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Saturday, June 15, 2019


Extension offers tips for growing heirloom tomatoes
URBANA, Ill. — Gardeners across Illinois have been climbing the walls waiting for the last frost of spring so they can finally transplant all those fantastic warm-season crops. That day is finally drawing near!
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Presentation in Decatur on Shelton Gang June 23
DECATUR — The general meeting of the Decatur Genealogical Society will be held June 23 at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Extension offeringTree ID workshop in Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — University of Illinois Extension will be holding a tree identification workshop Thursday, June 27 from 9-12:00 p.m. at University of Illinois Extension office, 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville. The program is free and open to the public.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Head Start taking applications for next school year
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Quilt Show at county historical society July 20
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Historical Society & Museum in Taylorville will be hosting a Quilt Show on Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Former South Elementary School gets repurposed
TAYLORVILLE — Several former South School teachers recently took a tour of one of their favorite places - South School.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Augustus 'Gus' Belt, father of Steak N Shake, has nearby roots
MORRISONVILLE — Ray Kroc is called the father of the McDonald’s fast food chain. Dave Thomas is known as the father of the Wendy’s restaurant franchise.  Not many people have heard of the father of the Steak N Shake business and its local roots. One of his newest “children” is located at the intersection of Illinois Routes 29 and 104 in Taylorville, has been a busy place since it opened.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Court Appearances
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Two Years Later
Friday, June 14, 2019

City brain storming dredging project

TAYLORVILLE — Prior to Thursday night’s City of Taylorville Lake and Airport Committee meeting, it had been more than a year since the city seriously discussed a potential dredging project at Lake Taylorville.

Friday, June 14, 2019

County Board Finance Committee sets budget dates
TAYLORVILLE — The Finance Committee of the Christian County Board will start the process of set up the Fiscal 2020 Budget at the end of July. The dates were set at the committee’s meeting held Thursday night in the Christian County Courthouse.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Man gets 8 years in DOC
Friday, June 14, 2019

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 Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Brad Paisley presided over the following cases on June 14, 2019:
Friday, June 14, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, June 14, 2019

Jeiseyville shows interest in annexation by Kincaid
KINCAID — The Village of Kincaid met in regular session Monday night.  Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler announced that June 28, 2019 would be his last day on the job for the Village of Kincaid.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Perennials for shade workshop offered in Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Shade-loving plants allow the gardener to add creativity to the garden with form, texture, and color.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Evangelical Free Church Honors Grad
Friday, June 14, 2019

God's will
TAYLORVILLE — Last week, my wife LeAnn and I spent a few days in Door County, Wisconsin. On our last night there, we watched the sun set over the water in Egg Harbor. At the marina in this small village stands a signpost on which arrows have been mounted listing the distances to various towns both near and far. Each of those mileage markers represents a potential adventure for those who take the time to look over the names of the various cities.
Friday, June 14, 2019

See You Saturday At The Garden Walk
Don’t pass up your chance to enjoy the 2019 Christian County Garden Walk. The homeowners have been scurrying between raindrops to prepare their gardens for this year’s visitors. Near the downtown Taylorville area are two of the sites. Myrna and Joe Hauser’s stately home and bed & breakfast is located at 220 E. Market, where visitors will be able to wander the lovely grounds in the shade of a cucumber magnolia and appreciate all the special gardening touches the couple has added to the historic home in the last quarter century.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Three new teachers coming to Edinburg
The Edinburg Board of Education held their regular meeting on Wednesday, June 12, at 6:00 p.m. in the Board room.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Info sought in local burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Lincoln Presidential Library explores WWII
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will offer ways for both adults and children to explore the legacy of World War II this week in conjunction with the museum’s new exhibit about the war.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Mayor Barry Helps C.E.F.S. Celebrate Older Americans
Meals on Wheels of C.E.F.S. celebrated Older Americans Day at the Taylorville Senior Center on May 22, 2019. Their theme this year was Connect, Create, and Contribute. Their local theme was Celebrate Hawaiian Style.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Davis announces traveling help desks with staff
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that his staff will be holding a series of Traveling Help Desks in June. Traveling Help Desks are held while Congress is in session to ensure constituents in every corner of the district have an opportunity to connect with staff if they need help with a federal agency or have questions about legislation.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Jon Meacham, Tim McGraw explore American history in song
On a recent spring day inside Tim McGraw’s sprawling Nashville mansion, the country superstar got a friendly ribbing from his friend and neighbor, Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential biographer Jon Meacham.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

