TAYLORVILLE — On Thursday, the Taylorville Police Department (TPD) released a video on their Facebook page showing the capabilities of their new drone, a purchase approved by City Council. Saturday, June 12, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — On Friday, June 11, 2021 at approximately 2:05 p.m., Taylorville Police were called to do a welfare check on a 22-year-old male who had not shown up to work that day. Saturday, June 12, 2021
Bill Gates began his company alongside a childhood friend in Albuquerque, New Mexico with nothing more than a dream and the drive to succeed. Now, decades later, Gates is known as one of the wealthiest men alive and his name is synonymous with the entrepreneurial spirit. While Christian County is a long way from Albuquerque, and she is not interested in starting her own company, local news reporter and all around hard worker Kim Paisley-Jones and Bill Gates have one thing in common: They have both worked their way up from humble starts to be leaders. Saturday, June 12, 2021
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley presided over the following cases on June 11, 2021: Friday, June 11, 2021
MORRISONVILLE — Helen Dayle Badman of Taylorville has served the Morrisonville United Methodist Church for fourteen years. Effective July, she will cease serving in that location as she has been reassigned to serve South Fork and Buckeye UMC of the rural Nokomis area. Friday, June 11, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — The Gospel Heralds, a team of eight students from Appalachian Bible College, will give a concert of inspirational music at Grace Baptist Church in Taylorville, on Sunday, June 27, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 11, 2021
The Taylorville Township board is still dealing with the aftermath of former supervisor Deborah McCoy’s time in office. At the board meeting Wednesday night, several matters that she was involved in were discussed. Thursday, June 10, 2021
The Taylorville Optimist Club annual Fireworks display “IS ON” for this July 4th. The event was unable to be held last year due to Covid. The community needs and is looking forward in celebrating our Country’s Day of Independence. Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Pana Elks Lodge 1261 is sponsoring its first-ever Elks Cares Summer Bash on Saturday, June 12, 2021, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Events will be held in the lodge’s parking lot which is behind the building at 107 E. Second Street in downtown Pana. The public is invited to attend. Wednesday, June 9, 2021
At Monday night’s City Council meeting, a motion to recommend to the City Council to direct the City Attorney to prepare an Ordinance to reimburse gaming parlor establishments that had no other source of revenue a total of 50% of the 2021 Liquor License fees carried 4-2. Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Daniel T. Crosby 26, of Carterville was found deceased in Rural Pana on March 20, 2021. His cause of death was undetermined (skeletonized remains without antemortem injury). Mr. Crosby was last seen on February 27, 2020. The manner of death was undetermined. The investigation was handled by Illinois State Police. Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Local business, Christian County Farm Bureau was nominated by Christian County Extension for the 2021 Community Partner Award. Christian County Farm Bureau was selected for their exemplary service to University of Illinois Extension. Tuesday, June 8, 2021
A group of Taylorville FFA members designed and conducted agri-science fair projects in a wide variety of areas within the agriculture field - plant systems, animal systems, and social systems. Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Recognizing the Taylorville High School FFA members for their achievements is one of the biggest highlights of the year. This year was no exception in making a great event to show off the outstanding FFA members and sponsors for the Taylorville Chapter. Tuesday, June 8, 2021
The First National Bank of Pana is pleased to announce that the single $5,000 annual scholarship of The David Budd's Scholarship Trust Fund has been awarded to Miss Rhylee Freeman as presented by John Metzger, who is a member of the Board of Director’s of First National Bank of Pana and long time friend of Mr. Budds. Saturday, June 5, 2021
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business session to continue their work helping children and youth in the Taylorville community, during their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge. Saturday, June 5, 2021
Teachers that take the time to engage and motivate students to reach their full potential are always greatly appreciated in the community. After 22 years of being a dedicated science teacher, one of those teachers is retiring. Melvin White is retiring from Taylorville School District. Saturday, June 5, 2021
The 20th Annual Taylorville Black Horse Pow Wow is scheduled for Friday, June 4 through Sunday, June 6, 2021 at the Taylorville Lake Marina. The gates will open at 9 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. all three days. Thursday, June 3, 2021
On June 2, 2021, the Shelby County State’s Attorney’s Office filed a four count Information against Nathan W. Moore of Oconee, Illinois.
The charges alleged include: one count of Armed Violence (Class X Felony); one count of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetmaine (Class 3 Felony); one count Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance with a Prior Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver Conviction (Class 4 Felony); and one count of Resisting a Peace Officer (Class A). Thursday, June 3, 2021
On June 1, 2021 at approximately 1:45 p.m., Christian County 911 received a call reporting a single vehicle traffic crash on County Highway #2, approximately 1/10 of a mile west of County Highway #22. Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Flowers and wreaths adorn the World War I monument in the center of Kitchell park in Pana on Memorial Day. It was the first memorial to war veterans in Pana built shortly after the conclusion of the war. In that time, several other veterans memorials have been place and the location is known as the “Veteran’s Triangle.” Close to 200 people attended the Monday memorial service held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Bond was set at $1 million today for Richard J. Klekamp Jr., 19, of Taylorville, in connection with the Thursday, May 27, 2021 shooting on the lawn of the Courthouse in which one person was killed and another wounded.
