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Four Graduate From Problem Solving Court

Saturday, December 14, 2019


Battery Specialists Plus Golf Cars lands Super Bowl contract
TAYLORVILLE — It won’t be the biggest contract the company has ever taken, not by a long shot actually, but it is certainly one of the most prestigious. Battery Specialists Plus Golf Cars in Taylorville announced Friday that they have landed a contract to supply golf cars at the 2020 Super Bowl in Miami.
Saturday, December 14, 2019

Taylorville Junior High School November Students Of The Month
Saturday, December 14, 2019

Pana Hospital Opens Expanded Facilities
PANA — An excited CEO of Pana Community Hospital, Trina Casner, center, cuts the ribbon to officially open the newly completed $20.4 million remodel and expansion of the hospital. About 200 people were on hand for the ribbon cutting which took place Thursday afternoon.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Cowell to Corso: Anderson Jewelers has new owners
TAYLORVILLE — Almost a year ago exactly, Matt Corso was finishing up a little a holiday shopping at Anderson Jewelers. He completed his purchase and went on his way without much of a second thought. Fast forward to today, and he’s back again, only this time he’s on the other side of the counter.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Dec. 13, 2019:
Friday, December 13, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, December 13, 2019

US charges Army vet with threatening to shoot Congressman Davis
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A 64-year-old Army veteran has been charged in federal court with making a threatening communication against an Illinois congressman.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Kiwanis Donates To Builders Club
Friday, December 13, 2019

Retired judge John Coady speaks to Optimists
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, December 12, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium. Secretary Jim Adcock presided over the meeting and called it to order with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Optimist Club Hosts 'Christmas For Kids'
Friday, December 13, 2019

Request made for asst. public defender
TAYLORVILLE — Christian County Resident Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Brad Paisley appeared before the Christian County Board’s Audit and Finance Committee on Thursday night to request consideration of hiring an Assistant Public Defender for the county.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Church Event Calendar
Friday, December 13, 2019

Coat drive ongoing at Taylorville Skilled Nursing Center
TAYLORVILLE — Time is winding down on a great opportunity to help provide coats to needy kids and families.  For every new or gently used coat donated to Taylorville Skilled Nursing Center at 800 McAdam Drive by the end of the day on Saturday, another new coat will be donated by Crest Healthcare.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Safe Passage Program reflects on progress
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — There’s been much talk about the Opioid Crisis in America in the last few years. Christian County was not immune to that crisis, wrapping up a total of 25 accidental deaths related to drug overdose in seven years. A total of 15 overdose deaths occurred in the years 2015 and 2016 in Christian County, according to Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans.
Friday, December 13, 2019

"Like a Good Neighbor"
TAYLORVILLE — I was blessed earlier this week that I had a chance to relive some great experiences of my childhood with my own oldest child. It is one thing to tell your children what things were like, it is another for them to experience it, or at least a small taste.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Committee approves hiring attorney for wind ordinance
TAYLORVILLE — During a brief meeting of the Christian County Board’s Executive and Personnel Committee meeting Wednesday night, approval was given to hire an attorney for guidance in making up an ordinance for the county’s zoning of wind energy projects in the county. The vote was 3-1 with member Matt Wells voting, “no.”
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Dec. 12, 2019:
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Edinburg Schools review audit and plan for improvements
EDINBURG — The Edinburg Board of Education held a regular meeting on Wednesday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the junior high room #145.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Memorial to hold breast cancer support meetings
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center will hold a series of monthly meetings for its breast cancer support group in 2020.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Clothing giveway at Camp One Way this Sunday
MT. AUBURN — On December 15, Camp One Way, just outside of Mount Auburn, Illinois, will offer free kids clothing for children ages newborn to teen.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

THS Choral Department Vespers concert Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Schools Choral Department will present its long-running Christmas Vespers Concert on Sunday, December 15, 2019 beginning at 4:00pm in the THS Cafeteria.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Santa Sighting At Memorial School
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Information sought in criminal damage
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.

Sometime during the early morning hours of Sunday, December 1, 2019, person or persons unknown spray painted the bleacher area of the Hafliger Baseball Field located inside Manners Park. There were several areas of the bleachers spray painted with words and pictures. The total dollar amount of the damage is unknown at this time.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

THS Madrigal Singers Entertain Taylorville Kiwanis Club This Week
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club hosted Taylorville High School students who are part of this year’s Madrigal performances, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the club’s new meeting place, the Taylorville Moose Lodge. Under the direction of music instructor Keith Chase, the THS students performed several of the songs they’re performing as part of this year’s Madrigal Dinner.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Taylorville Junior High School Announces Students Of The Month
Taylorville Junior High School has announced their students  of the month. To receive student of the month honors, students must be nominated by a teacher or an administrator.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

LLCC Taylorville Sponsors Food Drive
LLCC-Taylorville sponsored a Thanksgiving food drive in November when students and faculty collected more than 450 non-perishable food items. The items were donated to the Taylorville Food Pantry and the First Presbyterian Church Deacon’s Thanksgiving Basket Program. Classes competed to collect the most items for the drive and win a pizza party.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

2 nature programs at Rock Springs this weekend
There will be two nature programs at Rock Springs Conservation Area this weekend. All ages can learn about mammals in Illinois on Saturday, December 14 at 11am. Attendees will examine pelts, tracks, and skulls of Illinois mammals to piece together what their lives are like. The program is free. Those attending must pre-register online by noon on Friday, December 13 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Pana council to consider ban on sale of cannabis
Following a rambling discussion about marijuana sales, employee related use of cannabis and work performances during Monday night’s Pana City Council meeting, members asked City Attorney Steve Mahrt to bring back an ordinance to ban establishing retail cannabis points of sale inside the city.

The discussion began with Mahrt telling the Council they needed to establish a new employee policy which would basically treat cannabis in the same way alcohol is in the city’s employee manual. The attorney said this applies to any employee who is involved in operation of heavy machinery and those who work and/or drive emergency services/vehicles. However, this does not include police or fire department employees. But it does include those holding CDL driver’s licenses, which have to abide by federal regulations. They are subject to random drug testing and can be dismissed or disciplined if they are found to have cannabis in their systems. Under Federal law, cannabis is an illegal drug.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

$400,000 drainage project incoming at Memorial School
The cafeteria at Memorial Elementary School in Taylorville takes on water when it rains, and it has for some time. Previous attempts to mitigate the problem have ultimately proven unsuccessful, and, now, the district has elected to pursue a fix that could cost between $350,000 and $400,000. The project was approved unanimously at Monday’s Taylorville School Board meeting.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Broadcast news class could be coming to THS
Tommy TV started as  project to help make Taylorville High School sports more accessible to the masses. It’s worked; the popular internet and TV channel is an avenue where stay-at-home and transplant Tornado fans can cheer on the Purple and Gold. But, it’s blossomed into something more; it’s become a outlet for students to showcase their mutlimedia talents, and school officials have taken notice.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Nativities On Display At Stonington Library
STONINGTON — Stonington Township Library will host a Nativity display through December 13. A total of 33 Nativities will adorn the library. The event is open to the public Monday-Friday from 1-5 p.m. The nativity scene pictured belongs to Diana Kupish of Blue Mound.



Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Learning Express hosts Christmas party for families
The Regional Office of Education #3 Learning Express Program, hosted a Polar Express themed Christmas party on Friday, December 6, at the Davis Memorial Church in Taylorville for Christian County families who are enrolled in the program.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Lincoln Home visitor center to host play set on Christmas Eve of 1864
The holiday season is here and Lincoln Home National Historic Site invites the community to attend a special performance of “A Message at Midnight” that will be presented on Friday, December 20, 2019 and Saturday, December 21, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Performances are at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site Visitor Center at 426 S. Seventh Street, Springfield, Illinois.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Village of Edinburg Board discusses Cannabis use as of Jan. 1
The Village of Edinburg held their regular meeting on Monday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m.