July 4th parade to honor tornado volunteers
This year’s 4th of July parade will be hosted by the Taylorville VFW Riders/VFW Post 4495. The theme is “America the Beautiful.” Line-up will start at 9:00 a.m. at Jaynes Park and the Christian County fairgrounds.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

TMH holding 'Stop the Bleed' event tomorrow night
Featuring life-like simulations at Taylorville Memorial Hospital, a free community event will teach the public how to handle life-threatening bleeding incidents.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Missions for Taylorville community meet June 16
Missions for Taylorville (MFT) will host a community meeting Tuesday, June 18 at 6 p.m. in the Taylorville High School Cafeteria.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Taylorville Township hires financial advisor
The Taylorville Township appears to be nearing a resolution to a problem stemming from delinquent payroll taxes that resulted in IRS penalties.

On Tuesday, the trustees voted unanimously to hire a financial advisor to help oversee the accounting and bookkeeping procedures for the township.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Springfield station runs ad seeking to replace Joe Crain
The Springfield, Illinois television station whose “Code Red” weather alert drew an on-air reproach from its morning meteorologist has posted an employment advertisement seeking the weatherman’s replacement.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

University women announce scholarship winners
Sierra Beck and Elizabeth Curtin each received  $1,500 scholarships offered by the University Women of Christian County. Scholarship Chair Mary Louise Kane presented a certificate and check at the June meeting.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Blood drive in Morrisonville June 18
Morrisonville will host a community blood drive from 3:00 -7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18 at 109 SE 5th Street, inside United Methodist Church - Fellowship Hall.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Legion Auxiliary Donates To Honor Guard
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit #73, Taylorville, has donated the proceeds of their bench raffle to the Taylorville Honor Guard. Through the generosity of Paul Nation of Nation Woodworking, who donated handmade red oak bench, the Auxiliary was able to donate $2,000 to the Taylorville Honor Guard. The Taylorville Honor Guard is comprised of both Taylorville American Legion Post #73 and Taylorville VFW #4495.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Dog ordinance revisions highlight Pana Council meeting
The Pana City Council meeting on Monday night featured a nearly half-hour discussion on proposed changes to the city’s dog ordinances, being tougher on the owners of dogs which run loose or bite citizens.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

School is expected to rebid Stonington Elementary
The Taylorville School Board set a special meeting Monday night, prior to the start of the regular meeting. There, board members had intended to open bids on the sale of the Stonington Elementary property, but they stayed the decision at the eleventh hour.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Taylorville Muni Band begins summer concerts tomorrow
Wednesday the Taylorville Municipal Band under the  direction of James Smith is pleased to begin its series of band concerts throughout the summer. 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

New development, CTI possibly coming to Edinburg
The Village of Edinburg held their regular session meeting on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

New development might be coming soon to Edinburg. A business has expressed an interest in building a store at the corner of Campbell Street and Route 29. Though no one had actually declared what kind of store it was going to be, the Board was of the strong belief that the new development project would be a Dollar General store.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Sertoma Club hears about food pantry updates
Taylorville Food Pantry co-directors Pam Moses and Amy Hagen spoke at the Sertoma Club's recent dinner meeting.  Moses provided club members with several updates regarding the food pantry, such as a redesign which mimics a small grocery store and a steel shelving system which has tripled their storage space.  She stated that during 2018 an average of 300 families per month were served. 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