Klekamp appeared before Resident Christian County Judge Brad Paisley and was represented in the hearing by Attorney Tom Finks. Public Defender Tiffany Senger had been appointed his counsel on Friday during his initial court appearance in which probable cause was found and that appointment was vacated by the judge. Whether Finks is going to continue as his counsel is somewhat in doubt at this time. Tuesday, June 1, 2021
As the school year is winding down, things at Taylorville High School Agriculture Department are still fast-paced. Recently, two FFA members traveled to Springfield to compete in the Illinois FFA Public Speaking Contest. There are over 350 FFA chapters in the state of Illinois, and each chapter is allowed to run two students in each of the four public speaking areas - FFA Creed, JV Prepared, Varsity Prepared, and Extemporaneous. Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Lincoln Land Community College announces the launch of the Workforce Institute, featuring short-term, affordable training for high-demand, high-wage occupations.
“Students will get in, get trained and get a job,” says Nancy Sweet, dean of the Workforce Institute. “The world has changed, people are evaluating their futures, jobs are available. Whether you’re a recent high school graduate or someone looking to reskill or upskill, it’s now even more convenient to enroll in our trade programs when you want and complete certificates employers want.” Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Passing by some cars parked on the peninsula at Taylorville Lake Marina, a group participating in the boat parade waves at onlookers. The parade started at 11 on Saturday, May 29 to celebrate Memorial weekend. Monday, May 31, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — Everybody has a story about a teacher who inspired them. Ask anyone. They will probably recite tales of a great high school teacher or a coach who gave them the push needed to chase a dream. Some of us who are lucky have more than one inspirational teacher. Some, sadly, do not have one at all. But the thing about those special educators is, none of their students will ever forget them. Saturday, May 29, 2021
PANA - Those who lost their lives in service in the U. S. Armed Forces will be honored on Monday, May 31, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in Pana’s Kitchell Park. The Kerr-Mize American Legion Post 168 of Pana is organizing the event. Saturday, May 29, 2021
The Taylorville Optimist Club and the Barry Families hosted the 6th Annual Salute to Law Enforcement on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at the Taylorville VFW. The morning started with a 6:30 breakfast, followed by a program meant to honor all law enforcement. Saturday, May 29, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — For those looking for some wholesome activities this Memorial Day weekend, you can head out to Lake Taylorville for the Memorial Day Boat Parade to honor the memory of our veterans. Friday, May 28, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry, has announced the formation of a committee to study the safety of IL Route 48. The committee will consist of law enforcement from Illinois State Police, Christian County Sheriff, Macon County Sheriff, Police Chiefs and Mayors from Morrisonville, Stonington, Blue Mound and Taylorville. Friday, May 28, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Community Unit School District #3 held a public hearing Thursday night to allow members of the community to review and comment on Taylorville’s intent to withdraw from the NPT Cooperative effective July 1, 2022 and the comprehensive plan for educating students with disabilities. Friday, May 28, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — Social critic and former Christian Douglas Murray has said that much of the moral teaching of Jesus can be found in other teachers and philosophers of his day, but what makes Jesus unique is the simple call to love your enemies. No one else was saying that in Jesus’ day, and even today, it remains relatively rare, especially apart from Christians teachers and thinkers. Friday, May 28, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — A 19-year-old Taylorville man faces two counts of First Degree Murder and two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder in connection with a shooting on the lawn of the Courthouse in downtown Taylorville. One person was killed and another wounded in the incident. Friday, May 28, 2021
Music will fill the band shell of the Pana Kitchell Park Chautauqua Auditorium on seven occasions during the summer. The Pana Pride organization is sponsoring the concerts on six Fridays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 6, Labor Day, at 1:00 p.m.
First up this Friday, May 28, is the Josh Holland Band. Listeners may what to bring along their own chairs, but there is plenty of seating with the auditorium’s picnic tables. There will be a food truck available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own snacks. There is no alcohol allowed. Thursday, May 27, 2021
The Pana Police Department gained an officer on Wednesday afternoon as Nathaniel Ridgeway, 33, became its newest member. Ridgeway was sworn in by Pana City Clerk Terry Klein.
Ridgeway is a Pana native, the son of Shelly (Craig) Kirby and Dean Ridgeway. His father is a retired Pana Police officer and the younger Ridgeway is being assigned the same badge number as his father, according to Pana Police Chief Daniel Bland. Thursday, May 27, 2021
At 2:18 a.m. today, 911 transferred a call to Taylorville Police Department (TPD) in reference to a male subject yelling about being stuck out by the lake area. The person was in their camper and did not see anybody, however they could hear a subject yelling about their vehicle being stuck. Tuesday, May 25, 2021
The Manner Park pool is losing a considerable amount of water.
The pool is set to open Saturday, May 29, 2021. At Monday night’s park district meeting, Gary Brown, Maintenance Superintendent, said, “If I get lucky and find it fairly quick and it’s not a real hard fix, then okay Saturday’s not out of the question but I don’t know.” Brown estimates the pool is losing in between 11 and 12 thousand gallons a day. Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Units Pack 68 and 132. BSA troop 132 and 1849 plant flags for Memorial Day. Deanna Sleboda, cub master of pack 68, said, “It’s important for the scouts. They get to come out and honor our Veterans. Some of them don’t realize what the flags mean so it’s an eye opener for them. We just want to teach them the respect and to honor our Veterans.” Tuesday, May 25, 2021
During Monday’s Pana City Council meeting, members were informed the city’s street department road grader is out of service and desperate need of replacement. Street and Alley Superintendent Chris Dressen said a clutch assembly in the back of the 1973 grader is out - and possibly other damage which is undetected.
