The Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) tentatively approved a setback of 3,250-feet for wind turbines in Christian County during their review of text amendments to the county’s Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS) ordinance on Wednesday night. Supporters of wind energy as well as the two companies who are proposing the multi-milllion dollar projects have previously stated such a setback “will be a deal breaker.”
The action came during a remotely broadcast meeting of the ZBA - the first of back-to-back nights - parts of which were hard to understand or barely audible at times, especially during the conversations concerning the setbacks.
“I don’t have an issue with the 3,250-feet setback,” Chairman of the ZBA, Steve Sipes said. Nearby property owners can waive their right to have no less than a 1,600-foot setback.” Thursday, August 6, 2020
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill) released the following statement on his positive COVID-19 test:
"Wednesday morning, I tested positive for COVID-19. Since the beginning of this pandemic, I have taken my temperature twice daily because serving in Congress means I interact with many people, and it’s my duty to protect the health of those I serve. This morning, my temperature clocked in at 99 degrees Fahrenheit, which is higher than normal for me.
"Because of the high temperature, my wife and I received a test this morning. While my test came back positive, my wife’s test came back negative. My staff who I’ve worked with in-person this week have received negative tests as well. Other than a higher-than-normal temperature, I am showing no symptoms at this time and feel fine. Thursday, August 6, 2020
The halls of Taylorville High School won’t be bustling with students this fall; no school in the district, for that matter, will have students on campus for at least the first quarter of the school year.
On Tuesday night, district administration announced that it has elected to forego in-person learning for the start of the upcoming school year. All students in the district, then, will be learning from home when school resumes on August 19.
“After holding clarifying conversations with the district COVID-19 Transition Committee, other school districts, and our own teachers’ and support staff unions, we reached the indelible conclusion that the risk of potentially lethal transmission within schools was too high —in fact, it was virtually inevitable,” a release from the district that was sent out by Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty reads. “Given ongoing confusion with health guidelines, unsolvable challenges in tackling the complexity of this issue, and continued holdups in the supply chain for PPE and other safety implements, we simply cannot ask our students, staff members, or their families to put themselves into a situation of such imminent danger.” Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Seventy-three-year-old John Werries put off getting a baseline colonoscopy for years, even declining the simple colorectal cancer screening kits his wife offered to obtain for him during the screening kit giveaway events presented annually by Passavant Area Hospital.
At his wife, Ruthie’s, insistence John finally relented and completed a colorectal cancer screening kit, which Ruthie picked up for him at a screening kit giveaway event in 2019. His test came back positive for blood in the stool. Ruthie immediately scheduled a colonoscopy for John. Wednesday, August 5, 2020
The Village of Stonington met in regular session Monday, August 3, 2020.
Village President Bruce Dowdy discussed the renewal of the water and gas loan that matured on July 10, 2020. It was previously a balloon loan and is going to get rolled into a new loan with five more years of payments. The board unanimously approved to roll the water and gas loan through First National Bank of Nokomis into a five year loan in payments and authorizing Bruce Dowdy and Christine Lerch to sign the loan. Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Thanks to generous residents and credit union members throughout the tri-county area, local food pantries recently received some much needed goods from Taylorville Community Credit Union. TCCU’s 6th annual ‘Freedom Tree’ community food drive, which ended July 10th, collected donations of boxed and canned food items, as well as cash, at the credit union’s locations in Taylorville, Hillsboro, Litchfield and Pana.
“In our six years of conducting this program, this year probably was the most important one,” admits TCCU President, Will Perkins. “Many people have been affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus, these past several months, either through illness, job loss, reduced hours, even the trickle-down effects of business closures. Money is tight, and people are feeling scared and nervous. Wednesday, August 5, 2020
City of Taylorville aldermen appointed two new city superintendents Monday night after the retirement of lake superintendent Bart Bialas and airport and cemmetary superintendent Bill Newberry. The council also voted to move forward with altering the job description of one of those positions.
The council voted 7-1 (Chris Skultety-no) to accept the mayor’s appointment of Geoffrey Ortman as the new Lake Superintendent. “I’ve never talked to this guy. I have nothing against him and think he’ll probably do a fine job, but I see a fault in this, voting for a person not knowing anything about him or not seeing a resume. I think the process needs to change, and everyone on the council needs to be involved. I can’t rightly vote for anybody when I know nothing about them,” Skultety said of his vote. Tuesday, August 4, 2020
During a special session of the Christian County Board called for noon on Monday, members approved spending an additional $5,000 to retain attorney Ben Jacobi of O’Halloran, Kosoff, Geitner and Cook, as special counsel during deliberations of the Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) as they wade through a series of text amendments to the county’s Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS) Ordinance. The vote was unanimous.
An initial $50,000 line item to the budget was depleted at the end of July and the ZBA has at least two more meetings scheduled - Aug. 5 and 6 - to continue the process of reviewing each of the five proposed amendments. At the last meeting of the ZBA, members began saying which parts of those proposals they could agree with and the process is set to continued Wednesday and Thursday night. The initial request was for $7,500, but Jacobi later agreed the $5,000 would be sufficient. Tuesday, August 4, 2020
According to a press release issued by Christian County Emergency Management Agency, the First Baptist Church located at 114 Maple St, Pana, has temporarily postponed all in-person services due to a COVID-19 exposure. The last in-person service was held on July 19, 2020. They, along with the Christian County Health Department and Chris-Mont EMA are all working together to ensure the parishioners and staff are safe. If you were previously at the facility during the time of concern, through contact tracing you would have been notified of any further action you would need to take. If you were not contacted, you were not determined to be a primary exposure risk per IDPH protocols. As always, however, you should monitor your health. If you should begin to feel ill or have a concern, contact your physician for further guidance or the Christian County Health Department. During this closure period, additional cleaning and disinfecting are being completed. Tuesday, August 4, 2020
According to a press release from the Christian County Emergency Management Agency, the McDonalds located at 1 S. Poplar St in Pana, who have closely followed the CDC/IDPH guidelines, temporarily closed at 8:00pm on Saturday, August 1, in the evening due to two employees testing positive for COVID. Monday, August 3, 2020
The COVID-19 testing site at the Christian County fairgrounds in Taylorville has been extended for two more days. It had been scheduled to close Sunday afternoon, but it will now remain open until Tuesday, Aug. 4, until 5:00 p.m.
The testing clinic is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and is being conducted inside the Exposition Building on the fairgrounds. There is no charge for the test, although insurance information along with the person’s name and contact information is required. Saturday, August 1, 2020
The Ethridge Animal Clinic located at 1604 W. Spresser St in Taylorville, Ill., who has closely followed the CDC/IDPH guidelines, has temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Upon notification of the positive case exposure within the facility, they were in direct contact with the Local Health Department and Chris-Mont EMA. They are all working together to ensure the safety of their clients, staff and animals. If you were recently at the facility, through contact tracing it will be determined if you have a risk of exposure and will be notified. If you are not contacted, you were not determined to be at risk per IDPH protocols. During this closure period, additional cleaning and disinfecting will be completed. The Clinic is scheduled to open again on August 12 with the Local Health Department's approval. The Ethridge Animal Clinic Team would like to thank everyone for their support, thoughts and prayers. Saturday, August 1, 2020
Pana Community Hospital is reopening all its’ elective services and physician clinics as of Monday, August 3rd. Precautionary COVID-19 test of all hospital and clinic employees is now complete. All results have been reported to the Christian County Health Department where contact tracing was conducted. The hospital is fully functional and open for scheduled appointments, walk-in and emergency care needs of the community. However, visitation remains tightly restricted and screening of all patients at the Emergency entrance continues. Saturday, August 1, 2020
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a hit and run that occurred in Taylorville.