TMH Foundation announces scholarship recipients
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce Elizabeth Curtin and Nick Livingston, both 2019 graduates of Taylorville High School, have been awarded the 2019 Dr. George Ferry Memorial Scholarship.  This scholarship is administered annually through the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Courthouse streaker pleads guilty in several cases
Brandon J. Emery, 27, of Taylorville pled guilty in three Christian County felony cases on Monday and faces sentencing in August. The charges stem from incidents Sept. 20, 2018, around the Taylorville Courthouse square when Emery was accused of breaking into the Christian County Courthouse, then going outside and hitting a pair of Taylorville police officers, all while wearing no clothes.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Morgan, Downs set for Tuesday Honor Flight
Two area veterans— Dick Morgan of Taylorville and Charlie Downs of Pana— will be recognized for their service to this country on Tuesday when they journey to Washington D.C. as part of the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight program.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, June 10, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, June 10, 2019

Meeting Notice
Monday, June 10, 2019

Summertime On The Square
Despite the cloudy weather and intermittent sprinkles, Downtown Taylorville.org and US Bank’s sponsored Summertime on the Square event was lively on Saturday, June 8, 2019.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Kincaid sees reduction in crime rates from one year ago
Since January 2018 the  Safe Passage program in Kincaid has helped 92 individuals receive treatment for addiction.

“The program is by far one of the best community policing tools I have ever seen. You not only help the addict, but you help their family, too. The trust that is built between the community and the police department is phenomenal. You also build a better quality of life in your community. The program comes at no cost to the participants. It is funded through grants, donations and fundraisers” said Kincaid Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Jenkins denied bond reduction, still posts regardless
Taylorville resident Bradley S. Jenkins, 30, was in St. Louis Municipal Court Friday afternoon where a motion to lower his bail was denied by Judge Madeline Connolly. It remained at $100,000 cash only.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Honor Flight Vet Visits Classroom
On May 17, Ms. Hahnenkamp's class had a visit from E 3 Jerry Bell from Carlinville, a Vietnam Era vet who served from 167-1969 in the US Navy, who recently went to Washington, D.C. on the May 7 Land of Lincoln Honor Flight. Greyson's mom, Holly Bauman, was his escort.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Taylorville VFW meeting Monday
There will be a regularly scheduled meeting of Taylorville VFW Post 4495 at the Veterans’ Memorial Home, 515 N. West Avenue on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

CWA Learns About Immunizations
Christian County Public Health Nurse, Marcie May R.N. addressed immunization and the recent measles outbreak with the ladies of the Community Women’s Association at Whit’s End during the regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Wednesday June 5, 2019.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Theatre 7 holding open auditions for season opener "Lucky Stiff"
Theatre 7 is hosting two days of open auditions for the hilarious murder mystery musical "Lucky Stiff." Auditions will start at 6:30 p.m. July 23 and 24 at Theatre 7, located at 131 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

TMH hosting blood Drive June 20
Taylorville Memorial Hosptial will be hosting a blood drive on Thursday, June 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 201 East Pleasant inside the Auditorium.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

NSDAR enjoy a historical presentation and install new members
The Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR met at the Christian County Historical Society June 6 at 5 p.m. with 28 members and four guests in attendance. The program was presented by Tom Pickett of Taylorville. He portrayed Judge William Stanton Frink, an early settler who taught, traveled, and was give 160 acres in Allentown (near Stonington) for his service in the War of 1812. The Judge served as Postmaster, started several businesses and built the Halfway-House - a stage coach stop.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Relaxing in the Country with Steve Basham, at 4111 Lincoln Trail
Not long ago, Steve Basham was living the busy life of a full-time employee, without much time to enjoy – and take care of the tasks – of gardening. That changed upon his retirement last year and he is now in his second year in his country estate. “Much of what is here now is courtesy of the previous owners, who have excellent taste,” he says. “I am trying to expand on their good ideas and take the property even further.” Plans are to clear off more area to the north of the house and work on landscaping the hillside leading down to a stream. This area is very rough at the current time while Steve works on it and faces the challenges presented by his beautiful, wooded site.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Bringing people together as one community
When was the last time you sat down for a dinner? A meal with no cell phones or television, just with you and those closest to you talking and laughing together over good food? In today’s modern world of fast paced life and constant digital connectivity, the concept of a slow, intimate meal where people share their thoughts and interests together has slowly started to fade away. Now meals are eaten on the run, or while parked in front o the TV screen watching the latest game or news. Few gather together around one table. A local not-for-profit charity in Taylorville wants to change that.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Wheeler tapped as next TPD chief
The decision still has to be approved by the full city council before it takes effect, but Mayor Bruce Barry announced Thursday night that he has selected Dwayne Wheeler as the next Taylorville Police Chief.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Growing into a gardener brings life-long rewards
Mary DelValle grew up as one of nine siblings and she loved planting vegetables and flowers with her mom. Ever the budding scientist, Mary recalls using the gas meter at her childhood home as a “research table” to split open 4 O’Clock seeds and note the differences between the newly formed greens seeds and the black, ripe ones. She and Rick moved into their home 1993. It was built by Steve and Debbie Stepp and had great “landscape bones.” It is a very shady place although the 2006 ice storm did result in a little more sun. An old vegetable bed has been retired from sun-loving produce plants, although Mary sometimes plants early spring lettuce and spinach. She took advantage of the CEO program this spring and purchased a movable veggie bed from a young Pana resident, Natalie Fry’s start up business Natterbug. Planted in a wheelbarrow, it can follow the sun.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, June 7, 2019