Alderman Steve Scott, chairman of the Community Operations Committee, reported the grader was in operable. The company which services the grader said the minimum repair cost is $8,000. Dressen told the council, without the repairs, the grader has $7,500 in trade in value. If the repairs were made, the trade in value would jump to around $12,000, said Dressen. Tuesday, May 25, 2021
As the song goes, “June is busting out all over" and brings to mind all the wonderful fruit available to pick in June. Illinois is a wonderful state to live in because we have all fruit grown here except for citrus fruit and tropical fruits. Some favorite fruits grown in my yard are cherries, blueberries and strawberries. Although there are many u-pick places to pick berries it is so nice to be able to pick them in your own yard. Saturday, May 22, 2021
Great Western Products has been in the area for many years. “A lot of folks do not realize that we are there, because it looks like we’re an extension of the property of the gentleman that lives in front of us. We are a supplier of concession goods on a global scale. We do popcorn, toppings, seasonings in many different assortments in our Illinois facility,” said Rocky Franklin, Vice President in Alabama. Saturday, May 22, 2021
With countless families still feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, due to job loss and cutbacks, Taylorville Community Credit Union’s ‘Freedom Tree’ community food drive takes on added importance this year. “The area’s food banks have experienced increased demands for their services in the past year to fifteen months,” says TCCU President, Will Perkins. “Hundreds of families are still in need of assistance. Saturday, May 22, 2021
The best blessing for a school are good teachers and administrators to guide and inspire the students there. In Michelle Reiss, the Edinburg Wildcats found both. Passionate about education and a capable leader, Reiss had been a fundamental part of the administration team at Edinburg since 2005, leading them as principal since 2014. Saturday, May 22, 2021
Jesus said on multiple occasions that “the first will be last and the last will be first” or “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” These sayings are not popular. Friday, May 21, 2021
The South Fork Board of Education held their regular meeting Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high Media Center.
During the ratification and recognition of the April 6 election results, long-serving Board President Jack Hanlon nominated fellow Board member Kelly Dulakis to become the new Board president. The Board agreed and voted Dulakis the new South Fork Board of Education President. Sara Wake was voted in as the vice-president, with Monica Schleyhahn serving as the Secretary. Thursday, May 20, 2021
South Fork High School has announced their 2021 Prom Court and Prom King and Queen. The Prom Court was presented by Shaye Moomey, Junior Class President, at the SFHS parent Prom on Saturday, May 15 held at The Landing Barn. Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Judge Brad Paisley swore in Kellie Hamell as the new city treasurer at city council meeting Monday night. A motion to accept Hamell’s resignation as water office manager and a motion to rescind the motion adopted at the May 10, 2021 city council meeting that approved Hamell remaining in the office of water office manager at a reduced salary of $6,000 was passed 8-0.
City Attorney, Attorney Rocci Romano said, “There are instances where a city treasurer can take another appointed position and be compensated for that. A water office manager is not one of those exceptions under the statute.” Tuesday, May 18, 2021
May is National Mental Health Awareness month. Now is a good time to remember that those dealing with mental health issues are not alone. Everyone needs help from time to time. If someone you know is struggling, your support can be key to getting them the treatment they need.
"One way to reduce the stigma of mental illness is to view and treat it the same way we treat physical illness. Hopefully, then people suffering from a mental illness are more comfortable reaching out for help they need," said Jill Crum, director of behavioral health services at HSHS St. Mary's Hospital. Tuesday, May 18, 2021
With an eye to fall and the beginning of the 2021-22 school year, the Pana Board of Education unanimously approved a plan to return to a regular school schedule with a unanimous vote. The plan does not include remote learning.
Pana School Superintendent Jason Bauer proposed the return to a regular five-day a week schedule with regular starting times and dismissal times.
“If there is anything that we have proven this year is that students can attend school safely in person,” Bauer said. Tuesday, May 18, 2021
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is extending its deadline to June 1 for aspiring healthcare professionals to apply for its Healthcare Career Education Grant.
“Supporting the studies of students reflects the mission of both the foundation and the hospital,” said Billy Williams, president and education assistance committee chairman of the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation. “We are confident in our investment in students, the hospital and our community.” Monday, May 17, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — The Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce this year's scholarship award recipients. The Hopper Foundation has been awarding four-year scholarship awards to Taylorville High School students since 1956. A total of 296 scholarships have been awarded since the Foundation's beginning. In addition, the Hopper Memorial Foundation also administrates and awards an annual scholarship for the Jon S. Corzine Foundation. Saturday, May 15, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — Over the past year, COVID has changed the way celebrations and gatherings are held. Due to COVID and social distancing regulations, many people were not able to have full memorial services for their loved ones. Saturday, May 15, 2021
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — In striving to offer more adults without a high school diploma an opportunity to obtain an equivalency credential, the Regional Office of Education #3 is pleased to announce that they will begin offering the paper-based version of the HiSET exam. Saturday, May 15, 2021
ILLINOIS — The CDC announced on May 13, 2021, that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can go without masks indoors and outdoors. However, health care facilities and other high-risk settings are excluded from this guidance. Saturday, May 15, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, May 13, 2021, in the Community Room of the People’s Bank. President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Pastor Steve Switzer giving the morning prayer. Saturday, May 15, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — Senior Band and Choir members and their parents were honored at the Spring Concert presented by the ensembles on Sunday, May 2 at the Chautauqua Building at Manners Park. Saturday, May 15, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — Over the past five years, Taylorville FFA has had a nationally successful livestock judging team that has yielded three students full tuition scholarships to college in the graduating class of 2020. Saturday, May 15, 2021
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley presided over the following cases on May 14, 2021: Friday, May 14, 2021
DECATUR, Ill. — Millikin University will celebrate the Class of 2021 with two in-person Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 16, at Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin's campus. Undergraduate and graduate students, including doctoral students, will be honored during the ceremonies. Friday, May 14, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — The Summer Meal Program will be in full swing this summer. The program will help feed children age 18 and under with a week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches at no cost. Friday, May 14, 2021
The Edinburg Board of Education held a regular meeting on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. in the district Media Center.