Sometime between 9:15 pm on Monday, July 20, 2020 and 7:30 am on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, an unknown vehicle struck a white pick-up truck legally parked on the roadway near the intersection of Adams and Morton Streets. The victim’s vehicle suffered passenger’s side damage and yellow paint transfer. The total dollar amount of damage is unknown at this time. Saturday, August 1, 2020
A free showing of the film “Different Drummers” at the House on the Rock Church, located at 314 North Grant Street in Edinburg, will be held on August 21. David is growing weaker with muscular dystrophy and is confined to a wheelchair when he befriends Lyle, who’s increasingly hyperactive. They both become convinced that with faith and willpower, Lyle can teach David to run. As one tries to give the other his extra energy, they learne life’s transcendent, painful lessons. Based on a true story, this film is rated PG 13 and is Dove approved for all ages. Saturday, August 1, 2020
Lindsey Coy of Taylorville was recently named the first recipient of the Miss Liberty Memorial Scholarship at Lincoln Land Community College. The $500 award recognizes perseverance, courage and leadership. Saturday, August 1, 2020
Have you noticed that so much in these days is “how you feel”, and less about truth? Scripture says “The root of the righteous yields fruit”. I must instantly feel good about something or reject it seems to be the noise of the day. Fruit takes time to be produced, but everything does have a result or fruit. Proverbs says “Guard you heart, for from it flow the issues of life”. According to the Apostle Paul, we are to be “rooted and grounded in love (Christ) and to be built up in Him”. Saturday, August 1, 2020
The Illinois State Museum announces its Tot Time Thursdays will return to its Dickson Mounds facility in Lewistown beginning Thursday, August 6, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
"We are so happy to begin Tot Time Thursdays again! We are excited to offer this program to families in compliance with the Restore Illinois Phase 4 guidelines," said Dickson Mounds Education Curator, Christa Christensen. "Tot Time has been a favorite program among the community since 2012. With a few changes, Tot Time will provide a safe, enjoyable experience for all invloved." Saturday, August 1, 2020
Mystery packages with unidentified seeds have shown up in mailboxes across the U.S. over the past week. University of Illinois Extension horticulture experts urge people to never plant unidentified seeds.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating the situation and collecting seeds packets to test their contents. The packages, which appear to be from China, have not yet been reported in Illinois, but officials in 27 states are urging residents to report any suspicious packets of seeds. Saturday, August 1, 2020
“We have two fish, two turtles, two dogs, and three cats!” Evyn exclaims with joy when sharing about her precious furry and scaled friends at home. At seven years old, she absolutely loves animals. Because of that adoration, she recently decided to give back to the community and help her animals friends. To do so, Evyn asked for supplies to donate to the Christian County Animal Control (CCAC) instead of presents for her birthday. Saturday, August 1, 2020
Hans Christian Andersen once said “Where words fail, music speaks.” Music has certainly been speaking to Bill Berta for 67 years as a member of the Taylorville Municipal Band.
Berta was just a high school student at Taylorville Senior High in 1953 when he was asked to participate in the Municipal Band. “I was one of four high school band members that joined that year. I thought it was really something to get that opportunity. We were even paid union wages! For high school musicians this was an exciting and intimidating event, but we were well received and in a short time we fit in with these "older" adults,” said Berta. Saturday, August 1, 2020
The last eight Christian County departments presented their budget requests on Thursday night before the Christian County Board’s Audit and Finance Committee. Much like Wednesday night, the budgets presented mainly included salary increases previous approved or negotiated. It will be the work of the committee to figure out a way to balance the budget as revenues for the county have plunged during the COVID-19 emergency.
Jan Bland, Assistant to the Christian County Board and Human Resources, announced she would be retiring mid-March of 2021. It was her suggestion the county look into hiring a County Administrator to supervise the day-to-day operations of the county in the future. She said several other counties in the state have such a position and it works out well. Friday, July 31, 2020
Members of the Christian County Board’s Audit and Finance Committee began the budgeting process for Fiscal Year 2021 on Wednesday night as they heard from several elected officials and department heads who presented their proposed budget. With revenues down for Fiscal 2020 due to the COVID-19 emergency, crafting a balanced budget will be a hard row to hoe.
Christian County Treasurer Betty Asmussen started the meeting talking about revenues being down for the fiscal year. She also said real estate tax bill collections, which the first installment was due on July 15, went well, but had a higher number than usual of people asking if there was a program to extend payments of their tax bills. The second installment is due on Sept. 15, 2020. She indicated she would update the committee following the end of July with up-to-date figures on revenue collections for the fiscal year. Thursday, July 30, 2020
Governor JB Pritzker held a press conference at noon Wednesday to discuss youth and high school sports. “Among the incidents that lead to community spread, the outbreaks tied to youth sports are particularly troubling,” opened the governor in this conference.
“Nationally, over half of states have districts that have shut down training due to COVID-19 outbreaks,” continued Pritzker after listing off organizations that had canceled training over the past couple of weeks. “Today my administration is releasing new guidance restricting youth and recreational organized sports in Illinois. That includes school-based sports, such as those governed by the IHSA and IESA, travel clubs, private leagues, recreational leagues, sports centers, and park district sports programs.”
Pritzker then went on to say that this wasn’t necessarily a cancellation of sports and hoped that as numbers decline and the situation improves, communities could get back to playing youth sports and allowing athletes more freedoms. Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Kaden Lawson, a nine-year-old third grader to be from Taylorville sat in blistering heat all weekend just so he could show his support for local law enforcement.
During an event on the square this past weekend, Kaden sold water and soda to help the TPD fund their “juice box program.”
Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler says the “juice box program” is a youth outreach initiative that attempts to bolster the relationship between law enforcement officers and local youth. “Basically, every squad car has a cooler with juice boxes in it,” Wheeler explained. “If our guys happen to come across a group of kids, and obviously the program is intended for mostly younger kids, but our officers will try to approach them, offer them a juice box, and just introduce themselves and talk with them for a couple of minutes. It’s a way for kids to have a positive interaction with officers.” Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Monday night’s Taylorville Park Board meeting saw a bit of a heated exchange between Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry and Park Board President Marlane Miller.
For months, the park and the city have been arguing about an easement agreement that would allow the city to construct a storm sewer on the west end of town, near Jaynes Park. City officials say the line would help alleviate flooding issues for hundreds of homes in the area. Part of the line, though, would cut across a southern portion of the park. Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Kemmerer Village, a Presbyterian home for children, located at 941 N 2500 East Rd, Assumption, Illinois has reported 1 positive case of COVID-19; this case is a staff member. Contact tracing is being conducted to determine where the staff member may have been exposed. Additional COVID testing will be completed as it is determined necessary at the facility. If you were recently at the facility, through contact tracing it will be determined if you have a risk of exposure and will be notified. If you are not contacted, you were not determined to be at risk per IDPH protocols. Tuesday, July 28, 2020
During its regular session on Monday night, members of the Pana City Council approved a one-year contract with its police department and other city employees.
Police officers affiliated with the Policemen’s Benevolent Labor Committee will get a 2% pay raise over the course of the next year. The contract is retro-active to July 1, 2020 and extends to June 30, 2021. The contract with city laborers, members of the Local 726 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) will receive a $1,000 pay increase over the base salary during the contract’s term, also for one year.