Area man is sentenced to 3 years in two cases
Joshua M. DeClerck, 36, of Pawnee, was sentenced in two cases in Christian County Court Thursday afternoon before Judge Brad Paisley.

He was sentenced to one year in the Illinois Department of Corrections for aggravated fleeing from a peace officer, followed by one year of mandatory supervised release. He was given credit for 107 days already served.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, June 7, 2019

Information sought in Christian County phone scam
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a phone scam that has been occurring in Christian County.
Friday, June 7, 2019

TMH Foundation funds program at St. Mary's
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation provided a grant to St. Mary School to encourage students to increase their physical activity and make healthy food choices.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Explore Rocks June 22 at Griswold Conservation Area near Blue Mound
Uncover the truth about rocks during Let’s Rock at Griswold Conservation Area on Saturday, June 22 at 2 p.m. They’ll learn about rocks and how they are formed, then explore the glacial kame and see what ones we can find. This program is free and open to all ages. Must pre-register online by noon on June 21 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Kids Are Kids Donation
Women of the Moose 1263 donated to Kids Are Kids. Chairperson Kristi Luttrell, left, is presenting a check to Darla Munson.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Extension offers advice on summer care of roses
Roses, the "Queen of Flowers," should be in full glory in the month of June. The many colors, scents, and flower sizes are all qualities the rose connoisseur craves. Rose care is not difficult. What roses require, however, is consistent care.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Strawberry moon night hike June 17, Rock Spgs.
Explore Rock Springs Conservation Area after dark during the Strawberry Moon Night Hike on Monday, June 17 at 9 p.m.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Barb Grabner-Kerns earns Trees Forever award
Trees Forever will recognize 13 award winners at the nonprofit's Annual Celebration and Awards Dinner on June 13. These are outstanding volunteers, environmental stewards, partners and advocates who exemplify the mission of the Trees Forever.

Taylorville’s Barb Grabner-Kerns will be awarded the Media Partner Award

Friday, June 7, 2019

McGregor to be ordained in Methodist Church
The Rev. Caleb McGregor of Edinburg and Stonington United Methodist Churches will be ordained as an Elder in full connection in The United Methodist Church this week.
Friday, June 7, 2019

They fought for the dignity of all
D-Day was the beginning of the ending of an evil that existed in Germany. The evil was the dehumanizing of people. Jews, communists, mentally ill, mentally handicapped and other groups of people were classified as nonessentials. In fact, many were considered as dangerous to the human species.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Bishop Paprocki: Illinois Catholic lawmakers who voted pro-abortion are not to receive Communion
Due to their leadership roles in promoting the evil of abortion by facilitating the passage of Senate Bill 25 this legislative session and House Bill 40 in 2017, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton have been barred from receiving Holy Communion in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois under a decree from Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. In addition, Illinois Catholic lawmakers who voted for either of these abortion bills are not to present themselves to receive Holy Communion.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Five on Friday
Friday, June 7, 2019