As most Illinois residents now know, smoking cannabis will become legal in Illinois January 1. In response to this change in law, Edinburg Chief of Police Aaron Morgan asked the Village Attorney Rocci Romano to draft up a new ordinance for the village that would lay out the changes in the Village Code, and to help explain to his police department and the Board what they could and could not do.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

DT.O Twilight Parade Kicks Off The Season
Monday, December 9, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, December 9, 2019

Peter Meyer DAR honors Good Citizens
Ellen Colbrook, Chairman of the DAR Good Citizen Committee for the Peter Meyer Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, has announced the winners of the DAR Good Citizen Award from area schools. This annual award is presented to a senior high school student, boy or girl, who possesses the following qualities “dependability, service, leadership and patriotism”.
Monday, December 9, 2019

Taylorville native Tim Drea elected President IL AFL-CIO
The Illinois AFL-CIO Executive Board recently elected Taylorville native Tim Drea as President of the 855,000 statewide member organization.

Across all fifty states, the Illinois AFL-CIO is the third largest such union organization, behind only New York and California.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

THS Hosts 37th Annual Madrigal Dinner
It was another merry evening of feast and fun at the 37th annual THS Madrigal Dinner Friday and Saturday night as dozens of students helped ring in the season of Yule with festive song.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Protect Christian County wants everyone's rights recognized
Protect Christian County (PCC) wants to be a partner with the Christian County Board as a wind energy ordinance is being rewritten or revised. They are the organization behind a six-month moratorium on wind farm development, application or building until facts can be gathered about the potential projects.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Land of Lincoln Credit Union hires Ben Austin as new CIO
Land of Lincoln Credit Union (LLCU) is pleased to announce Ben Austin as the new Chief Information Officer. Austin will be responsible for ensuring effective, efficient and secure technology solutions for throughout the credit union.

Austin brings 15 years of experience in the technology and systems field, most recently as an IT Business Relationship Manager at Archer Daniels Midland Company.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

From intuition to TFD institution: Goodall retires after 34 years
Intuition, it’s said, is like the GPS of the soul. Trust it, and it will always lead you to your destination, even if you don’t know exactly where the road ends.

For Taylorville’s Andy Goodall, his intuition led him down a road that both started and ended at the Taylorville Fire Department. In 1985, Goodall trusted an inkling that would ultimately become a lifelong dedication. Now, after 34 years, Goodall says it’s time for him to retire, but what a tenure it’s been.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Arias and Architecture Holiday Event Dec. 15 at Dana-Thomas House and Cathedral Church of Saint Paul in Springfield
Enjoy festive holiday lights and music on Sunday, December 15 in Springfield as the Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site and the neighboring Cathedral Church of Saint Paul host “Arias and Architecture – An Evening of Music and Design” to help celebrate the holiday season.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Lake Land College announces GED class schedule
Lake Land College’s Adult Education is offering GED classes throughout the Lake Land College district beginning the second week of January. Classes are 100 percent federally funded thanks to the U.S. Department of Education.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Get an up-close look at Lincoln Presidential Library's rare Civil War relics
More than 150 years after the bullets stopped flying, the battles of the Civil War hold a special place in American memory. On Dec. 12, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will open its vault to display concrete reminders from a few of those bloody battles.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Celebrate the holidays with Postmodern Jukebox's "A Very Postmodern Christmas" at Kirkland Fine Arts Center Dec. 14
This holiday season, Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) launched their inaugural Christmas tour, entitled "A Very Postmodern Christmas," which can be seen on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin University’s campus.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Central A&M Illinois State Scholars
Central A&M High School recently announced their 2019 Illinois State Scholars from left: Jeske Maples, Erica Corzine, Hailey Wilson and Griffin Brown.


Saturday, December 7, 2019

Courthouse
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, December 7, 2019

City, school pursuing junior high resource officer
The City of Taylorville Emergency Services Committee entertained a visit from Taylorville School Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty Thursday night. There, aldermen discussed, and ultimately unanimously voted to approve, the addition of a second school resource officer who will primarily serve the Taylorville Junior High School.
Friday, December 6, 2019

17 From THS Named Illinois State Scholars
Seventeen students from Taylorville High School were selected as 2019 Illinois State Scholars.
Friday, December 6, 2019

Public is invited to open house for Pana hospital
After over three years of construction, the wait is almost over. Pana Community Hospital is excited to unveil Phase II of their building project at an Open House Celebration on Thursday, December 12th. The event will begin with a short program and ribbon cutting at 4:30 pm with Open House to follow until 6:00 pm.
Friday, December 6, 2019

Committee working on natural disaster protection plan
Projects to prevent injuries and deaths while maintaining vital services for Christian County residents when severe storms hit will be discussed when the Christian County All Hazards Mitigation Planning Committee meets at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10th at the Taylorville Fire Department, 202 North Main Street in Taylorville. Committee meetings are open to the public.
Friday, December 6, 2019

Trials set for two in Walmart heist
Two co-defendants will face jury trial on Mar. 2, 2020, at 8:30 a.m., following hearings in Christian County Court this morning. Marvin L. Bailey, 19 and Cierra S. Little, 33, both of St. Louis, Mo. are both charged with burglary and theft between $10,000 and $100,000 at the Taylorville Wal-Mart on Nov. 21, 2019. Three people are accused in the incident in which it is alleged almost $15,000 in Apple cell phones and watches were taken from the Taylorville store.
Friday, December 6, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, December 6, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, December 6, 2019

Retired postal carrier takes UWCC on a 'Trip of a Life Time'
The University Women of Christian County met for the Dec. meeting on Tues., Dec. 3, 2019 at Whit's End Restaurant. Brent Cornell was the guest speaker. He took the women on a trip of a life time from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Key West, Florida. Brent exchanged his downtown postal carrier route for the spectacular reach of America.
Friday, December 6, 2019

Family events at museum will focus on animals in winter
Children and their families are invited to learn more about how animals adapt to the cold winter months in Illinois at upcoming events at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield.
Friday, December 6, 2019

Sertoma Presents Food Pantry check
Taylorville Sertoma Club  President Ed Downs presented a donation check to Taylorville Food Pantry co-coordinator, Amy Hagan  on behalf of the local Sertoma club.
Friday, December 6, 2019

Need for blood doesn't stop for the holidays, donors needed
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more than 1 million units of blood could be transfused in the United States. Individuals are urged to give a lifesaving gift this holiday season by making an appointment to donate blood or platelets and help the American Red Cross ensure a sufficient supply is available for patients throughout the holiday season. Those with type O blood are especially needed.
Friday, December 6, 2019

North School Attendance Wnners
Pictured are the North School attendance winners for the week of November 25-29.
Friday, December 6, 2019

Spreading Christmas Cheer
Ted Campbell, age 89, made a visit to the Breeze-Courier to sing German Christmas Carols Thursday. He as been visiting different businesses, and nursing homes in the area for approximately 10 years. He enjoys spreading Christmas cheer and paying homage to his grandparents who came to the United States from Germany at the turn of the Century.
Friday, December 6, 2019

God's unspeakable gift to us
I enjoy this time of  year and all that it brings. It is  a time of  thanksgiving, a time of giving, and, yes, it is a time of receiving. It brings out the child in me as I reminisce about past Christmases and the gifts that I was able to give and receive, the anticipation of what was under the tree, and being able to see family that I had seen maybe a few times or less throughout the year..
Friday, December 6, 2019

Kincaid Church of God fundraiser winding down
The Kincaid Church of God (KCOG) has under 100 bags of their famous peanut brittle left.
Friday, December 6, 2019

Five on Friday
Friday, December 6, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Bike trail group holds annual meeting; discusses new projects
The Lincoln Prairie Trails Conservancy (LPTC) held its Annual Meeting November 23, 2019. Board of Directors for the 2020-21 year are: Terry Baker, Bud Altman, Debbie Jordan, Louise Kennedy, Scott Durbin, Ben Robinson, Ed Jordan, John Broux and Bill Bock.
Thursday, December 5, 2019

City's twilight Christmas parade this Saturday
Three familiar faces will be sitting in the Grand Marshal seat during the annual Downtown Taylorville .org Christmas Twilight Parade on Saturday, December 7. For their years of service to the city and continued engagement within the community, Dan Reese, Earl Walters, and Dick Wiseman have been chosen to be the marshals of the parade.
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Coroner rules on fatal vehicle crash in Tower Hill
Christian County Coroner has released the death investigation results for a traffic crash that occurred on November 5, 2019 in Tower Hill. 
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Candidates listed for March primary
The ballot for Christian County candidates has been set for the Mar. 17, 2020 Primary Election. Three Democrats are unopposed as they seek re-election to their posts as Christian County State’s Attorney, Circuit Clerk and Coroner.

