The Edinburg Board of Education held a regular meeting on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. in the district Media Center.
As many students and families are aware, the Edinburg schools have been struggling with leaky roofs for a while now. In order to fix the problem, Superintendent Ben Theilen and the Building Committee have been doing walkthroughs of the buildings and showing the aggregate roofs to Ameresco, a renewable and clean energy company that frequently works with schools on improvement projects.
Two representatives from Ameresco were present at the Board meeting to speak to the trustees and answer any questions they had. According to them, there were three main sections of roofing that was still aggregate and needed replaced. Those were the roof over the boiler room, the ag shop roof, and the hallway roof off the media center. The project would not be as simple as just replacing and patching a leaky roof, however. Thursday, May 13, 2021
The 2021 Taylorville Prom Court was recently announced. Due to COVID restrictions, prom was not a school-hosted function, rather it was hosted by a group of senior parents at The Landing Barn on April 24, 2021. Coronation was held on the THS Football Field May 1, 2021. Thursday, May 13, 2021
The finance committee met Wednesday night to go over the county audit report; discuss insurance open enrollment; the EMA director position and give updates on the American Rescue Plan Act .
Rich Hooper, who was in charge of the county audit, said, “Everything was in good shape and well organized.” There were no material weaknesses noted and instances of noncompliance with grants. The county has total assets of cash and investments of $16 million. “I was pleasantly surprised at how well the county did over the past year.” There was an ending balance of $6.2 million in the general fund. Thursday, May 13, 2021
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the co-coordinators of the Taylorville Food Pantry, during their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Amy Hagen and Pam Moses, co-coordinators of the local food pantry, gave an update on how the pantry has served Taylorville and Christian County families in 2020 and so far in 2021. Wednesday, May 12, 2021
The Christian County Highway/Building Committee met Tuesday night to discuss expansion of the Anderson Cemetery and plans for the Lincoln Prairie Trail.
The committee agreed on the expansion of Anderson Cemetery. It will take $4,000 worth of materials; one week of labor and equipment to complete expansion. A motion was passed to send this information to the Finance Committee. Wednesday, May 12, 2021
On April 28, four Taylorville FFA members competed at the District 4 Public Speaking CDE. These students were able to compete at this event because they were named the winners at the Section 16 event in January. Public speaking is a great career development contest that teaches student’s communication and critical thinking skills that they can use the rest of their lives.
Lizzie Schafer competed in the varsity prepared category with her seven-minute speech titled “Meat is Murder”. This speech topic covered the issue of the misconceptions of the meat industry. Lizzie was awarded 1st place at District 4 competition with this speech. Lizzie will have the opportunity to compete at the state contest this summer. Wednesday, May 12, 2021
The Kincaid Community will host a community blood drive, sponsored by the Kincaid Police Department on Monday, May 24, 2021 from 3-6:30 p.m. at the Bloodmobile that will be located at the Police Dept. 115 Central Ave.
To schedule an appointment please call the Community Blood Center at 800-747-5401 or visit online at www.bloodcenter.org. Use code 60565 to locate the drive. Wednesday, May 12, 2021
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Sometime between 8:00 pm on Saturday, May 1, 2021 and the morning of Sunday, May 2, 2021, an unknown subject loosened the lugnuts on a vehicle that was parked at 307 North Pershing Avenue. The vehicle's tire fell off while the victim was driving, damaging the wheel and rim. The victim was not injured. The total dollar amount of the damage is not available at this time. Wednesday, May 12, 2021
The Taylorville School board is still mulling the potential purchase of the old Christian County Mental Health property at 730 North Pawnee Street in Taylorville.
Its proximity to both the junior high and North Elementary makes it desirable for the district, but school board members wanted more time to think about it Monday night when they tabled the decision.
“Land abutting two different buildings doesn’t come available hardly ever,” Taylorville School Board President Dave Driskell said. “We’re considering the space for a number of reasons, so if we do end up purchasing it, it could be used for a variety of uses.” Tuesday, May 11, 2021
At a special Taylorville City Council meeting Monday night, Kellie Hamell was named City of Taylorville treasurer.
Hamell was appointed to the position for a two-year term in order to fill the vacancy left by Scott Alberssen, who won the April election before opting not to accept the position.
Hamell has served as the City of Taylorville water billing manager for the last three years. Prior to that, Hamell worked in the Christian County Treasurer’s office for four years. “I’m really excited about getting in there and getting the job taken care of,” Hamell said. Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Members of the Christian County Executive, Personnel, Liquor and Legislative Committee met Monday night to discuss the appointment of a director for the EMA; FOP’s request to start early negotiotians on the sheriff’s contract; and AFSCME’s request for a COVID bonus. Tuesday, May 11, 2021
The Village of Edinburg held a regular meeting on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.
After working on the legal paperwork for months, Village Attorney Rocci Romano told the Board he had finally finished all the paperwork for easements, right of ways, and other legal necessities. Romano told the Board he had 14 properties and 36 agreements he had written up. The next step would be to have a letter drafting and signed by the mayor inviting the invovled property owners and interested parties to an information meeting.
Romano suggested the Village hold the meeting sometime in July to give everyone time to get their letters and prepare any questions they had. At the meeting, Romano and the Board would be able to explain what the project was about and hopefully assuage any fears the invovled property owners might have. If the property owners and invovled parties agree to sign the paperwork at that meeting, the raw water line project would be able to move forward onto the next stage. Tuesday, May 11, 2021
During a 40-minute Pana City Council meeting on Monday night, members unanimously voted to hire a new police officer for the Pana department.
Pana Police Chief Daniel Bland told the Council his department was down an officer due to an injury suffered in an altercation while on duty. He said the officer will be off work between six to eight months due to the injury. Bland said his department is stretched thin and the safety of his staff and the community were his highest priority. He pointed out society as a whole has changed over the past few years and policing is becoming more hazardous.
He also provided figures showing the amount of overtime paid in the past when the department was short-handed, including $54,000 in 2015 and $72,000 in 2016-17. Tuesday, May 11, 2021
The Taylorville High School Jazz Band held a concert on Thursday, May 6 outdoors at Hershey Towers. Jazz Band Senior Blake Rice received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and senior jazz band members were recognized. The Jazz Band played two sets of music. The first set consisted of: Night Train by Jimmy Forrest; Moonglow by Hudson, Lange & Mills; My Romance by Richard Rogers/arr. by Mark Taylor and featured Blake Rice on trumpet; Body and Soul by Johnny Green; Without A Word of Warning arranged by Art Dedrick; and Late Night Diner by Doug Beach. Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Nearly six months after a fire destroyed a set of buildings along Second Street in downtown Pana, another fire struck Sunday afternoon. Seven local fire departments battled the blaze confined to 108 W. Second after the initial alarm was sounded at 1:18 p.m. Pana firemen were the first to arrive on the scene at 1:24 p.m. and immediately requested mutual aid from Taylorville, Oconee, Owaneco, Tower Hill, Assumption and Moweaqua. Monday, May 10, 2021
A request for an increase in bond for Robert M. Hodson, 46, of Taylorville, was denied following a court hearing in Christian County Court today. Hodson, was charged with aggravated DUI involving death, after an Apr. 8, 2021 accident in which two people died on Illinois Route 48 in Taylorville Township.
Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley said there appeared to be no willful violation of the bond conditions. It was stated in court the defendant was staying at another location when probation tried to make contact with the defendant. It was also stated his cell phone had been confiscated by the Illinois State Police following the accident. Monday, May 10, 2021
The University Women of Christian County held the May meeting on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 6:30 PM. The guest speaker for the evening was Jim Smith, a musician and former music teacher. His assistant was Angie Chase. Mr. Smith spoke about hope, a thing we all need to begin life after the isolation of the past year of the pandemic. Hope is not a lucky chance but rather a solid belief in character and in the things we are doing. Monday, May 10, 2021
Lincoln Land Community College recently recognized students with academic, leadership and special awards in a series of 2021 Student Recognition Ceremony videos that premiered April 26-29. The videos can be viewed at http://bit.ly/LLCCYouTube. Monday, May 10, 2021
Lake Land College will host a Virtual Commencement Ceremony to honor the accomplishments of the Spring and Summer 2021 Lake Land graduates at 7:30 p.m. on May 14. The event will premiere at 7:30 p.m. on the Lake Land College YouTube page, and will be accessible from the college’s home page. The event will be available to watch at any time after the premiere. Saturday, May 8, 2021
Mothers around the world are being celebrated today on Mother’s Day. They’re being appreciated for the sacrifices they make for their children and family; probably something that should be done more than just one day a year.
Like most, my own mother has done so much for all of us. She has provided us with a shelter in the storm, a safe-haven when life gets crazy, an encouraging word, a loving hug and the occasional thump up side the head when we need that, too.
In addition to all that, she taught us valuable lessons that are tucked away deep inside our souls to be pulled out when the time is right. They’ve come in handy from time to time and we share them with those that may need a little advice, too. Saturday, May 8, 2021
After many years away, Corporal (Cpl) Asa Emmitt Vance of Decatur, Illinois is returning home. CPL Vance was assigned to Dog Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division when he was reported Missing in Action (MIA) on 2 December 1950 in the Republic of Korea (R.O.K.). After 70 years, Asa will be returned home to Decatur.
Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service and Care, will be transporting Cpl Vance from Lambert Airport, St Louis, Mo. back to Decatur on Monday, May 10, 2021. With the support of the Patriot Guard and the Illinois State Police, the transport will stop at the Mr Fuel Travel Station on Corvette, Dr in Litchfield between 4:45pm and 5:00pm Saturday, May 8, 2021
Volunteers with the Taylorville Tree Recovery Team spent Arbor Day 2021 helping homeowners replace trees lost from the 2018 tornado. The Taylorville Tree Recovery Team includes volunteers from Trees Forever, Christian County Extension Master Gardeners and the city Tree Board. Saturday, May 8, 2021
Houseplants, shrubs, and lots and lots of other perennial plants will highlight the 2021 University of Illinois Christian County Master Gardener’s Spring Plant Sale coming up on Saturday, May 15, 2021. The sale will be held at the U of I Extension Office, located at 1120 N. Webster St., in Taylorville from 9:00 a.m. until all plants are sold, rain or shine.
Plants suitable for sun, shade, or a combination of both, and many of them native varieties, will be featured this year. A partial list of what will be for sale includes, Candytuft, Variegated Yellow Iris, Bleeding Heart, several different sedums, Toad Lilies, Plumbago, Clematis, Yarrow (yellow), Dwarf Solomon’s Seal, Solomon’s Seal, Money Wort, and Lambs Ear, to name a few. All plants have been grown in our area, are naturally adapted to local environmental conditions, will be priced to sell at $2.00, $3.00 or $5.00. Payment can be made by cash or check only. All proceeds will go to help provide educational programming and program assistance offered by Christian County Master Gardeners. Saturday, May 8, 2021
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club reviewed their many efforts for children and youth in the Taylorville community, during their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Club committee chairs reported on several fund raisers and other events. Treasurer Blain Cornwell reported that the recent Pancake and Sausage Breakfast netted the club approximately $2,000, and event committee member Dick Wamsley reported some 320 people either ate in or purchased drive-thru orders. Saturday, May 8, 2021
The Christian County 4-H Blue Ribbon club members have been working extremely hard practicing their livestock judging skills in preparation for several contests throughout the state and nation. Recently the team put on a dominating performance at the Joliet Junior College Livestock Judging Contest. At this contest, multiple senior team members competed against teams from around the nation. Contestants judged ten classes of livestock before giving four sets of oral reasons based upon their placings.
The Christian County Judging Team has been practicing very hard to prepare for this contest giving upwards of three sets of reasons a day to ensure their winnings at the contest. Two teams judged at the contest made up of four members per team with one team being within the top three teams in each category. Taylorville was placed first overall team in cattle, first team in reasons, second team in sheep and goats, and second team in swine. Saturday, May 8, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — Judge Brad Paisley swears in Taylorville Alderman Jeremy Wilson at the Monday May 3 Taylorville City Council meeting. Wilson is serving his first term as alderman. Breeze-Courier photo. Friday, May 7, 2021
The Lake Land College Agriculture division hosted the Virtual 50th Annual Student Recognition Ceremony in April to recognize several students with awards and honors.
"A milestone like 50 certainly brings a sense of nostalgia and appreciation for our history and tradition of excellence," Division Chair Agriculture/Agriculture Instructor Ryan Orrick said. "I am appreciative of all the past faculty members and students who have helped craft the Lake Land Agriculture Division into what it is today, and I would like to thank all of our current staff and Agriculture students for representing this great tradition." Friday, May 7, 2021
The new Veterans Point Memorial Park is moving right along. The project began in February of 2018 by the DowntownTaylorville.org group as a way of honoring our local veterans. The new site overlooks the northeast end of Lake Taylorville and sits immediately off of Eastwood Drive and abuts Kiwanis Park.
The concrete has been poured as well as footings for the stonework. The group is hoping the community will step up to support the project by purchasing memorial bricks, as well the 30 foot oblisk that is the center piece for the memorial, as well as seating benches and flag poles. Friday, May 7, 2021
I begin by saying I bless all the Mom’s today in Jesus name. May this be a Happy Mothers Day for each of you. May the Grace of our God shine upon you, and may your heart be filled with His Peace.
Ephesians 6:1”Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), 3 so that it may turn out well for you, and that you may live long on the earth.” Today, Sunday May 9th, we extend honor to every mom. Friday, May 7, 2021
The final nominee for the 2021 Officer of the Year is Christian County Sheriff’s Deputy Andy Voorhees.
Deputy Voorhees is a 2011 graduate of Morrisonville H.S. where he participated in both basketball and baseball. Upon graduation, Andy went into farming. He pursued this for five years, whereupon he re-focused his career to that of law enforcement. Thursday, May 6, 2021
After a one-year absence, the Pana Labor Day Parade Committee met on Wednesday night and decided to go forward with plans for the 2021 extravaganza on Monday, Sept. 6, through the streets of downtown Pana.
Parade Chairman Josh Ishmael said while the committee will proceed, a final decision on holding the parade could change if health concerns over the COVID infection ramp up. Thursday, May 6, 2021
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Sometime during the early morning hours of Sunday, April 25, 2021, person or persons unknown used a BB gun to damage 3 vehicles that were parked in the 500 block of West Third Street. A residence, located at 502 West Third Street, was also struck. It appears that the damage could have been done from a vehicle traveling down the roadway. The total dollar amount of the damage is not available at this time. Thursday, May 6, 2021
Nurses have long been unsung heroes of the medical community. But that tide began to turn in 2020 as the world confronted the COVID-19 pandemic and realized just how invaluable nurses are to public health.
