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Park prepping for Christmas season
Christmas in the Park figures to look a little different this year. Residents will still be able to enjoy the myriad of light displays from the safety of their vehicles, but the park board announced Monday night that many of the accompanying activities have been put on hold this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

Santa visits, however, still remain on the schedule this year.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020


Police/Fire
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Courthouse
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

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 Judicial Circuit Court Judge Douglas Jarman presided over the following cases on Dec. 1, 2020:
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

County Officials Take Oaths Of Office
This morning, three Christian County officials were sworn into office following their re-election in the November General Election. Resident Christian County Circuit Court Judge Brad Paisley, center, performed the ceremonies. Behind the judge are the office holders, from left, Julie Mayer, Circuit Clerk; on the TV screen, Michael Havera, State’s Attorney; and at right, Amy Calvert-Winans, Coroner.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Illinois food banks harvest $100,000 from Farmer Coop
On the eve of Giving Tuesday, Farm Credit Illinois (FCI) announced a $100,000 donation to the Feeding Illinois food banks serving central and southern Illinois. This second $100,000 gift in 2020 from Farm Credit Illinois to food banks continues supporting families in need as the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic linger throughout the state.

The $100,000 gift is allocated equally among four Feeding Illinois food banks including Eastern Illinois Foodbank based in Urbana, Central Illinois Foodbank based in Springfield, St. Louis Area Foodbank based in Bridgeton, Mo., which serves the Metro East and surrounding Illinois counties, and Tri-State Food Bank based in Evansville, Ind., which serves southern Illinois.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Police/Fire
Monday, November 30, 2020

Waverly man charged in Owaneco stabbing
TAYLORVILLE — Shane A. Mosley, 45, of Waverly, appeared in Christian County Court this morning with charges of three counts of aggravated battery in connection with an incident occurring in Owaneco on Saturday.
Monday, November 30, 2020

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 Judicial Circuit Court Judge Douglas Jarman presided over the following cases on Nov. 30, 2020:
Monday, November 30, 2020

Kitchell Library To Celebrate The Season
Monday, November 30, 2020

Charlie DeClerck ends 32-year career on County Board
TAYLORVILLE — When the gavel came down to end the Christian County Board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17, not only did it signify the end of the meeting, it also marked the end of the career on the Board of Charles “Charlie” DeClerck, 91, who has served since Dec. 1, 1988.
Saturday, November 28, 2020

Kitchell Memorial Library staff attend conference
MORRISONVILLE — Kitchell Memorial Library Board President Beth Fuchs and Librarian Linda Sheedy attended the virtual Member Day 2020 conference on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
Saturday, November 28, 2020

Pana musicians selected for district ensembles
PANA — The Pana High School and Junior High School  Music Department is proud to announce that eight Pana musicians were selected for the 2020 Illinois Music Educators District Ensembles.
Saturday, November 28, 2020

Chase chosen October teacher of month
Saturday, November 28, 2020

Mary Kohl And The Kohl Family Recognized
Saturday, November 28, 2020

South Fork National Honor Society Members Are Inducted
Saturday, November 28, 2020

Citizens Utility Board representative speaks to retired teachers
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The AFSCME Sub-Chapter #87 Retirees met via Zoom on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
Saturday, November 28, 2020

States atty. outlines enforcement options available to health dept.
TAYLORVILLE — At a Wednesday night Christian County Health Department meeting, Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera outlined enforcement avenues as they relate to the Governor’s Tier 3 COVID mitigations.
Friday, November 27, 2020

New Memorial Mental Health Crisis Clinic, express care for mental health
SPRINGFIELD — With the number of COVID-19 cases on the rise in central Illinois, it’s essential to reduce the pressure on local hospital emergency departments while still helping people who are experiencing a mental health crisis, a local behavioral health administrator said.
Friday, November 27, 2020

COVID cancels Annual Cookie Walk
Friday, November 27, 2020

Christmas is coming!
TAYLORVILLE — Several years ago, during the great depression, a particular family found themselves struggling to afford anything but the bare necessities. One day the news came that a circus was coming to town. Tickets cost one dollar. The little boy came running home excited and eager to get the money from his dad.
Friday, November 27, 2020

Fire Scorches Apartment Complex
TAYLORVILLE — As smoke pours from the roof of the apartment building at 2100 Grand Boulevard in Taylorville Wednesday night, firefighters prepare to make entrance into one of the apartments. While on scene Wednesday night, Taylorville Fire Chief Matt Adermann said that one person was transported to a local hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. He updated that statement Friday morning, saying that the ambulance arrived on scene to transport that person, but ambulance personnel were unable to locate that individual. Adermann said he was later informed that the individual did eventually seek medical attention on their own; he said the person sustained no injuries and had only suffered a panic attack. As of Friday morning, the cause of the fire is still being investigated by the State Fire Marshall, but Adermann did say that it doesn’t appear to be suspicious. Adermann said damage to the building was significant, especially to the roof, but he doesn’t believe the structure is totaled. Red Cross was called in Wednesday night to assist three dispaced residents who had nowhere to go after the fire.
Breeze-Courier photo/Owen Lasswell

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Area Church Services and Events
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Charitable giving season kicks off Tuesday, Dec. 1
Designed to serve as the unofficial kickoff to the holiday charitable giving season, Giving Tuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the United States.

While events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become incredibly popular among holiday shoppers looking for great deals on gifts for their loved ones, Giving Tuesday aims to capitalize on the holiday spirit of giving by celebrating philanthropy and promoting charitable giving.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Charitable giving season kicks off Tuesday, Dec. 1
Designed to serve as the unofficial kickoff to the holiday charitable giving season, Giving Tuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the United States.

While events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become incredibly popular among holiday shoppers looking for great deals on gifts for their loved ones, Giving Tuesday aims to capitalize on the holiday spirit of giving by celebrating philanthropy and promoting charitable giving.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Kitchen guide for cutting measurements
In recent months, many people have grown accustomed to hosting small gatherings for holidays and other important events. Even family dinners may have been scaled down as personal health and safety has taken precedence in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

For individuals accustomed to cooking for a crowd, it can take some time to acclimate to cutting back on recipes that you might otherwise know by heart.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

You can help an animal by giving to the Giving Tree
The Animal Protective League (APL), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting ill, injured and abandoned homeless animals, will be holding its annual donation drive from November 27 until December 31.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Get crafty this year with homemade ornaments for home or to share
This year more than ever, people need time to come together and express their love and appreciation for one another. What better time to do so than during the holiday season. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, it is the perfect time of the year to show someone you care. Help your elderly relatives decorate their tree by making them the perfect ornament. Get the kids together and enjoy a fun crafting exercise as a family. Or show someone you haven’t been able to see for awhile that you still care with a personalized holiday gift.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Celebrating Thanksgiving a little differently this year? Consider these ideas
This year things might look a little different for Thanksgiving. Due to COVID-19, perhaps you’ve decided not to celebrate with large family groups like in years past. Maybe you’ll be celebrating virtually with family, as you gather around your respective tables and eat together (virtually).
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Three-way race for mayor in Pana; no primary needed
The stage is now set for the Apr. 6, 2021, municipal election in the city of Pana. There is a three-way race for mayor and two candidates, both former alderman, seek election to the one seat in the Fourth Ward. Due to the low number of candidates, City Clerk Terry Klein said there is no need for a primary election.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Food availability and prices both good this Thanksgiving
With concerns resurfacing over possible food shortages, a study from a national farm group found the supply chain is as resilient as ever – and it’s showing up in the form of lower prices for many traditional Thanksgiving dinner ingredients.  

This year, the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Thanksgiving dinner survey calculated the average cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal for 10 people at $46.90. That’s less than $5 per person and down 4 percent from last year.  

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Police/Fire
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Courthouse
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Courthouse
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Police/Fire
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

TPD holding clothing and bike give away tonight
Tonight from 4-7 pm, at the Gagne Building, 1617 W. Spresser Street, Taylorville police will be giving out coats, bicycles, and 15 turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner. Everything will be given out on a first come, first serve basis.

Other items to be given away include hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and socks; blankets and miscellaneous food items to accompany the Thanksgiving turkeys.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Pana mayor seeking voluntary Tier 3 compliance
Pana Mayor Don Kroski is seeking “voluntary compliance” by businesses in Pana with the recent Tier 3 mitigation rules set down by the state. Kroski made those comments during the Pana City Council’s regular meeting on Monday night in the Council Chambers of Pana City Hall.