The police contract passed on a 6-1 vote with Ward 3 Alderman Ron Miles voting “no.” The employees union contract passed 5-2, with Miles and Ward 2 Alderman Glen Schneider voting “no.” Second Ward Alderman Katherine Stephens was absent for the contract vote, but later joined the meeting remotely. Miles and Schneider was also remote participants of the meeting. Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Though this summer may feel different than summers past, one thing remains constant: The need for blood donations to help save lives. The American Red Cross is urging healthy individuals to give blood to restock the shelves for patients battling disease and facing the unexpected.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, people across the country have stepped up to help by giving blood with the Red Cross. Blood donations from healthy individuals are just as essential now to meet patient needs, and those who gave this spring may be eligible to help again. Tuesday, July 28, 2020
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club collected a total of 14,229 pounds of dry goods and $2360 in cash during their three drive-thru donation days in the Miller Media Group parking lot on East Park Street. The drive was hosted during ther last three Saturday’s of July, with all proceeds going to the Taylorville Food Pantry. Tuesday, July 28, 2020
On Thursday, July 16, 2020, Ella Forlines and Aaron Schmitt officially received their State FFA Degrees virtually during the 2020 Virtual State FFA Convention.
To receive this degree, the member must have earned or productively invested $1,500 or worked 750 hours on their Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE). They must have record books for ever year of FFA membership (at least 3 years), have a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and performed at least 25 community service hours. After filling out a detailed application, the candidates were interviewed by a panel of judges. Both members were selected by the judges as recipients of this degree. Tuesday, July 28, 2020
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on July 24, 2020 at approximately 6:14 p.m. The crash happened at the intersection of 2000 East and 350 N. Road in Rosamond, Christian County, Illinois.
The crash involved a 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Chase E. Gatons (age 20) from Stonington, Illinois , who was driving southbound on Christian County Township Road 2000 East. Gatons vehicle failed to yield the right away at the intersection with 350 North and was struck by a 2017 Dodge Ram pickup truck pulling a loaded trailer. The Dodge pickup truck driven by Tyler A. Buerster, (age 21) from Noble, Illinois was traveling eastbound on 350 North Rd. and struck Gatons vehicle on the passager side. Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Several cars were lined up this morning as the Christian County Health Department began conducting COVID-19 testing in the Expo Building on the grounds of the Christian County Fairgrounds. Monday, July 27, 2020
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on July 24, 2020 at approximately 6:14 p.m. The crash happened at the intersection of 2000 East and 350 N. Road in Rosamond, Christian County, Illinois. Monday, July 27, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — At the July 13 Taylorville School Board Meeting, the Taylorville School District approved a set of guidelines from the Illinois State Board of Education outlining protocols for the return of in-person learning. Saturday, July 25, 2020
SPRINGFIELD — Republicans on Friday continued to pressure the Illinois Department of Employment Security to resolve issues stemming from record unemployment claims the same day the state reported another 1,532 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Saturday, July 25, 2020
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — According to a press release from the Christian and Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency, Pana Community Hospital has reported two positive cases of COVID-19; both are hospital employees. Saturday, July 25, 2020
LITCHFIELD — After a five-month suspension of State Representative Avery Bourne’s (R-Morrisonville) Traveling Office Hours due to COVID-19, the Representative is resuming her mobile office operations in August. No appointment is necessary, and events are open to all constituents living in the 95th House District. Saturday, July 25, 2020
Some say the sound of the clarinet has the ability to communicate the human condition. Often, you’ll hear the voice of the clarinet at the emotional climax in the score of a movie. It has a rich sound that communicates so many different emotions. Just listen to Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin or Concerto in A major by Mozart, for example. Saturday, July 25, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — Your beautiful May garden full of fresh foliage and promises of colorful bloom can look a bit tired in late July. What happened! The debris of spent blooms, storm-tossed shrubs, and tired leaves can really detract from a late-summer garden. There is still a lot of future in the perennial garden for the upcoming months, just hidden by glories past. So take your shears, clippers, and a large container in hand and head outside. Be sure to tackle the clean-up when the weather is somewhat cooperative and please stay hydrated while you work. Early morning hours are a good time to beat the heat and the sun’s rays. Be sure to dress in light fabric that will protect you from the weather and garden critters that may be lurking out there. Saturday, July 25, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, July 23, 2020, in the Community Room of the People’s Bank. President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and Pastor Steve Robinson led the group in the morning’s prayer. Saturday, July 25, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — We have all heard the warning – context counts. We likely have experienced having something we have said taken out of the larger context. We know from experience how easily this can change, shape, or influence how what is said or written is understood. Being able to express one’s self clearly and with as few words as possible is becoming a vital skill in our present day, but always is balanced with the importance of giving full context and nuance. Friday, July 24, 2020
BUNKER HILL — Central Illinois communities will see more than $509 million in funding for road and bridge projects over the next six years as part of the Illinois Department of Transportation's latest Multi-Year Plan under Rebuild Illinois, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) announced Tuesday. Friday, July 24, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) in a statement today, says the Illinois Department of Public Health has announced Region 3 has hit the warning level because of increased COVID-19 cases. Christian and Montgomery counties are in Region 3. Once a region meets resurgence criteria as outlined by the Governor and IDPH, then further mitigation options will be considered. Friday, July 24, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — According to a City of Taylorville ordinance, sewer failures that occur on residential properties are the responsibility of the home owner and not the city. The main city lines are the responsibility of the city. Friday, July 24, 2020
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 Judicial Circuit Court Judge Douglas Jarman presided over the following cases on July 24, 2020: Friday, July 24, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — In 2019, CTI announed a muli-million-dollar sweeping expansion of their fiber optic network that will bring thier coveted Gig-by-Gig internet, TV, and phone service to ten area communities. Friday, July 24, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — The painstaking task of reviewing each proposed text amendments to the Christian County Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS) portion of the zoning ordinance began on Thursday night. After wrapping up questions to the petitioners, members of the Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) spread out the four documents to begin going through section of section of the wind ordinance proposals to determine whether they agreed with the changes or additions. Friday, July 24, 2020
The focus of the Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) hearing on text amendments to the Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS) ordinance went from the testimony phase to the questioning of entities who have filed for changes on Wednesday night. Members of the public had an opportunity to let their feelings known during the first two hours of the session while he third hour was used by ZBA members to ask questions. They started with questions for the wind energy companies, which will continue Thursday night.
Members of the public had a chance to voice their opinions on the projects. The first speakers spoke favorably about the projects. Five of the speakers were tradesmen who have worked on wind projects in the vicinity, Macon and Logan County specifically. They pointed out the value of wages provided by the projects and to road improvements made by the wind energy companies. Lee Peters, of Illiopolis, said his research showed $9.5 million in wages and benefits paid to operating engineers. He pointed out this did not include other trades like electricians, truck drivers and iron workers.
Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry commented the wind energy projects would provide benefits to the county and local school districts. He said the projects would combat economic uncertainty in the county and promote regional development.
Former County Clerk Laurie Mense said the projects offer an opportunity to the county and local taxing bodies she had never seen before. Thursday, July 23, 2020
The Pana Medical Group (PMG) with locations in Pana, Nokomis and Ramsey have temporarily closed as they initiate appropriate infection control measures following a positive COVID-19 test of a staff member as of July 22. All staff members have been quarantined and are currently being tested as per protocol from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Melisa Rybolt, spokesman for Pana Community Hospital which runs the clinics, said about 25 to 30 employees are under quarantine at this time. She said staff members regularly travel between all three locations during the week, which led to the closing of all three medical facilities. She said all test results were not back yet and they were awaiting word from the Christian County Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Public Health. Thursday, July 23, 2020
Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler says a group of juveniles caused significant damage to the old West School building on Monday night.