According to the American Nurses Association, nearly 400 nurses in the United States died as a result of COVID-19 within eight months of a pandemic being declared in America. Globally, data from the International Council of Nurses indicated that roughly 1,500 nurses lost their lives to COVID-19 by the end of October 2020. Thursday, May 6, 2021
National Nurses Week is celebrated each year in the United States. The American Nurses Association notes that the week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, which coincides with International Nurses Day, a global celebration designed to highlight and celebrate the contributions nurses make to society.
May 12 also marks the birthday of Florence Nightingale, an influential 19th century British nurse who many consider the founder of modern nursing. Thursday, May 6, 2021
Nurses provide essential care for millions of people every day. Nursing can take a physical toll, as shifts can last anywhere from eight to 12 hours.
Studies indicate that an average 12-hour day shift requires a nurse to walk about five miles, while a 12-hour night shift will require a nurse to walk roughly three miles. All of that walking eventually can take a toll on the feet. Thursday, May 6, 2021
The vital role nurses play in health care settings across the globe was perhaps never more apparent than in recent months. When COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization in March 2020, nurses were on the front lines in the battle against the virus, and have remained there ever since.
In recognition of the sacrifices nurses and other health care workers have made to help the sick, individuals across the globe have placed signs in their yards thanking essential workers. In addition, many more have taken to social media to highlight the lengths individual nurses have gone to while helping them or their loved ones who caught the virus or fought other illnesses. Communities can follow such individuals’ lead by making collective efforts to thank the nurses who call their towns and cities home. Thursday, May 6, 2021
The Village of Mt. Auburn held a regular meeting on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.
At the end of the regular meeting, the new Village Mayor, Mike Whitehead, was sworn in. Whitehead won the election against outgoing mayor, Amber Dooley, and will begin his duties serving the village right away. He will take command at the start of the Phase II of the water main replacement project. Also sworn in at the meeting was a new Trustee, Brenda Patton.
Village Trustees Dee Dee Carey, Sandra Gooder, and Scott Vincent were sworn back into their seats at the meeting. Wednesday, May 5, 2021
The explosion of the airship Hindenburg is one of the most famous aviation disasters in American history and signaled the end of the zeppelin era of flight. An Illinois radio reporter provided the only news broadcast of the event.
Herbert Morrison, a 31-year-old reporter for WLS Radio in Chicago, delivered the startling description of the fiery crash at Lakehurst, N.J. on May 6, 1937 that included the now-famous words, “Oh, the humanity.” Morrison’s Hindenburg recording is believed to be the first example of a recorded news event. Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp wishes to congratulate Shawn Goebel, of Harvel, on being awarded one of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Academic Scholarships. Mr. Goebell was selected from a number of highly qualified applicants in the Christian County area, and we commend all of them for participating in this process,” said Sheriff Kettelkamp, “Illinois Sheriffs consider this scholarship program to be an investment in the future as well as a strong signal of their respect and support for education.” Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Newly elected members of the Taylorville City Council had only been seated for about twenty minutes before they encountered their first contested debate.
Mayor Bruce Barry had to cast a tie-breaking vote Monday night regarding a $45,000 repayment to Ward I. That repayment is to come from the city’s fifth ward, which was created a few years ago in order to serve as a community ward money to be used by any ward for unforeseen projects.
Newly seated Alderman Steve Dorchinecz motioned to table the issue, though that motion was defeated 5-3. Tuesday, May 4, 2021
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a hit and run that occurred in Taylorville.
Sometime during the early morning hours of Monday, April 5, 2021, an unknown vehicle struck a vehicle in the 300 block of North Clay Street and then left the scene. The victim’s vehicle suffered damage to the side of the vehicle. The suspect vehicle left the scene in an unknown direction. The total dollar amount of the damage is unknown at this time. Tuesday, May 4, 2021
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about a local business during their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Lindsey Bliler opened “Farm House Signs and Company” on the Taylorville square three years ago. Bliler told Kiwanis members her business has grown from one to two separate buildings on the square, and recently moved her warehouse and showroom to adjacent buildings on the west side of the square. Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Four days before testing positive for COVID-19, Bill Jones walked half a mile to his deer stand, shot a deer and hauled the carcass back to his vehicle himself. “No problem,” the 59-year-old Taylorville man said.
In the days that followed, Jones developed symptoms of what he thought was bronchitis – shortness of breath, a cough, pressure in his chest like a cold might be developing there. A visit to his doctor’s office confirmed COVID-19 and effectively canceled Jones’ plans to spend Thanksgiving Day with his family.
“On November 24, it all went downhill,” said Jones.. Tuesday, May 4, 2021
In front of about 50 people in the Council Chambers of Pana City Hall, newly elected and re-elected city of Pana officials were sworn-in on Friday afternoon by retired Circuit Court Judge David Slater. Monday, May 3, 2021
Lincoln Land Community College has announced the 2021 LLCC Juried Student Art Show winners. Fifty-nine art students submitted a total of 151 entries from fall 2019 to spring 2021 for consideration, representing 10 of LLCC’s studio classes. The student art exhibit is available for viewing at www.llcc.edu/2021-student-art-show. Monday, May 3, 2021
YMCA Board President Adam Vocks presented an engraved clock to outgoing Executive Director Chris Weittenhiller to thank him for his 12 years of leadership and to remind him of his time at the Christian Co. YMCA. Monday, May 3, 2021
We can all use a little help getting through long days, and Lorenzo Blaise was definitely off to a rough start one Monday in May. The 11-year-old was on his way to school in Pennsylvania when he accidentally bent the back rim of his bike. Saturday, May 1, 2021
Court appearances Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley presided over the following cases on Apr. 30, 2021: Friday, April 30, 2021
OWANECO — The Village of Owaneco said farewell to its longest running Village President, Alvin Mizeur, on Monday, April 12, 2021. Mizeur started his tenure with the Owaneco Village Board in April 1979 when he ran and won a seat as a trustee for the village board. In July of that same year, after the resignation of then president, he was appointed to fill the seat of village president. Mizeur has remained Owaneco Village President since that time. Friday, April 30, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — In a weekly Bible study I attend, we’re studying 1 Corinthians, and as we read through chapter two, I was struck by what Paul wrote at the beginning of chapter two. (1 Corinthians 2:1-2 NIV) And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. Friday, April 30, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — An advanced healthcare directive - also known as a living will - is a legal document in which a person lists the specifics of medical care and comfort actions they desire should the individual no longer be able to make decisions for themselves due to illness or incapacity. Friday, April 30, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — The number of retirees is on the rise. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau points out that, by 2030, there will be 81.2 million Americans over age 65, and many of them will need help taking care of themselves. Friday, April 30, 2021
On April 28 at approximately 3 a.m. Christian County 911 dispatch received a call of a vehicle parked on the railroad tracks near the intersection with ADM Grain Elevator in Taylorville. Christian County Sheriff’s Deputies immediately responded to the call. As Deputy Andy Voorhees arrived on scene he discov ered the driver, Jake Billbe passed out in the driver’s seat with the engine running and the doors locked. Deputy Voorhees noticed the driver’s window being partly opened and was able to open the door and wake Mr. Billbe. Mr. Billbe was able to move his vehicle just before the warning gate arms began to lower. Seconds later, the train passed through the intersection. Christian County Deputy, Sgt. Robert Goebel arrested Billbe a short time later for suspected driving under the influence. Thursday, April 29, 2021
At the upcoming May 3 Taylorville City Council meeting, Scott Alberssen was set to be sworn in as the new City of Taylorville Treasurer after winning the April 6 consolidated election. Instead, the city is now looking for his replacement.