“We’ve had a couple of COVID issues we’ve had to work on, but with the help of the police chief (Daniel Bland) and the city attorney (Steve Mahrt) we were able to work them out,” Kroski said. He did not detail what those issues were.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Meeting Notice
Monday, November 23, 2020

Some ways to count your blessings
You can still enjoy turkey and all the fixings while protecting your friends and loved ones from the COVID-19 surge by moving your extended gatherings online this year.
Monday, November 23, 2020

As COVID spreads, hospital will further restrict visitors
Taylorville Memorial Hospital will further restrict visitors effective today, Monday, November 23, in order to protect patients and ensure healthcare professionals can continue to safely offer all services.

The decision was made as part of Memorial Health System’s ongoing efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and protect patients and healthcare professionals.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Police/Fire
Monday, November 23, 2020

Courthouse
Monday, November 23, 2020

Pana hospital urges 'Masks Up'
With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surging in the region, Pana Community Hospital, a member of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA), is participating in a new statewide public education campaign: “Don’t let your guard down - Keep your mask up” to communicate the importance of taking reasonable precautions to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Saturday, November 21, 2020

Meet the Christian County CEO program class of 2021
A new group of Christian County CEO students has been hard at work stoking the fires of the entrepreneurial spirit, even despite an unusual year. The program —which helps facilitate the creation of real-world, student-run businesses— continues to thrive as area students have been inspired to build their business acumen. Christian County CEO Facilitator Dick Adams says he has another talented and unique group of students this year. What follows is a collection of short bios composed by the CEO program to help introduce this year’s class
Saturday, November 21, 2020

Kiwanis learned about Taylorville Chamber of Commernce
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce about the many positive things happening in the community, during their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Saturday, November 21, 2020

Wright family 5th generation member speaks to Optimists
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, November 19, 2020, in the Community Room of the People’s Bank. President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance while Pastor Steve Robinson led the group in the morning invocation.
Saturday, November 21, 2020

THS FFA zooming into strong leaders
As virtual gatherings continue to dominate our way of life, Taylorville FFA continues to expose FFA members to as many activities as possible.

Safety is of the utmost importance to advisors Katie King, Sue Schafer, and Lori Parks, thus virtual conferences such as the Build Conference held from Tuesday November 3, 2020 to Thursday November 5, 2020 was the perfect opportunity to get freshmen Abby Erlenbush, Abby Norris, Chloe Grant, Audrey Curtin, and Stephen Franklin involved with the program. Sophomore Mylie Corso was also in attendance on the three night Zoom call.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Courthouse
Saturday, November 21, 2020

Meeting Notices
Saturday, November 21, 2020

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

Sometime between Saturday, November 7, 2020 and Sunday, November 8, 2020, person or persons unknown made entry onto a property located at 718 West Franklin Street.   While there, the unknown subject or subjects took a red and black, Troy Built self-propelled lawn mower. Also taken was a bagger and mulcher attachment. The total dollar amount of the theft is unknown at this time.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Police/Fire
Friday, November 20, 2020

Courthouse
Friday, November 20, 2020

Area churches making changes due to virus surge
Area churches are having to adjust their services due to COVID-19. Below is a partial list of area churches and what they will be doing in the weeks ahead.
Friday, November 20, 2020

Pana, too, will enforce Tier 3 mitigations beginning today
Mayor Don Kroski of Pana has issued a pree release confirming that the City of Pana will enforce the governor’s Tier 3 Mitigations. The release states:

“The City of Pana will enforce the Tier 3 Mitigations effective Friday, November 20, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. These mitigation requirements are put in place to combat the surge of COVID-19 across Illinois. We ask for voluntary compliance from all City, County and other Municipalities throughout Christian County.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Mayor clarifies how Tier 3 restrictions will be enforced
Yesterday, Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry issued a press release stating that the City of Taylorville will enforce Tier 3 COVID-19 mitigation efforts as outlined by Governor J.B. Pritzker.

In that release, Barry did not elaborate on how the city would enforce those mitigation protocols, but he clarified his approach in a Wednesday afternoon phone call to the Breeze-Courier.

Barry stated that the press release was of his own doing and that it did not come at the direction of the city council, which discussed and opted not to pursue enforcement measures at Monday’s regular meeting. Because the release was not approved by the council, Barry says he’s limited in his avenues of enforcement.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

City, BDD greenlight promotional campaign
A new group of Taylorville residents and business owners have taken up a new endeavor to bring new people and businesses to town.

The group has been dubbed the Small Town Taylorville Committee, and they’re hoping that the launch of a brand new, interactive website, as well as a hefty advertising campaign, will shine some light on all the great things that Taylorville has to offer, including shopping, dining, and retail outlets as well as recreational draws and unique business incentive packages.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Courthouse
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Police/Fire
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Jarman selected as chief judge for Fourth Circuit
The Illinois Fourth Judicial Circuit has announced the election of Douglas L. Jarman, at large circuit judge, as the  new chief judge for the Circuit.  Judge Jarman was selected on November 13, 2020 by a vote of the other eleven circuit judges elected throughout the circuit to complete the term of Judge Kimberly G. Koester, who is retiring at the end of the year. The Illinois Fourth Judicial Circuit, one of 23 Illinois judicial circuits, is comprised of nine counties, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, Montgomery and Shelby, is populated by nearly 250,000 citizens and is one of the largest geographic circuits in the state. Although the Fourth Judicial Circuit is a unified circuit, all nine counties of the circuit have separate courthouses and court is held in each county.
Thursday, November 19, 2020

So. Fork School District plans to remain in person as long as possible
The South Fork Board of Education met for a regular session meeting on Wednesday, November 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high Media Center.

Coming to the end of a successful first 13 weeks of in person learning at the South Fork schools, Superintendent Chris Clark told the Board that he plans to keep the kids coming to the building for in person education as long as possible. He spoke with Greg Nimmo of the Christian County Emergency Management Agency, and was told that as long as the district continues to comply with IDPH guidelines, the agency would fully support the district’s choice.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

The vote certification process is complete in Christian County
While some places around the county struggle to certify their election results from Nov. 3, the process is complete in Christian County. County Clerk Michael Gianasi has posted the final vote totals on his website and the results remain nearly the same as they were on election night.

County clerks in Illinois had to wait until after Nov. 17 to finalize their vote counts by state law to allow for any mail-in ballots which arrived late. The ballot had to show an Nov. 3, 2020 postmark or earlier to be counted Gianasi said 110 such ballots were received prior to the deadline and have been counted.

Those election totals have been certified to the State Board of Elections, Gianasi said.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

City will enforce new mitigations
The City of Taylorville will enforce the Tier 3 Mitigations effective Friday, November 20, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. These mitigation requirements are put in place to combat the surge of COVID-19 across Illinois. We ask for voluntary compliance from all City, County and other Municipalities throughout Christian County.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Third time's the charm for CEDS
During Tuesday night’s meeting of the Christian County Board, members approved joining the six-county Western Illinois River Valley Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). It was the third time the matter came before the county board, having been voted down the last time and tabled earlier in the year.

The meeting also marked the end of terms for five board members, including Phil Schneider and Beck Edwards, board chairman, both from District Four; Molly Alaria, District Three; and, from District Two, Brian Wilbur and Charles DeClerck. DeClerck has served on the Board for 31 years, starting in December of 1988.

The vote to approve the measure was 9-7 in favor, with three members who voted “no” the last time, changing their minds and voting in favor. The yes votes were from Molly Alaria (voted no last time); Craig Corzine (voted no last time); Linda Curtin, Becky Edwards, Ray Koonce, Mike McClure, Clark Pearce, Matt Wells (voted no last time); and Brian Wilbur. No votes were cast by Tim Carlson, Charles DeClerck, Dale Livingston, Vicki McMahon, Venise McWard, and Phil Schneider. Member Donna Hibbetts was absent.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Courthouse
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Rock Spgs. center closed temporarily; trails open
The Macon County Conservation District is continuing to exercise caution to help control the spread of COVID-19.  For the next three weeks, the Illinois Department of Public Health is asking people to stay home as much as possible, and avoid group gatherings and travel.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Local Baptist churches work together in ministry
Filling shoeboxes with Christmas items has become a familiar mission for two American Baptist churches in Stonington. Pastor Scott Parks, Pastor of both First Baptist, Stonington and Old Stonington Baptist Church, saw a perfect opportunity for the two churches to participate in Operation Christmas Child, a global ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. Operation Christmas Child provides Shoebox gifts to children, packed with toys, socks, gloves, and other items, and distributes them all around the world along with “The Greatest Journey,” a 12-session Bible study series.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

School to recognize staff during Education Week
American Education Week is being celebrated November 16-20, 2020 this year. It’s an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every student receives a quality education. This year, although quite different than in years past, is still being celebrated.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Bob Ridings Donates To Meridian Ag Foundation
Bob Ridings presents Duane Nolan with $500.00 to the Meridian Ag Foundation toward their new agricultural building. To contribute, go to meridianhawks.net.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Taylorville council approves toothless decree
At Monday night’s Taylorville City Council, aldermen discussed the city’s role in mitigating the local spread of COVID-19.