Some from Christian County involved in D-Day offensive
Pvt. Lee German was 21 years old. Radio operator Roy Peabody was 23. Staff Sgt. Huber Porter was the ripe old age of 32.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Storm Blows Through Christian County
A “gustnado” was reported last night near Kincaid, Illinois. This photo “was taken from the New City Road heading north about three miles north of Route 104, just west of the power plant,” according to Robert Stone. According to the National Weather Service in Lincoln, “gustnadoes” are caused by small rotations that  occur at the leading edge of a storm front or squall line.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Sheriff's office investigating break-in at local animal control facility
Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says his office is investigating a break-in that occurred early Tuesday morning, around 4:00 a.m., at the Christian County Animal Control facility located at 300 South Baughman Road in Taylorville.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Stonington to hold village clean up Saturday
The Village of Stonington met Monday night in regular session.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, June 6, 2019

New Officers Installed At University Women Meeting
The University Women of Christian County met for the final meeting of the 2018-2019 season on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Whits End Restaurant.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Optimists learn about Building Trades program
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting and business meeting on Thursday, June 06, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor John Crist gave the morning invocation followed by a moment of silence in remembrance of June 6, 1944, when the Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Prospective students invited to Laker visit day
Visit Lake Land College and find out all the college offers at Laker Visit Day. The event will be held Thursday, June 20 in the Field House starting at 9 a.m. and will run until noon. 
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Successful Fundraiser For Honor Guard
On memorial Day weekend, Mike Assalley of Shafer, Perfetti, and Assalley Funeral Home sponsored a fundraiser to benefit the Honor Guard of Christian County.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Paisley elected to Judges Association board
Christian County Resident Circuit Judge Brad Paisley was elected to the Board of Directors of the Illinois Judges Association at the annual meeting held on May 31, 2019 at the John Marshall Law School. Judge Paisley will serve a three year term. There are approximately 50 members of the Board of Directors.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

New hours set for Mt. Auburn park
The Village of Mt. Auburn held their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Hall.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Extension offers advice on controlling mosquitos
Mosquitoes are already out in force this season. How can we protect ourselves and our families and still enjoy the outdoors?
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Haksasilas to serve as 2019 Pow Wow grand marshalls
Chansamone Haksasila and Bounthieng Haksasila moved to Moweaqua from a refugee camp in Thailand in December 1979.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Moweaqua Pow Wow starts Friday, June 7
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The NATU Band to perform on opening night
In 2008, Natu began a career in professional boxing. He was a highly ranked professional and fought several times on national television, including a USBA World Title fight. He wa a training partner for legenes such as Evander Holyfield, Vladimir Kiltschko, James Toney and more.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Jenkins in court in Missouri today
Bradley S. Jenkins, 30, of Taylorville, appeared before Judge Thomas A. McCarthy in St. Louis Circuit Court today for initial arraignment. No results of the hearing were available at presstime today. He is currently charged with felony domestic assault in the third degree in connection with the death of his wife, Allissa L. Martin, 27, in St. Louis late Saturday or early Sunday morning. Jenkins is being held on $100,000 cash only bond in St. Louis City Jail.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

City gets $500k tornado recovery grant
In the aftermath of the December 1, 2018 tornado, recovery efforts have proven to be expensive, not just for homeowners, but also for the municipalities affected. Those recovery efforts, at least for the City of Taylorville, got a little easier after Monday night when Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry announced that the City of Taylorville will be the recipient of an unexpected $500,000 state grant.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Honored
Jack Brown (left) was honored by Mayor Bruce Barry  and the  City Council Monday night as the volunteer of the month.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Taylorville man held by St. Louis authorities
A 30-year-old Taylorville man is being held on $100,000 bond and is charged with third degree domestic assault. Bradley Stephen Jenkins is currently being held in the St. Louis City Justice Center.
Monday, June 3, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, June 3, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, June 3, 2019

LPTC looking for volunteers this summer
The Lincoln Prairie Trails Conservancy (LPTC) will have a tent set up at the Downtown Taylorville Farmers Market Saturday, June 8.
Monday, June 3, 2019