Alberssen announced on April 29 that he has chosen not to fill the position. “I hereby choose not to fill the Taylorville City Treasurer vacancy from the consolidated election on April 6, 2021,” he wrote in a statement. “Unforeseen health circumstances have arisen whereby I believe that I will not be able to perform the functions of the city treasurer’s office at the level the voters of Taylorville expect or that I would expect of myself. I would like to thank the Taylorville voters for their support and understanding.” Thursday, April 29, 2021
Registered nurse Rachel Way is the recipient of the DAISY Award for Nursing Excellence at Memorial Medical Center.
Two patients nominated Way to receive the award. In the nomination form, one patient wrote that "Rachel took her time and was patient with me. She let me cry and be angry. She walked with me through everything and helped me turn my life around." Thursday, April 29, 2021
The state Senate and House passed more than 750 bills last week, addressing isolated timeouts in schools, youth vaping, teaching Muslim history, the commemoration of Juneteenth and automatic voter registration in prisons, among other topics.
Friday was the deadline for the General Assembly to pass bills out of each chamber, for consideration in the other chamber. The General Assembly’s session is scheduled to end May 31.
Capitol News Illinois has summarized below a few of the notable bills that passed one chamber last week. To become law – among other pathways – the bills will still need to receive approval from the other chamber and the governor. Wednesday, April 28, 2021
The Pana City Council meeting on Monday night was the final meeting for current Mayor Don Kroski and aldermen Ron Miles, third ward and Leon Goff, fourth ward. All eight members of the Council were in attendance.
Among the items approved by the Council was and ordinance to vacate a plat for Hathaway Homes Phase II Subdivision on first reading. The developers of the project are not going through with the housing project. In addition, a resolution accepting a water main easement in that property was accepted by the city. Another type of development is going to be going into the site.
Properties at 21, 23 and 25 East Second St. will be sold by the city using the appraisal method. The properties will be appraised by a licensed real estate appraiser, and the bid for each property must be at least 80% of the appraised value. Final passage is expected at the next council meeting in May. Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Officer Tim Casner of the Pana Police Department is a graduate of Pana High School in 1984. He attended Millikin University for one year. Unlike many law enforcement, Tim’s journey to becoming a police officer took some detours. He worked at ADM, Staley’s, and did some construction. He also started his own company, Central Illinois Ring & Fabricating. When he closed that operation after five years, he become a postal employee and for a while, drove a route as a rural mail carrier. Wednesday, April 28, 2021
On Sunday, April 25, 2021 Taylorville High School inducted seventeen students into their chapter of the National Honor Society. Admittance is based on evidence of achievement in the areas of character, scholarship, leadership, and service. Last year's inductees also had the chance to participate in the induction ceremony, as they were unable to hold one at the school last spring, due to the pandemic. Wednesday, April 28, 2021
According to Taylorville Park District Recreation Director Bailey Hancock, the park and the City of Taylorville are considering a possible skate park as a new recreational outlet for children.
Nothing has yet been decided or voted on, and Hancock says the two entities have only engaged in very preliminary discussions regarding the possibility. “We have already started a skate park committee, and we had our first meeting this past Wednesday,” Hancock said, noting that the committee included Mayor Bruce Barry and the Memorial Elementary Principal, among others. Wednesday, April 28, 2021
The Christian County Health Department announced today that they will no longer be holding drive thru vaccination clinics at the fairgrounds. They now have plenty of vaccinations, both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, and will be making appointments for the shots. Wednesday, April 28, 2021
In a very simple two-page resolution, the Pana School Board passed a resolution which denies a request from the Taylorville School District to withdraw from the Nokomis-Pana-Taylorville (NPT) Special Education Cooperative on Monday night.
In Section 2, the resolution states: “The (Pana) Board, after due consideration, hereby denies Taylorville CUSD #3’s petition for withdrawal.”
The Nokomis School Board has passed a similar resolution. The Taylorville Board will now have to petition the Regional Board of Education, ROE District #3, for permission to withdraw. Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Taylorville Police Officer, Matt Nichols, grew up in the Girard/Pleasant Plains area of central Illinois. He graduated from Lawrence Adult Center, Springfield, in 2009. Officer Nichols then joined the USMC, serving as a Military Police officer. He was a proficient marksman and attained the rank of Corporal. Matt served one tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Officer Nichols resumed his civilian life in 2014, when he returned to Central Illinois and enrolled at UI-S, graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology. He then served 1 1/2 years as a dispatcher in the Taylorville Police Department (TPD) before starting his career as a police officer in 2019. He received his training at the U of I Police Training Institute and assumed his role as a member of TPD. Tuesday, April 27, 2021
University of Illinois Christian County Master Gardener’s Spring Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at the U of I Extension Office, 1120 N. Webster St., in Taylorville from 9:00 a.m. until all plants are sold, rain or shine.
Yes, once again shoppers will be able to fill their yards with a variety of perennial plants and shrubs all grown by experienced gardeners. (Perennials are plants that come back year after year. Annuals must be planted every year.) Tuesday, April 27, 2021
On Sunday, April 25, 2021 at approximately 4:09 a.m., Christian County 911 received a call of a traffic crash on 1600 East Road, near 1500 North Road in May Township. Emergency crews were dispatched and after arriving on scene, requested the coroner. The driver of the 2012 Chrysler 300, and only occupant of the vehicle, Mark E. Pearse, 51 of Taylorville, was pronounced dead at the scene. Monday, April 26, 2021
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, April 22, 2021, in the community room of People’s Bank. President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Pastor Steve Robinson giving the morning invocation. Several reports were given on recent as well as upcoming activities. Saturday, April 24, 2021
Jocelyn Williams, a very active and engaged Sophmore at the Taylorville High School, has a drive and will to succeed that cannot be denied. She’s active in FFA and choir, and works with Tommy TV on projects. She has dreams to go to Stanford or Harvard and get a degree in Cardiovascular and Thoracic trauma surgery so she can become a field medic in the Air Force. Since June of 2020, Jocelyn has been in the all girl’s Scout BSA Troop #1849 that she helped start. And today, April 25, Jocelyn is being recognized as an Eagle Scout. Saturday, April 24, 2021
Please share with us your favorite grilling recipe by sending to email@example.com or mailing to Mascoutah Herald, PO Box C, Mascoutah Ill. 62258. Be sure to tell us something about your recipe. Did you get it from a friend or did you create it? Also include where you are from, as this column runs in newspapers throughout Southern Illinois and parts of Missouri. If you prefer to not have your name included, I will leave the name off. Saturday, April 24, 2021
This past week Pana High School students celebrated the first ever Morp Week (Prom spelled backwards). Students and staff participated in fun dress up days, a hallway decorating contest, and a school wide trivia. Students also voted for junior and senior court. The 2021 PHS King and Queen were crowned at Friday night’s football game. Saturday, April 24, 2021
DOC Officer, Brian Moore, has been nominated for the 2021 Officer of the Year for his service to the TCC. Brian is a graduate of South Fork H.S. in Kincaid in 2002. Prior to joining DOD on a permanent basis in 2013, Brian worked as a yard foremen and then as a manager at RP Lumber, and as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff for Christian County. Saturday, April 24, 2021
Culinary herbs can add variety and splashes of color to any deck, balcony, or patio. This makes them an excellent option for many small space gardeners.