The end result was a proclamation that doesn’t have a lot of bite.

The discussion revolved around whether or not the city could or should enforce the mandates set forth by Governor J.B. Pritzker.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Police/Fire
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Cherokee St. Fire
At about 11:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, the Taylorville Fire Department responded to a garage fire at 600 S. Cherokee Street in Taylorville. Firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze and remove debris as smoke wafts from the structure.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Courthouse
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Morrisonville band students prepare for virtual concert
Several students from Morrisonville High School have been learning remotely this semester. This makes it particularly difficult to practice when you’re in the band.

Jessica Thurman, band director at Morrisonville High School, said she had the idea to put together a virtual band. They’ve been practicing virtually for weeks.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Pana goes to full remote thru month end
It took nearly four hours of discussion and debate on Monday night, but in the end, the Pana School Board settled on making all classes remote through the rest of November, returning to the classroom on Nov. 30. The vote was 6-1 with Board President Dr. Bill Beyers voting “No.”

After some routine business was taken care of, reports from the district’s four building principals were submitted and Dr. Beyers questioned each one of them as to the advantages or disadvantages of going fully remote through the end of the month. All four agreed with the stress level among teachers and the difficulty in getting substitute teachers, remote learning was their choice temporarily.

“It’s in our best interest and that of the students we stop for a minute, reset, refresh,” Washington Elementary School Principal Cheri Wysong said. “This would give us an opportunity to quit chasing our tails.”

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Courthouse
Monday, November 16, 2020

Police/Fire
Monday, November 16, 2020

THS FFA Plot Operations In A Pandemic
Every year the Taylorville FFA plants and harvest plots of corn and soybeans with help from local farmers and businesses. The Taylorville FFA has four plots: the Mt. Auburn Plot, Lincoln Land Plot. Farm Credit Plot, and Calvary Baptist Plot.

Taking out the plot looked a little different in 2020 than most years due to the pandemic, but they were still able to get the job done even with the new safety restrictions. Keeping everyone safe is the number one priority of advisors Sue Schafer, Lori Parks, and Katie King. For starters, fewer students were in attendance than normal and masks were worn at all times.

Monday, November 16, 2020

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

Sometime between 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 and 2:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2020, person or persons unknown made entry into a residence located at 813 East Vine Street #4.

Monday, November 16, 2020

CAM FFA attend BUILD Conference
Central A&M FFA had the opportunity to attend the BUILD Conference sponsored by Illinois Farm Bureau.  This year's conference was held virtually from November 10th - November 12th.
Monday, November 16, 2020

Ridings Donates To YMCA Auction
Monday, November 16, 2020

CAM FFA Competes Gt Greenhand Quizbowl
On Wednesday, November 4th, the Central A&M FFA Quizbowl team participated in the Section 16 FFA Greenhand Quizbowl CDE virtually through Zoom. Pictured from left are team members Gracie Cowger, Samantha Hazelwonder, Ivy Lynch and Lilly Price. The team placed 3rd overall.
Monday, November 16, 2020

Lake Land Foundation scholarship applications open
The 2021-2022 Lake Land College Foundation scholarship application is available now. Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are due Feb. 1 at 11:59 p.m.

Students graduating from high school, adults who are enrolling at Lake Land College and current students are encouraged to apply.  Students who received a Lake Land College Foundation Scholarship for the current academic year and wish to be considered for a 2021-2022 award must reapply.

Monday, November 16, 2020

THS FFA brothers take care of chapter technology
TAYLORVILLE — FFA contests and events might look a little different in 2020, but they are still being conducted with a great amount of success. Many of these events are virtual and require google classroom, zoom, and video conference call.com. At times, these events need special audio and visual accessories in order for Taylorville FFA members to be competitive. Some FFA members do not feel comfortable with technology and need assistance in order to compete in events.
Saturday, November 14, 2020

THS FFA places 5th at dist. ag sales career event
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville FFA Chapter won the right to compete at the District 4 FFA Agricultural Sales CDE by being named the champion Section 16 Team. The team competed through Zoom against a strong field of 15 schools and was named the 5th place team in District 4.
Saturday, November 14, 2020

Edinburg FFA Members Compete
Saturday, November 14, 2020

Despite Adversity, FFA Life Goes On. . .
Saturday, November 14, 2020

Pana surprised by T'ville proposed NPT departure
PANA — Pana School Superintendent Jason Bauer said he was surprised by the sudden withdrawal of the Taylorville School District from the Nokomis-Pana-Taylorville (NPT) Special Education Cooperative. He said up until the last board meeting of NPT in October, there had been no indication Taylorville wanted out.
Saturday, November 14, 2020

Morrisonville high school extends remote learning period
MORRISONVILLE — In a November 5 letter to parents, Morrisonville Superintendent Dave Meister announced that the Morrisonville junior and senior high had gone to a remote-learning. Then, Meister said that “numerous members of the Jr/Sr high School learning community are under quarantine due to COVID-19.”
Saturday, November 14, 2020

Positive cases expanding so quickly in county, over whelming contact tracers
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Chris-Mont EMA issued a press release late Friday afternoon urging the public to become familiar with COVID-19 isolation and quarantine guidelines, noting that local contract tracers are being overwhelmed.
Saturday, November 14, 2020

Local schools going remote again
TAYLORVILLE — Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty released a statement late Friday afternoon that CUSD#3 will return to remote instruction beginning Monday, November 16, 2020 until health conditions improve in the community.
Saturday, November 14, 2020

Courthouse
Saturday, November 14, 2020

Meeting Notices
Saturday, November 14, 2020

Pana honors veterans with a drive-thru parade
Saturday, November 14, 2020

Students Attend Virtual Conference
Saturday, November 14, 2020

3 FFA students from CA&M receive prestigious American FFA Degree
 ASSUMPTION — Central A&M FFA is very proud to have three American FFA Degree recipients during this year’s virtual National FFA Convention.
Saturday, November 14, 2020

Local store leads the way in fundraising campaign
TAYLORVILLE — Thirteen area Ace Hardware stores recently conducted a fundraising campaign to help support the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the ongoing fight to find a cure for breast cancer. Of the $9,554 raised under the round-up-at-the-register campaign, the Taylorville store accounted for the largest percentage of that total, so, on Thursday, the Taylorville Ace Hardware crew got to make the check presentation.
Saturday, November 14, 2020

Selected To Perform In Florida
TAYLORVILLE — Lia Rexroad a senior from Taylorville High School will travel to the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida from November 22 – November 25, 2020 with  high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country to represent the camp brands of Varsity Spirit in the Varsity Spirit Spectacular.
Saturday, November 14, 2020

Veterans Honored
Friday, November 13, 2020

Kiwanis Club provides 'Coats for Kids' again this year
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club again this year funded their annual "Coats for Kids" program, to provide coats to Taylorville Head Start children.
Friday, November 13, 2020

Co. Finance Committee approves budget
TAYLORVILLE —Members of the Christian County Board’s Finance Committee approved and sent on to the full County Board a budget for the new fiscal year for final approval. The action took place at the committee’s meeting on Thursday.
Friday, November 13, 2020

Hospital handling cases and prepared
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — With the rise in COVID-19 cases in the state and county, it was reported yesterday by Chris-Mont Emergency Management that patients in local hospitals are having to be transferred to other facilities, possibly in Effingham, Danville and other locations far away.
Friday, November 13, 2020

Assumption gets low-interest state loan
ASSUMPTION — To improve the city’s water system, Assumption has been named a recipient of a low-interest $877,249 loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s State Revolving Fund, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) announced Thursday.
Friday, November 13, 2020

Stand Firm
TAYLORVILLE — 1 Corinthians 16:13 Be on the alert, STAND FIRM in the faith, act like men, be strong. Galatians 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore KEEP STANDING FIRM and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to STAND FIRM against the schemes of the devil. 2 Thessalonians 2:15 So then, brethren,STAND FIRM and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.
Friday, November 13, 2020

Two Charming Congregations
Friday, November 13, 2020

Passoni family donates statue to church
TAYLORVILLE — Mark Passoni and Debra Friedrich, of Taylorville, have generously donated a large angel statue to the St. Mary Catholic Church, in honor of the Passoni family.
Friday, November 13, 2020

Annual Patriot's Pen Essay Winners Are Announced
Friday, November 13, 2020

Flag Presentation
Friday, November 13, 2020

Five Loaves and Two Fish Donation
Friday, November 13, 2020

Police/Fire
Friday, November 13, 2020

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 Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Nov. 13, 2020:
Friday, November 13, 2020

2 area long term care facilities reporting outbreaks
According to a press release issued by Christian County Emergency Management Agency today, two area long-term care facilities are experienceing COVID-19 outbreaks.

