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Available To Storm Victims At No Cost
The following items are  available to storm victims at no cost at the former Gagne Building on West Spresser Street across from the Christian County Fairgrounds.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019


Taylorville Sanitary District approves name change
Beginning in May, the Taylorville Sanitary District will be no more, at least in name.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Missions for Taylorville disperses 1st vouchers for storm victims
It has been 47 days since the December 1, 2018 tornado.

You can still drive around the streets of Hewitville, Taylorville and parts of Christian County and see some debris, tree limbs and boarded up windows. Progress certainly has been made in the clean-up efforts with the help of city crews, volunteers and neighbors. But there is a long way to go.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Board gets SBA recap of tornado claims
Julie Garnett of the Small Business Administration (SBA) made a short presentation to the Christian County Board during their meeting Tuesday night to update them on the progress of claim filing due to the December 1 tornado. She is part of SBA’s team processing applications for residents effected by the storm. They have been headquartered at the Taylorville Firehouse and will be available for in-person consultations through 5:00 p.m. on Thursday.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Safe Passage: A look back at the 1st year
The 2018 Safe Passage Program in Christian County just wrapped up it’s rookie year. As with any rookie season, there are ups and downs and lessons learned. But, by all standards, the program is a success.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donors
A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

ISBE director of info tech speaks to Sertoma Club
John Shake, Director of Information Technology at the Illinois State Board of Education spoke at Sertoma's first meeting of the new year.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Satisfaction: Rolling Stones to headline 50th Jazz Fest
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has got satisfaction: The Rolling Stones are among the headliners for the 50th anniversary festival.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

New SIU Clinic opening at Taylorville Memorial Hospital
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is opening a Center for Family Medicine clinic inside Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

THS Building Trades is back
Taylorville High School reintroduced its Building Trades class last year, but the program wasn’t what it once was.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Taylorville to enforce snow route
City of Taylorville street crews are still working to clean up Taylorville roadways following Saturday’s ten-plus inch snowfall.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

THS livestock team crowned nat'l champs
In the storied history of the Taylorville High School Ag Department and the Taylorville FFA chapter, there have been many accolades. This past weekend, however, the THS Livestock Judging Team picked up one of the biggest accomplishments in all of school history.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Pana Council approves pact with Pana Pride
Pana city officials approved an agreement between the Pana City Council and Pana Pride, for a grant which will help pay the salary of Pana City Planner, Tom Wobbe at their Monday, Jan. 14, meeting. The vote was 5-1, with Alderman Glenn Schneider voting “no.” Aldermen Jerry Jordan and Ron Miles were absent
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Meeting Notices
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

K-9 handler showcases dog's skills to Board
The Village of Edinburg held their regular Board meeting on Monday, January 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

School board cancels Stonington task force
The Stonington Elementary saga continued Monday night at the Taylorville School Board meeting.

The district has teetered back and forth on what to do with the embattled elementary building over the course of the last year. In early 2018, the school board voted to transition Stonington third graders to Taylorville. Over the summer, the board discussed a potential return to a K-4 model that would keep the facility open permanently. That decision was ultimately tabled, and, in October, the Taylorville School District Building Committee voted to close the facility.  At a public hearing in October, the board elected to stay that decision in order to establish a task force to debate the future of the facility over the course of the next year.

Now,  less than three months after voting in favor of that task force, the board voted 5-1 Monday night (Andra Bland-Ebert, no; Pam McConnell, absent) to cancel that task force.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, January 14, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, January 14, 2019

Meet The "Frost" Family
Kids and adults took to the snow Saturday making giant snowmen, snow forts, igloos and sled riding.
Monday, January 14, 2019

Public Meeting Notices
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Multi-platform resource 'The Knot' helps couples makes best of local resources
NEW YORK — The Knot releases its annual “ Best of Weddings ” and “Hall of Fame” award winners, recognizing The Knot’s top trusted wedding vendors across the country on its leading website and app.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Love on the Ledge: Couples can win a chance to wed on Chicago skydeck
CHICAGO — Skydeck Chicago, the city's awe-inspiring and iconic landmark atop Willis Tower, announces its fourth annual "Love on the Ledge" social media contest. This year, Skydeck will give adventurous couples the chance to win a private, romantic ceremony and celebrate their love by either tying the knot or renewing their vows, 1,353 feet in the sky.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Eric Harrison named National Vice Chief of Illinois for BSA OA
TAYLORVILLE — Eric Harrison, of Taylorville, has been selected as National Vice Chief of Illinois for the Boy Scouts of America Order of the Arrow (OA).
Matt Parsons, an Eagle Scout and Sea Scout from Delaware, has been elected by to serve as National Chief.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Stockings for Soldiers brings hope and joy during the holidays
TAYLORVILLE — I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.” — Clara Barton, Founder of the American Red Cross
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Weekend storm is projected to bring highest snow totals in several years
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The National Weather Service says the winter storm stretching from the nation’s capital to Colorado could bring the highest snow totals in several years to sections of Missouri and Illinois.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Hopper Foundation donates to TMH Foundation Education fund
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation has graciously accepted a $10,000 grant from the Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation in support of its newly developed Healthcare Careers Education Grant program. The Healthcare Careers Education Grant program will aid students who are interested in studying healthcare and will work at Taylorville Memorial Hospital upon degree completion.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Snow Beautiful
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Pana Pride contemplates another town meeting
The Pana Pride organization is going to set plans in motion to have another town meeting in March or April to inform residents of accomplishments and plans for the future. President Missy Rybolt announced the plans during the monthly meeting on Jan. 8, in the First United Methodist Church of Pana.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Class of 1970 meeting
TAYLORVILLE — The THS Class of 1970 will hold a planning meeting for their 50th class reunion on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Taylorville Public Library, 121 W. Vine St. Taylorville, Ill.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