There were no petitions filed simultaneously so there will be no lottery for position on the March ballot, according to County Clerk Mike Gianasi.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Senator Manar to meet with AFSCME retirees
Retired members of AFSCME Sub-Chapter 87 will have two opportunities in December to obtain the latest retiree information as 2019 comes to a close. The first meeting will be held on Monday, December 9, at the Decatur Public Library (Staley Room). A pot-luck luncheon will kick off at 12 noon with the meeting immediately following at 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

TPD investigating death of 34 year old Taylorville man
On Monday, December 2, 2019, Taylorville Police responded to a check welfare call at the residence in the 800 Block of East Stevenson.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Mt. Auburn accepts Rural Development Bonds
The Village of Mt. Auburn held a regular meeting on Tuesday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.

With the first phase of the village-wide water project finished for the year, the Board has already set their sights forward towards getting the second phase starting as soon as possible. In order to do so, the Board and Mayor Amber Dooley have been working to get USDA money through Rural Development.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

In Support
The staff at Memorial Elementary school in Taylorville wore red to show companionship and support for Vandalia schools after a tragic accidwent that claimed the lives of two students and two adults.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

APL Presents Program On Humane Solutions
Sarah Moore and Deana Corbin from Animal Protective League in Springfield gave an informative presentation on TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) and TNVR (trap-neuter-vaccinate-return) programs at Christian County Animal Control Monday, Dec. 2nd. They explained what the program is and its importance in curbing the feral cat overpopulation problem in a humane way. Guests from Christian, Moultrie, and Fayette Counties attended the meeting.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Local Kiwanis Club welcomes a new member
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the club’s new meeting place, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.

Kiwanis committee chairs reported on the work they’re doing to benefit children and youth in the Taylorville community.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

City okays sewer rate increase
Last week, City of Taylorville Aldermen passed a planned incremental, five-year sewer rate increase out of the finance committee. Monday night, the full council made it official when aldermen approved the increase by a vote of 6-2 (Shawn Burtle-no, Chris Skultety-no).

Over the course of the next four years, sewer rates for the City of Taylorville will increase from 14.7 cents per 100 gallons currently to 30 cents per 100 gallons by January 1, 2024.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Elevator replacement is questioned
Bill Kennedy, long-time caretaker of the clock in the Christian County Courthouse, presented his opinion on the replacement of the building’s elevator during a meeting of the Highway, Buildings, grounds and Zoning Committee of the Christian County Board on Monday night. Kennedy’s opinion - replacement was not needed.

In addition to hearing Kennedy’s comments, there were several members of Protect Christian County in the audience to ask about the procedure surrounding a possible moratorium on building or permitting wind turbines in the county.

Kennedy, reading from a prepared statement, told the committee, “It’s my opinion that Otis (Elevator Co.) gave incorrect or inapplicable information to the county.”

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Heartland Hoofs Help Out
The Heartland Mini Hoofs miniature therapy horses of Taylorville were present at the annual Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery Children’s Holiday Store on Sunday, December 1. All children shoppers had the chance to pose with the horses for pictures and even take them along for a walk while they did their shopping.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Stonington mayor says he'll step down in January
Village of Stonington Mayor Ryan Marucco informed the board at last night’s meeting that he would be resigning as Mayor after the January 6, 2020 grant closeout meeting.

Marucco said “It is something I have looked at doing since July and now feels like the right time to do it. I have gotten to where I have many irons in the fire and my work schedule keeps me increasingly busy. The Village of Stonington should not take a back seat to these things.”

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Bond set at $800,000 for Charles R. Hays
On November 27, 2019 at approximately 10:45 p.m. members of the Taylorville Police Department while conducting narcotic enforcement conducted a traffic stop which led to the arrest of Charles R. Hays, 42 years of age of Langleyville.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Master Gardeners honored at recognition banquet
University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners in Christian County were honored at an annual recognition banquet.

Master Gardeners were recognized for their years of service during the banquet. Gwen Podeschi was recognized for 23 years of service. Karen Cherry was recognized for 21 years of service. Linda Smith was recognized for eight years of service.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Kindergartener wins poster contest
North School students participated in an attendance poster contest. Students were encouraged to create a poster with their families to highlight the importance of regular school attendance and/or reasons they loved school.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Honored
Three Memorial Elementary students were honored for their prefect record of school attendance.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Rock Springs hike Dec. 8
Explore the changes happening in nature as wildlife prepare for winter during a Season’s Changes Hike at Rock Springs Conservation Area, on Sunday, December 8 at 2pm. Each registered family will receive a free bluebird house to take home and put up next spring.  This program is free and for all ages. Must pre-register online by noon on December 6 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Veterans Honored At Pinning Ceremony
Life's Journey Senior Living of Pana, Quad County Home Health and Pana VFW #4441 held a pinning ceremony at Life's Journey on Nov. 26, 2019. The purpose of the pinning was to honor and show appreciation to those who have served the country.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Guest Speaker Discusses Health Topics
Taylorville Memorial Hospital infection prevention and control coordinator Peggy Chapman, RN  spoke with the residents of Hickory Estates on different ways to keep healthy. Residents learned about the importance of good hand hygiene as well as taking care to cough and sneeze in their sleeve.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Macon County offering Christmas light recycling
Strings of unwanted Christmas lights will be collected for recycling between December 2, 2019 and January 15, 2020. People may place strings of lights in the specially-marked, outdoor, blue collection box at the Macon County Environmental Management Recycling Center at 1750 N. 21st Street, Decatur.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Raymond Celebration Committee plans events
The Raymond Celebration Committee meet on Thursday, November 21 to discuss upcoming holiday celebrations. At the meeting, it was decided that the Queen Committeewould sell Krispy Kreme Glazed Donuts $8 a box, along with Scavenger Hunt tickets that are $5 each for those who are 16 and over, at the Raymond Christmas Mall.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Morrisonville High Hosts 'Pack The Pantry'
On Wednesday, November 27, the Morrisonville High School Student Council hosted their annual "Pack the Pantry." On that day, all students brought in foods that the Morrisonville Food Pantry was in need of, such as cake mix, cornbread, cereal, and various canned goods. As the students brought in their food, they sorted it into specific categories.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Christmas celebration in Morrisonville this Saturday
The Village of Morrisonville will hold an Old Fashioned Christmas celebration on Saturday, December 7 throughout the entire village. Visitors are welcome to come and enjoy the seasonal festivities.