“Chris-Mont EMA is confirming that there is an outbreak of COVID-19 at two separate local long term care facilities. Nokomis Rehabilitation and Health Care Center located at 505 Stevens St, Nokomis, and Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation located at 9086 IL-127, Hillsboro, are both currently experiencing outbreaks.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Salvation Army kicking off its local Red Kettle campaign
Plans have changed for the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign. There will not be the traditional Red Kettles volunteers stationed at Walmart and Kroger due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, funds will be collected in the following ways.
Thursday, November 12, 2020

Courthouse
Thursday, November 12, 2020

Police/Fire
Thursday, November 12, 2020

Edinburg school earns states highest financial score
The Edinburg Board of Education held a regular meeting on Wednesday, November 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the district library to comply with social distancing guidelines.

Rich Hooper from LMHN was present at the meeting to present the board their audit report. Due to the remaining issues caused by changing financial systems from SDS to Skyward and the general upheaval caused by COVID-19, the report was a little later than it normally would have been. However, Hooper was full of good news.

He explained that the district was in good, solid shape. The district had a 4.0 financial score from the state, the highest possible, and available cash on hand to run the district for an estimated 482 days if all funding suddenly dried up. For a school district, Hooper said they generally recommended the Board try to keep at least 365 days of cash on hand in reserve, so Edinburg’s preparedness were impressive. The budget was reporting no negative fund balances for the fiscal year, and overall the total revenue for the year was up $190,000 from the previous year, coming in around $3.2 million.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Group launching local promotional campaign
With the creation of the Business Development District (BDD) and the tax increment financing (TIF) district, the City of Taylorville has worked to create several economic incentives over the past couple of years that are intended to draw new people to town and spur new economic development.  

Now, a group of residents and business owners is hoping to leverage those tools, as well as all the unique recreational outlets in town, to really ratchet up the interest in all that Taylorville has to offer. They’re hoping to do it with a brand new website and a targeted marketing campaign that would encompass social media, TV, radio, print, and billboard advertising throughout Central Illinois.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

County development strategy okay now
Following a lengthily question and answer session between members of the Christian County Board’s Executive and Personnel Committee, Mary Renner, Christian County Economic Development Director and State’s Attorney Michael Havera, the committee voted unanimously to recommend to the full county board to pass the seven-county Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. The action came at Monday night’s committee meeting.

The Western Illinois River Valley Economic Development Strategy consists of Christian, Montgomery, Macoupin, Calhoun, Greene and Jersey counties. Christian County is the only county which has not approved the plan.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Armistice Day storm one of worst ever on Great Lakes
The Great Lakes region is known for its brutal, pounding storms. But one storm stands out among the rest.

Wednesday marks the 80th anniversary of the so-called “Armistice Day Storm,” which blew across the Upper Midwest on Nov. 11, 1940, leaving a trail of destruction from Kansas to Michigan. At least 154 deaths were attributed to the storm, which still rates among the worst in the history of the Lakes.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Nature show for all ages at Rock Springs this Sunday
See Rock Springs Nature Center’s resident live reptiles at a Snake and Turtle Show on Sunday, November 15 at 2pm. Rock Springs staff will discuss what makes them special and important in nature, as you learn about their lifestyles and get to know these sometimes misunderstood creatures. There are several species.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Salvage Dawgs Continue To Support Veterans
The organization Salvage Dawgs has continued to support veterans in Christian County throughout 2020, despite restrictions due to COVID-19. The annual scrap metal drive this year had to be canceled. Since 2017, the Salvage Dawgs have raised $47,000 to assist 148 local veterans.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Book store hosting paranormal investigator author
Saturday, November 14, Dana’s Book Store on the square in Taylorville, will host paranormal investigator and author Larry Wilson, who will sign copies of his most recent books, “Dr. Ugs- A Haunting in Virginia, Illinois,” and “Paranormal Road Trip- Working on a Mystery,” from 10:00 -1:00.

Larry, a resident of Taylorville, spent a decade working as a private investigator before turning his attention to the paranormal, and has spent the last twenty years investigating the unexplained.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Students Honor Veterans
St. Mary School honored veterans with a flag ceremony on Tuesday, November 10. The Honor Guard from VFW #4495 began the ceremony by playing Reveille on the trumpet. The flag ceremony continued as the 6th grade flag patrol from Mrs. Schaeffer's class raised the American flag. Once raised, the entire student body recited the Pledge of Allegiance and prayed the Lord's Prayer together.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Veteran business owner wants to help fellow veteran
When this Veteran’s Day concludes, one local veteran will get flooring for their home, courtesy of DeMichiel Floors and More, 1217 W. Spresser in Taylorville. Owner Glenn Snyder, himself a Navy veteran, wants the flooring to go to a worthy veteran. Nominations can be made until 5:00 p.m. today.

Snyder served from 1988-94 and had tours of duty in the Philippines and served aboard the aircraft carrier, U. S. S. Nimitz. He understands the hardships some veterans may have and not being able to afford new flooring or carpet.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Taylorville schools report new COVID-19 cases
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chris Dougherty issued the following press release Tuesday regarding three positive COVID-19 cases involving Memorial School staff.

“This release is to inform you that Memorial School has three separate COVID-19 positive staff cases reported in our district today. Two have been off campus quarantined for over a week and contact tracing reported no exposures. The third staff member worked today but was sent to the health department after learning she had been exposed over the weekend. The health department conducted a rapid test which was positive for COVID-19. This staff member is now quarantined.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Light agenda for Pana City Council Monday night
The Pana City Council whisked through their agenda on Monday evening in the Council Chambers of Pana City Hall. All eight members were present with three members attending remotely.

Mayor Don Kroski announced two city employees - a police dispatcher and an office worker in the city clerk’s office - have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Cleaning and other mitigation actions have been taken.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

America's most obscure president? Millard Fillmore, of course
Lincoln, Washington, and other great Presidents are part of everyday culture, in the names of schools, streets, towns, and faces on currency and coins. On the other end is Millard Fillmore, who may be our nation’s most obscure chief executive.

Little is remembered of Fillmore today, and perhaps, it’s better that way. His thirty-two months in office from 1850-53 were remarkably mundane, though he has been lambasted for one of the few notable laws passed during his administration.  

According to the Census Bureau, Lincoln has more landmarks named after him than any other American, ahead of Benjamin Franklin and Washington. By comparison, Fillmore’s name is rarely found, as only two counties and a handful of villages and schools so honor him.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Taylorville schools withdraw from special ed co-op
The NPT Special Education Cooperative, which consists of Nokomis, Pana, and Taylorville was only just formed on July 1 of 2019. Prior to that date, those three schools previously opted to withdraw from the larger Mid-State Special Education Cooperative, which at the time was comprised of about 15 area districts.   

Now, just 16 months later, Taylorville is again changing gears. At Monday night’s Taylorville School Board meeting, board members unanimously voted to withdraw from the NPT cooperative.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Veterans Day celebration tomorrow at 10 a.m. at VFW
The Annual Veterans Day celebration will be held Wednesday, November 11, at 10 a.m., at the Taylorville VFW Post 4495, 515 N. West Avenue,.

Special guests and patriotic organizations will be recognized including: American Legion Post 73 and Auxiliary, AMVETS Post 29, VFW Post 4495 and Auxiliary, Eagles and Auxiliary, Daughters of American Revolution, Navy Mothers Club, Gold Star Mothers, as well as veterans of the following conflicts: WW 2, Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Bosnian Conflict, Iraqi Freedom, and Afghanistan. A salute to the Armed Forces will follow.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Edinburg may need state approval to lease land
The Village of Edinburg held a regular session meeting on Monday, November 10, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the community building and via phone conference.