As many students and families are aware, the Edinburg schools have been struggling with leaky roofs for a while now. In order to fix the problem, Superintendent Ben Theilen and the Building Committee have been doing walkthroughs of the buildings and showing the aggregate roofs to Ameresco, a renewable and clean energy company that frequently works with schools on improvement projects.
Two representatives from Ameresco were present at the Board meeting to speak to the trustees and answer any questions they had. According to them, there were three main sections of roofing that was still aggregate and needed replaced. Those were the roof over the boiler room, the ag shop roof, and the hallway roof off the media center. The project would not be as simple as just replacing and patching a leaky roof, however. Thursday, May 13, 2021
The 2021 Taylorville Prom Court was recently announced. Due to COVID restrictions, prom was not a school-hosted function, rather it was hosted by a group of senior parents at The Landing Barn on April 24, 2021. Coronation was held on the THS Football Field May 1, 2021. Thursday, May 13, 2021
The finance committee met Wednesday night to go over the county audit report; discuss insurance open enrollment; the EMA director position and give updates on the American Rescue Plan Act .
Rich Hooper, who was in charge of the county audit, said, “Everything was in good shape and well organized.” There were no material weaknesses noted and instances of noncompliance with grants. The county has total assets of cash and investments of $16 million. “I was pleasantly surprised at how well the county did over the past year.” There was an ending balance of $6.2 million in the general fund. Thursday, May 13, 2021
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the co-coordinators of the Taylorville Food Pantry, during their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Amy Hagen and Pam Moses, co-coordinators of the local food pantry, gave an update on how the pantry has served Taylorville and Christian County families in 2020 and so far in 2021. Wednesday, May 12, 2021
The Christian County Highway/Building Committee met Tuesday night to discuss expansion of the Anderson Cemetery and plans for the Lincoln Prairie Trail.
The committee agreed on the expansion of Anderson Cemetery. It will take $4,000 worth of materials; one week of labor and equipment to complete expansion. A motion was passed to send this information to the Finance Committee. Wednesday, May 12, 2021
On April 28, four Taylorville FFA members competed at the District 4 Public Speaking CDE. These students were able to compete at this event because they were named the winners at the Section 16 event in January. Public speaking is a great career development contest that teaches student’s communication and critical thinking skills that they can use the rest of their lives.
Lizzie Schafer competed in the varsity prepared category with her seven-minute speech titled “Meat is Murder”. This speech topic covered the issue of the misconceptions of the meat industry. Lizzie was awarded 1st place at District 4 competition with this speech. Lizzie will have the opportunity to compete at the state contest this summer. Wednesday, May 12, 2021
The Kincaid Community will host a community blood drive, sponsored by the Kincaid Police Department on Monday, May 24, 2021 from 3-6:30 p.m. at the Bloodmobile that will be located at the Police Dept. 115 Central Ave.
To schedule an appointment please call the Community Blood Center at 800-747-5401 or visit online at www.bloodcenter.org. Use code 60565 to locate the drive. Wednesday, May 12, 2021
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Sometime between 8:00 pm on Saturday, May 1, 2021 and the morning of Sunday, May 2, 2021, an unknown subject loosened the lugnuts on a vehicle that was parked at 307 North Pershing Avenue. The vehicle's tire fell off while the victim was driving, damaging the wheel and rim. The victim was not injured. The total dollar amount of the damage is not available at this time. Wednesday, May 12, 2021
The Taylorville School board is still mulling the potential purchase of the old Christian County Mental Health property at 730 North Pawnee Street in Taylorville.
Its proximity to both the junior high and North Elementary makes it desirable for the district, but school board members wanted more time to think about it Monday night when they tabled the decision.
“Land abutting two different buildings doesn’t come available hardly ever,” Taylorville School Board President Dave Driskell said. “We’re considering the space for a number of reasons, so if we do end up purchasing it, it could be used for a variety of uses.” Tuesday, May 11, 2021
At a special Taylorville City Council meeting Monday night, Kellie Hamell was named City of Taylorville treasurer.
Hamell was appointed to the position for a two-year term in order to fill the vacancy left by Scott Alberssen, who won the April election before opting not to accept the position.
Hamell has served as the City of Taylorville water billing manager for the last three years. Prior to that, Hamell worked in the Christian County Treasurer’s office for four years. “I’m really excited about getting in there and getting the job taken care of,” Hamell said. Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Members of the Christian County Executive, Personnel, Liquor and Legislative Committee met Monday night to discuss the appointment of a director for the EMA; FOP’s request to start early negotiotians on the sheriff’s contract; and AFSCME’s request for a COVID bonus. Tuesday, May 11, 2021
The Village of Edinburg held a regular meeting on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.
After working on the legal paperwork for months, Village Attorney Rocci Romano told the Board he had finally finished all the paperwork for easements, right of ways, and other legal necessities. Romano told the Board he had 14 properties and 36 agreements he had written up. The next step would be to have a letter drafting and signed by the mayor inviting the invovled property owners and interested parties to an information meeting.
Romano suggested the Village hold the meeting sometime in July to give everyone time to get their letters and prepare any questions they had. At the meeting, Romano and the Board would be able to explain what the project was about and hopefully assuage any fears the invovled property owners might have. If the property owners and invovled parties agree to sign the paperwork at that meeting, the raw water line project would be able to move forward onto the next stage. Tuesday, May 11, 2021
During a 40-minute Pana City Council meeting on Monday night, members unanimously voted to hire a new police officer for the Pana department.