THS Business Dept. Donates To Missions For T'ville
TAYLORVILLE — The THS Business Department just completed a Taylorville Strong T-shirt sales drive to help raise money for disaster relief efforts following the December 1 tornado. On Friday morning, THS business students presented a check to Missions For Taylorville in the amount of $2,500.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Make healthy habits a part of your wedding prep
TAYLORVILLE — After the big question is popped and loving partners decide to spend their lives together as a married couple, a whirlwind of activity will ensue. Although wedding planning is exciting, some couples may feel overwhelmed with all the decisions that need to be made before they can tie the knot. In this state of increased pressure, stress may build and health could falter.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Some novel gift ideas to consider for newlyweds
TAYLORVILLE — Many people rely on bridal registries when buying wedding gifts for their loved ones. But for those who put off buying wedding gifts until registries have been picked clean, finding the right gift can sometimes be difficult. Even if men and women do not intend to buy wedding gifts directly off a couple’s registry, it’s best to first visit that registry to ensure that the gift that is ultimately purchased is not a duplicate gift.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Facts and figures about modern engagements
TAYLORVILLE — The pressure to make marriage proposals extraordinary appears to be on the rise, at least for Millennials. Of the nearly 18,000 respondents who shared their stories via WeddingWire’s 2017 Newlywed Survey, 72 percent of Millennials said they feel pressured to make their proposals highly unique, while only 45 percent of Gen X respondents indicated feeling such pressure.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

What's the right type of officiant for your wedding?
TAYLORVILLE — A central, and very important, figure on a couple’s wedding day is the officiant. Officiants perform the wedding ceremony and are the first to introduce the newlyweds to their guests as an officially married couple.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Not all about money, dads take on new wedding roles
TAYLORVILLE — Popular movies and televisions shows give the impression that the job of the father of the bride in a wedding is ultimately about making sure the festivities are adequately funded. In the movies, fathers fret about the costs of everything from flowers to photos.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Wedding insurance gives couples peace of mind
TAYLORVILLE — Wedding insurance can provide couples who are about to tie the knot with some peace of mind on their big days.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Sertoma Club Donates To Taylorville Food Pantry
TAYLORVILLE — The Breakfast Sertoma Club of Decatur, on behalf of its membership, sent to the Taylorville Sertoma Club a check in the amount of $650.00 for pass-through to the Taylorville Food Pantry.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Vaughn speaks to Optimists about B 52 bombers
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, January 10, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Terry Wright then provided the morning invocation.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

By all means. . .do let them eat wedding cake
TAYLORVILLE — Wedding receptions culminate when the happy couple stands before their tiered and towering wedding cake to cut the first slice.
Friday, January 11, 2019

All LLCC location to be closed on Saturday
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College will be closed at all locations Saturday, Jan. 12, due to expected inclement weather. All classes and activities are cancelled.
Friday, January 11, 2019

Monthly billing to amp water revenue
TAYLORVILLE — The city’s engineer has completed the conversion of the city’s water billing structure to a monthly format, and Water Collection Manager Kellie Hamell says her office will be testing the rate change to ensure there are no unintended effects.
Friday, January 11, 2019

County Finance Committee hears job duties
TAYLORVILLE — The Audit and Finance Committee of the Christian County Board learned about the operations of the offices of many of the elected officials during their meeting Thursday night.
Friday, January 11, 2019

Foundation to support mental health training initiative
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is pleased to support local community members who would like to attend the upcoming Mental Health First Aid training specifically geared toward helping youth with mental illness and substance abuse issues. The training will be held in the 4th floor classroom at Taylorville Memorial Hospital on January 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, January 11, 2019

Gordman's to replace outgoing Goody's
TAYLORVILLE — On Saturday, February 23, 2019, the Taylorville Goody’s store will close its doors.
Friday, January 11, 2019

County Finance Committee hears job duties
TAYLORVILLE — The Audit and Finance Committee of the Christian County Board learned about the operations of the offices of many of the elected officials during their meeting Thursday night.
Friday, January 11, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, January 11, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, January 11, 2019

People in the news
GREENVILLE, Ill. — The following students were placed on the Dean's List at Greenville University for the Fall 2018 semester:
Friday, January 11, 2019

CCHS hosting 3rd annual Trivia Night Jan. 26
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Historical Society & Museum in Taylorville is hosting their 3rd annual Trivia Night Fundraiser on Saturday, January 26 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall 110 W. Franklin St. in Taylorville.
Friday, January 11, 2019

Methodist Church supports Safe Passage program
KINCAID — The Duncan-Kendrick Ministry Fund  of Taylorville First United Methodist Church has provided grant funding to the Kincaid Police Department to cover the exspense to hire a Safe Passage coordinator to assist with providing rehabilitation services for those seeking help in kicking drug addiction.
Friday, January 11, 2019

When God did something for Himself
TAYLORVILLE — It is not unusual for people to say to the caregiver, “Take care of yourself.” It is true. The caregiver has to take care of themselves in order to take care of their loved one. And this is true of God.
Friday, January 11, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Manar looks ahead to third term
Job creation in downstate Illinois, K-12 and higher education, and responsible spending by state government will continue to be priorities for State Senator Andy Manar, who was sworn in for his third term today at the Capitol.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Scherer takes oath of office
Following the 101st Illinois General Assembly inauguration ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 9, state Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, laid out her priorities and goals as a lawmaker for the new legislative session.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Edinburg school hears solar proposal
The Edinburg Board of Education held a regular meeting on Wednesday, January 9 at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