During the last meeting, CTI requested a spot of land from the Village to build a shed. The building would house their server and cables for the Internet connections they are going to install in town. They had asked for a few spots to be considered, and asked that the location chosen be hooked up to gas and water for heating the building. The Village countered with another area that the believed would be more appropriate for what CTI was looking for.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

THS musicians earn spots in music educators ensembles
 Eighteen Taylorville High School musicians have been selected for Illinois Music Education Association District 5 Ensembles. The selection process this year saw students submit videos of themselves performing the audition music. The videos were then evaluated, scored and ranked by judges
Monday, November 9, 2020

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Monday, November 9, 2020

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Monday, November 9, 2020

Pana Head Start has COVID case
PANA — The Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Services Agency has announced a staff member at Pana Head Start, 721 E. Washington St. in Pana, has tested positive for COVID-19. The facility has closed and will remain closed through Nov. 16, 2020.
Saturday, November 7, 2020

Salvage Dawgs Donate For School Supplies
Saturday, November 7, 2020

Uprooted and loving every minute of it
Saturday, November 7, 2020

Chris Weittenhiller guest speaker at Taylorville Optimist Club meeting
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, November 05, 2020, in the Fellowship Hall of the FUMC. President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the morning invocation from Pastor Steve Robinson of Bethel Baptist. Guest speaker for the morning was Chris  Weittenhiller, Executive Director of the Christian County YMCA.
Saturday, November 7, 2020

Kiwanis announces awards at weekly meeting
TAYLORVILLE —The Taylorville Kiwanis Club announced awards from the last Kiwanis year which ended September 30th, during their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Saturday, November 7, 2020

Local EMA confirms COVID outbreak at Pana care facility
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Chris-Mont EMA is confirming that there is an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Care facility of Pana located at 1000 E Sixth St .
Friday, November 6, 2020

THS FFA and alumni help bring in the vote in 2020
TAYLORVILLE — Election night in Christian County has been a learning night for Taylorville FFA members for nearly a decade. This year COVID-19 posed some challenges for FFA membert, but through the assistance of FFA alumni members this community service event took place.
Friday, November 6, 2020

Veterans Day celebrations will take place
TAYLORVILLE — The Annual Veterans Day celebration will be held Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at the Taylorville VFW Post 4495, 515 N. West Avenue,.
Friday, November 6, 2020

Full remote learning at Pana High starts Monday
PANA — Starting Monday morning, classes for Pana High School students will shift to remote learning until Nov. 30. That was one of several decisions to come at the end of a three-hour emergency session called by the Board on Thursday night in the high school library in an effort respond to high absences due to COVID-19.
Friday, November 6, 2020

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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 Nov. 6, 2020:

Friday, November 6, 2020

Background Noise
TAYLORVILLE — During this time of year, I keep a small space heater running in my office whenever I’m there, just to knock the chill off. It automatically turns on and off during the day depending on how warm I want the office to be. When the heater comes on, I notice the sound of the fan, but after a few seconds, minutes at most, I forget that it is running as I focus on the tasks at hand. The heater becomes background noise.
Friday, November 6, 2020

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Americans have waited on contested presidential elections before
Regardless of the winner, it appears that the 2020 Presidential race will not be over for a while. The wait is not unprecedented in American history.

The most notable example is the 1876 campaign, which remains one of the most disputed Presidential outcomes in U.S. history. Republican Rutherford B. Hayes, who lost the popular vote by over 250,000, was finally declared the winner by a special commission in February 1877.

In that era, neither candidate actively campaigned, and the Democratic candidate, New York Gov. Samuel Tilden, was favored in the final days before the election. As the votes came in, that prediction seemed accurate, and both candidates went to bed on the night of the election, thinking that Tilden had won.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

TMH CEO implores the public to stay safe as hospital bed capacity in area declines
Kim Bourne,  president and CEO of Taylorville Memorial Hospital issued the following statement today, imploring members of the community to stay safe as hospital beds in our area are becoming scarce  and hospitals in Springfield and Decatur are treating ten times more COVID patients than they were this summer.
Thursday, November 5, 2020

Pana Mission Center closing til December
Due to the continued increase in COVID-19 cases in Pana, Christian County and surrounding counties, the Pana Community Mission Center will be closing at 2:00 p.m. today, Thursday.
Thursday, November 5, 2020

Taylorville schools report two more positive COVID cases
The following is a press release from teh Taylorville’s Schools Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty about new COVID-19 cases within the schools:
Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Davis and Bourne both claim victory and retain seats
In the 2018 midterm election, Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis narrowly defeated challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan by a mere 2,058 votes.

Now, two years later, Davis again defeated Londrigan to retain the seat in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. This time, though, Davis won in convincing fashion with 54.6 percent of the vote. Across the whole district, Davis accumulated 175,883 votes compared to Londrigan’s 146,399 votes.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

County sets record for voter turnout
All most three quarters of registered voters in Christian County went to the polls on Tuesday for the General Election. The 74.9% turnout is a high mark for the county. There are 21,935 registered voters and 16,221 ballots cast.

In the race for the nine Christian County Board seats, Republicans swept to victory in eight of the races. Only incumbent Democrat James “Mike” McClure in District 3 won re-election to his seat.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

South Fork school, churches sponsoring Angel Tree
St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Kincaid Church of God, Kincaid Baptist Church, Midland United Methodist Church and the staff of the South Fork School District are working together again this year to sponsor the Midland Community Angel Tree.

The Angel Tree serves children ages 0-high school seniors. The Angel tree benefits children who would not otherwise receive gifts at Christmas.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Opus 24 Fall 2020 concert will be virtual this year
Decatur Choral Society’s Opus 24 will not be presenting their annual fall concert this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. A decision regarding their annual spring concert in 2021 has yet to be decided.  

Please connect to Opus 24 on Facebook to view past concerts, with a new one uploaded every other week as part of their “Virtual Concert Series.” The series began earlier this summer. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Local student earns UIS student laureate award
Kodi Smith of Taylorville has been selected as the University of Illinois Springfield student recipient of the Student Laureate Award from the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Only one UIS student is honored with the prestigious award each academic year.

“As I was reading my nomination letter, I immediately thought to myself, ‘This is too good to be true.' I began researching the award online and realized just how great of an honor it is to be named a Student Laureate,” Smith said. “It feels good to have my hard work be acknowledged by others.”

Smith, a senior biology major at UIS who graduated from Taylorville High School, plans on attending medical school and becoming a trauma surgeon following completion of her bachelor’s degree.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Health experts recommend children get flu vaccine
The Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommend children get an annual flu vaccine.

“Children under the age of two are at higher risk for hospitalization due to flu complications – such as pneumonia or bacteria in their blood,” says Jonathan Hoskins, MD, family medicine physician with HSHS Medical Group.

“The flu vaccine can help children avoid getting the flu altogether or avoid more severe consequences of the flu if they do get it sick,” says Dr. Hoskins. This year doctors have the added challenge of distinguishing between COVID and flu symptoms. Once the flu season starts, it will be virtually impossible to tell without a test which virus someone has. Fever, muscle aches, headache, fatigue and sore throat are all common with both viruses.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Mt. Auburn board: Water tower in good condition
The Village of Mt. Auburn held a regular meeting on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in Village Hall.

The Village welcomed Phil Knight from Suez Water Technologies and Solutions at the meeting. Knight came to the meeting to give an in-depth report on the water tower inspection and cleaning that the company did in 2017. He first apologized and said Suez had not had the time to get another team out for a more recent inspection. However, his professional opinion was that the state of the water tower would not have changed much in those three years since the last inspection.

Knight told the village that the water tower was in exceptionally good shape. It was structurally sound, the water systems were all sanitary and working effectively, and the safety precautions were all acceptable. However, to keep the water tower and the water tank that way, Knight told the Board that there were some minor and one major renovation that needed to be done. For the major, and most pressing, renovation, Knight set up a presentation to show the Board the interior of the water tank.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

DowntownTaylorville.org cancels annual Christmas parade
Downtown Taylorville.org and Taylorville Main Street have been proud to host the annual Christmas Parade for many years. Due to the overwhelming impact of COVID-19, the parade organizers say they are unable to safely present the parade this year. The large crowd, both participating and watching would be unsafe for all involved. We are so sorry to have to cancel this year, DT.org Executive Director Marcial Neal said,  but for the safety of all involved we’ve come to this decision. Our Board of Directors, Mayor Bruce Barry and the Health Department are all in agreement that this difficult decision is best for everyone.
Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Pana public school 5th grade going fully remote Thursday
When classes resume on Thursday in the Pana School District, fifth grade students at Lincoln Elementary School will go to full remote learning, due to a shortage of staff. Pana School Superintendent Jason Bauer made the announcement through a letter posted on the school’s website on Monday.