Plans are being made by business and organizations to open up their doors in downtown Morrisonville to allow the public to browser and see what the village has to offer.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

City Commemorates 1st Anniversary Since Tornado
Over 250 people came out to the Taylorville VFW on Sunday for the commemoration of the first anniversary of the December 1, 2018 tornado. Guest speakers included Mayor Bruce Barry, Pastor Bill Kerns, former Fire Chief Mike Crews, Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettlekamp, Congressman Rodney Davis, and Dennis Metsker.
Monday, December 2, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, December 2, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, December 2, 2019

Bench Honoring Pusch Dedicated
This lovely bench was dedicated at the Christian County Historical Museum near the Owaneco Depot in memory of Glenn Pusch, a long time volunteer, past board member, and past President of the Christian County Historical Society.
Monday, December 2, 2019

Calling all artists: Women's right to vote coin design contest
The Illinois State Treasurer’s Office has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking an artist to design a coin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote.
Monday, December 2, 2019

THS Madrigal Singers Win The WNNS Christmas Choir Competition
In November, WNNS radio held a competition in which area high school choirs were invited to submit a video of themselves singing a Christmas song.  Listeners and fans were then invited to vote online. On Saturday, Nov. 30, the top three choirs with the most votes were invited to perform at the Tree Lighting Ceremony as part of the Old Capital Holiday Walks sponsored by Downtown Springfield Incorporated.
Monday, December 2, 2019

One Year Anniversary Of EF-3 Tornado
HEWITTVILLE — Today marks the one year anniversary of the December 1, 2018 EF-3 tornado that struck Hewittville, Taylorville, Stonington and parts of Christian County.
Sunday, December 1, 2019

The threat posed by ice dams
TAYLORVILLE — Cold, snowy weather can present various issues for homeowners to contend with. One such problem, ice dams, can cause damage to walls, ceilings and other areas.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Home security tips for seniors
TAYLORVILLE — Seniors are often targeted by criminals. Though many criminals target seniors from afar via telephone or internet scams, criminals seek to enter seniors’ homes. The Bureau of Justice Statistics offers that, between 2003 and 2013, the ratio of property crime to violent crime was higher for the elderly and persons between the ages of 50 and 64 than it was for younger persons between the ages of 25 and 49.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Missions for Taylorville: Recovery is a marathon not a sprint
TAYLORVILLE — Missions for Taylorville (MFT) was thrust into overdrive in December of 2018 after a tornado ravaged the area.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Exterior renovations that improve curb appeal
TAYLORVILLE — Neglecting a home’s exterior can be a disservice to homeowners, particularly those looking to increase the value of their homes. Curb appeal is important, as a home’s appearance can greatly affect prospective buyers’ perceptions.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

What causes curled shingles?
TAYLORVILLE — No homeowner wants to look at the exterior of his or her home and see roof damage. Such damage may lead homeowners to think they need a new roof, a potentially costly expense that can quickly throw household budgets into a state of disarray.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Seven uses for fallen leaves
TAYLORVILLE — By the time autumn hits full swing, many trees will have shed their leaves for the season, and the last vestiges of red, yellow and orange magic will have faded to brown. Raking, blowing and collecting leaves becomes the primary chores of lawn and yard maintenance, and presents most homeowners with large piles of gathered leaves to tend to.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Prepare your deck for winter
TAYLORVILLE — Homeowners often take steps to winterize the interior of their homes in the weeks before winter’s arrival, but such efforts should extend to the outside of a home as well.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Defining hardscape and how to use it
TAYLORVILLE — Curb appeal is beneficial in various ways. Curb appeal can make a home more attractive to prospective buyers and give existing homeowners a place they want to come home to. In its study of the worth of outdoor remodeling projects, the National Association of Realtors found standard lawn care and overall landscape upgrades were most appealing to buyers, as well as the most likely to add value to a home.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Olive, Budd reflect on year at the Gagne Building
TAYLORVILLE — In the aftermath of the December 1, 2018 tornado, the old Gagne building was a place of both healing and hope for so many people, and, for the volunteers that helped run it, it was like a second home. 
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Beginning to rebuild: Life one year after the tornado
HEWITTVILLE — “We weren’t home whenever it happened. We had just left the house and heard the second siren go off. We headed for cover over at my mom’s house.” Barb Wicker states, recalling the day a year ago when her walls quite literally came crumbling down.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Lake Land College to celebrate grand reopening of the Luther Student Center
MATTOON — The Lake Land College Board of Trustees invites all Laker alumni and community members to attend the Grand Reopening of the Luther Student Center on Thursday, Dec. 5. The open house will run from 3-6:30 p.m. with the Rededication Ceremony held at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

2nd Annual Cross Country Classic Christmas Concert to be held December 8
TAYLORVILLE — Cross Country Classics is a 7 piece band from the Taylorville/Decatur, IL area featuring Pam Wilson, Phil Davis, Larry Clark, Stephen Turner, Marshall Sperry, Janet Downs and Mike Burkham.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Today marks first anniversary since an EF-3 tornado struck the area
TAYLORVILLE — As we reflect upon the one year anniversary of the December 1, 2018 EF-3 tornado, there are many things to be said about the community spirit that came alive during the days, weeks and months after the tornado.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

MHS Student Council Packs The Pantry
MORRISONVILLE — On Wednesday, November 27th, the Morrisonville High School Student Council hosted their annual "Pack the Pantry."
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Secrets to making your home look like you hired a design pro
TAYLORVILLE — Photo spreads in home design magazines can be awe-inspiring. Quite often homeowners wish they could lift the looks right off the pages of magazines and transform their own homes into picture-perfect retreats.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Former Wildcats Speak On Career Day
Friday, November 29, 2019

Guest speaker at FCWC Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — Evangelist Cory Respondek will be the guest speaker in the 10 a.m. morning worship service on Sunday, December 1, 2019.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Wanda Mountain Boys sing at free Tower Hill concert on Dec. 7
TOWER HILL — Southern Gospel Music has always been known for it's smooth harmonies, strong vocals and powerful, straight forward lyrics. For the last 25 years, the Wanda Mountain Boys have displayed all three of these qualities as they have established themselves in the Gospel Music community in the Midwest.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Minister's Message: "Between Giving Thanks and Remembering"
TAYLORVILLE — How fortunate that Thanksgiving is so close to December 1st.  Yesterday, we paused in our busy lives to thank God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for the blessings received this past year. But it has been a rough year.Some of us have lost loved ones. We felt the sting of their absence yesterday. Hopefully the day ended with a word of thanks to God. Our departed loved one who died in faith in Christ is now safe and sound at the never ending banquet feast in heaven.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Heartland Mini Hoofs at area benefit
The annual Children’s Holiday Store opens Sunday, December 1, in Fairhills Mall, 1919 W. Monroe, Springfield. The biggest fundraiser for the Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery, the store will be open daily through Saturday, December 21. The hours are weekdays, Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sundays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. On opening day, the Heartland Mini Hoofs, the miniature therapy horses from Taylorville, will be available for holiday pictures with the shoppers from noon until 2pm. Santa will also be visiting the store between 1 and 3pm that day.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Morrisonville Old Fashion Christmas is Dec. 7th
The 2019 Morrisonville Old Fashioned Christmas celebration is set for Saturday, December 7, 2019 throughout the Village. Plans are being made by businesses and organizations to open up their doors in downtown Morrisonville to allow the public to browse and see what the Village has to offer.

There will also be drawings for Morrisonville Bucks, 5-$100.00, 2-$50.00, 2-$25.00 prizes and a kids drawing of 5-$10.00 prizes for a total of $700.00 to be given away. Each participating businesses will have cards with the names of the businesses on them and each person must have the card validated at 10 businesses. Drop off validated cards at any participating business for your chance to win.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Edinburg-Area Christmas Cantata is December 8
The Edinburg-area Christmas Cantata will be held on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 4 p.m. in the Edinburg United Methodist Church located at 102 W. Douglas Street in Edinburg. The public is invited to join.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Free family activities at ALPLM on Black Friday
A family-friendly alternative to the stress and headaches of Black Friday shopping is returning to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

“Fun Frosty Friday” offers an array of free activities the day after Thanksgiving, including games, face-painting, a life-sized Candy Land Adventure and visits with Santa Claus.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Village of Raymond annual Christmas Mall Nov. 30
The holidays are fast approaching, and that means time to attend the Annual Raymond Christmas Mall at the K of C Hall.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Guess Who's Coming to Town?
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Area Holiday Events
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Candlelight tours Dec. 14 at Vandalia Statehouse
The oldest surviving capitol building in Illinois is putting on its best holiday duds and throwing its doors open to the public the evening of Saturday, December 14 for candlelight tours as part of the annual Vandalia Statehouse Christmas Open House. The first 100 families to visit will receive free Christmas ornaments.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Holiday events at Old State Capitol, Dana Thomas
There are full slates of special events and celebrations scheduled for the holiday season at two state historic sites in Springfield.