LLCC's James S. Murray Gallery features "Tranquility of Nature" Jan. 14-31
The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College will feature the Chinese brush painting exhibit “Tranquility of Nature” by Su Ge Jan. 14-31. The public is invited to view the exhibit weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is located on the upper level of Menard Hall on the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Pana Red Roses Red Hat tours Taylor Trading
Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club met January 2nd at Taylor Trading in downtown Pana to view owner Kim Taylor's shop and have a very informative demonstration of Chalk painting.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Alexander Lumber closing Taylorville location
Alexander Lumber Co. today announced that the company will be closing several of its legacy lumberyards in rural Central and Western Illinois, Taylorville among them.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

LLCC hosting emergency preparedness workshop
Lincoln Land Community College will host “Personal Emergency Preparedness” on Monday, Jan. 28, 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the LLCC Springfield campus. This workshop is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

County committee approves new terms for county engineer
Members of the Christian County Board’s Highway and Building Committee approved another six-year term for the county’s Highway Engineer, Cliff Frye. The committee approved the IDOT resolution during their meeting Tuesday night in the Christian County Courthouse.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Disaster loan consultants still available
Last week, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) set up a diaster loan outreach center at the Taylorville Fire Department. SBA representatives will continue to man the center until Thursday, January 17.

The SBA is offering low interest loans to homeowners, businesses, private non-profit organizations, and faith-based organizations affected by the December 1 tornado. Homeowners can apply for loans up to $200,000 with interest rates as low as two percent and terms up to 30 years.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Stonington Village reports tornado clean up is wrapping up
The Village of Stonington met in regular session Monday night at 7 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Ryan Marucco.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Courthosue
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Memorial to offer grief support group
Memorial Home Services will offer a free six-week grief support group starting in February.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Butterfield Scholarship recipients are announced
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the Carolyn M. Butterfield Trust Nursing Scholarship and the John H. Butterfield Agriculture and Nutrition Scholarship.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

City to meet with Keystone Power Holdings
The Taylorville City Council held its first full meeting of the new year Monday night. Many of the committees were off in December due to the holidays, which created a light agenda.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Honored For Volunteer Relief Efforts
The Taylorville City Council recognized Misty McPeek as the Volunteer of the Month at Monday night’s council meeting for her efforts in leading a post-tornado recovery effort.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Taylorville, Pana, Nokomis allowed to leave MidState
By a 9-3 vote - the exact two-thirds needed - two central Illinois regional boards of education gave the Taylorville, Pana and Nokomis school districts permission to withdraw from the Mid-State Special Education Cooperative in order to form their own. Pending approval by the Illinois State Board of Education, the new NPT Special Education Cooperative will begin on July 1, 2019.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Senior Center to offer monthly painting classes with Ross-trained instructor
Everyone can paint, and the Taylorville Senior Center at 701 West Adams is one of the best places in the area to learn to paint. For many years, the Center has offered monthly painting classes.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

World Bank president announces his departure
Jim Yong Kim, the president of the World Bank, announced Monday he is resigning at the end of January.
Monday, January 7, 2019

Kincaid pair arrested on meth charges appear in court today
The Kincaid Police Department executed a search warrant on a home in the 100 block of Main Street, Kincaid, Friday. They had been investigating this home in regards to drug traffic and have received several complaints from the community. As a result, two people were arrested and charged with Class X felonies in connection with methamphetamine offenses.
Monday, January 7, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, January 7, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, January 7, 2019

Retired teachers to hear TRS trustee candidate
Hoping to represent members of the Retired Teachers of Christian County as an Illinois TRS Annuitant Trustee, retired teacher Doug Strand will present his credentials to RTCC members and their spouses to ask them to sign his candidate petition during a Jan. 8 special  meeting.
Monday, January 7, 2019

TJHS Builders Club Donates To Heartland Mini Hoofs
Pictured are members of the TJHS Builders Club who recently donated to Heartland Mini Hoofs.
Monday, January 7, 2019

Meeting Notices
Sunday, January 6, 2019

Lake Land College Foundation scholarship application period closing soon
Lake Land College Foundation scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are due Feb. 1 at 11:59 p.m.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Millikin University mourns the loss of Dr. Stephen Widenhofer
Millikin University is deeply saddened to announce the death of Dr. Stephen Widenhofer, professor of music, who served as director of the Millikin School of Music from 2003-2017. Dr. Widenhofer passed away on Jan. 1, 2019 at the age of 67.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis announces Service Academy nominees
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that he has nominated 15 local students for admittance to the U.S. Service Academies. The nominations for these students were made following an application and interview process. Final determination on admission is made by the individual academies.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Give Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library a helping hand
Anyone who wants to help tell the world about America’s greatest president will get a chance when the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum welcomes new volunteers. An information session on Tuesday, Feb. 5, will spell out how to join the team that greets visitors, assists at events, helps researchers and much more..
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Coldest temperature in Illinois history was twenty years ago
John Carroll still remembers the day when the mercury hit minus-36 in his hometown of Congerville.  He also remembers what he said about it.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Theft investigation still ongoing at YMCA
 In November, Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile confirmed that an investigation was underway at the Christian County YMCA regarding an alleged theft.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

GSI, Employees Raise $43,000 For Missions For Taylorville
Through the efforts of GSI staff and employees, Missions for Taylorville received a check for $43,000 to help with rebuilding the Taylorville community following the December 1, 2018, tornado.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Mini Camp Exploring Planets for January
Children ages 1-5 and their adult buddy are invited to Rock Springs Nature Center for Mini Camp: Planets.  This camp for ages 1-5 will be offered Tuesday, January 15 and Wednesday, January 16 from 9:30-10:30am.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