June sensory friendly film event
Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films.”
Monday, June 3, 2019

CAM FFA Chapter celebrates a year of success
On Saturday, May 11th, the Central A&M FFA Chapter held their annual awards banquet  at Moweaqua Christian Church. FFA members, their families and supporters of the FFA attended. A pulled pork and roasted chicken meal provided by Rork’s Pork Catering was served and awards were handed out. We started off the evening by presenting our Foundation sponsors with their certificates for donating.
Monday, June 3, 2019

A restored stately home in Taylorville is featured on Garden Walk this year
TAYLORVILLE — Not long ago, this 1880 home seemed destined for the wrecking ball. Tim and Janet Bowman stepped in and tackled a massive restoration of the home, restoring and updating its 13 interior rooms and using bricks from the burned garage to create a patio area in the back yard.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

From devastation rises hope, despite the daily reminders of the storm
TAYLORVILLE — Hope abounds on South Houston Street, and it’s not hard to see. Six month’s after a fierce tornado ravaged the area, the neighborhood is beginning to take shape again, the sounds of power tools buzz lightly in the distance, and there’s an energy to the street as workers and home owners bustle back and forth on just about every property.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Young homebuyers scramble as metro prices rise
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For millennials looking to buy their first home, the hunt feels like a race against the clock.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

How to decide: When to stay put, when to move
TAYLORVILLE — Many home improvement television series showcase people deciding whether to improve upon their current homes to make them into the houses of their dreams or to put “for sale” signs in their lawns and move on to something new.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Defining hardscape and how to use it for appeal
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
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Secrets to improving entertaining spaces at home
TAYLORVILLE — Some homes are seemingly built for entertaining, while others may need a little help to make them more fit for hosting dinner, holiday gatherings or an evening with friends.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

How to employ simple staging to impress buyers
TAYLORVILLE — Homeowners must consider a variety of factors when putting their homes on the market. One of the more important things to remember is the benefits of making a strong first impression on prospective buyers. That’s why many homeowners rely on staging when selling their homes.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Lighting is a key component of home's curb appeal
TAYLORVILLE — Curb appeal can affect prospective buyers’ perception of a home. When addressing curb appeal, homeowners may be inclined to focus on features that are easily seen from the street during the day. But what can a homeowner do to improve on his or her home’s nighttime aesthetic?
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Small kitchen improvements that maximize function
TAYLORVILLE — Many homeowners wish for expansive kitchens. Modernized kitchens that include sought after features and showcase the latest trends go a long way to improving the overall value of a home.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

When it's smart to hire a painting professional
TAYLORVILLE — Few things can revitalize a home more readily than a fresh coat of paint.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Out of sight, out of mind? Not with your wiring
TAYLORVILLE — Old homes can be charming and contain architectural elements not often seen in many modern housing developments. But what older homes may have in design appeal, they may lack in updated features.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Six options for funding your next home improvement project
TAYLORVILLE —  According to the home improvement resource HomeAdvisor, more than one-third of homeowners do not understand what hiring a professional will cost, and then cannot successfully budget and secure financing once they have set their sights on a renovation project.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Some steps to take to be flood-safe
TAYLORVILLE — People who live in flood zones can take steps to be flood-safe.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

What is the water table, and how does it affect homes?
TAYLORVILLE — The groundwater table plays a role in home construction, foundation stability and home comfort. Because the groundwater table is so significant, it behooves homeowners to understand how it works.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

The wow factor of a free-standing tub is impressive
TAYLORVILLE — Few home design elements provide the instant wow factor of freestanding tubs. Freestanding tubs have an air of luxury that can help current homeowners relax, and impress buyers when homes go on the market.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Reasons why homeownership might not be for you
(NERDWALLET via AP) — You have a stable job and a solid nest egg. Time to buy a home, right? Not necessarily.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