Pana Police Chief Daniel Bland told the Council his department was down an officer due to an injury suffered in an altercation while on duty. He said the officer will be off work between six to eight months due to the injury. Bland said his department is stretched thin and the safety of his staff and the community were his highest priority. He pointed out society as a whole has changed over the past few years and policing is becoming more hazardous.
He also provided figures showing the amount of overtime paid in the past when the department was short-handed, including $54,000 in 2015 and $72,000 in 2016-17. Tuesday, May 11, 2021
The Taylorville High School Jazz Band held a concert on Thursday, May 6 outdoors at Hershey Towers. Jazz Band Senior Blake Rice received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and senior jazz band members were recognized. The Jazz Band played two sets of music. The first set consisted of: Night Train by Jimmy Forrest; Moonglow by Hudson, Lange & Mills; My Romance by Richard Rogers/arr. by Mark Taylor and featured Blake Rice on trumpet; Body and Soul by Johnny Green; Without A Word of Warning arranged by Art Dedrick; and Late Night Diner by Doug Beach. Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Nearly six months after a fire destroyed a set of buildings along Second Street in downtown Pana, another fire struck Sunday afternoon. Seven local fire departments battled the blaze confined to 108 W. Second after the initial alarm was sounded at 1:18 p.m. Pana firemen were the first to arrive on the scene at 1:24 p.m. and immediately requested mutual aid from Taylorville, Oconee, Owaneco, Tower Hill, Assumption and Moweaqua. Monday, May 10, 2021
A request for an increase in bond for Robert M. Hodson, 46, of Taylorville, was denied following a court hearing in Christian County Court today. Hodson, was charged with aggravated DUI involving death, after an Apr. 8, 2021 accident in which two people died on Illinois Route 48 in Taylorville Township.
Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley said there appeared to be no willful violation of the bond conditions. It was stated in court the defendant was staying at another location when probation tried to make contact with the defendant. It was also stated his cell phone had been confiscated by the Illinois State Police following the accident. Monday, May 10, 2021
The University Women of Christian County held the May meeting on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 6:30 PM. The guest speaker for the evening was Jim Smith, a musician and former music teacher. His assistant was Angie Chase. Mr. Smith spoke about hope, a thing we all need to begin life after the isolation of the past year of the pandemic. Hope is not a lucky chance but rather a solid belief in character and in the things we are doing. Monday, May 10, 2021
Lincoln Land Community College recently recognized students with academic, leadership and special awards in a series of 2021 Student Recognition Ceremony videos that premiered April 26-29. The videos can be viewed at http://bit.ly/LLCCYouTube. Monday, May 10, 2021
Lake Land College will host a Virtual Commencement Ceremony to honor the accomplishments of the Spring and Summer 2021 Lake Land graduates at 7:30 p.m. on May 14. The event will premiere at 7:30 p.m. on the Lake Land College YouTube page, and will be accessible from the college’s home page. The event will be available to watch at any time after the premiere. Saturday, May 8, 2021
Mothers around the world are being celebrated today on Mother’s Day. They’re being appreciated for the sacrifices they make for their children and family; probably something that should be done more than just one day a year.
Like most, my own mother has done so much for all of us. She has provided us with a shelter in the storm, a safe-haven when life gets crazy, an encouraging word, a loving hug and the occasional thump up side the head when we need that, too.
In addition to all that, she taught us valuable lessons that are tucked away deep inside our souls to be pulled out when the time is right. They’ve come in handy from time to time and we share them with those that may need a little advice, too. Saturday, May 8, 2021
After many years away, Corporal (Cpl) Asa Emmitt Vance of Decatur, Illinois is returning home. CPL Vance was assigned to Dog Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division when he was reported Missing in Action (MIA) on 2 December 1950 in the Republic of Korea (R.O.K.). After 70 years, Asa will be returned home to Decatur.
Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service and Care, will be transporting Cpl Vance from Lambert Airport, St Louis, Mo. back to Decatur on Monday, May 10, 2021. With the support of the Patriot Guard and the Illinois State Police, the transport will stop at the Mr Fuel Travel Station on Corvette, Dr in Litchfield between 4:45pm and 5:00pm Saturday, May 8, 2021
Volunteers with the Taylorville Tree Recovery Team spent Arbor Day 2021 helping homeowners replace trees lost from the 2018 tornado. The Taylorville Tree Recovery Team includes volunteers from Trees Forever, Christian County Extension Master Gardeners and the city Tree Board. Saturday, May 8, 2021
Houseplants, shrubs, and lots and lots of other perennial plants will highlight the 2021 University of Illinois Christian County Master Gardener’s Spring Plant Sale coming up on Saturday, May 15, 2021. The sale will be held at the U of I Extension Office, located at 1120 N. Webster St., in Taylorville from 9:00 a.m. until all plants are sold, rain or shine.
Plants suitable for sun, shade, or a combination of both, and many of them native varieties, will be featured this year. A partial list of what will be for sale includes, Candytuft, Variegated Yellow Iris, Bleeding Heart, several different sedums, Toad Lilies, Plumbago, Clematis, Yarrow (yellow), Dwarf Solomon’s Seal, Solomon’s Seal, Money Wort, and Lambs Ear, to name a few. All plants have been grown in our area, are naturally adapted to local environmental conditions, will be priced to sell at $2.00, $3.00 or $5.00. Payment can be made by cash or check only. All proceeds will go to help provide educational programming and program assistance offered by Christian County Master Gardeners. Saturday, May 8, 2021
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club reviewed their many efforts for children and youth in the Taylorville community, during their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Club committee chairs reported on several fund raisers and other events. Treasurer Blain Cornwell reported that the recent Pancake and Sausage Breakfast netted the club approximately $2,000, and event committee member Dick Wamsley reported some 320 people either ate in or purchased drive-thru orders. Saturday, May 8, 2021
The Christian County 4-H Blue Ribbon club members have been working extremely hard practicing their livestock judging skills in preparation for several contests throughout the state and nation. Recently the team put on a dominating performance at the Joliet Junior College Livestock Judging Contest. At this contest, multiple senior team members competed against teams from around the nation. Contestants judged ten classes of livestock before giving four sets of oral reasons based upon their placings.