LLCC-Taylorville to hold College Now information meetings
Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville will host information meetings Jan. 10 and 22, 6-7 p.m. about the LLCC College Now program for area high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors as well as their parents or guardians.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Illinois State Museum launches new "Museum After Hours" series
The Illinois State Museum in Springfield will launch a new evening event series on Friday, January 25 featuring live music, food and fun, with the January theme of “Bye, Bye Bicentennial” in celebration of the Museum’s Bicentennial & Beyond:  The Illinois Legacy Collection exhibition, which will close on February 3.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Davis introduces Bipartisan Social Security Fairness Act
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) this week introduced the bipartisan Social Security Fairness Act, which eliminates the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO), two titles of the Social Security Act that unfairly reduce or eliminate Social Security benefits for millions of Americans who have devoted much of their careers to public service.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Center HCEA meeting
TAYLORVILLE — The Center HCEA will meet on Monday, January 7 at the Christian County Extension office at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Volunteers needed to knit hats for newborns
Memorial Health System is seeking volunteers to crochet or knit tiny red hats for babies born in February.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Scholarship funding available to students in Sangamon and surrounding counties
The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln is now accepting applications for the 2019 scholarship program. There are 35 different scholarships with more than $150,000 available in awards. While many scholarships are available to graduating seniors in Sangamon County, there are also scholarships available for returning students and graduating seniors from surrounding counties.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, January 4, 2019

City tables big purchases, replacement police hire
In December, the city’s general fund contained a balance of $1.3 million, according to City Treasurer Jacque Nation. In December of 2017, that figure stood at $2.6 million.

Aldermen expressed some concern about the dwindling finances Thursday night at the personnel and emergency services committees when they opted to table several large purchases and hold off on a replacement hire in the police department.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, January 4, 2019

Demolition Of Gordon Buildings Begins
Buildings at the former Gordon auto dealership complex on West Spresser Street in Taylorville has begun
Friday, January 4, 2019

Davis introduces bill to designate Springfield Race Riot Site a National Historic Monument
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today introduced legislation to designate the site of the 1908 Springfield Race Riots a National Historic Monument.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Fire destroys Pana home
Five local fire departments responded to a fire in a home at 111 S. Spruce in Pana Thursday at 7:45 p.m.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Meeting Notice
Friday, January 4, 2019

Millikin University Choir to embark on Winter Tour
The 43-voice nationally recognized Millikin University Choir will embark on a 16-day tour this January with stops in Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. The 2019 Winter Tour will begin with a performance on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, located at 501 S. Fourth St. in Springfield, Ill. The tour will conclude with a finale concert on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church located at 407 E. Eldorado St. in Decatur, Ill.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary to host Babysitting Clinic
Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will be hosting another babysitting clinic on January 21.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Acknowledging the Magi
Now, some people call them kings, some call them wise men and others call them magi. I prefer magi over kings or wise men. I have reasons for this.
Friday, January 4, 2019

St. Rita's Parish Students Present Live Nativity
St. Rita’s Parish School of Religion students presented a live nativity entrance at the Christmas Eve mass at St. Rita’s Parish in Kincaid
Friday, January 4, 2019

Taylorville business district tax now in effect
In September of last year, the City of Taylorville voted to approve a business development district (BDD).

The BDD allows the city to levy up to an additional one percent sales tax on any business located within the district’s boundary. It includes the TIF district area around Wal-Mart; the Route 29 corridor, including Kroger; the Park and Spresser Street corridor, from Pawnee Street to Silver Street; the downtown square; and Franklin Street, from Simpson Street to Walnut.

As of January 1, 2019, that tax was implemented, and the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) will be collecting the tax from that date.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, January 3, 2019

THS to host Community Blood Drive January 18
Taylorville High School will host a community blood drive at 815 Springfield Road, inside East Gym. All presenting donors will receive a free t-shirt. The event will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the East Gym.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

APL sets January pet adoptions
The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during January with cats and dogs available at various locations. All animals presented by APL for have been spayed or neutered, microchipped and have received all vaccinations by the time of their adoption.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Conservation district hosting eagle viewing trips January and February
The Macon County Conservation District invites area residents to enjoy one of four Eagle Viewing Trips in January and February. All four trips are open to all ages.  Each trip departs from and returns to Rock Springs Nature Center. A fee of $25/person covers all transportation.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Taylorville Fire Dept. to host disaster loan outreach center
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest loans to howeowners, businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, and faith-based organizations affected by the December 1 Tornado that ravaged Taylorville.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Peoples Bank & Trust to grant Tornado Relief Loans
Peoples Bank & Trust has extended their Tornado Relief Loan Program through January. Peoples Bank & Trust has made a $75,000 loan fund available to Christian County residents adversely affected by storms on December 1, 2018. The loans are for the purpose of assisting with personal, family or household expenses. Each loan will be limited to $750, be payable in 6 to 12 months, have limited underwriting and have no interest or fees.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Resolve to give blood with the Red Cross
The American Red Cross encourages people to help meet the urgent need for blood by resolving to give blood this January – National Blood Donor Month.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

TMH to host Living with Diabetes meeting
Taylorville Memorial Hospital (TMH) will host “Living with Diabetes on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in room 457-Senior Live Solutions room.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Sterling Donates To Relief Fund
Before facing off agaisnt each other in basketball on Saturday night, Sterling’s head coach Ryan Vasquez (right) gave a donation to the Tornado Relief Fund, accepted by Taylorville’s head coach Ryan Brown.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Collectors Club meeting
Mid-State Collectors Club meetings will be held Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Maverick Steak & Spirits restaurant in Litchfield. Arrive early and eat dinner before the meeting.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Circuit Court Associate Judge Amanda Ade-Harlow presided over the following felony court appearances on December 31, 2018:
Monday, December 31, 2018

