an area Davis has plenty of experience in.

“I met Stephanie Ogle almost twenty years ago while at college at Greenville University. Since then, we have tried to keep in touch via Facebook. She and her husband Matt work for EIASE (Eastern Illinois Area Special Education), Stephanie as a teacher and Matt as Director of Information Technology. She posted on her page that EIASE was 3D printing buckles for healthcare workers and that the demand for the buckles was quickly outpacing the production. They were looking for people with access to 3D printing equipment to pitch in and help out. The original requests for buckles was only a few hundred, that number has grown exponentially to over 2500.” Davis explains.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Meeting Notices
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Special Appearance
Sunday evening, the Easter Bunny made his way up and down the streets of Pana to greet children who lined up along the way.
Monday, April 13, 2020

Special Service
Pastor Jeremy Rhodes, background, prepares to deliver a sermon on Easter Sunday to residents of the Park Glen apartments while an unidentified worship leader helps conduct the service.
Monday, April 13, 2020








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