The Christian County Judging Team has been practicing very hard to prepare for this contest giving upwards of three sets of reasons a day to ensure their winnings at the contest. Two teams judged at the contest made up of four members per team with one team being within the top three teams in each category. Taylorville was placed first overall team in cattle, first team in reasons, second team in sheep and goats, and second team in swine. Saturday, May 8, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — Judge Brad Paisley swears in Taylorville Alderman Jeremy Wilson at the Monday May 3 Taylorville City Council meeting. Wilson is serving his first term as alderman. Breeze-Courier photo. Friday, May 7, 2021
The Lake Land College Agriculture division hosted the Virtual 50th Annual Student Recognition Ceremony in April to recognize several students with awards and honors.
"A milestone like 50 certainly brings a sense of nostalgia and appreciation for our history and tradition of excellence," Division Chair Agriculture/Agriculture Instructor Ryan Orrick said. "I am appreciative of all the past faculty members and students who have helped craft the Lake Land Agriculture Division into what it is today, and I would like to thank all of our current staff and Agriculture students for representing this great tradition." Friday, May 7, 2021
The new Veterans Point Memorial Park is moving right along. The project began in February of 2018 by the DowntownTaylorville.org group as a way of honoring our local veterans. The new site overlooks the northeast end of Lake Taylorville and sits immediately off of Eastwood Drive and abuts Kiwanis Park.
The concrete has been poured as well as footings for the stonework. The group is hoping the community will step up to support the project by purchasing memorial bricks, as well the 30 foot oblisk that is the center piece for the memorial, as well as seating benches and flag poles. Friday, May 7, 2021
I begin by saying I bless all the Mom’s today in Jesus name. May this be a Happy Mothers Day for each of you. May the Grace of our God shine upon you, and may your heart be filled with His Peace.
Ephesians 6:1”Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), 3 so that it may turn out well for you, and that you may live long on the earth.” Today, Sunday May 9th, we extend honor to every mom. Friday, May 7, 2021
The final nominee for the 2021 Officer of the Year is Christian County Sheriff’s Deputy Andy Voorhees.
Deputy Voorhees is a 2011 graduate of Morrisonville H.S. where he participated in both basketball and baseball. Upon graduation, Andy went into farming. He pursued this for five years, whereupon he re-focused his career to that of law enforcement. Thursday, May 6, 2021
After a one-year absence, the Pana Labor Day Parade Committee met on Wednesday night and decided to go forward with plans for the 2021 extravaganza on Monday, Sept. 6, through the streets of downtown Pana.
Parade Chairman Josh Ishmael said while the committee will proceed, a final decision on holding the parade could change if health concerns over the COVID infection ramp up. Thursday, May 6, 2021
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Sometime during the early morning hours of Sunday, April 25, 2021, person or persons unknown used a BB gun to damage 3 vehicles that were parked in the 500 block of West Third Street. A residence, located at 502 West Third Street, was also struck. It appears that the damage could have been done from a vehicle traveling down the roadway. The total dollar amount of the damage is not available at this time. Thursday, May 6, 2021
Nurses have long been unsung heroes of the medical community. But that tide began to turn in 2020 as the world confronted the COVID-19 pandemic and realized just how invaluable nurses are to public health.
According to the American Nurses Association, nearly 400 nurses in the United States died as a result of COVID-19 within eight months of a pandemic being declared in America. Globally, data from the International Council of Nurses indicated that roughly 1,500 nurses lost their lives to COVID-19 by the end of October 2020. Thursday, May 6, 2021
National Nurses Week is celebrated each year in the United States. The American Nurses Association notes that the week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, which coincides with International Nurses Day, a global celebration designed to highlight and celebrate the contributions nurses make to society.
May 12 also marks the birthday of Florence Nightingale, an influential 19th century British nurse who many consider the founder of modern nursing. Thursday, May 6, 2021
Nurses provide essential care for millions of people every day. Nursing can take a physical toll, as shifts can last anywhere from eight to 12 hours.
Studies indicate that an average 12-hour day shift requires a nurse to walk about five miles, while a 12-hour night shift will require a nurse to walk roughly three miles. All of that walking eventually can take a toll on the feet. Thursday, May 6, 2021
The vital role nurses play in health care settings across the globe was perhaps never more apparent than in recent months. When COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization in March 2020, nurses were on the front lines in the battle against the virus, and have remained there ever since.
In recognition of the sacrifices nurses and other health care workers have made to help the sick, individuals across the globe have placed signs in their yards thanking essential workers. In addition, many more have taken to social media to highlight the lengths individual nurses have gone to while helping them or their loved ones who caught the virus or fought other illnesses. Communities can follow such individuals’ lead by making collective efforts to thank the nurses who call their towns and cities home. Thursday, May 6, 2021
The Village of Mt. Auburn held a regular meeting on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.
At the end of the regular meeting, the new Village Mayor, Mike Whitehead, was sworn in. Whitehead won the election against outgoing mayor, Amber Dooley, and will begin his duties serving the village right away. He will take command at the start of the Phase II of the water main replacement project. Also sworn in at the meeting was a new Trustee, Brenda Patton.