Police/Fire
Monday, December 31, 2018

Harding's presidency was defined by sex scandals
He is considered one of the poorest Presidents in American history. But for scandal – particularly of the extramarital kind – he ranks right at the top.
Monday, December 31, 2018

Generosity Continues For Tornado Victims
Monday, December 31, 2018

Most popular baby names for 2019
Monday, December 31, 2018

Great gift ideas for new parents
TAYLORVILLE — A baby’s first holiday season is a special time. Baby Center states that slightly less than four million babies are born in the United States each year. In Canada, around 390,000 babies are born annually, according to data from Statistics Canada. That means there are millions of new parents out there who are looking forward to their first holiday season with their newborn children.
Monday, December 31, 2018

Tornado survival: Then and now

TAYLORVILLE — Tornados are typically rated according to their intensity and the damage they cause to human built structures.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

New year to bring new laws for Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers completed the state’s 100th General Assembly in its bicentennial year, and will ring in 2019 with 253 new laws on the books .
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Hospital hosting blood drive Dec. 26
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hosptial will be hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, December 26, from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Courthouse
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 Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Brad Paisley presided over the following cases on Dec. 28, 2018:
Friday, December 28, 2018

Police/Fire
Friday, December 28, 2018

Galesburg Gives To Tornado Relief
TAYLORVILLE — After the Galesburg game and before the Taylorville game on Thursday, Galesburg head coach Mike Reynolds (right) and the Galesburg Streaks donated to the Tornado Relief Fund with Ryan Brown (left) and Paul Held (center) receiving the check.
Breeze-Courier photo/Robert Fagg

Friday, December 28, 2018

TASC support group to meet Jan. 3
HILLSBORO, Ill. — TASC/The Autism Support Connection will be holding its regular monthly support group meeting on Thursday, January 3rd from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church, 1400 Seymour Ave. in Hillsboro. This month they will have an open discussion format.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Sensory friendly film event set for Jan. 5
HILLSBORO, Ill. — Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films.”
Friday, December 28, 2018

Morrisonville mouse races set for Jan. 26
MORRISONVILLE — Kitchell Memorial Library (KML) in Morrisonville, announces the “Running of the Mice” will be held Saturday, January 26, 2019.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Bird Feeding Basics and Winter Bird Hike in January
DECATUR — Explore local species of song birds and learn how to attract them to your yard during two January programs: Bird Feeding Basics and a Winter Bird Hike. Both programs are free with online registration.
Friday, December 28, 2018

F-X students play Mary and Joseph
TAYLORVILLE — Two students from Faith Community Worship Center F-X played the parts of Mary and Joseph in the Christmas Play last Sunday. Pictured from left are Emily Thorpe and Alex Evrley.
Submitted photo

Friday, December 28, 2018

Faith Community Worship Center Celebrates Christmas
TAYLORVILLE — Worshipers filled Faith Community Worship Center on "Christmas Sunday" December 23.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Faith Community Worship Center Celebrates Christmas
TAYLORVILLE — Worshipers filled Faith Community Worship Center on "Christmas Sunday" December 23 to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, and to witness the Christmas plays and dramas presented by the children's and student departments.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Community attempts to make world's largest s'more
MIDDLESEX, Vt. (AP) — One Vermont community is celebrating the holidays and the winter solstice with a massive bonfire and what they hope will be the world's largest s'more.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Pediatrician gives advice on influenza season
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Cluster of respiratory and cardiac distress cases among drug users
SPRINGFIELD — Within the past several days, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received reports of approximately ten individuals transported to area hospitals for respiratory distress or cardiac arrest.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Man charged with killing woman found dead in trash can
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man has been charged with murder in the death of a woman whose body was found by sanitation workers in a garbage can on Christmas Eve.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

SBA offers disaster assistance to residents of Illinois
WASHINGTON — Illinois businesses and residents affected by severe storms and tornadoes on Dec. 1, 2018, can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Administrator Linda McMahon announced today.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Courthouse
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Lake Land College announces GED class schedule
PANA — Lake Land College’s Adult Education is offering GED classes throughout the Lake Land College district beginning the second week of January. Classes are 100 percent federally funded thanks to the U.S. Department of Education.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Christmas in the Park display winners announced
TAYLORVILLE — This year Christmas In The Park 2018 had a total of 5,757 cars visit. Display winners and their total votes are listed below:
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Courthouse
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Police/Fire
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

ACLU sues government to learn about NSA call records program

NEW YORK (AP) — A civil rights group has sued the U.S. government, saying it needs more information about surveillance of Americans’ phone and financial records to guide the public debate over what will happen when the law that regulates the scrutiny expires next year.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Medical checks ordered after 2nd child immigrant dies
HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection have ordered medical checks on every child in its custody after an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died, marking the second death of an immigrant child in the agency’s care this month.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