Santa will be available regularly at the Old State Capitol to collect children’s Christmas wishes and specially themed tours are scheduled for the Dana-Thomas House designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Iles House holiday events December 7 and 14th
Come see Springfield's oldest surviving house in a different light during the annual holiday events scheduled for the Elijah Iles House on December 7 and 14. The events are free and open to the public, but donations are welcomed.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Little Theatre on the Square presents Elf the Musical Dec. 13-22
Embrace your inner Elf this holiday season by visiting The Little Theatre On The Square for its production of Elf The Musical running Friday, December 13 through Sunday, December 22.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Charitable giving season kicks off December 3rd
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.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

TFD Looks To Make The Holidays Brighter
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. Sign-ups for the angel tree will be held on Nov.30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Dec. 5 from noon until 3 p.m. Recipients must live in the fire protection district and the cut off age is 14. Cards with names will go up on November 30 and more will be added on as they are gathered.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

THS to host 37th annual Madrigal Dinner December 6th and 7th
Taylorville High School is set to host the upcoming 37th annual Taylorville High School Madrigal Dinner on December 6 and 7.

As always, the event promises to be a merry evening of feast and fun as dozens of students prepare to ring in the season of Yule through festive song and dance as well as few antics from the two jesters and the wench.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

TJHS Collects Items For Taylorville Food Pantry
Taylorville Jr. High 6th grade students held their annual food drive, and on Monday, November 18th,  met with Amy Hagen from Taylorville Food Pantry to kick off the collection week. Seventh grader Sophia Thomas also spoke of her own experience after last year’s food drive. She now volunteers regularly at Taylorville Food Pantry.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Sensory-friendly film series film event this Saturday
Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films.”  The next sensory friendly movie event will be held at 1 pm Saturday, November 30 at The Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro. The movie will be the newly released Disney animated feature, “Frozen 2.”  With Sensory Friendly Films, the movie theatre lights are left up and the sound is turned down. Audience members are welcome to move about and dance, walk, shout or sing. 
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Cub Scouts Provide Food Baskets For Needy
Taylorville Cub Scout Pack 132 held their annual Thanksgiving potluck Sunday, November 24, 2019. The scouts recieved patches for popcorn sales, as well as being able to throw pies in the leaders’ faces. Donations were received from the scouts and their families to provide food baskets to families in the area. T
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Light pre-holiday agenda for Pana council
The Pana City Council whipped through its light agenda in 20 minutes Monday night in a pre-Thanksgiving session. Six of the eight aldermen were present. Tim Eddy and Leon Goff were absent.

The first presentation of the 1019-20 tax levy ordinance was approved by the council. The levy is up a little more than $5,000, from $1,136,000 to $1,187,200. Also approved was the annual Motor Fuel Tax Resolution which has an estimated $203,500 total for it.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Taylorville Food pantry served 1,159 people last month
In October the Taylorville Food Pantry served 383 families, a total of 1,159 people, including 409 children.

Co-director, Amy Hagen said “We always welcome donations and volunteers. We have begun our holiday distributions, so some donors have asked for us to publish our second annual reverse advent calendar, whereby each day, a frequently needed item is added to a box and then at Christmas, the contents are donated to the Food Pantry. Here are some ideas:

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Committee votes to raise sewer rates
Aldermen voted 3-0 (Shawn Burtle-abstain) at Monday’s City of Taylorville Finance Committee to move forward with an incremental sewer rate increase over the next five years.

The City of Taylorville and the Christian County Water Reclamation District operate separate sewer systems. The bill for both entities shows up on the City of Taylorville water bills, but the proposed increase is only for the city sewer fees, not the water reclamation district fees.

Under the proposal, the city intends to leave its base fee of $2 unchanged, but aldermen voted for an incremental increase in the city usage fee that would take the rate from 14.7 cents per 100 gallons currently to 30 cents per 100 gallons by January 1, 2024. On January 1, 2020, the rate increase, if approved by full council, will jump to 20 cents per 100 gallons. On January 1, 2021, the rate would increase to 22.5 cents per 100 gallons. In 2022, the rate would increase to 25 cents per 100 gallons. In 2023, the rate would increase to 27.5 cents per 100 gallons, and it would reach its max rate of 30 cents per 100 gallons at the beginning of 2024.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Park okays Ameren testing well
The Taylorville Park Board voted unanimously Monday night to allow Ameren to install a single groundwater monitoring well on park property.

Ameren requested the well in order to perform additional groundwater monitoring in an attempt to better gauge whether or not contamination may be present in connection with the old coal gasification plant that used to be located adjacent to the park’s western border.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Veterans Celebrated at Life's Journey
Three veterans at Life’s Journey were celebrated last Friday afternoon for their service to this country with a pinning ceremony. In front of many of the Life’s Journey residents, veterans John Spindle, Charles Lash, and LeVern Moliske were presented with American Flag pins. “
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Edinburg Schools Celebrate American Education Week
Edinburg 8th grade student, Bryce Baker, front row kneeling, visited Mrs. Mathis’ fourth grade class  to read to students.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

State Military Museum showcases Illinois National Guard history
Tucked in behind Camp Lincoln, in Springfield, Illinois, is a building resembling a castle that houses the history of the Illinois National Guard.

The Illinois National Guard has a rich history dating back to 1723 when Kaskaskia residents participated in the first militia muster under the French. It wasn't until 1878 when the Illinois State Legislature mandated the Illinois National Guard to house and maintain its artifacts and archives, which tell the story of the Illinois National Guard.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, November 25, 2019

Two more defendants appear in court in Walmart heist
Two more defendants in a suspected burglary and theft at the Taylorville Wal-Mart appeared before Judge Christopher Matoush Friday afternoon. Cierra S. Willis, 33 and Mario O. Dickson, 19, both from St. Louis, had bond set at $100,000 (10% cash applies).
Monday, November 25, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, November 25, 2019

Attendance Winners
These North School students won the attendance awards for perfect attendance the week of November 11-15:  Damari Thompson, Jaxson Turner, and Raelyn Reber.
Monday, November 25, 2019

THS Jazz Band Performs At Edinburg For American Education Week
Edinburg concluded their American Education Week with entertainment from the award winning Taylorville High School Jazz Band directed by Mr. Chris Gunn. The music ranged from classic Jazz to Pop tunes.
Monday, November 25, 2019

Austism support group holiday party
TASC/The Autism Support Connection will be holding its Annual Sensory Friendly, Family Christmas Party, instead of the regular support group meeting on Thursday, December 5, from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the Free Methodist Church, 1400 Seymour Ave. in Hillsboro.
Monday, November 25, 2019

Members Of THS Class of 1967 Celebrate Their 70th Birthdays
The Taylorville High School Class of 1967 recently celebrated their 70th birthdays. A pre-party was held on Friday, September 20, 2019 at the Palomino Club with a birthday party at the VFW on Saturday evening, September 21, 2019. Classmates, near and far, gathered together for a fun filled weekend of good food and great fellowship. Everyone enjoyed this time together.
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Corey Robinson's time in Oxford an eye-opening experience for this scholar
World famous author and much beloved Oxford professor J. R. R. Tolkien once wrote, “the road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began.” The mysteries of the world lie outside every front door, not just those in Tolkien’s Middle Earth, as long as someone is brave enough to step out onto it. Sometimes, it can be frightening to think of leaving behind the familiar paths of our own homes. Those who are courageous enough to do so get the chance to experience the type of wonder and adventure books are created upon. One such brave soul, who traveled to the very roads Tolkien himself once trod upon, is Corey Robinson.