“My favorite group of plants to grow is culinary herbs,” says Jennifer Fishburn, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator based in Sangamon County. “These plants are good fillers in perennial and herb gardens, and many are a source of pollen and nectar for pollinating insects.” Saturday, April 24, 2021
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s latest exhibit, “State of Sound: A World of Music from Illinois,” opens Friday, April 30. Journalists can get an early look and talk to the ALPLM exhibits director during a press preview at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 29. Saturday, April 24, 2021
The Broadband & USDA State Offices for Illinois & Missouri are co-hosting an upcoming webinar on the USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program (DLT), which is currently accepting applications. USDA plans to make $44.5 million available in fiscal year 2021 for this program. Of this amount, $10.2 million is intended for projects that provide substance use disorder treatment services in rural areas. Eligible applicants for the program include local governments, nonprofits, and for-profit businesses. Saturday, April 24, 2021
Peoples Bank & Trust, and its holding company, People First Bancshares, Inc., are pleased to announce that Josh M. Shallenberger has been appointed as a Director.
Josh M. Shallenberger is President/CEO of Shelby Electric Cooperative and its subsidiaries, Shelby Energy and PWR-net, headquartered in Shelbyville, IL. Shelby Electric Cooperative is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative serving all or parts of Christian, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Macon, Montgomery, Moultrie, Sangamon and Shelby Counties. The cooperative serves around 10,000 member-owners over 2,200 miles of energized lines. Saturday, April 24, 2021
Mindy Mills has been named the Employee of the First Quarter 2021 for Taylorville Police Department. The selection was based on her demonstrated level of professionalism, proficiency and attention to detail. Mindy works hard to keep the police department in compliance at all times. She shows calmness in the midst of extreme pressure and has a steadiness and desire to help effectively serve the department. Saturday, April 24, 2021
DJ Mathon, Chief, Kincaid PD, has been nominated for “Officer of the Year” for 2021. Chief Mathon is a 2002 graduate of THS. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 2004 in Criminal Justice. DJ started his police career in 2007 as a patrol officer in Kincaid.
In 2009, after completing his PTI at the U of I, Chief Mathon went to work as a railroad policeman for the Norfolk Southern RR. In October of 2020, DJ became the Chief of Police for the Village of Kincaid. He also currently serves as a Sr. Airman in the Illinois Air National Guard. Friday, April 23, 2021
The 2021 Nokomis High School Prom Court has been announced. Prom will be held Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 6 p.m. The Coronation will be live streamed at 7:15 p.m. from the Nokomis High School new gymnasium. Friday, April 23, 2021
The following people recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Friday, April 23, 2021
The South Fork Board of Education held a regular meeting on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high Media Center.
As the end of the school year quickly approaches, the South Fork Board and administrators are working furiously to be ready for graduation. High school principal Steve Groll told the Board that the graduation was now planned for Friday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m. on the football field. He said he was still working on the logistics, but as everything was planned now, the district was comfortable allowing 10 to 15 guests per graduate. Friday, April 23, 2021
Lincoln Home National Historic Site is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of the Organization of American Historians Stanton-Horton Award for Excellence in National Park Service History for the development of “The Illinois Freedom Project” youth history initiative.
The Stanton-Horton Award is presented annually by the Organization of American Historians for excellence in National Park Service historical efforts that make the NPS a leader in promoting public understanding of and engagement with American history. For more information on this award, visit www.oah.org/awards/uncategorized-awards/stanton-horton-award/. Friday, April 23, 2021
On Monday, April 12 the AFSCME Sub-Chapter #87 Retirees held a zoom conference for current members, new members and retired seniors.
David Spinner welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked his good friend, Louis Goseland for being the Zoom host.
Spinner introduced guest speaker, Kelley Dehlinger a state worker with the Senior Health Agency. The Senior Health Insurance program (SHIP), Illinois Department on Aging is a free statewide health insurance counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers. SHIP is not affiliated with any insurance company. SHIP counselors do not sell or solicit any type of insurance. Friday, April 23, 2021
State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Morrisonville) has concluded her annual art contest and today is announcing the winners! Students throughout the 95th District were encouraged to participate in the competition, which ran through the month of March. Friday, April 23, 2021
Caitlin Donovon of Taylorville has recently been inducted into the Alpha Alpha Gamma chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education at the University of Illinois Springfield. Friday, April 23, 2021
Jessica Mesman tells of her grief of losing her mom when she was young. Initially, she was fine. Mesman writes, “After coming home from the hospital without my mother, my mind goes dark.” Friday, April 23, 2021
The Central A&M FFA recently elected new officers for the 2021-22 school year. Members interested in running for an office must complete an application, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and present a speech during elections. Friday, April 23, 2021
South Fork High School is pleased to announce our 2021 Homecoming Court and Homecoming King and Queen. The Homecoming Court was presented by Shaye Moomey, Junior Class President, at the final football game on Wednesday, April 21 Thursday, April 22, 2021
Due to the overwhelming response from Wednesday’s food giveaway hosted by the Central Illinois Foodbank at the Christian County Fairgrounds the Taylorville Food Pantry will be open normal operating hours today, April 22, 2021 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 2021
Illinois Republicans have added a new twist to their call for an independent redistricting commission in hopes of overcoming Democrats’ claims that their plan would likely be found unconstitutional. Thursday, April 22, 2021
Elementary students at Lincoln Elementary school were placed in a lockdown situation Tuesday afternoon after school officials and the Pana Police Department were made aware of a possible threat involving the possession of a gun by a student.
Pana Police Chief Daniel Bland says an investigation showed no credible evidence that any such threat actually existed. “The school administration got some information from a student who said they hear about another student who might have brought a gun in their bookbag,” Bland said. “The school initiated a soft lockdown. We searched everything, talked with the kids, and it turned out to be something where kids were just talking about things at home, or play guns, and it just evolved into something that it wasn’t.” Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Taylorville Police Department Officer Kirsten Bolinger has been nominated as a candidate for the 2021 Officer of the Year. Officer Bolinger is a 2011 graduate of Springfield H.S. Kristen studied one year at LLCC and also tried her hand as an electrical apprentice at a trade school before realizing her calling was in law enforcement. Wednesday, April 21, 2021
The registration process for incoming kindergarten students has begun at North Elementary School. Students who attend Taylorville preschools will be given folders with all of the information and forms. Parents can return all forms to the preschool by April 30. Wednesday, April 21, 2021
The Christian County Board approved the appointment of Jackie DeClerck Willison as the new Christian County Clerk and Recorder. The unanimous approval came during the Board’s meeting on Tuesday evening at the Courthouse.
Willison replaces Michael Gianasi who resigned the position in February to take a job with the Illinois Board of Elections. She will take over the reigns of the office on May 3, 2021. She will serve the remainder of Gianasi’s term which expires on Nov. 30, 2022.
Katrina Dietrich was appointed interim county clerk in March and will continue to run the office for the next two weeks. Wednesday, April 21, 2021
City of Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry had to cast two tiebreaking votes Monday night; both were related to the issuance of a new liquor license for video gaming establishments.
Prior to the mayor’s vote, aldermen were divided 4-4 on whether or not to approve the licenses. Aldermen Chris Skultety, Shawn Burtle, Kathy Driskell, and Lee Lanzotti all opposed the new licenses while Aldermen Ernie Dorchinecz, Larry Budd, Jim Olive, and Megan Bryan all voted in favor of issuing the licenses.