“I would say the damage is estimated to be several thousand dollars,” Wheeler said, noting that the vandals broke interior windows, toilets, and sinks. They also spray painted several interior surfaces as well. Wednesday, July 22, 2020
During Tuesday night’s meeting of the Christian County Board, Greg Nimmo, director of the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency, reported the county will be reimbursed about $30,000 of expenses related to the COVID-19 outbreak through June 30. The money comes from the federal program passed by Congress known as the $2.2 trillion CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act. Nimmo said the county is entitled to up to $424,000 in reimbursement.
Applications for reimbursement for July and the coming months will also be made, according to the director.Nimmo said his agency is assisting long term care facilities in both counties to insure they have enough Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for staff. He said there are some shortages with getting supplies which are on back order. The main shortage is with gowns, he said. Wednesday, July 22, 2020
The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation will begin accepting applications for the 2021 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on Monday July 27, 2020 through June 30, 2021, as funding allows. The Percentage of Income Payment Program (PIPP) will be offered to Ameren customers as available funding allows starting on Tuesday September 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021. Appointments can be made by contacting the local C.E.F.S. County Outreach offices. Wednesday, July 22, 2020
The Central A&M FFA Chapter held an annual chapter awards banquet virtually with a video that compiled clips from their chapter officers and Mrs. Burgener, announcing degrees and awards of members for the 2019-2020 school year.
Though this is not how they wanted the year to end, they made the best of it and celebrated their members and thanked the communities which is what the banquet is all about. Wednesday, July 22, 2020
An endowed scholarship has been established at Lincoln Land Community College as a memorial to Frank and Cinda Edwards. The Edwards Family Memorial Scholarship is funded by contributions made by family and friends.
It is designated for a Chatham Glenwood High School graduate enrolled full-time in LLCC's associate degree nursing program. Wednesday, July 22, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — Last week, Robin Sheets of Taylorville was arrested for theft and later admitted to stealing between $10,000 and $20,000 of City of Taylorville money from the Lake Taylorville marina office. Tuesday, July 21, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — The Illinois Department of Public Health has scheduled a COVID-19 testing site to be located at the Christian County Fairgrounds, 1716 W Spresser St, Taylorville, Ill. 62568. Enter the fairgrounds on W. Main Cross St off of N. Houston St. Signs will be posted. This site will run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday, July 27th through Sunday, August 2nd, 2020. Tuesday, July 21, 2020
President Donald Trump acknowledged a “big flareup” of COVID-19 cases, but divisions between the White House and Senate Republicans and differences with Democrats posed fresh challenges for a new federal aid package with the U.S. crisis worsening and emergency relief about to expire.
Trump convened GOP leaders at the White House on Monday as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell prepared to roll out his $1 trillion package in days. But the administration criticized the legislation’s money for more virus testing and insisted on a full payroll tax repeal that could complicate quick passage. The timeline appeared to quickly shift. Tuesday, July 21, 2020
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 Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on July 21, 2020: Tuesday, July 21, 2020
PANA — “We are willing to do whatever it takes to get students back into school on Aug. 18,” Pana School Superintendent Jason Bauer said during Monday night’s Pana School Board meeting held in the PHS library. August 18 is the first day of school in the district and Bauer outlined the current guidelines they will follow to open school while trying to prevent of COVID-19 virus. Tuesday, July 21, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — A year ago, Christian County Zoning Officer Vince Harris said he had eight building permit violations at this time. Right now, his list has grown to four full pages, containing approximately 80 different violations across the county. Monday, July 20, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — The Tumble N’ Fly Tumble & Cheer Academy in Taylorville, has temporarily closed due to an active COVID-19 case with an instructor as of July 18, 2020, according to a press release from the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency. Monday, July 20, 2020
Members of the Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club met Thursday, July 16, 2020, at the Hillsboro Country Club Restaurant. Hostesses Barb Oltmann, left and Janice Meiners. During the meeting following the meal, it was noted there were no sign ups for the months of August and September and everyone agreed to suspend outings until October. Saturday, July 18, 2020
Taylorville High School senior Ben Thompson is focused determination personified.
Thompson has his sights set on the prestigious Air Force Academy, and nothing, not even COVID-19, will deter him from reaching his goals.
“I want to pursue a career in computer programming, and the Air Force Academy can provide opportunities that I can’t get anywhere else,” Thompson said of one of his biggest motivations. His grandfather, Eugene Gartshore, is the other. “He’s one person that I really look up to, and he went into the Marines, so a military career also has some extra meaning for me.” Saturday, July 18, 2020
Anyone who has spoken with Holly Kruse can tell she’s a special girl. She’s bright, positive, caring, and wonderfully kind. She cares more about the happiness and wellbeing of others than herself. Holly has a selfless heart, always giving whatever she can to others. According to mother Kim Kruse, Holly has been giving her birthday gifts away to the children’s hospital for the last five years. For her tenth birthday, on Friday, July 17 this year, Holly will undoubtedly do the same. But her kind heart and thoughtfulness has touched people here in the community, too. To the residents of Hickory Estates in Taylorville, she has become a dearly loved companion and friend.
Holly started visting Kickory Estates when she was just six years old. “Whenever my brother first started working there and I went there, and I would pass out newspapers and stuff. I just really got to know everyone. Then my mom started workign there, so every morning I would go there and go around a give hugs and stuff.” Holly brightly explains how she began her journey on becoming a close friend and companion to all the residents. Saturday, July 18, 2020
It’s not the way you want to start the weekend, but workers dredging the Manners Park Lagoon ran into some problems Friday afternoon when one of the excavators sank into the mud and became stuck. Saturday, July 18, 2020
Hydrangeas are popular shrubs grown for their impressive blooms. Their foliage can also be attractive, particularly oakleaf hydrangeas.
"Pruning hydrangeas can be confusing because each species should be pruned at a different time of the year," says Ken Johnson, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "The five common hydrangea can be divided into two groups for pruning purposes: those that bloom on old wood and those that bloom on new wood." Saturday, July 18, 2020
To promote the opening of their second location, Loving Arms Pregnancy Center is planning a “Blessing Bag Giveaway.” The event will be held at their new location at 201 S. Locust Street in Pana on Thursday, July 23, 2020.
Visitors can stop by anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to receive a free Blessing Bag while supplies last. (Safety and social distancing guidelines will be followed.) The Blessing Bag contains many items, including a Personal Dignity Kit provided by Midwest Missions in Pawnee. Saturday, July 18, 2020
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Sometime between the evening hours of Wednesday, July 8, 2020 and the morning hours of Thursday, July 9, 2020, person or persons unknown damaged the Menta Academy building, located at 100 West Franklin Street.The unknown subject or subjects threw eggs at the building and also broke out a window on the Northeast side.The total dollar amount of damage is unknown at this time. Saturday, July 18, 2020
According to a press release issued by the Chris-Mont Emergency Management Agency today, the Lighthouse Learning Center in Taylorville has closed temporarily due to an active COVID-19 case.