A 2016 Taylorville High School graduate, Corey was recently given the opportunity to study abroad in England at Oxford University.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

SUV crashes into home; woman killed
An 87-year-old woman is dead after her Decatur house erupted in fire when an SUV crashed into it and ruptured a gas line.
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Morrisonville Students Tour DC
Morrisonville High School students from the junior and senior class traveled to Philadelphia and Washington D.C. on November 6-10, 2019. The group was able to visit the United States Mint, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, the White House, Bureau of Printing and Engraving, Arlington Cemetery, the Library of Congress, the United States Capitol Building, the Holocust Museum, several Smithsonian Museum exhibits, Washington Monument, Ford’s Theater where President Lincoln was assassinated, and the Marine Corps War Memorial.
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Local LEAD program accepting applicants for new year
The Christian County LEAD Program is now accepting applicants from current and emerging leaders of Christian County. The 2020 class will begin in January, and is designed to enhance the social and economic well-being of Christian County by developing an active group of effective leaders. 2020 will begin the fifteenth year of offering LEAD in Christian County, and over 230 current and future leaders have graduated from this program since 2005.
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Edinburg Students Enjoy Family Reading Night
Thursday, November 21st, Edinburg Elementary hosted a Family Reading Night. Edinburg families enjoyed reading games, activities, a free book shop, a technology station, and storyteller Mrs. Jessica Green from the Taylorville Public library entertained the crowd.
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Speakers
Casie Campbell and Lauren DeClerck from Midland Community Bank spoke to several of Ms. Porter and Ms. Pennock's  business classes this past week. They discussed with the students about the importance of savings and the process of lending. Students ended with doing a budget activity that opened their eyes to what it takes to live on your own after high school.
Saturday, November 23, 2019

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

Sometime between Saturday, November 16, 2019 and Sunday, November 17, 2019, person or persons unknown made entry into a garage located at 909 West Vandeveer Street. While inside, the unknown subject or subjects took numerous tools. This includes, 6 socket sets and an impact driver.  The total dollar amount of the theft is estimated at over $2000.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Touring the Nation's Capital
Morrisonville High School students from the junior and senior class are pictured near the Battle of Iwa Jima statue when they toured Washington D.C. earlier this month.
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Suspect in custody from gun shot incident on Tuesday
Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler said authorities have in custody a suspect in those reported shots fired near Hershey Tower on Tuesday night. Wheeler said the suspect is a 16-year-old male from Springfield.

Wheeler said he was taken into custody Thursday night about 11:00 without incident in Springfield. At the time of his arrest, he had in his possession two hand guns, one which was believed to have been the one fired on Tuesday. The gun has been sent to the crime lab for forensic analysis. The suspect could be facing charges for aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Downtown group seeking entries for Christmas parade
DowntownTaylorville.org has announced the Twilight Christmas Parade this year will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 beginning at 5 p.m. at the corner of Madison and Main Cross Streets in Taylorville. Parade lineup will start at 4:30 p.m.
Friday, November 22, 2019

Three from St. Louis charged in Walmart heist
Three St. Louis, Mo. residents face charges in Christian County Court of burglary and theft between $10,000 and $100,00, after one of the trio entered Taylorville Wal-Mart and made off with nearly $15,000 in merchandise. The theft occurred during the late evening hours of Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.

One of the defendants, Marvin L. Bailey, 19, appeared before Judge Christopher Matoush Friday morning and his bond was set at $100,000. In information filed with the court, Bailey is accused of walking into the Taylorville Wal-Mart on Thursday, having a crow bar underneath his jacket.

Friday, November 22, 2019

SF board answers union questions
The South Fork Board of Education held a regular session meeting on Wednesday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high Media Center.

The Board of Education took the time at the start of the meeting to address the concerns brought before them by the teacher’s union at October’s meeting. Board President Jack Hanlon read aloud the Board’s answers to each question that was raised by the Union.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, November 22, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, November 22, 2019

County Democratic party salutes organized labor
Christian County Democrats gathered for their annual event Wednesday evening at the Pillars Event Center in Taylorville. Hosting the event were State's Attorney Mike Havera. Circuit ClerK Julie Mayer, Coroner Amy Winans, County Clerk Michael Gianasi, and Supervisor of Assessment Chad Coady.

County Chairman Jack Mazzotti gave a warm welcome to State Senator Andy Manar. Mazzotti said, "Senator Manar has been a binding force in the county and has also served as a mentor in many aspects of legislation." Manar most recently introduced bills covering prescription insulin cost limits and disaster response and recovery funds, which were used in Taylorville following the tornado last December. Other important bills include the military service and salaries, daylight savings time all year, insurance, managed care and education regarding teacher's salaries.

Friday, November 22, 2019

THS basketball coaches speak to Optimist Club
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, November 21, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and Pastor John Crist gave the morning invocation. Ron reminded the board members of a meeting next Tuesday morning. Ron also updated the club on the upcoming “Christmas for Kids”. This will take place on Dec. 12, and follow the same format that has proved so successful over recent years.
Friday, November 22, 2019

Five on Friday
Friday, November 22, 2019

Area Church Services and Events
Friday, November 22, 2019

Services dedicated to giving thanks at FCWC
The Sunday 10 a.m. service on November 24 at Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville will be dedicated to the theme "In Everything Give Thanks."
Friday, November 22, 2019

The thankful one
Best-selling author, Max Lucado, tells about living as an American in Brazil. One day, as he was walking along the street on his way to the University to teach a class, he felt a tug on his pants leg. Turning around, he saw a little boy “about 5 or 6 years old with dark beady eyes and a dirty little face.” The little boy looked up at the big American and said, "Bread, Sir." He was a little beggar boy and Lucado said, "There are always little beggar boys in the streets of Brazil. Usually I turn away from them because there are so many and you can't feed them all. But there was something so compelling about this little boy that I couldn't turn away.
Friday, November 22, 2019

City to commemorate anniversary of December tornado
The community of Taylorville is commemorating the first anniversary of the EF-3 tornado that hit the community on December 1, 2018, with an event at the Taylorville VFW Post 4495, 515 North West Avenue, on Sunday, December 1, from 2-4 p.m.
Thursday, November 21, 2019

USDA awards Mt. Auburn $681,000 for water improvement
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded $681,000 to improve rural water and wastewater infrastructure to the Village of Mt. Auburn. The Village will receive $430,000 in a low-interest loan and a grant of $251,000.

"This is great news for Mt. Auburn," said Davis. "This grant is a great example of the kind of investments we have to make at the federal level to support our rural communities and those they serve. This project will ensure safety and maintain water quality within the area. I appreciate the work all local officials did to apply for and obtain these grants."

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Morrisonville opts out of recreational marijuana sales
With almost no discussion surrounding the topic, the Morrisonville Village Board voted unanimously Wednesday night disallow recreational marijuana sales in village limits.

Board members commented on the matter only briefly, saying they thought it was unlikely anyway that a dispensary would locate in Morrisonville, but they all agreed that they did not wish to open up an avenue for that potential.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Coroner rules on fatal train accident
Christian County Coroner Amy Winans has released the manner and cause of death for Pamela McPherson, 52, of Blue Mound who died October 17, 2019 at Taylorville Memorial E.R.  
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Taylorville Public Schools Foundation Awards Grants To Teachers
The Taylorville Public Schools Foundation recently awarded several Mini Grants to Taylorville Community Unit School District 6-12 teachers to be used for additional resources to motivate and encourage educational excellence.