Driskell was the most vocal detractor to the new licenses saying, “My problem is that we already have 35 gaming establishments...and no limit to the license because you always thought the market would balance itself. Obviously it’s not; we keep adding more and more and more...I think it doesn’t show a good image for Taylorville.” Tuesday, April 20, 2021
The Central Illinois Foodbank has planned a drive-thru food give away tomorrow, Wednesday, April 21, 2021 beginning at 3 p.m. while supplies last. The event will be held at the Christian County Fairgrounds, 1716 W. Spresser St. in Taylorville.
It is open to residents of Christian County. No registration is required and no financial eligibility requirements are set. Tuesday, April 20, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about a local connection to an International Student Exchange Program, during their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge. Saturday, April 17, 2021
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Christian County Coroner Amy Winans has identified the male inmate that died at Taylorville Memorial Hospital E.R. on April 15, 2021 as 51-year old Rodney J. Johnson of Springfield. Saturday, April 17, 2021
SPRINGFIELD — Emma Wells of Mt. Auburn, a senior at Taylorville High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield for Fall Semester 2021 and awarded a $28,000 Lincoln Merit Scholarship for tuition over four years. She plans to major in elementary education at UIS. Saturday, April 17, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — A friendly face and warm smile around the Christian County Courthouse will be missed as Robert E. “Bob” DeClerck, 65, has hung up his broom. Custodian for the Christian County Courthouse through the Christian County Sheriff’s Department for the past 38 years, Bob has worked for Christian County Sheriffs Daris Boaden, Jack DeClerck, Leon Mahan, Dick Mahan, Bob Kinderman and current Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp. Saturday, April 17, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — Christian County Treasurer Betty Asmussen gave members of the Christian County Board’s Finance Committee a glimpse into what to expect from the $1.9 trillion Federal American Rescue Plan legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by the President recently. She made her comments during the committee’s brief meeting on Wednesday evening. Friday, April 16, 2021
PANA — The Pana High School Drama Department is excited to present the online showing of their spring play, "10 Ways to Survive Life in A Quarantine" by Don Zolidis. The show will stream all day in an unlimited manner on Friday, April 16 and Friday, April 17 at the following website: https://www.broadwayondemand.com/series/iPrxhc8wft8y-10-ways-to-survive-life-in-quarantine--pana-high-school Friday, April 16, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — On April 15, 2021 at approximately 4:52 p.m. an inmate at the Christian County Sheriff’s Office Jail was found unresponsive by a correctional officer, while completing a standard administrative procedure. Life saving measures were performed by the Jail nurse along with the correctional officers. The inmate was immediately transported to the Taylorville Memorial Hospital by ambulance. The inmate was pronounced deceased by medical personal at 6 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2021
The Edinburg Board of Education met on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. in the District Media Center.
At the start of the Board meeting, Board President Adam Swinger and Vice President Corey Hunsley retained their positions on the Board. There were no contested races for seats during the April 6 election, so all current Board members remain the same.
Principal Michelle Reiss told the Board that the schools had finally finished all their testing. She also explained that there were plans in place to discuss graduation later on in the week once she had more information from the health department. The seniors wanted to try and hold the ceremony outside to allow as many people as possible to attend. According to Reiss, she estimated that there would likely only be 14 seniors actually walking at graduation. With such low numbers, she was confident the district would be able to work something out to have more loved ones attend. Thursday, April 15, 2021
Members of the Christian County Board’s Highway, Buildings and Grounds Committee discussed what options are available after the recently failed referendum for a 1% Safety Sales Tax increase to pay for a new jail and sheriff’s office at its meeting on Tuesday night in the Courthouse in Taylorville. Engineer Bill Kennedy said the problem is not going to go away anytime soon and a plan of action was needed.
Kennedy felt one of the reasons it failed was because there was no plan for the public to see before the vote.
“Tax increases are never popular, but the thing was done with no plan and a request for money in perpetuity, which doesn’t make sense” Kennedy said. “We have to figure out what will fix the problem we have and how much money we will get into initially before we do anything else to the facility.” Wednesday, April 14, 2021
The Taylorville Police and Fire Departments will host the second annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive Friday, April 16, 2021 from 1-6 p.m. in the training room at the fire station, located at 202 N. Main Street in Taylorville.
Citizens are encouraged to sign up by contacting the Red Cross at 800-733-2767 or visit their website at RedCrossBlood.org and enter “Taylorville” to schedule your appointment. Wednesday, April 14, 2021
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a hit and run that occurred in Taylorville.
Sometime during the early morning hours of Saturday, April 10, 2021, an unknown vehicle struck a deer stand that was on the property of Route 29 Kustoms, located at 1110 North Cheney Street. The unknown vehicle then left the scene heading south on Cheney Street. The stand and moorings were damged. The total dollar amount of the damage unkown at this time. Wednesday, April 14, 2021
The Village of Kincaid met in regular session Monday night. Village Clerk Marla O’Dell presented information to the board about creating a Village website. O’Dell recently spoke to the Village of Stonington clerk about their website. The proposal provides the opportunity to for residents to participate in online payments for water bills. Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Memorial Health System (MHS) has followed guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accordingly, MHS has immediately suspended Johnson & Johnson vaccinations at all locations.
In Springfield, MHS is partnering to offer clinics this evening at Third Presbyterian Church; Wednesday at MERCY Communities Inc.; and Thursday at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Illinois. We will administer Pfizer vaccine at these locations, rather than the Johnson & Johnson that had originally been scheduled. Tuesday, April 13, 2021
The Pana City Council continued its efforts to rehabilitate downtown Pana during its Monday night meeting. Those items included purchasing the McAfee building at 15 S. Locust and demolishing it and a building to the north, called the Bailey building, next to the AAMP building.
In addition, the Council approved making an agreement with Brunner Auto Supply to transfer ownership of the lots, contingent upon the execution of the Jack Flash Project. All eight members of the Council were present and all of the measures passed unanimously. Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Beginning next school year, the Taylorville Junior High School will have a new principal. Current Memorial Elementary Principal Eric Bruder is poised to take the reins at TJHS while current jr. high principal Jessica Miller, on the other hand, will move into the position of district tech administrator.
The Taylorville School Board voted 4-1 (Steve Turner-no, Dave Driskell-absent, Rick Bryan-absent) Monday to approve the personnel changes. Turner — who is currently the outgoing board president — objected, saying he thought the newly elected board should be the ones to approve new administration. Turner actually motioned to table the decision; that motion, however, died for lack of a second. Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Members of the Christian County Board’s Executive and Personnel Committee voted to table until their May meeting a request from the Fraternal Order of Police to begin contract negotiations early. The committee met on Monday night in the Courthouse.
According to County Board Chairman Matt Wells, the current contract calls for negotiations to begin 90 to 120 days prior to the expiration of the contract. The contact reportedly expires on Nov. 30, 2021. Tuesday, April 13, 2021
The Village of Edinburg held a regular meeting on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.
The Village has been working hard on two major infrastructure projects, the raw water line improvements and CTI’s installation of fiber Internet throughout the Village. While both are still moving along, getting the necessary paperwork compiled and completed has caused the projects to stall in momentum.