According to the release, the Lighthouse Learning Center, which has closely followed the CDC/IDPH guidelines. “Upon notification of the first positive case within the facility,” the release states, “the Lighthouse owners were in direct contact with the Local Health Department and Chris-Mont EMA. They are all working together to ensure the safety of the children and staff. All staff members and many children are being tested after contact tracing efforts. During this closure period, additional cleaning and disinfecting will be completed. Friday, July 17, 2020
Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry is asking aldermen to asses the costs of continuing operations at the Lake Taylorville Marina office.
Barry isn’t necessarily advocating that the services provided through the office be shut down entirely; instead, he says he’s hopeful that a private enterprise could take them over and potentially expand upon them, which would save the city money in the process.
“We haven’t been making very much money at the marina, and our revenues have been going down. We do sell fuel, but on a busy weekend, we’re paying two people at the marina, and I think it would be good to look into how much revenue we’re making versus our costs.,” Barry told the city finance committee Thursday night. “I think it might be in our best interest to see if a private individual wanted to run a business out there. That person might be able to sell alcohol, bait, or even food out there, which are things the city isn’t going to do, and those are things that could allow someone to be profitable out there.” Friday, July 17, 2020
In late June, the City of Taylorville’s auditor noticed that the lake marina’s office revenue was down about $25,000 from the previous years.
The Taylorville Police Department began an investigation, and on July 2, 2020, an undercover police officer was sent to the marina to purchase passes for cash. Taylorville police learned that money was never turned in. Friday, July 17, 2020
Megan Cole, owner of Megan Daine Wedding Events, created and delivered an impressive balloon sculpture to the Taylorville Police Department on Friday, July 17, 2020. “I did it to show appreciation for the police, especiallywith how the world is right now.” Friday, July 17, 2020
The Finance Committee of the Christian County Board settled on a way to pay for Global Position Satellite (GPS) tracking of defendants who are not in jail for the rest of the fiscal year. The fiscal year runs through Nov. 30, 2020. The decision came at the committee’s meeting on Thursday night in the Courthouse.
Recently, the Chief Judges Association in Illinois ruled GPS monitoring of defendants could not be paid for with Probation Department funds. It had been the practice of the Christian County - as well as many other Illinois counties - for many years. Those funds are to be spent for those on probation, not for those who have yet to be tried. Friday, July 17, 2020
Our family recently returned from attending the funeral of my wife’s grandmother. Everyone she knew, whether they were actually related to her or not, called her Nanny Holder. She was 99 years old and was everyone’s grandmother. She was a pastor’s daughter, a pastor’s wife, a pastor’s mother, and a pastor’s grandmother. Much of her life was spent inside the walls of a church. And she was a person of great faith. Friday, July 17, 2020
The Village of Kincaid held a special meeting last night to approve the resignation of Village President David Oller and appoint a new president. Oller submitted a letter to the board Sunday, citing family matters as his reason for the resignation.
Village Clerk Marla Odell called the meeting to order as acting president and explained the instructions of appointing someone to fill the position. The board could consider any current trustees first by nomination of the interested party. The board would then vote to approve or deny that motion. If no one was appointed from the trustee pool, the board would consider outside nominations. The village attorney confirmed the process. Thursday, July 16, 2020
A thunderstorm with high winds raced through Pana on Wednesday afternoon around 5:00 p.m. The aftermath of the storm was downed trees and limbs and damage to this apartment building on West Second St. near South State St. A blue tarp covers some of the damage to the roof from a tree on the east side of the building which was uprooted during the storm. Thursday, July 16, 2020
The South Fork Board of Education met Wednesday night where Superintendent Chris Clark explained to the Board that the teachers and administrators have been meeting over the last few weeks to work out a school reopening plan for August. To help, they had sent out surveys to staff and families to try and understand what everyone wanted to bring the kids back to school safely. Clark said that the administrators had been working on the procedures and policies of how a back to school reopening under COVID-19 would look, while teachers had been working on classroom and remote learning hurdles.
One suggestion the administrators brought out that was positively received by the Board was having the schools run on a five hour clock day for students physically returning to school. Clark told the Board this would limit the number of hours a day students were physically in the building and allow teachers an extra hour and a half at the end of the day without students to focus on remote learning. It would be implemented on a quarterly basis, to be reviewed each quarter. Clark also told the Board that masks would be mandatory in the school for everyone. All classrooms would have hand sanitizer, and it would also be located around the building. The district had electric disinfecting guns to use to clean and sanitize, as well. Thursday, July 16, 2020
Walmart will require customers to wear face coverings at all of its namesake and Sam’s Club stores, making it the largest retailer to introduce such a policy that has otherwise proven difficult to enforce without state and federal requirements.
The company said the policy will go into effect on Monday to allow time to inform stores and customers. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based company said that currently about 65% of its more than 5,000 stores and clubs are located in areas where there is already some form of government mandate on face coverings. Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Cub Scout Pack 132 held a Flag retirement ceremony and a awards ceremony on Sat. July 11, 2020. The Flag ceremony was led by Randy Green of the Taylorville American Legion. The award ceremony was to acknowledge the boys’ accomplishments and making rank. Wednesday, July 15, 2020
The Lincoln Prairie Trails Conservancy (LPTC) recently provided an update on the bridge work that was scheduled for this year on the bike trail via their newsletter.
LPTC Board Member Bud Altman said “The Flat Branch Bridge was declared unsafe and closed in October of 2015, thus severing the trail connection between Pana and Taylorville. The ITEP Grant ($621,400) to replace the bridge was approved in December, 2016. In late January, 2017, the cities entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement to 1) Split the matching funds on the grant and 2) for Taylorville to assume ownership of the trail from Paw Paw Street to the Owaneco City Limit, upon completion of the bridge. Various delays, which are typical of such projects, had brought us to the point of where the final pre-construction step in the process, letting of bids, was scheduled to occur April 24, 2020. Then the pandemic happened. The bid letting is now scheduled for September 18, 2020. An April 24th letting would have, most likely, resulted in our having the new bridge this year; the September 18 letting, however, makes that less likely. We’ll keep you posted.” Wednesday, July 15, 2020
At Monday night’s Taylorville School Board meeting, board members unanimously approved and adopted a set of guidelines from the Illinois State Board of Education as they relate to the return of in-person learning this fall.
While the state guidelines serve as the framework for all schools across the state, Monday’s night’s plan was approved with a tentative status as each individual district does have the liberty to make some amendments to the protocols. In that regard, Taylorville School Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty says her administrative team is still exploring a few minor changes that she says do not alter the state’s framework significantly. Tuesday, July 14, 2020
During an almost hour-and-15-minute session on Monday night, the Christian County Board’s Executive and Personnel Committee voted to table their discussion on cannabis regulations for the county. Matt Wells chaired the meeting in the absence of Chairman Donna Hibbetts.
The meeting started with a nearly hour-long executive session to discuss personnel evaluations. At the end of the closed session, Wells announced no action had been taken in executive session and no action was taken during the regular portion of the meeting. Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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 Judicial Circuit Court Judge Douglas Jarman presided over the following cases on July 14, 2020: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
PANA — Three Pana Police officers and Chief of Police Daniel Bland were recognized at Monday’s Pana City Council meeting with certificates of recognition from the Illinois State Police. The officers were lauded for their investigative work in a 2017 murder case at Lake Pana. Tuesday, July 14, 2020
The Christian and Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency confirmed this morning the existence of one positive case of COVID-19 at Taylorville Care Center.