The Taylorville Public Schools Foundation (TPSF) raises money every year through fundraising, donations, and contributions from local supporters for projects to enrich and enhance the educational experience in TCUSD #3 schools.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Shots fired near Hershey Tower on Tues. night
The Taylorville Police Department is still investigating a report of shots being fired near Hershey Tower on Tuesday evening. Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler called the incident a “Bona fide shooting.”
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Three area hospitals, including Pana, form alliance
Carlinville Area Hospital, Hillsboro Area Hospital and Pana Community Hospital have entered into a definitive agreement forming an alliance of south-central Illinois hospitals. This alliance will establish the framework to allow these Critical Access Hospitals to collaborate on mutually beneficial opportunities in order to maintain professional, community-based, high quality healthcare in their local communities. This alliance is not a formal affiliation, merger or acquisition, and will not change the independent status of each hospital.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

'Food is Medicine' founder to speak at Millikin
Millikin University welcomes Dr. Jennifer Wolfe Grenier '02 to campus on Thursday, Nov. 21, who will present the 2019 T.W. Samuels Lecture: "Food is Medicine: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health on Chicago's West Side."
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Crowd urges transparency with turbines
An overflow crowd on Tuesday night for the Christian County Board meeting forced a move to the large third floor courtroom in the Courthouse. Upwards of 80 people, most proponents of a new group, Protect Christian County (PCC), attended to show support for their proposed six-month moratorium on wind turbines in the county until equitable revisions of rules and regulations can be enacted.

Several of the speakers, who spoke at the end of the meeting, were also concerned with what they called a lack of transparency by the county when it comes to dealings with the wind turbine industry.

In addition, the Board approved the 2020 Fiscal Year budget, which begins on Dec. 1, and approved the hiring of Greg Ninmo, Farmersville, as Emergency Management Services (EMS) for the newly formed Christian-Montgomery Counties EMS. After some debate, they also set the new director’s salary at just over $57,000 per year.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Ameren elaborates on proposed monitoring wells at park
At the October 28 Taylorville Park Board meeting, an Ameren representative, Tim Mathis, approached the board about the possibility of performing additional groundwater monitoring in Manners Park in an attempt to better gauge whether or not contamination may be present in conjunction with the old coal gasification plant that used to be located adjacent to the park’s western border.

At that meeting, Mathis indicated that Ameren was seeking to install three new ground monitoring wells. Ameren Manager, Remediation Projects Dave Palmer and Ameren Environmental Specialist Donald Richardson have now stated that the information provided by Mathis was incomplete and partially inaccurate.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Morrisonville CUSD approves tentative levy; discusses state test scores
The Morrisonville CUSD #1 Board of Education met last night in regular session.

Superintendent Dave Meister reported to the board that the EAV (entity-attribute-value) is estimated to increase by approximately 5.7%. Montgomery and Christian County combined pick up the Unit 1 land area. When you take our statutory limits in the regular funds, we end up increasing by 5.7% as well. Because some of our levy funds that are not depending on the law are set. For example, in our IMRF and Social Security Funds, we are running a positive balance in there of about a year. So what I am proposing in this levy is to reduce the levy in each one of those by about $5,000 or $10,000 total. I’m also going to keep the Tort Fund down from what it was. Last year it was approximately $45,000. Our Bond and Interest Fund was up just a little bit. But when you combine all the funds together our levy increase is a at 4.2%. This keeps us below the threshold level of 5% and we do not have to do a Truth in Taxation hearing on that.”

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas. . .
The Taylorville Fire Department spread a little holiday cheer this morning as they offered a helping hand to DowntownTaylorville.org Executive Director Marcia Neal in hanging Christmas lights on the memorial tree on the courthouse lawn. Utilizing the long reach of the bucket on their fire truck, TFD hoisted a daring decorator high into the air while helpers below kept the lights from tangling.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Park district rec director speaks to Kiwanis Club
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the many activities taking place at various Taylorville Park District locations, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the club’s new meeting place, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.

Guest speaker was Bailey Hancock, the Recreation Director for the Taylorville Park District, who told Kiwanis members about the year-round activities taking place in local parks. Hancock said that besides the many baseball and softball teams that play at their various fields during the summer, the Manners Park Pool and Park District Day Camp also attract lots of children.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Hunters are reminded in this busy season to practice ethics and be safe
With the fall hunting season underway, hunters are reminded of their obligation to practice ethical and safe hunting while in the field. Remember, your personal ethics might not match your neighbors, but certain guidelines do pertain to all hunters.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Davis Memorial sending out military packages
Davis Memorial will be mailing packages to deployed service members on December 7, 2019, for Christmas. If you know of someone who is actively deployed, who would like to receive a package, please call the church office (824-8181) with their name and address.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

TPD Officer receives district award
Taylorville Police Officer Christian Nelson has won the Enrique Camarena Award presented by the Elks. Officer Nelson will now continue on to the State Level. Should he win at the State level, he would proceed to the Nationals.

Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler nominated Officer Nelson for this award in September of this year. Wheeler said “Officer Nelson has proven to be an asset to fight the war on drugs in our city. I am proud of each one of our Officers in this battle. I am proud to see Taylorville’s Police Department name on this award. It shows this district that we are a proactive police force.”

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Correction
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Pana schools performing at 'commendable' level
At last night’s Pana School Board meeting, members learned all attendance centers in the district are performing at a “Commendable” level. This was determined by testing done by the Illinois State Board of Education and detailed in their 2019 “Illinois Report Card.”

District Curriculum Director Paul Donahue made the report, reviewing the statistics revealed by the testing. A school district is listed as commendable when they do not perform in the top 10% of all schools in the state and a high school graduation rate better than 67%. There are no underperforming student groups at or below the “all students” group in the lowest-performing 5% of all schools. To be “Exemplary,” testing performance must be in the top 10% and graduation rate above 67%. An “Underperforming” school is one or more student groups underperforming at or below the “all students” group.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

City votes to raise license fees for taxis
Taxi cab license fees in the city of Taylorville will soon see a dramatic increase. The Taylorville City Council voted 4-3 (Chris Skultety-no, Shawn Burtle-no, Ernie Dorchinecz-no) Monday night to direct the city attorney to draft an ordinance that will increase taxi license fees from $5 per driver per year currently to $100

The potential increase was initially discussed at the November 7 emergency services committee meeting; there, aldermen said the motivation behind the decision was to help ensure that cab companies are selecting safer, more dedicated drivers. Background checks were already being performed at that time and will continue in the future.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Coalition speaker to discuss sexual assault services
Jody Clark from the Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault (PCASA) Taylorville branch will be the guest speaker at the next Christian County Prevention Coalition (CCPC) meeting.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Kick off the Christmas season with a little 'Harmony'
What better way to start off the Christmas season than by attending a holiday program performed by the local singing group, Harmony. They will be presenting a Christmas program on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of The First Presbyterian Church of Taylorville at 116 E Franklin.

This group of ladies is referring to this as a stage production because it is more than just a concert of holiday favorites. It involves props, costumes, dancing, and lots of laughter as well as singing. The program is free, but a free-will offering will be collected, and all are invited to attend.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Council Honors Union Workers
Mayor Bruce Barry and the Taylorville City Council honored members of the Laborers’ Local 477 and the Operating Engineers Local 965 at Monday night’s council meeting. Both groups were critical in assisting in cleanup efforts in the aftermath of the December 1, 2018 tornado.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Salvage DogsHonor Vets
In observance of Veterans Day, the Salvage Dogs honored veterans with a surprise breakfast at Meadow Manor.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Community event teaches public about bleeds
Featuring simulations in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, a free community event will teach the public how to handle life-threatening bleeding incidents.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, November 18, 2019

Taylorville VFW to host a Blood Drive on November 30
Taylorville VFW will bring the community together for a blood drive from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, November 30 at 515 N. West Ave. Additional sponsors for the blood drive include: The City of Taylorville, The Christian County Sheriff’s Department, The Taylorville Police Department and the Taylorville Fire Department.
Monday, November 18, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, November 18, 2019

St. Mary's Educators Attend Conference
Teachers from St. Mary's School in Taylorville recently attended the Illinois Educators of Technology Conference in Springfield.
Monday, November 18, 2019

Kitchell Library celebrates Family Reading Night
Kitchell Memorial Library in Morrisonville celebrated Family Reading Night going to the dogs on Thursday, November 14.