Attorney Rocci Romano told the Board that he has finally finished getting all the easements necessary for the project, but was still working on the rest of the legal work. The Archeological study necessary before any large project to check for historical and cultural artifacts was completed without any discoveries. The study was done on both sides of the project area in case any issues came up later and the workers had to switch sides, they could do so immediately without having to wait for another study to be completed. The Village President had also contacted the necessary five Native American tribes to let them know about the work, as well. Romano hoped to have the rest of the paperwork finished as soon as possible. Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Robert R. Hodson, 46, Taylorville, has been released from Christian County Jail after posting $200,000 cash bond (10% cash applies). He was charged Friday with Aggravated Driving Under the Influence Involving Death, following a accident Thursday night in which two individuals were killed. Monday, April 12, 2021
The Taylorville Optimist Club is proud to present the first nominee for the 2021 Officer of the Year. Robert Campbell is a 32 year veteran of the Illinois Department of Corrections. Having started his career in 1987 at the Pontiac correctional facility, he left after 19 years and went to Graham correctional facility in Hillsboro in 2006. After spending 3 years at Graham, Rob then transferred to the Taylorville Correctional Center in 2009. Rob retired from DOC in 2018. Since that time, Rob has served as a Court House Security guard and is still serving in that capacity today. Saturday, April 10, 2021
On Friday, April 9, 2021, at approximately 1:00 p.m., Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Zone 4 and ISP District 9 arrested Robert Hodson after being discharged from a local hospital.
Hodson was charged with 625 ILCS 5/11-501(d)(1)(F) Aggravated Driving Under the Influence Involving Death (Class 2 Felony). The penalty for this offense carries a term of imprisonment not less than six years and not more than 28 years since it involved the death of more than one person. Saturday, April 10, 2021
Prospective students are invited to participate in the Campus Cruise April 21, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Lincoln Land Community College’s Springfield campus to learn more about the college’s programs, services and facilities.
Participants can take a tour of campus from their cars, accessing videos on their smartphones at various stops along the way. A map of the driving route and videos for each stop are available at www.llcc.edu/campus-cruise. Saturday, April 10, 2021
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about upcoming fund-raising efforts, and plans for further work at Kiwanis Park on Lake Taylorville, during their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge. Saturday, April 10, 2021
The Pana School Board hired Lisa Mayhall as the new principal for Pana Junior High School. The action took place during the board’s special meeting on Wednesday night. Her appointment was announced as a “transfer,” since Mrs. Mayhall is already employed at the junior high.
Her appointment will commence with the 2021-22 school year beginning July 1, 2021. Juletta Ellis, the current junior high principal, announced her resignation at the March meeting of the board. Saturday, April 10, 2021
The Morrisonville FFA Chapter recently hosted a drive through pancake breakfast this week. Pictured from left are Jhia Walker, Ava Saxe, Caitlin Clarke, Mason Tryon, Bella Tryon, Tessa Funderburk and Tessa Saxe. Saturday, April 10, 2021
The University of Houston has awarded a 2021 Teaching Excellence Award to Justin T. Burris, Ed.D., a professor in the College of Education, for his outstanding performance and dedication to students.
The recognition is among the top teaching honors at the University of Houston, a Tier One public research institution with more than 2,800 faculty and 47,000 students. Burris won in the instructor/clinical category. Saturday, April 10, 2021
There was a two vehicle fatal crash on Illinois Route 48 near E 1550 N near Taylorville. The crash happened around 11:04 p.m. on April 8.
The driver of the first vehicle was Robert M. Hodson, a 46-year-old male from Taylorville, who was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with serious injuries. The second driver was a 19-year-old female from Taylorville who was pronounced deceased on scene. Identification is pending notification.
A 19-year-old female passenger from Lafayette, Ind., was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with life-threatening-injuries. Identification withheld due to the severity of her injuries. The second passenger was an unidentified male who was pronounced deceased on scene. Friday, April 9, 2021
Local coffee and ice cream business LP Coffee & Creamery will be hosting a free fund raising event from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. tonight. The cops, coffee, and cold scoops event will be raising money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois. Friday, April 9, 2021
The Log Cabin Railsplitter District Pinewood Derby was held at the Taylorville VFW. The event was open for the top finishing racers from Cub Scout packs in Christian, Montgomery, and Macoupin counties. Pack 74 in Morrisonville took the five top places. Friday, April 9, 2021
The Taylorville Optimist Club once again participated with the Taylorville Park District, in providing candy filled eggs for the 2-3 year old age group. Two “special eggs” were hidden that contained a coupon good for a toy package. Friday, April 9, 2021
Along the western coast of South America, there’s a vast desert that is unimaginably dry. In fact, the Atacama Desert in Chile is said to be among the driest places on earth. According to Reuters, the arid climate in the Atacama allows scientists to use the region as a way to gain insight about what life and living conditions might possibly be like on Mars. However, typically every five to seven years something amazing happens in this parched wilderness. A brief, uncommon period of rain will come across the desert, and seeds buried in the nutrient-scarce soil germinate and flower. And for a few weeks, the desert floor is carpeted with a beautiful landscape of vibrant blossoming plants. It’s referred to as the "desierto florido" (flowering desert). The spectacular colors of white, purple, and yellow, draw visitors and botanists from Chile and around the world. It truly is an amazing sight to behold. Friday, April 9, 2021
A potential quarter-million dollar gift to the newly organized Pana Diamond Club was the topic of discussion during a special meeting of the Pana School Board on Monday night in the Pana High School library. An anonymous donor is pledging the money to make the infield at Panthers Field, just west of Pana Junior High School, an artificial turf surface.
Blair Angel, secretary-treasurer of the newly formed Pana Diamond Club, spoke to the board about her efforts to have the organization registered as a 501-3c not-for-profit organization, which would be able to accept the donation and have it be tax deductible to the donor. The Diamond Club would be a support group for baseball and softball at the high school and junior high school level and all of the teams would be able to compete on the new field. The outfield would remain natural turf. Thursday, April 8, 2021
The Village of Stonington met in regular session Monday night. Village President Bruce Dowdy relayed information to the board regarding a grant that has been submitted for “shovel ready” projects. Part of the project will include two filters at the water plant that are not part of the big grant already taking place. This grant should help get all the equipment ready and electronics in them for the chlorine room project. There will be some engineering costs to that.
Mark Bingham, Engineer with Chastain and Associates, explained if a general contractor did the entire project the filters would cost $76,247.31, changing the chlorine to liquid chlorine cost is $24,955.35. There would be additional engineering costs associated for this project. The deadline for submitting the grant application is April 8, 2021. Dowdy said he made the decision ahead of time to get the grant application in, as the deadline was fast approaching.
Dowdy reiterated to the board he has been in contact with Congressman Rodney Davis’ office regarding any federal relief for the increase in gas the past couple of months. Thursday, April 8, 2021
The Village of Mt. Auburn held a regular meeting on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.