The EMA says the positive test materialized last Thursday, July 9. Kevin Schott, deputy director of the Chris-Mont EMA says all residents and staff have since been tested. Those results, however, are still pending. Monday, July 13, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its first regular meeting since March 12th, on Thursday, July 9th. The meeting was held in the community room of the People’s Bank, as a temporary home until things get back to normal and they again meet at the First United Methodist Church. Saturday, July 11, 2020
PANA — The United in Faith Church will host the Victory Boys on Sunday, July 26, 2020 beginning at 5 p.m. at 609 Fairgrounds Road in Pana. Weather permitting, the concert will be held outside and you are encouraged to bring your lawn chairs for outdoor seating. A free will offering will be taken. Saturday, July 11, 2020
SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Clinic will now offer radiation oncology services. University Radiologists, a group of five physicians and one advanced practice provider, has joined Springfield Clinic effective, July 1, 2020. They will continue to provide quality cancer care as part of Springfield Clinic from their current location at Memorial Medical Center (701 North 1st Street, Springfield), as well as other locations in Springfield. Saturday, July 11, 2020
PANA — Pana Community Hospital would like to welcome Jayne Morrison, Family Nurse Practitioner, who will join the Community Medical Clinic’s FastCare staff beginning Thursday, July 16. Saturday, July 11, 2020
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 Judicial Circuit Court Judge Douglas Jarman presided over the following cases on July 10, 2020: Friday, July 10, 2020
PANA — The United in Faith Church will host the Victory Boys on Sunday, July 26, 2020 beginning at 5 p.m. at 609 Fairgrounds Road in Pana. Weather permitting, the concert will be held outside and you are encouraged to bring your lawn chairs for outdoor seating. A free will offering will be taken. Friday, July 10, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — Families of residents at Taylorville Care Center have been notified of a case of COVID-19 at the facility, however local health officials have yet to confirm that information. At 12:45 p.m. today, calls had not been returned by the facility or the county health department. Friday, July 10, 2020
Village President Bruce Dowdy brought up the topic of the old post office building that’s sitting vacant. “This is still an ongoing saga. It’s at a point, according to the lawyer, where we need to either get bids to tear it down, or for lack of a better term, we will have to keep it blocked off forever. The interior wall is a shared wall with another business and that’s where the fine line falls,” said Dowdy. Thursday, July 9, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — By state statute, rural Christian County residents can already use Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs) on rural county roads so long as they are being operated specifically for farm use. Thursday, July 9, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club and the 2020 Officer of the Year selection committee are pleased to announce this year’s three finalists. In alphabetical order, they are: Jeremy Alwerdt of the Taylorville Police Department, Deputy Chief Vince Childers, also of the Taylorville Police Department, and Corrections Officer Amanda Wolfe, representing the Department of Corrections. Thursday, July 9, 2020
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 Judicial Circuit Court Judge Douglas Jarman presided over the following cases on July 9, 2020: Thursday, July 9, 2020
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) request the public’s assistance in a missing person investigation involving Daniel “Danny” Crosby of Carterville, Illinois. Thursday, July 9, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — Ten people testified on Tuesday night before the Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) as its works through its process of hearing applications of text amendments for the county’s Wind Energy Conversion System (WECS) ordinance. It was the fifth time the ZBA has met on the topic of those amendments in the Christian County Courthouse. Wednesday, July 8, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — In March, the City of Taylorville approved a six-month trial period that would allow residents to register and drive utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) on city streets. Tuesday, July 7, 2020
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 Judicial Circuit Court Judge Douglas Jarman presided over the following cases on July 7, 2020: Tuesday, July 7, 2020
From the depths of the Shawnee National Forest to backyards in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois’ biggest trees are branching out. For the first time, the state’s champion trees are now available as an interactive digital map.
“For more than 58 years, the Illinois Big Tree Register has inspired generations of big tree hunters who relish the opportunity to find and nominate the next champion tree,” says Jay Hayek, a University of Illinois Extension forestry specialist in the department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES). “The map is an exciting new way for us to continue to discover and recognize the value of our largest native tree species.” Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry and the Taylorville City Council honored Rick Downing at Monday night’s city council meeting. Downing has served as a volunteer firefighter for the city of Taylorville for 30 years. Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Lincoln Land Community College has announced that four class formats will be offered for the fall 2020 semester. These formats are designed to provide students with safety and flexibility in choosing their preferred learning environments.
“LLCC is committed to serving students in a safe learning environment,” said Dr. Charlotte Warren, president of LLCC. “We have considered guidance from the Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois Community College Board and Illinois Department of Public Health in designing these four course formats for fall.” Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Lincoln Land Community College's hands-on training programs will be showcased in Transportation and Industrial Virtual Information Sessions on July 8 at 9 a.m., July 15 at 5 p.m., July 21 at 2 p.m. and Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. Prospective students are invited to learn about the many LLCC degree and certificate opportunities that can launch careers in the transportation and industrial fields. Tuesday, July 7, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — In the fourth night of the Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) hearing for the Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS) ordinance, 10 witnesses out of the 15 scheduled testified during the three-hour session Monday night in the Courthouse in Taylorville. The remaining 10 from Monday night will continue tonight, Tuesday, at 6:00 p.m., with 15 more speakers scheduled for the proceedings. Tuesday, July 7, 2020
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Christian County Health Department has learned that on 6/29/2020 there was a Coronavirus exposure at the Kincaid Town Hall Special Meeting held at 7:00 p.m. One person in attendance at the meeting held by the Kincaid town board has since tested positive for COVID 19. Monday, July 6, 2020
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 Judicial Circuit Court Judge Douglas Jarman presided over the following cases on July 6, 2020: Monday, July 6, 2020
On Monday, July 6, an outpatient laboratory drive-up service will begin at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. The service will be available Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m and weekends 8 a.m to 12 p.m. Patients will be able to park in reserved parking spaces next to the ambulance bay and a phlebotomist will meet them at their car. Saturday, July 4, 2020
The AFSCME Retiree Sub-Chapter #87 will resume meetings on Monday, July 13th at the Decatur Public Library at 1:00 p.m. and Tuesday, July 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the Farm Bureau in Hillsboro. As of June 26 the criteria of people meeting increased to 50. Therefore, David Spinner, President of the Sub-Chapter contacted the Farm Bureau and secured the approval for the use of their meeting room for this meeting.
Meeting attendees are asked to wear masks and temperatures will be checked at the room entrance. Saturday, July 4, 2020
Doug McKinnie of Country Financial recently donated $1,000 to the Taylorville Food Pantry. He stated he knows that the quarantine and shutdown has created a need for many families. Saturday, July 4, 2020
Albert Einstein wrote “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
Bette Chesser is still moving and still loves to compete. She’s not giving up her racing bike just yet. She’s won many state and national championships in cycling since she began the sport in college at DePauw University in the early 1980’s.
In fact, it’s become a family affair with her husband Tom and daughter Emily both competing also. Saturday, July 4, 2020
Hundreds of people gathered on the Taylorville square and along East Main Cross Street Saturday morning in a show of patriotism and to celebrate our veterans (top) for the annual Fourth of July Parade. Saturday, July 4, 2020
When Taylorville’s Fourth of July Parade was given the green light just over a month ago, the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Taylorville were hopeful it would be a unifying event and a kickoff to a return to normalcy.
Saturday’s 10:00 a.m. parade, however, has become a source of contention as some residents argue the event is inherently dangerous and likely to result in greater community spread of COVID-19.