In addition, in another letter, Bauer announced an additional staff member had a positive COVID-19 test returned on Monday. With contact tracing, Bauer said three students and six staff members will need to quarantine for 14 days. According to the letter, the positive testing staff person has not been at the school since Thursday, Oct. 29.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

City Hall reports another positive COVID case
Another  positive case of COVID-19 has been reported  in City Hall. The following press release was issued by the office of the mayor:

“I would like to inform everyone that there has been a positive case of COVID in City Hall. We immediately notified the Christian-Montgomery County EMA as well as the Christian County Public Health Department. Contact tracing is being conducted by the Christian County Public Health Department to identify any individuals who may have come into contact with this employee. Any person who is considered at risk will be contacted by the Christian County Health Department. We had the Municipal building professionally disinfected and cleaned to ensure the safety of our employees. City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice. The City Clerk’s office as well as the Water Billing Office will remain open and will be available to answer any questions.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Stonington approves purchase of new gas leak detector
The Village of Stonington met in regular session last night.

The board discussed some language change in the employee handbook as it relates to the distance someone could live that works for the Village. The proposal was to change the original language from “must live within five miles of the village” to “must live within a 30 minute driving distance from the Village.” In addition, language was changed for the on-call person to live within a 30 minute driving distance. The motion was approved unanimously by the board.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Breeze-Courier employee tests positive
A front-office employee for the Breeze-Courier has tested postive for COVID-19. That employee began feeling ill Friday evening and was last in the building on Monday morning, November 2. The positive test was returned Monday afternoon, and that employee is now under quarantine.

The Breeze-Courier contacted the Christian County Health Department to inform them of the positive case so that all applicable contact tracing measures can be performed.

Monday, November 2, 2020

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Monday, November 2, 2020

Space station is marking 20 years of people living in orbit on Monday
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station was a cramped, humid, puny three rooms when the first crew moved in. Twenty years and 241 visitors later, the complex has a lookout tower, three toilets, six sleeping compartments and 12 rooms, depending on how you count.
Saturday, October 31, 2020

AFSCME retirees to host virtual meeting November 10
TAYLORVILLE — The AFSCME Retiree Sub Chapter #87 will host a Zoom meeting Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, October 31, 2020

'For Heaven's Sake' in Shelbyville Nov. 8
SHELBYVILLE — Tim Parton, nationally known southern gospel music pianist, and For Heaven's Sake, a popular southern gospel music trio, will be appearing in concert at the Shelby Christian Church in Shelbyville, IL., on Sunday, November 8, at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 31, 2020

CC Dept. of Public Health asking citizens to take personal responsibility
The Christian County Health Department, led by administrator Greg Seiders and assistant administrator Caitlin Sands, are dedicated to improving conditions for all residents of the County through the prevention of disease and the promotion of healthy behaviors.

Currently the Health Department's mission and objective, in addition to its normal daily duties, is to supress the spread of COVID-19in Christian County. This monumental task is being tackled daily. The department's staff is regulary communicating with positive cases and close contacts to prevent further spread of the virus. We are keeping in contact with those who are sick and making sure they have accessto t he resources and information they need.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Mid-State Special Ed presents'You Make the Difference' awards
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Laura Snyder, Joan Saatkamp, and Randi Riemann, Transition Specialists serving Mid-State Special Education (MSSE) member districts in Bond, Christian, Fayette, Macoupin, and Montgomery counties, were honored with the “You Make the Difference” award during the Mid-State Special Education Executive Committee Board meeting on October 21, 2020.
Saturday, October 31, 2020

Young And Young-At-Heart Celebrate Halloween In This Frightening Year
Saturday, October 31, 2020

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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Area artists' work on display in Shelbyville gallery
SHELBYVILLE — Now on display in the street-level window at Flourishes Gallery and Studios in Shelbyville are numerous items created by artist Maggie Garner. With the changing of art each month, Maggie has been chosen for November and will be available for viewing all during the month.
Saturday, October 31, 2020

APL sets dates for Nov. pet adoptions
SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during September with cats and dogs available at various locations. All animals for adoption will be spayed or neutered, microchipped and have received all age appropriate vaccinations by the time of their adoption.
Saturday, October 31, 2020

Central A&M FFA Members Meet In Person
Saturday, October 31, 2020

TPD Officers Serve As Judges
Saturday, October 31, 2020

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Friday, October 30, 2020

Nokomis man arrested for predatory sexual assault
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officials announce the arrest of Ricky L. Bundy, 32, of Nokomis, for Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child, a Class X Felony.
Friday, October 30, 2020

Chris-Mont EMA and local hospitals urge public to be aware of COVID
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — As our communities across Illinois are experiencing much higher rates in COVID-19 cases, our local hospitals, Taylorville Memorial, Pana Community, HSHS St Francis and Hillsboro Area and Chris-Mont Emergency Management Agency continue to raise public awareness and implore citizens to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Friday, October 30, 2020

General election not affected by COVID-19 mitigations
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Due to the increased concern from all voters regarding COVID and the recent announcement by the governor regarding additional COVID mitigation measures in  Region 3 starting Sunday, Chris-Mont EMA advises thatnone of the actions taken will affect the November 3rd General Election in either Christian or Montgomery counties.
Friday, October 30, 2020

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Court appearances
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Douglas Jarman presided over the following cases on Oct. 30, 2020:

Friday, October 30, 2020

General Elections not affected by the current COVID mitigations
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Due to the increased concern from all voters regarding COVID and the recent announcement by the Governor regarding additional COVID mitigation measures in our Region 3 starting Sunday (11-1-20), which includes Christian and Montgomery Counties, we wanted to let the voters of Christian and Montgomery Counties know that none of the actions taken have affected the November 3rd General Election.
Friday, October 30, 2020

Pana high student tests positive for COVID-19
PANA — Pana School Superintendent Jason Bauer sent a message to parents in the Pana School District a high school student has tested positive for the Coronavirus.
Friday, October 30, 2020

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Individual tours at Homestead Prairie Farm this year
Experience historic Homestead Prairie Farm after dark during the annual Candlelight Tour on Saturday, November  14 at Rock Springs Conservation Area.

Electricity and modern conveniences were not always at our fingertips. Experience what an evening in the 1860s may have been like as guides in period clothing walk you through the home.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Schafer repeats as national science fair champion
Taylorville High School junior Lizzie Schafer is now a two-time, back-to-back National FFA Science Fair champion.

A National FFA Science Fair title is already a prestigious award, but Schafer moved into entirely elite territory as a back-to-back winner, which is an exceptionally rare feat and one never before accomplished by a THS student.

In the animal systems division, Schafer was awarded first place on Tuesday afternoon for her project that compared grade-one versus grade-two cattle embryos in order to determine if the latter have a better chance to produce female offspring.

Schafer competed against a field that initially featured the top animal systems projects from FFA students across all 50 states.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Taylorville man shot, killed at Florida construction site
Police in Panama City, Fla., are investigating the shooting death of a 55-year-old Taylorville man at a Panama City construction site on Tuesday. Police have identified the victim as Gordon McKinney.

David Donaldson, 40, of Havanna, Fla., is being held in the Bay County Jail in connection with the shooting and is awaiting his first court appearance. He is charged with second degree murder with a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Kiwanis meetings resume; work continues on pavilion
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their first meeting since mid-March due to the coronavirus, on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.

The club installed new officers that were to have taken office October First, and also heard committee reports about on-going Kiwanis projects benefiting children and youth in the Taylorville community.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

TFD Angel Tree sign-ups moved online this year
For over 30 years, the Taylorville Fire Department has been helping families in need through their annual Angel Tree. Every year, they ask the community to submit names of those in need. As always, recipients of the Angel Tree must live in the Taylorville fire protection district and be 14 years old or younger. People may not nominate their own families for the Angel Tree.

This year, TFD has moved the submission process online due to the ongoing COVID-19 health concerns.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Central A&M FFA provides meals to area farmers
On Friday, October 9th, members of the Strengthening Agriculture committee of the Central A&M FFA Chapter gave out a free meal to local farmers driving semis and grain trucks to and from fields in both Moweaqua and Assumption.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Pana City Council approves city officials' pay hikes
During its regular meeting on Monday night, members of the Pana City Council boosted the pay for aldermen, mayor, city clerk and city treasurer. The ordinance passed on first reading.

By law, the salaries must be set at least 180 days prior to an elected official taking office.

Under the ordinance, those officials who will take office on May 1, 2021, will see the bump in pay. The mayor’s and aldermen’s salaries will go up by $600 per year to $8,400 and $3,900, respectively. The city clerk’s and city treasurer’s salary will increase 5% and each will be paid almost $67,400 annually.