A Heartwarming Gesture
After hearing of Taylorville’s devastating tornado on the news. An eight-year-old Lisle, IL boy took it upon himself to spread a little extra holiday cheer in Taylorville this Christmas.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Shop With A Cop
The Kincaid Police Department helped brighten up the Christmas season for 22 children and their families during their annual Shop With a Cop event.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Pheasant hunting quotas increased at Panther Creek
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced that the daily hunter quotas have been increased on the Controlled Pheasant Hunting Unit at the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area in Cass Co. through the close of the hunting season on Sunday, January 13, 2019. Additional pheasants will be released at the site because of the hunter quota increase.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Explore Dinosaurs and Dragons at Rock Springs
Why have dragons existed in our imaginations for centuries? Compare fact from fiction as we discuss the difference between mythical dragons and prehistoric dinosaurs during Dinos Vs. Dragons at Rock Springs Nature Center on Thursday, December 27 at 2pm. For all ages. Free. Must pre-register online by noon on December 26 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Prowl for Owls at Friends Creek Jan. 5 in Argenta
Look for owls at night with Macon County Conservation District staff during Owl Prowls at Friends Creek Conservation Area, on Saturdays, January 5 and February 23 from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Collections family events at Illinois State Museum
The Illinois State Museum in Springfield invites families to learn more about collecting during two events on Saturday, January 5.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Sacred Heart Donates To Sister School
Sacred Heart School in Pana recently took up donations for their sister school, St. Mary's in Taylorville.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Vivacious Vocabulary
Two teachers from St. Mary School in Taylorville recently presented a session at the Illinois Educators Technology Conference at the Crowne Plaza.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Illinois State Museum programs features a program on Prohibition
The Illinois State Museum will host two free pubic programs in early January featuring interesting facts about Illinois history.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Memorial holding breast cancer support meetings
Memorial Medical Center will hold a series of monthly meetings for a breast cancer support group in 2019.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Holiday travel tips
Millions of people travel to visit family and friends each holiday season. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period, the number of trips to and from a destination 50 miles or more away rises by 23 percent compared to the average number for the rest of the year.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Special Red Cross blood drive held for Niantic child battling cancer
The community is invited to give blood in honor of Erik Matich at a special American Red Cross blood drive held in his name Monday, Jan. 7, from 2 to 6 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 211 North St., in Niantic.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Santa Claus Visits VisionWay Christian School
The students at VisionWay Christian School have been busy this week celebrating the birth of Jesus in their classrooms with class projects, performing a Christmas musical entitled “The Greatest Story Ever Told” and anticipating Classroom parties.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Paint the Walls at Dickson Mounds kicks off 2019 Tot Time Series
At Dickson Mounds Museum on Thursday, January 3 at 9:30 a.m., the Tot Time program will be ‘Paint the Walls.’  Tots and their caretakers may enjoy learning about ancient symbols and drawing the images on the walls. Tots may have fun making their own symbols and art on the walls, too. 
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Carson Henley is winning on all counts
Carson Henley is like most 12 year old boys in just about every way. He likes to hunt, fish, play ball outside, go to school, compete and win. The only difference is that he attends the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired (ISVI) in Jacksonville, Ill.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

A Christmas Letter: Reindeer bells from Santa
Children around the world write letters to Santa Claus. It is a tradition that has been around for over 150 years in the United States alone. Though the times have certainly changed since the 1800s, most kids ask for the same thing now as they did back then: a toy. Modern children might want a specific action hero toy instead of building blocks, or a new video game instead of a board game, but the basic desire remains the same. For one boy from Kincaid, his wish was much simpler.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Video gaming makes impact on Christian County
Always looking for new revenue sources to help out with the expense of providing services to residents, various municipalities in Christian County have found video gaming to be a pretty reliable one. According to figures posted on the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) website, more than $432,000 has flowed into city and village coffers in the period from October, 2017 to October, 2018, as their share of the pie.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Morrisonville Community blood drive Tuesday, January 8
United Methodist Church of Morrisonville will host a community blood drive on Tuesday, January 8 from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at 109 SE 5th Street, inside the Fellowship Hall. All presenting donors wil lreceive a voucher to redeem a $10 Amazon or Starbucks giftcard.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Meeting Notice
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Pana woman involved in fatal crash
A Pana woman was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a two-car accident Friday morning on US Route 67 at Macoupin Creek Bottom in Greene County.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

A&M FFA Participates Clothe-A-Kid Program
On Wednesday, December 5th, thirteen members of the Central A&M FFA traveled to Decatur to purchase clothes and toys for the Clothe-A-Kid Program.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Correction
Friday’s story incorrectly identified the amount of blood donated by Billy Ray Scallions as 91 gallons. Billy Ray Scallions has given 19 gallons of blood. We apologize for the mistake.
Submitted Photo

Saturday, December 22, 2018

TMH employees give back to the community
Taylorville Memorial Hospital employees have embraced the holiday spirit by collecting donations for local organizations.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

The lesson being Santa taught me about God
Every year I grow a beard and put on the festive Santa suit to “play” Santa at a few locations in our local community. As I make this transformation each year I just pray that I’m able to bring joy to the hearts of the little ones that come to see me.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Courthouse
Friday, December 21, 2018

Free holiday lunch and toy giveaway Sunday
The mayor’s office, the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, and Christian County CEFS will be hosting a free holiday luncheon on Sunday afternoon for local children and their families.
Friday, December 21, 2018

Police/Fire
Friday, December 21, 2018

More than $4.1M in losses estimated in county
Gov. Bruce Rauner formally submitted a request for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance to help people and businesses in Christian, Macon, Montgomery and Sangamon counties recover from the devastating tornadoes that occurred Dec.. 1.
Friday, December 21, 2018

Pana Hospital addition nearing completion
Part of a 32,000 square-foot, $20.3 million expansion at Pana Community Hospital is nearing completion and once inspected by the Illinois Department of Public Health, may be open and functioning in February. Hospital CEO Trina Casner and Marketing Director Melissa Rybolt took reporters on a tour of the nearly completed facility on Wednesday afternoon.
Friday, December 21, 2018