One Taylorville resident, Gary Merker, told the Breeze-Courier that Saturday’s parade is irresponsible and that he believes it should be canceled. Merker argues that the event encourages widespread congregation during a time when cases appear to be on the rise nationally.
Other residents assert that risk assessment and exposure should be a personal decision based on individual comfort levels. Friday, July 3, 2020
The Taylorville Fire Department took possession of a new pumper truck today. It was purchased by the Taylorville Fire Protection District. While the truck isn’t going into service immediately, Taylorville Fire Chief Matthew Adermann said the public can get a look at the new vehicle during the Fourth of July Parade on Saturday. Friday, July 3, 2020
Towering distinctly over New York Harbor, midway between the shores of New York and New Jersey, is the famous work of art known as the Statue of Liberty. “Lady Liberty” rises 305 feet out of the waters of the harbor with a stern face staring straight ahead, and her right arm outstretched to lift a burning torch. The massive statue was a gift from France to the United States and was officially inaugurated in October of 1886. The translation of her original name was, “Liberty Enlightening the World.” And for over 130 years now, that colossal statue has served majestically as a symbol for that very theme. Friday, July 3, 2020
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Sometime between the evening hours of Sunday, June 21, 2020 and the morning of Monday, June 22, 2020, person or persons unknown made entry into Dairy Queen, located at 401 Springfield Road. While inside, the unknown subject or subjects took an undisclosed amount of money. There was damage done to a door while making entry. The total dollar amount of the theft and damage in unknown at this time. Friday, July 3, 2020
The Supreme Court today turned away pleas from anti-abortion activists to make it easier for them to protest outside clinics, declining to wade back into the abortion debate just days after striking down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics.
The justices said in a written order that they would not hear cases from Chicago and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where anti-abortion activists had challenged ordinances that restrict their behavior outside clinics. Thursday, July 2, 2020
The Taylorville Business Development District (BDD) committee met Wednesday morning where members approved payouts to 42 ocal businesses as part of the city’s business stimulus plan.
Under the program, businesses affected by COVID-19 could seek reimbursement for one rent or mortgage payment capped at a maximum of $1,500; those businesses had to lie in the city’s business development district. Thursday, July 2, 2020
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 Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on July 2, 2020: Thursday, July 2, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals will continue their text amendment hearing for the Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS) ordinance on both Monday and Tuesday, July 6 and 7. Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. each night. Thursday, July 2, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — With more people in the audience of Courtroom “A” of the Christian County Courthouse, the Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) continued their hearing on text amendments for the county’s Wind Energy Conversion System Ordinance on Tuesday night. It was the third night of testimony from those presenting text amendments and there was a sneak peak of some of the interested party testimonies which came near the end of the meeting. Wednesday, July 1, 2020
TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Deana Stefko, a nurse practitioner who works in Taylorville, says there were heartbreaking times as she watched COVID-19 victims die while on a five-week deployment to New York and New Jersey as an Air Force reservist. Wednesday, July 1, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — All tri-county residents are reminded they have through Friday, July 10th to donate to TCCU’s 6th annual ‘Freedom Tree’ community food drive. Donations of canned / boxed food items, as well as cash, can be dropped off at any of TCCU’s four locations. Wednesday, July 1, 2020
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 Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on June 30, 2020: Tuesday, June 30, 2020
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 Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on June 29, 2020: Monday, June 29, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce has selected Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler and Deputy Chief Vince Childers as the grand marshals for the upcoming Fourth of July parade. Saturday, June 27, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — William Arthur Ward once said, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” There have been many great teachers in my life. Some were actual school educators, while others were mentors I just met along the road of life. Because of an English teacher, I became a writer myself. Because of a band teacher, I never gave up my passion for music. Because of my mother, I never let hardships get me down. I consider math teacher Sarah Marsaglia to be one of those great teachers who inspired me, as well. Fittingly, Marsaglia was once inspired by a great teacher of her own to become the math educator who guided many students, including me, during her thirty-one years teaching at the district. Saturday, June 27, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — It’s been a little more than 18 months since a devastating tornado ravaged parts of Taylorville, but the strength, unity, and generosity that swelled locally in the wake of that storm still endures. Saturday, June 27, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Park Board members were hopeful to open park playground equipment to the general public today as the State of Illinois is set to usher in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Friday, June 26, 2020
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 Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on June 26, 2020: Friday, June 26, 2020
PANA —Pana Community Hospital’s new FastCare, offering convenient walk-in clinic services to Pana and the surrounding areas, is opening Monday, June 29. Hospital officials want the public to know that the Emergency Department and FastCare share the same entrance. Friday, June 26, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — The vote to dismiss Becky Edwards, District 4, as Chairman of the Christian County Board failed by one vote during a special meeting on Thursday afternoon. The vote was 12-4 in favor. However, Michael Gianasi said it required a 4/5th majority, which is 13. Thursday, June 25, 2020
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 Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on June 25, 2020: Thursday, June 25, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — The second consecutive night of hearings of the Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on Wednesday night ended up a lot more tamer than the first night without problems with technology or interruptions by audience members. Only two witnesses were heard during the slightly longer than two-hour session, along with Protect Christian County (PCC) Attorney Phillip A. Luetkehans explain their text amendment and give a brief explanation as to why PCC is presenting a request for a moratorium on building or issuing permits for Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS). Thursday, June 25, 2020
Six Christian County Board members - five of them Republican and one Democrat - have asked for a special meeting of the Christian County Board at 12:00 noon on Thursday with the sole agenda item being the removal of current Board Chairman Becky Edwards, Republican, from District 4. Those requesting the meeting were District 1 representatives Venise McWard and Tim Carlson; District 2 representatives Molly Alaria and Vicki McMahon; and District 4 representative, Dale Livingston - all Republicans and District 2 Democrat Brian Wilbur. Wednesday, June 24, 2020
A hearing by the Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on text amendments to the county’s Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS) ordinance got underway on Tuesday night in the Taylorville Courthouse, after a judge’s order earlier in the day gave it the green light. The three-hour long meeting, which featured testimony from several of the sources which have filed amendments, was punctuated by a couple of technical glitches with the Zoom program which delayed the meeting briefly several times as well as outbursts from Thomas Snyder, Sr., an audience participant, who clashed with ZBA Chairman Steve Sipes on the legality of the meeting and requests to end the meeting while it was in progress.
Local attorney, Dennis Atterberry said today, it is likely more legal action is to come to stop the proceedings. He is the attorney for Thomas Snyder, Jr., who filed the original motion on Monday to halt the proceedings. Atterberry announced he would be filing an amended motion and injunction to set aside the meeting last night and probably tonight’s hearing as well. Atterberry claims, “There were dozens of people who could not either get on because the capacity was maxed; could not hear; people were dropped; and people muted.” Wednesday, June 24, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — A hearing by the Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on text amendments to the county’s Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS) ordinance got underway on Tuesday night in the Taylorville Courthouse, after a judge’s order earlier in the day gave it the green light. Wednesday, June 24, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — Six Christian County Board members - five of them Republican and one Democrat - have asked for a special meeting of the Christian County Board at 12:00 noon on Thursday with the sole agenda item being the removal of current Board Chairman Becky Edwards, Republican, from District 4. Wednesday, June 24, 2020
The Pana City Council passed two resolutions on Monday night during their regular meeting to apply for grants from the State of Illinois for a road project on 2500E Road on the city’s east side. The grants are with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Grant and the Rebuild Illinois Grant. Tuesday, June 23, 2020
During discussions at the end of their meeting on Monday night in the Pana High School library, the Pana School Board talked about what the opening of school would look like in the fall. All agreed it would be better for students with in-house attendance at all district buildings.