The salaries for clerk and treasurer were last adjusted four years ago and it has been at least six years or more since the aldermen and mayor got a pay increase.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Rural area water system looking at $1.5M expansion
The Sharpsburg and Neighboring Area Water System (SNAWS) already brings reliable rural water to more than 300 customers on a system that encompasses more than 100 miles of underground pipe.

The group, though, is once again looking to expand their system in a proposed phase-three project that would add an additional 18 miles of line. The project is estimated to cost between $1.3 and $1.5 million and could bring potable water to about 75 additional rural homes.

The proposed project seeks to construct lines on 1700 and 1800 East Roads, about three-quarters of mile south off of 2400 North Road. It would also add a line about a mile long on 2000 North Road, just east of Stonington. Finally, it would create a loop around the east side of Willeys Station, utilizing 1600 East, 1700 East, 1800 East, and Snake Road.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Police allege local woman stole 86K in elderly exploitation case
A 53-year-old Hewitville woman has been charge with financial exploitation of the elderly in Christian County Court today. Lisa D. Stice is accused of taking nearly $87,000 from the female victim, 75, who may suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease. The charges include financial exploitation of the elderly/more than $50,000 and theft/control between $10,000 and $100,000.

The investigation has been carried out by the Taylorville Police Department.

Before Judge Douglas Jarman, Christian County State’s Attorney Michael Havera laid out the case. The charges allege Stice, who was apparently the caretaker of the victim, has been writing checks out of the victim’s bank account.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

THS FFA places 5th in national livestock judging
Taylorville FFA members have been working extremely hard practicing their livestock judging skills in creative ways in preparations for the American Royal Livestock Judging Contest which was held in Kansas City, Mo. this month.

These practices have maintained social distancing guidelines and have required students to send coaches oral reasons through google classroom and in other virtual ways. Local farmers and livestock producers have hosted outside practices for teams and the Christian County Fairboard has allowed the team to use fairgrounds to prepare for this national competition. Livestock judging contests require students to evaluate cattle, sheep, swine, goats, and then present oral reasons defending their decisions.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Park board hears final presentation on pool project
The Taylorville Park District Board of Trustees met in regular session last night.

George  Deines, of Counsilman-Hunsaker & Associates, presented a proposal for the park pool project. Deines told the board if their firm was selected for the project, they would first provide an assessment of the pool to determine if it would need to be repaired, renovated or replaced, as well as a feasibility study that would take into account the type of facility needed, demographics, income levels, facility location, self-sustainability of a new and/or existing facility, as well as level of staffing required to operate the facility, expected expenses and revenue.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Mayor Barry tests positive; 4,000 new cases statewide
In a  press release issued today, Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry has announced he has tested positive for COVID-19. The press release states the following:

“I would like to inform the residents of Taylorville that I, Mayor Barry, have tested positive for COVID-19. I am experiencing fatigue as the only symptom. As of this morning, I will be checking my messages several times a day. I am currently quarantined until Sunday, November 1, 2020. My staff are taking messages at City Hall for me and notifying me of any immediate needs.

We had the Municipal Building professionally disinfected and cleaned over the weekend to ensure the safety of our employees and the public. We ask that if you enter into City Hall to wear a mask and/or practicie social distancing of at least six feet apart when possible. We have increased our cleaning routine to several times a day throughout the Municipal Building.”

Monday, October 26, 2020

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Police/Fire
Monday, October 26, 2020

Information sought in hit and run incident
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a hit and run that occurred in Taylorville.
Monday, October 26, 2020

St. Mary's to host haunted drive thru on Sunday
The St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville will host a Haunted Drive-Thru on  Sunday, November 1st from 6-7 p.m.

The event is open to the public and participants are asked to bring boxed food items to benefit the Taylorville Food Pantry.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Adam Vocks speaks to Optimist Club
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, October 22, 2020, in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church.

President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Pastor Steve Robinson giving the morning prayer. Ron gave a brief report on upcoming events for the club which include our monthly board meeting next Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at the Peoples Bank, and the annual Christmas for Kids.

Monday, October 26, 2020

2 THS FFA freshmen win memorial FFA jackets
In April 2019, Mike Builta, a Growmark vice president and long-time employee, passed away unexpectedly. To honor his memory, the Growmark Foundation set up a program to honor his legacy by awarding 100 FFA jackets to FFA members in Illinois. Twenty-five jackets will be provided each year from 2019-2022.
Monday, October 26, 2020

Goodman and Hohenstein win Knights of Columbus Scholarships
Nicholas Goodman, left, and Keaton Hohenstein, right, were awarded the annual $500 Knights of Columbus Scholarship.
Monday, October 26, 2020

Bourne,Wilhelm talk tax, budget and job creation
Saturday, October 24, 2020

Christian County Board candidates describe challenges and opportunities
On the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election ballot, 13 candidates for Christian County Board will appear, running for four-year terms and one unexpired two-year term. There are candidates in all four Board districts and for the unexpired term in District 2.

The Breeze-Courier contacted all of the candidates either by e-mail or regular mail, asking them to submit a profile and answer two questions felt pertinent, although with the Board voting down the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) on Tuesday night, question #2 might be a moot point.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Candidates talk health care, round two of virus relief, and attack ads. . .
Saturday, October 24, 2020

Former South Fork Superintendent Art Anthony has turned his love for history into a writing career
Sometimes it is truly amazing how much of a small world it really is. Who would have thought that a born and raised Texan author, who has won multiple Texas Western Fiction first place awards, has connections to Christian County, Illinois. But connections Art Anthony has, to one community in particular.

“I taught for 31 years, well 21 years I taught, and then I was Superintendent in Kincaid for 10. I told my wife after about six months as superintendent that I wouldn’t last the whole year.” Anthony shares with a slow drawling laugh that marks his deep connection to Texas even after settling down in Tuttle, Oklahoma. There are probably many people in Kincaid who remember Anthony and all he did for the community. Though he is humble about his contributions, Anthony worked hard to improve the South Fork School District during his years as the Superintendent.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Taylorville School Board okays hybrid plan
After a special Taylorville School Board meeting Friday night, it now appears that Taylorville students may be heading back to the classroom beginning Monday, November 9.

Board members came to a consensus Friday night to move forward with a hybrid learning plan. Friday’s meeting, however, produced only a consensus; no vote was officially cast on the matter as Taylorville School Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty told board members that Friday’s discussion regarding the hybrid model was , “not an actionable item.”

Under the new hybrid model, students all across the district will receive two days of in-person instruction each week and three days of remote instruction each week.

Students with last names A-K will be on campus on Mondays and Tuesdays while students with last names L-Z will be in-person on Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesdays will always be a day of remote instruction and sanitation.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

CCEMA reports COVID-19 case at city hall
The Christian County Emergency Management Agency relased the following information on behalf of the City of Taylorville about a COVID case:
Saturday, October 24, 2020

Record numbers of county voters vote early
While the actual election day is still nine days away - Nov. 3, 2020 - voters in Christian County have set records for early voting in the county.

As of Friday, Christian County Clerk Michael Gianasi, whose office is in charge of county elections, says there have been about 2,400 mail-in ballot request and 1,828 have been returned. As for those casting early ballots, those people have topped the 1,600 mark. All of these are county records.

For the mail-in votes, those received on or before Nov. 3, will be counted in the returns that night. However, the final mail-in vote tally won’t be official until Nov. 17, the last day mail-in ballots can be accepted for counting, as long as they bear a postmark on Nov. 3 or earlier.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Teacher of the Month
Mrs. Kaitlyn Norris, fourth grade teacher at Memorial Elementary School in Taylorville, has been named the September Red Apple Teacher of the Month.
Saturday, October 24, 2020

Bark-A-Boo Volunteers Raise Funds For Shelter
On Saturday, October 24, the Christian County Animal Control held their Bark-A-Boo parade, when pet owners could dress up their fur babies and drive through for a picture and some donuts. The volunteers at the Animal Control had a photo spot set up for fantastically dressed pets to show off their best Halloween looks.
Saturday, October 24, 2020

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Friday, October 23, 2020

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Friday, October 23, 2020

Drop off unused meds at Nat'l Drug Take Back Day Saturday
The National Drug Take Back Day is slated for Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Walgreens from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. You can drive up and drop off your medication.

This national day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue.

According to the 2018 National Survey on drug use  and health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

Friday, October 23, 2020

CCEMA reports positive COVID test at local bank
The Christian County Emergency Management Agency has released the following information about a positive COVID-19 cases at Taylorville’s First National Bank.