Delegation supports disaster assistance request
The entire Illinois Congressional Delegation today sent a letter of support for Governor Bruce Rauner’s request for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Declaration for Christian County, Illinois, as a result of a tornado that touched down on December 1, 2018. The damage assessment conducted this month by the SBA found that 33 homes and one business incurred major damage as a result of the tornado in Christian County.
Friday, December 21, 2018

Pana couple donates farm land to Lake Land College Foundation
The Lake Land College Foundation Board of Directors recently held its annual meeting and celebrated raising more than $1.65 million in total funds, exceeding the goal of $1.25 million. The addition of last year’s funding effort puts the Lake Land College Foundation’s total assets at $13 million.
Friday, December 21, 2018

Coach speaks to Optimists about football season
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, December 20, 2018, in the TMH auditorium. President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Ted Marrinan then led the group in the morning invocation.
Friday, December 21, 2018

Hospital hosting blood drive Dec. 26
Taylorville Memorial Hosptial will be hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, December 26, from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium.
Friday, December 21, 2018

Central A&M FFA Hosts Christmas Party
Pictured are Central A&M FFA members at their Christmas party held Monday, December 17th.
Friday, December 21, 2018

Where is God?
I have found recently that I am more alert to the grief and sorrow around me.
Friday, December 21, 2018

Morrisonville board seats Jackson as new trustee
The Morrisonville Village Board welcomed new village trustee Barb Jackson on Wednesday night.
Thursday, December 20, 2018

So. Fork opposes schools' plans to leave Mid-State
The South Fork Board of Education held a regular session meeting on Wednesday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high Media Center.
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Area schools band together to offer greater opportunities
A new law allowing multi-district collaboratives to band together to apply for the state’s competency-based education pilot has opened up the field of possibilities for Illinois students. The Illinois State Board of Education today announced the initial selection of participants in the third group of the state’s competency-based education pilot, including three collaboratives from central Illinois and two individual districts in Charleston and Fulton.
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Pana Council must reconsider Pana Pride resolution
With a minimum number of alderman present - five - the Pana City Council tackled a number of items at a meeting called early because of the approaching Christmas holiday Wednesday night in the Council Chambers of Pana City Hall. Aldermen Ray “Butch” Hocq, Jerry Jordan and Leon Goff were absent.
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Courthouse
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Police/Fire
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Illinois State Museum is looking for junior collectors
The Illinois State Museum is inviting youth to show off their collections at the Museum on Saturday, January 5 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. during the annual Junior Collectors Day. Whether baseball cards, keychains, rocks and minerals, stuffed animals, toys, or coins, youth ages 8 to 15 can display and talk with visitors about their treasures. The Museum will provide each collector with a table, table cloth, and collection sign.
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Retired Troopers Donate To Kids, Cops & Christmas
The Taylorville Police Benevolent and Protection Association hosted another successful Kids, Cops, and Christmas.
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Stonington Students Donate To Food Pantry
Students at Stonington Elementary recently had a friendly classroom competition that benefited the Stonington/Blue Mound Food pantry.
Thursday, December 20, 2018

3 candidates file for T'ville school board
Three Taylorville candidates will be vying for four open Taylorville school board seats in the upcoming April election. As of the deadline on Monday, only Dr. Ron Mizer of May Township, David Driskell of Taylorville Township, and Sarah VanHuss of Mt. Auburn Township completed the filing process.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

At THS
This morning, the Jesse White Tumblers put on a high-flying show for THS students  in the west gymnasium.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

IDOT program offers employment opportunities
Local job seekers are being encouraged to apply to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Snowbird program, a seasonal employment opportunity to perform emergency snow and ice control on area roads as the winter season continues.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

New Illinois car seat law takes effect on January 1
Springfield- Illinois State Police (ISP) announce changes to the Child Passenger Protection Act, which will become effective January 1, 2019.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

ISP will be enforcing 'Fatal Four' thru the holidays
Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Leo P. Schmitz is reminding motorists to enjoy the holidays responsibly and take the necessary safety precautions to prevent senseless tragedies from occurring.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Christmas brighter for Kemmerer residents thanks to GSI
Employees of GSI in Assumption are seeing to it those children residing in Kemmerer Village will have a Merry Christmas. The employees, be they workers out on the assembly floor or office staff, gobbled up 150 Angel Tree tags and now, 150 children will have a present to open on Christmas morning.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Tornado: A 2-year recovery is estimated
During the regular Christian County Board meeting on Tuesday night in the Courthouse in Taylorville, members heard a report from County Emergency Services Director Mike Crews on the Dec. 1 Taylorville tornado disaster and its aftermath.

A 13-page report given to members documented the history of the storm; its formation, the destruction caused, cleanup efforts and moving forward with recovery. He said 695 residences and businesses were effected by the storm

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

'Blue and Busy' special Christmas service this Friday
Friday, December 21st is the Winter Solstice, making it the shortest day or longest night of the year.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Police/Fire
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

2019-20 CEO applications now being accepted
Applications to participate in the Christian County CEO, Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunties program for the 2019-2020 school year, are now being accepted online.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Foundation donates to CEO program
The Betrand Hopper Memorial Foundation made a $10,000.00 contribution to the Christian County CEO program.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Meeting Notice
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Information sought in local burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Mayor addresses Kiwanis Club in weekly meeting
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard the “State of the City” address from the Taylorville mayor, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Nature program tomorrow at Rock Spgs.
Learn how to attract amphibians to your yard during Totally Toads at Rock Springs Nature Center on Thursday, December 20 at 2 p.m. View live frogs and toads, compare the homes they live in, and create a toad house to take home and put in your garden next spring. Free. For all ages. Must pre-register online by noon on December 19 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