Lee Beckman, from Milano and Grunloh Engineering, was present at the Board meeting to show the board the bids for the Phase II water project to replace the Village’s aging and rusted water systems. Before sharing the bids, Beckman told the Board that the costs for the project had gone up more than anticipated. That was do in part to any construction work being more costly currently as a result of production lines struggling to recover from the Pandemic impact. The pipe prices alone had tripled. Despite that, Beckman did not recommend waiting for the prices to go down or trying to re-bid, as he did not see the prices improving any time soon and the Village needed the work down. Thursday, April 8, 2021
The next special exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will explore the amazing musical history of Illinois by putting the spotlight on legends like rockers Cheap Trick, jazz great Miles Davis, bluegrass queen Alison Krauss and “king of soul” Sam Cooke. Thursday, April 8, 2021
Approximately five businesses on the east side of the square in downtown Pawnee were destroyed yesterday after a devastating fire broke out. The fire was so large that several fire departments from the area were called out to assist including: Midland, Riverton, Rochester, Auburn, Divernon, Virden, Chatham, Springfield and Decatur. According to TFD Fire Chief Matthew Adderman, Taylorville was not called to assist. Wednesday, April 7, 2021
In his first run for political office, Nathan Pastor, 37, of Pana, was elected Mayor of the city in the Apr. 6 Consolidated Election on Tuesday. He won by a margin of better than 2-to-1 over his nearest competitor, Steve Scott, 58, who is Third Ward Alderman in Pana, 578 votes to 215.
Rod Helm, the third mayoral candidate, received 71 votes. Current Pana Mayor Don Kroski, did not seek re-election. Wednesday, April 7, 2021
The Taylorville Homecoming Parade has been changed from Wednesday, April 14th to Saturday, April 17, 2021.
According to THS Principal Matt Hutchison, “Due to COVID protocol we had some football players under quarantine and they will be finished with it on Thursday. We wanted to make sure as many kids as possible could participate in the festivities, so we have decided to move the parade to Saturday at 1 p.m.” Wednesday, April 7, 2021
According to unofficial election results, 6,682 votes were cast in Christian County in Tuesday’s consolidated election. Voter turnout, then, was reported at 30.4 percent. Relative to the 2019 consolidated election, Tuesday’s vote count was up signficantly as only 2,326 ballots were cast two years ago. Here’s how Christian County voted in contested races Tuesday: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
The THS Homecoming is scheduled for the week of April 12-16 with as much school spirit planned as possible.
Although, there will not be a dance, pep rally or bonfire this year, they are still having a Homecoming Court and parade, along with school related activities throughout the week. Tuesday, April 6, 2021
The ROE #3 Learning Express Staff, as well as many other organizations and individuals, will be wearing blue on Friday, April 9th to show their commitment to preventing child abuse.
Parents who are pregnant or have children under the age of 3 are invited to visit the table on the courthouse lawn in Taylorville to learn more about their program and receive free giveaways such as diapers, books, and much more. Tuesday, April 6, 2021
City of Taylorville aldermen voted 6-1 Monday night (Chris Skultety-no) to move forward with a second round of economic stimulus payments for local businesses that have been adversely affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Back in June of last year, the city approved a stimulus plan that provided up to $1,500 in relief for local businesses to be paid out of the City’s Business Development District (BDD) fund. Likewise, this newest round of stimulus payments will also be paid from the same fund. This time around, however, payments will be limited to $500. Tuesday, April 6, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — The 127-year-old legacy of Christian County’s only daily newspaper, the Taylorville Breeze-Courier, will continue into the future under the ownership of Greg Hoskins and Better Newspapers, Inc., headquartered in Mascoutah, Ill. The sale was announced by Hoskins and Publisher-Editor of the Breeze-Courier, Marylee Cooper, on Thursday, Apr. 1, 2021. Saturday, April 3, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — Voters in the Taylorville School District will be asked to elect members to the Taylorville School Board by “at large” majority, or continue with the practice of limiting the number of board members to three from a specific Congressional Township when they go to the polls on Tuesday. Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Saturday, April 3, 2021
ILLINOIS — The cornfields of Illinois are a long way from the glitz, glamour, and—many would say—shallow lifestyle of Hollywood. But many actors were either born or raised in Illinois, and a surprising number of movies and television shows have Illinois ties. Saturday, April 3, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — Since leaving Taylorville High School, where he was an editor for the Zephyr, Noah Nelson has found meteoric success as a talented writer and a budding journalist. Saturday, April 3, 2021
MOWEAQUA — Hunter Mott was selected as the State FFA Proficiency Winner in Poultry Production Entrepreneurship. Hunter is a member of the Central A&M FFA Chapter of the Illinois Association FFA. Saturday, April 3, 2021
ILLINOIS — One of the pioneer heroes of Illinois during its territorial and early statehood eras was Samuel Whiteside, who was Abraham Lincoln’s commanding officer during the Black Hawk conflict. He is buried in Christian County. Saturday, April 3, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — Spring-blooming trees and shrubs are bursting into flower, with forsythia and star magnolias leading the way in many gardens, but the parade will continue throughout the spring months in many gardens, wrapping up with lilacs and weigelia. Along the way, you might enjoy the varieties of dogwood (Cornus); acid-lovers like azalea and rhododendron; hydrangeas and viburnums; and trees that include flowering cherry and redbud. Saturday, April 3, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — Along about February one begins to think about what they want to plant in the garden come spring. It is good to make a list of what seeds you wish to plant and when to plant them. The Farmers Almanac is a good resource for telling you the best time to start seeds indoor and outdoor. This year I planted my seeds February 27 which is a couple of months before the last spring frost. Saturday, April 3, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — Leaves that fall from trees can be a marvel to behold. But leaves can stain exterior surfaces when they eventually settle on vehicles, concrete driveways, patios, and other surfaces, become wet and/or are not cleaned away in a timely fashion. Saturday, April 3, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — Various factors motivate the decisions homeowners make when designing their landscapes. Some may be motivated by the ways additions will affect the resale value of their homes, while others may be guided by a love for a particular type of plant. Comfort is yet another motivator, and shade trees can make yards more comfortable as the mercury rises. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, the following are some popular shade trees that can add beauty to a landscape and make it more comfortable come the dog days of summer. Saturday, April 3, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — Establishing a vibrant lawn requires research, including determining which type of turf is the best fit for a property. The lawn experts at Pennington say that homeowners can set up their lawns for success by choosing turfgrasses that thrive in their region. Saturday, April 3, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — A trip to the produce aisle at a local grocery store can unveil a host of healthy additions to anyone’s diet. Such a jaunt also can raise eyebrows, as produce, particularly organic fruits and vegetables, can be very expensive. Consumers may feel helpless to corral the cost of healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, but all hope should not be lost. That’s especially so for people willing to give gardening a try. Saturday, April 3, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — Just when people thought it may be safe to take a collective breath after the roller coaster year that was 2020, something big is on the way — and they’re planning on arriving in the billions. Saturday, April 3, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — Designing an ideal backyard space requires forethought and an eye for style. Knowing which features to include in a yard often boils down to what homeowners want to achieve in the space. Will it be a relaxing oasis or a central entertaining focal point? Saturday, April 3, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — Pristine, snow-covered landscapes can be wonders to behold. While that blanket of white is idyllic, a lawn’s delicate blades may be paying a hefty price beneath the cold, heavy piles of snow. Saturday, April 3, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — Once the days begin to grow a little bit longer and the numbers on the thermometer creep a tad higher, outdoor entertaining season is right around the corner. Homeowners may be anxious to once again return to the comforts of their backyards. However, their patio furniture may not be ready for lounging just yet. Saturday, April 3, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — This Sunday, we Christians celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Others celebrate eggs, rabbits or something else, however the World over knows this is a special day. Friday, April 2, 2021
TAYLORVILLE — The Faith Community Worship Center (FCWC) in Taylorville will host a candlelight Communion service at 6:30 p.m. on Good Friday, April 2, 2021. They believe in open Communion, that is, one need not be a member of the church to participate in Communion. Friday, April 2, 2021