“First National Bank of Taylorville located at 322 W Main Cross St, Taylorville, has an employee that has tested positive for COVID. Contact tracing has been completed by the Christian County Health Department. The bank’s walk-in lobby will remain closed for the remainder of the day. It will reopen tomorrow (10/23/20) with normal business hours. Additional deep cleaning due to a positive COVID case is being completed.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Restoration or a wrecking ball
“You know whether a house is being restored or condemned by the size of the tools that are out front. If you see a crane and a wrecking ball, the house isn’t being restored, it’s coming down.” Those words penned by author and teacher, Paul Tripp*, recently caught my attention. We’ve all seen a version of both scenarios: A house marked as “condemned” that is ultimately torn down and a good ol’ “fixer-upper” that someone restores to its intended beauty. There is vastly different approach to both projects.
Friday, October 23, 2020

Proposed solar farm would boost revenue for So. Fork schools
The South Fork Board of Education held a regular board meeting on Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high Media Center.

Superintendent Chris Clark shared with the board his enthusiasm that the proposed solar farm outside of Tovey had been given preliminary approval by the County Board. Because the South Fork school district includes Tovey, they would be able to draw tax money for the schools from the solar farm. Clark shared that the current projected numbers from the solar farm’s taxes the school receive would be higher than what they currently collect from the entire community combined. He explained that the money from the solar farm would not impact the district’s money from the state at all. The evidence based funding the school district was provided was guaranteed to never decrease. Clark also assured the Board that the money they received from the community through their tax levy would continue to be set by them and not be impacted by the farm.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Alternatives offered to 'high risk' treat-or-treating
HSHS St. Mary's Hospital recommends more treats and less tricks this Halloween considering the real and increased presence of COVID-19 in our communities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls traditional trick-or-treating "high risk" for COVID-19 exposure.

HSHS St. Mary's Hospital's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ryan Jennings says it's important to remember the pandemic is still in place. "As the holidays approach, it's easy to let our guards down, but it is still critically important to be physically distant, wear face coverings and stick close to home to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 and the flu, which is also ramping up now," he says.

While traditional Halloween activities may look and feel different this year, based on each community's celebration restrictions, there are alternative ways to keep the spooky holiday special.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Police/Fire
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Board says 'no' to development strategy
By a vote of 7-8, the Christian County Board defeated a proposal to join a regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) during its marathon three-hour long meeting Tuesday night in the Courthouse. In addition, following an hour long discussion, a Special Use Permit for the Black Diamond Solar Farm near Tovey was approved by a margin of 10-5.

The debate over the CEDS was contentious to say the least and at one point deteriorated into a shouting match between Board Chairman Becky Edwards and District Two Representative Vicki McMahon. Edwards, at times seemed to be pleading with her colleagues, promising the CEDS was only for “Municipalities and villages” in the county and “Not for private companies.” She assured the Board CEDS had “zero” to do with eminent domain and it simply allowed Christian County towns the opportunity to apply for a 50-50 matching grant from the U. S. Department of Commerce on projects such as water or sewer lines or street improvements.

District Two Representative Brian Wilbur asked the item be placed on the agenda for October, despite the measure failing to pass out of the Finance Committee on two occasions previous.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Council approves lake lot lottery
Beginning next lake season, all disbursements of open lake lots, camp grounds, and boat docks at Lake Taylorville will be handled through a lottery system.

Gone is the long-standing seniority list that previously determined lot allocation.

At Monday’s Taylorville City Council meeting, aldermen voted 5-1 (Jim Olive-no, Shawn Burtle-absent, Larry Budd-absent) to move forward with the change.

The updated ordinance will not affect the renewal of existing lots.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Schafer chasing back-to-back nat'l science fair titles
Taylorville High School’s Lizzie Schafer is already the defending National FFA Science Fair champion, but she’s hoping lightning will strike twice as she’s now in the running to make it back-to-back titles.

Schafer was recently selected as a top-three finalist in the animal systems division of the national competition, which features the top FFA science fair projects from competitors across all 50 states.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Mid-State Collectors Club cancels meetings
The Mid-State Antique Collectors Club has announced they are canceling all future meeting dates for 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

LLCC offering virtual FAFSA events for high school students
Lincoln Land Community College is hosting free virtual events about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for high school students who are planning to attend college and need help figuring out how to cover the cost.

Three dates remain for FAFSA completion events. They are:  Oct. 20, 5 p.m.; Oct. 22, 5 p.m.; and Oct. 28, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Millikin symphony opening night livestream performance October 24
The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) will continue its 2020 virtual performance season with a Masterworks II Opening Night livestream performance from Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be available for viewing on the Millikin University School of Music's YouTube channel at youtube.com/MillikinUniversitySchoolofMusic.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Pana student enrollment down slightly
Pana’s Unit 8 school board met on Monday night at the Pana High School library, and Superintendent Jason Bauer released numbers of students enrolled in the school system to be a little lower than in 2019 when the count was taken for the Illinois State Board of Education. This year’s number is 1,215 students district-wide, compared to 1,266 a year ago.

According to Bauer, Pana isn’t the only school district in Illinois which is losing students.

“This is not unique to Pana,” Bauer said. “This is something typical we are seeing across rural school districts throughout Illinois.”

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Police/Fire
Monday, October 19, 2020

High Positivity rate could lead to return of restrictions
The Christian County Emergency Management Agency released the following warning about the rising Positivity rate in Region 3:

“As of Sunday, October 18, Region 3 has reached a level of 7.0% (Highest To Date). If we reach 8%, IDPH will look at additional measures in our region to get our percentage down.

Monday, October 19, 2020

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

Sometime during the early morning hours of Wednesday, September 2, 2020, person or persons unknown made entry into a residence located at 310 South Washington Street. While inside, the unknown subject or subjects took a Gigaset tablet and some food items. A window may have been used to make entry. The total dollar amount of damage and theft is unknown at this time.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Research-based program aims to strengthen relationships
Stressors in life, including the challenges of the current COVID-19 pandemic, can take a toll on marriages and other close, intimate relationships. Family studies researchers at the University of Illinois, in partnership with University of Illinois Extension, are addressing this issue by launching a new online program for Illinois couples seeking help for their relationship.

With the recently released Illinois Strong Couples project this help is now just a click away.

"Anybody who's been married for say, a week, knows that marriages and close relationships are difficult, oftentimes harder than we first realized they were going to be," says Allen Barton, assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at U of I, and an Extension specialist.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Taylorville FFA member will be featured on national pod cast
Last Summer at the Taylorville FFA Drive In Movie Style FFA Banquet, Mayor Bruce Barry called Conner Grant “The Perfect Example of an Excellent FFA Member”. Once the Taylorville FFA “Drive In Movie Style FFA Banquet” hit Facebook, it received national attention.

During the summer, Matt Brechwald from “FFA Stories From The Off-Farm Income Podcast” contacted Agriculture Instructor Sue Schafer about the Mayors comments and wanted to interview “The Perfect Example of an Excellent FFA Member” Conner Grant. Mr. Brechwald from Kuna, Idaho wanted to share Conner’s FFA experience at Taylorville High School and learn more about his Supervised Agriculture Experience.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Award-winning art on display this month
SHELBYVILLE — The annual October National 2020 juried show brought to the public by Gallery 510 in Decatur and held at the Anne Lloyd Gallery in the Madden Arts Center is open to the public during this month.
Saturday, October 17, 2020

Morrisonville blood drive is set for October 28
MORRISONVILLE — The Morrisonville American Legion will host a community blood drive Wednesday, October 28 from 2-7 p.m. The American Legion is located at 607 Ricks Street in Morrisonville.
Saturday, October 17, 2020

THS FFA wins sectional virtual ag sales contest
TAYLORVILLE — This year creativity and following IHSA guidelines are how Taylorville FFA members continue their tradition of success. FFA activities have changed in nature due to COVID-19 but members still have the chance to practice and compete at Section, District, State, and National FFA level contests and events. Competitive events at all levels this fall are being held virtually. This year in order to practice for events the Taylorville FFA Chapter follows IHSA, IDPH guidelines, and have secured the Christian County Fairgrounds to meet after school hours to prepared students for competitive events.
Saturday, October 17, 2020

DMCC collecting names, donations for military
TAYLORVILLE — Davis Memorial Christian Church will once again send military Christmas packages to local military citizens deployed overseas.
Saturday, October 17, 2020

Politics at the heart of recent AFSCME meeting
ILLINOIS — On Tuesday, October 13 the AFSCME Retiree Sub-Chapter #87 held a Zoom conference meeting for current members, new members and retired seniors.
Saturday, October 17, 2020

Illinois hospitalizations top 2,000
SPRINGFIELD — More than 2,000 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized in Illinois as of the end of this week, a high not seen since June 12.
Saturday, October 17, 2020










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