“The administrative team is committed to getting back to the classroom,” School Superintendent Jason Bauer told board members. “However, it’s a moot point right now because we don’t know what is going to be required of us.”
He was referring to the Illinois State Board of Education guidelines which are still being debated. The rules of opening school in the fall should be released in the next week or two, according to state sources. Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Judge Douglas L. Jarman of Montgomery County heard an emergency motion filed by Thomas Snyder, Jr., who is seeking to have a Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) meeting postponed for tonight. Following the 30-minute session of oral arguments, Judge Jarman retired to chambers to review documents filed in connection with the injunction.
Following his review, the Judge has denied the motion. The meeting will be held as scheduled tonight at 6:00 p.m. in Courtroom “A” of the Courthouse. The meeting is to begin the process of hearing text amendments to the county’s Wind Energy Conversion Systems ordinance. There are five amendments which have been filed. It is anticipated the meeting may run over several nights. Tuesday, June 23, 2020
PANA — During discussions at the end of their meeting on Monday night in the Pana High School library, the Pana School Board talked about what the opening of school would look like in the fall. All agreed it would be better for students with in-house attendance at all district buildings. Tuesday, June 23, 2020
SPRINGFIELD — Kidzeum of Health and Science, located at 412 E. Adams St. in downtown Springfield, is launching a new initiative to help kids (and others around them) stay healthy. The campaign, titled “Superheroes for Health,” encourages kids to use their superpowers to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by incorporating facemasks into clever costumes, and by following other “superhero rules” like handwashing and social distancing. Tuesday, June 23, 2020
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Although there are nearly 25 species of hummingbirds the Ruby Throated Hummingbird is the only species commonly seen in Illinois or anywhere East of the Mississippi. All Ruby throats are an iridescent green on the back and whitish in front, with only the adult male having the ruby throat. Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Christian County Board candidate Thomas Snyder Jr. is filing a lawsuit against the Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals in an attempt to block a Tuesday evening meeting where an ordinance discussion regarding wind turbines is expected to occur telephonically.
“I’m neither for nor against the windmills at this point,” Snyder said of the suit. “I want to be the voice of the people, and the voices of the people that I’ve heard —not only from my district, but multiple districts within the county— has been that these telephone conferences are not ideal for everyone to get their voices hears. That is why I’m doing this lawsuit because they’re not taking everyone’s voice into consideration...On a teleconference call, you can only maybe hear five or six people talk, but what about the other 300 people that want their voices heard on this issue.”
The hearing, according to Atteberry, is set for 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning via Zoom. Ironically, it may take one digital hearing to prevent another. Monday, June 22, 2020
Taylorville Fire Chief Matt Adermann says one person was injured at a Lake Taylorville lake lot in a dangerous wind and rain storm Saturday.
According to Adermann, the individual was struck by a falling tree limb that snapped amid the fierce winds. The identify of that person has not been disclosed, but Adermann says the man was transported to a local hospital as a result of the injuries. Adermann stated Monday morning that he was unsure of the exact condition of the individual, but believes his injuries were not critical. Monday, June 22, 2020
The Pana Chamber of Commerce has decided to cancel their Annual Meeting for this year due to COVID-19.
If you are a business that made a donation for the auction that was to be held during the annual meeting, the chamber appreciates your support and they will hold these donations over for next year’s annual meeting. Monday, June 22, 2020
Christian County FS presented the Taylorville FFA Chapter with a $4,000 check to assist with chapter activities for the upcoming school year. Over the past few decades, CCFS has been a big stakeholder of the Taylorville FFA Chapter. Not only has CCFS supported the FFA Chapter through monetary donations, they have assisted with supplies for the Taylorville FFA crop plots. The funds from Christian County FS have made it possible for students to travel to the National FFA Convention, purchase FFA jackets if they could not afford one, and assisted with travel expenses to State and National Contests for FFA Teams. Monday, June 22, 2020
The Land of Lincoln Officials Association Scholarship Committee is proud to announce Kristina Allen as one of the Scholarship award winners. A 2020 graduate of Taylorville High School, Kristina showed a commitment to academic excellence by compiling a cumulative 4.69 grade point average. Saturday, June 20, 2020
The Christian County YMCA says it is making final preparations for the reopening on Friday, June 26, which will coincide with the state’s move to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan.
While many YMCA services will resume next Friday, Executive Director Chris Weittenhiller says the facility is taking all necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of members. In that regard, the facility will be operating a 50-percent capacity, and guest passes will not be sold; only members will be permitted to utilize the facility under Phase 4.
During Phase 4, the pool facility will only be open to lap swimming, water walking, water exercise classes, and physical therapy sessions. Under normal circumstances, Weittenhiller estimates that more than 300 people utilize the pool on any given day throughout the summer, so the current plan does represent a dramatic reduction. Twenty-four hour advance reservations will be required for lap swimming, water walking, and land or water group exercise classes. Saturday, June 20, 2020
The equipment stands ready and the signage is out, announcing the beginning of a construction project on Route 29 between Pana and Taylorville. Plans call for milling off the old surface and re-paving the highway from Velma Road (1600N Rd.), near the Taylorville Correctional Center all the way to Magnolia St. in Pana. R. A. Cullinan and Co. of Tremont, a division of UCM, Inc., with offices across Illinois, was the low bidder on the 10.6-mile project at a cost of nearly $5.4 million, according to Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman, Paul Wappel. Saturday, June 20, 2020
Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis (R-13) of Taylorville returned to his hometown with donations of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) in the form of face shields on Friday afternoon. The donations were made through the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) and the John Deere Tractor Co. in Moline.
“The John Derre plant retooled the assembly line to produce these face shields when there came a need for them,” Gordy Hulten, vice-president of External Affairs for IMA. “With a shortage of PPE’s, these donations are going to organizations which are in need, but may not be able to afford the supplies on the open market.”
He noted the face shields can be re-used after proper sanitization. Saturday, June 20, 2020
Jeff Peabody of Country Financial made donations to local first responders Friday morning when he presented checks to Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp and Taylorville Fire Chief Matt Adermann. Saturday, June 20, 2020
A group of about three dozen wind energy opponents gathered on the east side of the Christian County courthouse lawn today for a press conference where they challenged the viability and adequacy of an upcoming zoning board of appeals meeting that is to be held telephonically on June 23.
The group was comprised of current county officials, candidates for the Christian County board, and residents of the county. The central message was that a telephone meeting doesn’t adequately allow for the general public to voice their opinion. Friday, June 19, 2020
Pastor Scott Parks, Pastor of both First Baptist, Stonington and Old Stonington Baptist Church, has announced the two churches are coming together to offer "Gathering on the Grounds" on Monday, June 29 at 6:00 p.m. on the grounds of Old Stonington Baptist Church. Friday, June 19, 2020
The Taylorville Public Library will be reopening it's doors to the public on Monday, June 29. Public access will be restricted to the library’s lobby and to a single browsable shelf that contains the library’s newest materials. Access to restrooms, meeting rooms, and regular seating within the library will not be available. Holds on all materials can be placed through the SHARE link on the library’s website: taylorvillelibrary.org, or by calling a staff member at: 217-824-4736. Limited Curbside Pick-up services will remain available, by request only, for patrons not yet comfortable entering the library building. The new temporary hours will be Monday through Friday, 1pm-6pm. Friday, June 19, 2020