Village Trustees Dee Dee Carey, Sandra Gooder, and Scott Vincent were sworn back into their seats at the meeting. Wednesday, May 5, 2021
The explosion of the airship Hindenburg is one of the most famous aviation disasters in American history and signaled the end of the zeppelin era of flight. An Illinois radio reporter provided the only news broadcast of the event.
Herbert Morrison, a 31-year-old reporter for WLS Radio in Chicago, delivered the startling description of the fiery crash at Lakehurst, N.J. on May 6, 1937 that included the now-famous words, “Oh, the humanity.” Morrison’s Hindenburg recording is believed to be the first example of a recorded news event. Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp wishes to congratulate Shawn Goebel, of Harvel, on being awarded one of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Academic Scholarships. Mr. Goebell was selected from a number of highly qualified applicants in the Christian County area, and we commend all of them for participating in this process,” said Sheriff Kettelkamp, “Illinois Sheriffs consider this scholarship program to be an investment in the future as well as a strong signal of their respect and support for education.” Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Newly elected members of the Taylorville City Council had only been seated for about twenty minutes before they encountered their first contested debate.
Mayor Bruce Barry had to cast a tie-breaking vote Monday night regarding a $45,000 repayment to Ward I. That repayment is to come from the city’s fifth ward, which was created a few years ago in order to serve as a community ward money to be used by any ward for unforeseen projects.
Newly seated Alderman Steve Dorchinecz motioned to table the issue, though that motion was defeated 5-3. Tuesday, May 4, 2021
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a hit and run that occurred in Taylorville.
Sometime during the early morning hours of Monday, April 5, 2021, an unknown vehicle struck a vehicle in the 300 block of North Clay Street and then left the scene. The victim’s vehicle suffered damage to the side of the vehicle. The suspect vehicle left the scene in an unknown direction. The total dollar amount of the damage is unknown at this time. Tuesday, May 4, 2021
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about a local business during their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Lindsey Bliler opened “Farm House Signs and Company” on the Taylorville square three years ago. Bliler told Kiwanis members her business has grown from one to two separate buildings on the square, and recently moved her warehouse and showroom to adjacent buildings on the west side of the square. Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Four days before testing positive for COVID-19, Bill Jones walked half a mile to his deer stand, shot a deer and hauled the carcass back to his vehicle himself. “No problem,” the 59-year-old Taylorville man said.
In the days that followed, Jones developed symptoms of what he thought was bronchitis – shortness of breath, a cough, pressure in his chest like a cold might be developing there. A visit to his doctor’s office confirmed COVID-19 and effectively canceled Jones’ plans to spend Thanksgiving Day with his family.
“On November 24, it all went downhill,” said Jones.. Tuesday, May 4, 2021
In front of about 50 people in the Council Chambers of Pana City Hall, newly elected and re-elected city of Pana officials were sworn-in on Friday afternoon by retired Circuit Court Judge David Slater. Monday, May 3, 2021
Lincoln Land Community College has announced the 2021 LLCC Juried Student Art Show winners. Fifty-nine art students submitted a total of 151 entries from fall 2019 to spring 2021 for consideration, representing 10 of LLCC’s studio classes. The student art exhibit is available for viewing at www.llcc.edu/2021-student-art-show. Monday, May 3, 2021
YMCA Board President Adam Vocks presented an engraved clock to outgoing Executive Director Chris Weittenhiller to thank him for his 12 years of leadership and to remind him of his time at the Christian Co. YMCA. Monday, May 3, 2021
We can all use a little help getting through long days, and Lorenzo Blaise was definitely off to a rough start one Monday in May. The 11-year-old was on his way to school in Pennsylvania when he accidentally bent the back rim of his bike. Saturday, May 1, 2021
Court appearances Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley presided over the following cases on Apr. 30, 2021: Friday, April 30, 2021
OWANECO — The Village of Owaneco said farewell to its longest running Village President, Alvin Mizeur, on Monday, April 12, 2021. Mizeur started his tenure with the Owaneco Village Board in April 1979 when he ran and won a seat as a trustee for the village board. In July of that same year, after the resignation of then president, he was appointed to fill the seat of village president. Mizeur has remained Owaneco Village President since that time. Friday, April 30, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — In a weekly Bible study I attend, we’re studying 1 Corinthians, and as we read through chapter two, I was struck by what Paul wrote at the beginning of chapter two. (1 Corinthians 2:1-2 NIV) And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. Friday, April 30, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — An advanced healthcare directive - also known as a living will - is a legal document in which a person lists the specifics of medical care and comfort actions they desire should the individual no longer be able to make decisions for themselves due to illness or incapacity. Friday, April 30, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — The number of retirees is on the rise. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau points out that, by 2030, there will be 81.2 million Americans over age 65, and many of them will need help taking care of themselves. Friday, April 30, 2021
On April 28 at approximately 3 a.m. Christian County 911 dispatch received a call of a vehicle parked on the railroad tracks near the intersection with ADM Grain Elevator in Taylorville. Christian County Sheriff’s Deputies immediately responded to the call. As Deputy Andy Voorhees arrived on scene he discov ered the driver, Jake Billbe passed out in the driver’s seat with the engine running and the doors locked. Deputy Voorhees noticed the driver’s window being partly opened and was able to open the door and wake Mr. Billbe. Mr. Billbe was able to move his vehicle just before the warning gate arms began to lower. Seconds later, the train passed through the intersection. Christian County Deputy, Sgt. Robert Goebel arrested Billbe a short time later for suspected driving under the influence. Thursday, April 29, 2021
At the upcoming May 3 Taylorville City Council meeting, Scott Alberssen was set to be sworn in as the new City of Taylorville Treasurer after winning the April 6 consolidated election. Instead, the city is now looking for his replacement.