This year’s theme was “Dog Tales,” and special guests were a Chihuahua named Sarina and a Border Collie named Molly. The dogs and their trainers, Kim Dykstra of New Berlin, and Mary Ann Pollitt of Carlinville, demonstrated tricks and training techniques. Guests were also shown how to approach and greet dogs properly. Everyone enjoyed the interesting program.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Crimestoppers
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a theft that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Public Safety Tax to appear on March ballot
TAYLORVILLE — On the upcoming March 17 ballot, Christian County voters will be asked to consider a county-wide one-percent sales tax increase that is being dubbed a Public Safety Sales Tax.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Five Loaves And Two Fish Donation
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Perfect Attendance
Saturday, November 16, 2019

UIS waives application fees for new terms
SPRINGFIELD — The University of Illinois Springfield is waiving all application fees for prospective students in an effort to ensure that all students are given the opportunity to pursue a higher education.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Lake Land community choir holiday concert Nov. 24
MATTOON — The Lake Land College Community Choir will present a holiday concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24 in the Lake Land College Theater.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Pawnee community blood drive Nov. 25
PAWNEE — Pawnee Fire Protection District will host a community blood drive from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm on Monday, November 25 at 711 8th Street, inside Bloodmobile - Register on the Bus
Saturday, November 16, 2019

TMH Auxiliary holds annual governance meeting
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary held their annual governance meeting on November 13 in the Janice Hopper Auditorium at TMH.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, November 15, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, November 15, 2019

DMH to host Alzheimer's Dementia support group
DECATUR — Decatur Memorial Hospital is now offering a support group for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The DMH Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group will provide resources, the latest information, and support.
Friday, November 15, 2019

Author is featured speaker at genealogical society annual meeting
TAYLORVILLE — Author Kevin Corley will be the featured speaker at the Christian County Genealogical Society’s annual meeting Sunday, November 17th, at 2 p.m. at the Christian County Museum at 325 Abe’s Way next to Super 8 Motel in Taylorville.
Friday, November 15, 2019

Pana Chamber gears up for annual Christmas event
PANA — The Pana Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for their Annual Christmas Event to be held Saturday, November 30, 2019 in downtown Pana.
Friday, November 15, 2019

F-X youth groups displays acts of thankfulness
TAYLORVILLE — During the month of November the "Faith Extreme" (F-X) Student Group from Faith Community Worship Center has been displaying acts of thankfulness in various ways to thank God for blessings in their lives.
Friday, November 15, 2019

THS wins $10,000 in energy education community challenge
It was announced today that Taylorville High School won second place in the Energy Education Community Challenge, where residents and community groups earned points by signing up for energy efficiency programs, hosting or attending community education efforts, and reducing energy use. Marisa Joyce, Regional Community Outreach Coordinator for local nonprofit Elevate Energy, made the announcement during an assembly at Taylorville High School. 
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Gettysburg Address on display starting today
The Gettysburg Address is Abraham Lincoln’s most famous speech, containing some of the greatest language in history. It helped changed the way America looked at the Civil War. And now it will be on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for two weeks.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Pana Twp. board deadlocks on turbine issue
The Pana Township Board met in regular session on Wednesday night with about 15 people in attendance. They are opponents of the wind turbine projects being proposed for Christian County, and the Board had on its agenda an item to discuss and possibly make a recommendation to the Christian County Board.

Following public comments about the projects - all negative - Trustee Joe Coleman offered a motion to have the county use the half-mile setback when they consider changes to the wind turbine ordinance. The vote failed on a 2-2 vote. Coleman and Trustee Brett Henschen voted in favor while Trustee and Township Supervisor Tom Latonis voted , “no.” Trustee Harley “Tom” Foster was absent.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Edinburg schools switching to Skyward
The Edinburg Board of Education held a regular session meeting on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in junior high room 145.

After a year full of mistakes and frustrations, the Edinburg School District has made the decision to switch their financial systems over from SDS to Skyward software suite for the 2021 school year. SDS repeatedly causes balancing issues on the school budget and was reportedly not very forthcoming or friendly with the district while they were making service calls to try and fix the problem. The numbers just would not match up, leading to there being two separate sets of financial records being kept, one through SDS and one manually by the District.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Free program on movement disorders
Memorial Medical Center will host a free program on movement disorders on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI).

The 90-minute program, titled “Movement Disorders,” begins at 6 p.m. in the M.G. Nelson Family Auditorium on the MCLI’s first floor.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

US Marshal speaks to Optimist Club this morning
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14, in the TMH Auditorium. President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Pastor John Crist giving the morning invocation. The next big event for the club is the annual “Christmas for Kids”. This has become one of the more popular events for the club over the past several years. Children and their families are the guest of the club for a dinner, carol singing, and a visit from Santa Claus.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Veterans Share Experiences With Students
Veterans were honored during a flag ceremony and reception at St. Mary School on Wed., Nov. 13. The VFW #4495 Honor Guard led the school in the Pledge of Allegiance during an assembly in the school library. After the ceremony, the sixth grade class hosted the veterans at a reception.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

North School Attendance Winners
North School attendance winners for the week of November 4-8 are Judson Shanks and Madison Skinner, left photo and  Annabelle Carter, right.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Div. 5 Director Speaks To DAR About Service To Veterans
Pictured is guest speaker Susan Beard, District V Director for the Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR during a recent meeting. Beard spoke about opportunities for DAR to participate in service to our veterans, and especially underserved homeless women veterans.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

TCUSD reviews district report card, levy
A cursory look at the state report card for Taylorville Schools shows that two buildings in the district, Memorial Elementary and North Elementary, were labeled as “underperforming.” Taylorville High School, on the other hand, earned the designation of “commendable”, and the junior high was given an “exemplary” rating, which is the highest rating possible. No school in the district was designated as “lowest performing”.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Pana Council approves real estate acquisition
Two properties in the 100 block of East Second St. in Pana were accepted by the entire Pana City Council during its regular meeting held Tuesday night in Pana City Hall. At the previous meeting, members balked at the acquisition, even voting down the acceptance of one of the properties before going back and rescinding the vote and table both acquisition at their meeting two weeks ago.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Village of Kincaid to consider sale of lake
Don Fowler and Scott Wittington of Land Guys, Inc. made a presentation to the Kincaid Village Board regarding the sale of Kincaid Lake. The gentleman discussed options available to the Village and a possible direction the board could take. Fowler suggested the board should consider selling it as a whole, but if that doesn't happen, possibly selling off parts of it to property owners.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Edinburg to meet with public about flooding issue
The Village of Edinburg held their regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12 in the Village Hall.

Village President David Lutrell was finally able to talk with an engineer about conducting a drainage study on the south end of Edinburg to try and figure out what could be done to help alleviate the flooding problems in the area. Martin Engineering would, for $9,000, come to the town and conduct a survey of the effected area. Once they had the data, the engineers would come up with a plan, if one was available, giving the Village an idea of what work needed to be done to fix the flooding. They would present their findings before the Board and include an estimated cost in their presentation.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

THS Band looking for community support
The Taylorville High School Band and Jazz Band are in the middle of a new Cooperative/Problem Based Learning Unit and they need your help.

The THS musicians have created Chamber Ensembles with the band. Chamber Ensembles are small performing groups of 2 to 8 members that typically perform in smaller venues. The Chamber Ensembles are rehearsing and preparing holiday music and learning about how a professional musician needs to present themselves to the public. This is where the public comes into the picture.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Collectors day and artifact ID event at state museum
The annual Collectors Day and Artifact Identification Event is an opportunity for members of the community to share and celebrate the stories told by their treasured objects. 
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, November 12, 2019











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