American Legion Presents Gifts For Yanks
American Legion Post 73 visited the Nursing Homes and distributed Gifts for Yanks this past Sunday.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Correction, police report
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Police/Fire
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Park board to deliberate on $256k pool project
In November, the Taylorville Park board received a bid totaling $256,600 for work to resurface Manners Park pool.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Courthouse
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Couple charged with stealing youth cheerleading funds
Ramon A. Gutierrez and Sasha L. Gutierrez of Taylorville appeared in Christian County Court today, accused of stealing from the Taylorville Youth Cheerleading Organization. Both are charged with taking between $500 and $10,000 over a four-year period.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Rock for Relief: Benefit concert for storm victims January 20
Jeff Presnell of Nokomis, along with Jeff and Jennifer Nickles and Josh Herrin of Granite City were looking for ways to help recent tornado victims.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Pana board hears reports of student generosity
In this season of giving, members of the Pana School Board heard from school administrators who reported on efforts by student in the Pana School District to help those effected by the December 1 tornado in Taylorville. The reports were made at the regular school board meeting Monday night in the Unit Office on East Main Street.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Missions for Taylorville encourages all affected by tornado to apply for monetary assistance
Missions for Taylorville (MFT) is encouraging all those affected by the December 1 tornado to fill out an application for monetary assistance for rebuilding or repairing homes.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Hopper Foundation donates $20,000 to mental health
The Bertrand C. Hopper Memorial Foundation recently presented Christian County Mental Health Association with a donation in the amount of $20,000.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Meeting Notice
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Friendly Neighbors to meet
The Friendly Neighbors Garden Club will meet for their annual Christmas dinner at the home of Marilyn Barrett, 609 S. Webster at 12 noon on Wednesday, December 19
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Council Honors THS Musicians
The Taylorville City Council honored thirteen THS students who were recently selected as all-state musicians.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Blackburn donates to tornado relief efforts
Members of Blackburn College’s Student Senate along with Dr. Mark Armstrong, Faculty Advisor to Blackburn Student Senate, traveled to Taylorville, IL on Friday, December 14 to deliver donations to assist with tornado clean-up and relief efforts.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Police/Fire
Monday, December 17, 2018

Courthouse
Monday, December 17, 2018

Meeting Notices
Monday, December 17, 2018

City lifts burn ban
In the wake of the December 1 tornado, city officials placed the city under a burn ban, particularly a leaf burning ban, to prevent potential fires in windy conditions.
Monday, December 17, 2018

DAR Group Replacing Tornado Ravaged Flags
As part of a continuing service project started in September, members of Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR replaced missing or damaged American flags throughout the neighborhoods hit by the tornado of December 1.
Monday, December 17, 2018

Be a holiday hero - give the gift of life
Emergencies don’t take a holiday. The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment now to give and help ensure patients can get the treatment they need at a moment’s notice.
Monday, December 17, 2018

Christmas In The Park bake-off winners announced
TAYLORVILLE — Results of the 2018 Christmas in the Park Bake Off event were announced this week.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

David Phelps: It Must Be Christmas Dec. 20 at EPC
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — David Phelps: It Must Be Christmas is coming to the Effingham Performance Center on Thursday, Dec. 20that 7:00 p.m. This year marks the 20th season for the David Phelps Christmas Tour.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Soup With Santa And Mrs. Claus
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Little Miss And Mister Snowflake
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Thinking Ahead To New Year's Eve
Saturday, December 15, 2018

What's Chritmas Without Music
TAYLORVILLE — The holiday season is not complete without music. Holiday hits play in shopping malls, and families often trim the tree to their favorite albums.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Christmas Traditions In Christian County
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — A tradition is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as an “inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior, such as a religious practice or a social custom.” During the Christmas holiday season, many families around the country gather together to participate in their own version of a holiday tradition. Perhaps it has been done the same way for generations. Or, maybe some were just started this year.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Salvation Army kettles collect gold coins in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — The Salvation Army says it already has collected several gold coins in the Chicago area.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Cold Moon viewing and hike Dec. 22
DECATUR, Ill. — Explore December’s full moon during an astronomy program at Rock Springs Nature Center on Saturday, December 22 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Giving Back To The Community
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Volunteers needed for bell ringing in Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Ministerial Association will once again be ringing bells for the Salvation Army this year with 85 percent of money raised staying local and 15 percent going towards the Salvation Army.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Old Country Church
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — “There’s a place dear to me where I’m longin’ to be with my friends at the old country church. There with mother we went and our Sunday’s we spent with our friends at the old country church. Precious years of memories. Oh what joy it brings to me. How I long once more to be with my friends at the old country church.” — Old Country Church by Hank Williams Sr.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Last-minute donation saves church
CHICAGO (AP) — A 120-year-old Chicago church was saved from auction after a midnight call from a group of donors, which one church official said was “a Christmas miracle.”
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Faith Community prepares for Christmas events
TAYLORVILLE — Every department at Faith Community Worship Center is rehearsing to present a worship experience at Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville every Sunday during Advent. The entire church is now beautifully decorated in a tasteful Christmas decor to lead attendees to a worship experience.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Caring Corner Thrift Shop has clothing available
MORRISONVILLE — The Caring Corner thrift shop at the Morrisonville United Methodist Church has free clothes of all sizes, household goods, coats, Christmas decorations, and many other things for free or a small donation.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

University women hear from international teacher
TAYLORVILLE — The University Women of Christian County met for the December meeting on Tues., December 4, 2018 at Whit's End Restaurant.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Commencement for Problem Solving Court held
TAYLORVILLE - Five people went through commencement ceremony for the Christian County Problem Solving Court on Friday afternoon in the Davis Memorial Church in Taylorville.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

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