Alberssen announced on April 29 that he has chosen not to fill the position. “I hereby choose not to fill the Taylorville City Treasurer vacancy from the consolidated election on April 6, 2021,” he wrote in a statement. “Unforeseen health circumstances have arisen whereby I believe that I will not be able to perform the functions of the city treasurer’s office at the level the voters of Taylorville expect or that I would expect of myself. I would like to thank the Taylorville voters for their support and understanding.” Thursday, April 29, 2021
Registered nurse Rachel Way is the recipient of the DAISY Award for Nursing Excellence at Memorial Medical Center.
Two patients nominated Way to receive the award. In the nomination form, one patient wrote that "Rachel took her time and was patient with me. She let me cry and be angry. She walked with me through everything and helped me turn my life around." Thursday, April 29, 2021
The state Senate and House passed more than 750 bills last week, addressing isolated timeouts in schools, youth vaping, teaching Muslim history, the commemoration of Juneteenth and automatic voter registration in prisons, among other topics.
Friday was the deadline for the General Assembly to pass bills out of each chamber, for consideration in the other chamber. The General Assembly’s session is scheduled to end May 31.
Capitol News Illinois has summarized below a few of the notable bills that passed one chamber last week. To become law – among other pathways – the bills will still need to receive approval from the other chamber and the governor. Wednesday, April 28, 2021
The Pana City Council meeting on Monday night was the final meeting for current Mayor Don Kroski and aldermen Ron Miles, third ward and Leon Goff, fourth ward. All eight members of the Council were in attendance.
Among the items approved by the Council was and ordinance to vacate a plat for Hathaway Homes Phase II Subdivision on first reading. The developers of the project are not going through with the housing project. In addition, a resolution accepting a water main easement in that property was accepted by the city. Another type of development is going to be going into the site.
Properties at 21, 23 and 25 East Second St. will be sold by the city using the appraisal method. The properties will be appraised by a licensed real estate appraiser, and the bid for each property must be at least 80% of the appraised value. Final passage is expected at the next council meeting in May. Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Officer Tim Casner of the Pana Police Department is a graduate of Pana High School in 1984. He attended Millikin University for one year. Unlike many law enforcement, Tim’s journey to becoming a police officer took some detours. He worked at ADM, Staley’s, and did some construction. He also started his own company, Central Illinois Ring & Fabricating. When he closed that operation after five years, he become a postal employee and for a while, drove a route as a rural mail carrier. Wednesday, April 28, 2021
On Sunday, April 25, 2021 Taylorville High School inducted seventeen students into their chapter of the National Honor Society. Admittance is based on evidence of achievement in the areas of character, scholarship, leadership, and service. Last year's inductees also had the chance to participate in the induction ceremony, as they were unable to hold one at the school last spring, due to the pandemic. Wednesday, April 28, 2021
According to Taylorville Park District Recreation Director Bailey Hancock, the park and the City of Taylorville are considering a possible skate park as a new recreational outlet for children.
Nothing has yet been decided or voted on, and Hancock says the two entities have only engaged in very preliminary discussions regarding the possibility. “We have already started a skate park committee, and we had our first meeting this past Wednesday,” Hancock said, noting that the committee included Mayor Bruce Barry and the Memorial Elementary Principal, among others. Wednesday, April 28, 2021
The Christian County Health Department announced today that they will no longer be holding drive thru vaccination clinics at the fairgrounds. They now have plenty of vaccinations, both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, and will be making appointments for the shots. Wednesday, April 28, 2021
In a very simple two-page resolution, the Pana School Board passed a resolution which denies a request from the Taylorville School District to withdraw from the Nokomis-Pana-Taylorville (NPT) Special Education Cooperative on Monday night.
In Section 2, the resolution states: “The (Pana) Board, after due consideration, hereby denies Taylorville CUSD #3’s petition for withdrawal.”
The Nokomis School Board has passed a similar resolution. The Taylorville Board will now have to petition the Regional Board of Education, ROE District #3, for permission to withdraw. Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Taylorville Police Officer, Matt Nichols, grew up in the Girard/Pleasant Plains area of central Illinois. He graduated from Lawrence Adult Center, Springfield, in 2009. Officer Nichols then joined the USMC, serving as a Military Police officer. He was a proficient marksman and attained the rank of Corporal. Matt served one tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Officer Nichols resumed his civilian life in 2014, when he returned to Central Illinois and enrolled at UI-S, graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology. He then served 1 1/2 years as a dispatcher in the Taylorville Police Department (TPD) before starting his career as a police officer in 2019. He received his training at the U of I Police Training Institute and assumed his role as a member of TPD. Tuesday, April 27, 2021
University of Illinois Christian County Master Gardener’s Spring Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at the U of I Extension Office, 1120 N. Webster St., in Taylorville from 9:00 a.m. until all plants are sold, rain or shine.
Yes, once again shoppers will be able to fill their yards with a variety of perennial plants and shrubs all grown by experienced gardeners. (Perennials are plants that come back year after year. Annuals must be planted every year.) Tuesday, April 27, 2021
On Sunday, April 25, 2021 at approximately 4:09 a.m., Christian County 911 received a call of a traffic crash on 1600 East Road, near 1500 North Road in May Township. Emergency crews were dispatched and after arriving on scene, requested the coroner. The driver of the 2012 Chrysler 300, and only occupant of the vehicle, Mark E. Pearse, 51 of Taylorville, was pronounced dead at the scene. Monday, April 26, 2021