12 smart and stylish ways to maximize vertical space
TAYLORVILLE — Who hasn’t, at one point in their lives, lamented a lack of space and organization at home? A lifetime’s worth of items have to be kept somewhere, and without the right organizational strategy, clutter can quickly take over.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Which renovations will offer the greatest return?
TAYLORVILLE — Each year, Remodeling magazine publishes its “Cost vs. Value” report to give homeowners a greater understanding of how much popular home projects will cost across the nation, as well as which renovations will offer the greatest return on investment.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Quick and simple ways to make a front door pop
TAYLORVILLE — Visitors’ impressions of a home are often dictated by the home’s entryway. Must as one may judge a book by its cover, the same can be said about the impression that a front door and entryway can create, regardless of how accurate that impression is.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

What says 'modern' now in decor? Textures, greenery, environmental awareness
(AP) — As the seasons change, the urge to refresh and renew a room or two often follows. 
Saturday, June 1, 2019

How professional tree service can protect property and prevent future damage
TAYLORVILLE — Cold weather can take its toll on a property, especially in regions of the world where winters are harsh. Most parts of the landscape are vulnerable to damage from winter storms, but trees may be especially susceptible. By the end of winter, many homeowners wonder if their trees would benefit from some professional TLC.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Autism support meeting is June 6
HILLSBORO — TASC/The Autism Support Connection will be holding its regular monthly support group meeting on Thursday, June 6th from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church, 1400 Seymour Ave. in Hillsboro. This month they will have an open discussion format. 
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Lincoln Trail Homestead Homecoming June 8
MACON COUNTY, Ill. — The upper woodland in Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial had been choked with invasive bush honeysuckle and garlic mustard. The Friends of Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park have been working toward clearing the park and have created a winding path through the woodland.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Fourth Grade Class At VisionWay Christian School Visits State Capitol
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Foundation sponsors mental health first aid training
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation recently sponsored Youth Mental Health First Aid training for staff members at Kemmerer Village. The TMH Foundation covered the fee for 80 participants who attended the all-day course to learn how to identify and respond to youth showing signs of mental illness and substance abuse. The training was taught over the course of three sessions in April and May.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Larry, Betty and the Sutton family celebrate 50 years of serving the community
TAYLORVILLE — Betty and Larry Sutton opened the doors of Sutton Memorial Home on Sunday, June 1, 1969.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Consider creating a bee lawn to save the pollinators
(AP) —  Flowering “bee lawns” that attract pollinators are a compromise between fastidious turf management and the more casual yard approach. They add biodiversity to the landscape and need less maintenance. That makes them cost-effective, too.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

What you need to know: Re-greening after a flood
URBANA — Floods can devastate your home and property, including your lawn and garden. A flooded yard is a frightening and messy experience. In just a few minutes, your carefully planted garden can be washed away by heavy flood waters or be submerged for an extended length of time. Learn ways to recover your yard and landscape after a flood, whether it’s severe devastation or minor flooding.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Davis announces federal grant for new police vehicle in Stonington
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) yesterday announced that the Village of Stonington was awarded a grant from the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development’s Community Facilities Direct Loans and Grants program.
Friday, May 31, 2019

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on May 31, 2019:
Friday, May 31, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, May 31, 2019

Information sought in possible arson case
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a possible arson that occurred in Taylorville.
Friday, May 31, 2019

Summer Frolic at New Salem
PETERSBURG — Celebrate frontier heritage during the annual Summer Frolic event at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site near Petersburg on Saturday, June 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday, May 31, 2019

People brief
Friday, May 31, 2019

Auxiliary Group Donates To Bikers Against Child Abuse
Friday, May 31, 2019

Mt. Auburn United Methodist to begin summer workshop schedule
Friday, May 31, 2019

Jamie Tolley family to perform in Tower Hill Saturday
TOWER HILL, Ill. — Jamie Tolley and family will be at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Church on Saturday, June 1 at 5 p.m.
Friday, May 31, 2019

Annual Church Feud game to raise funds for charity
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Ministerial Association will hold their annual “Church Feud” game on Friday, June 21, at 6:00 p.m. in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Friday, May 31, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, May 30, 2019

TCUSD announces new superintendent
The Taylorville School District will look to Dr. Chris Dougherty to guide students, staff, and board members through the next chapter for the Taylorville school system.

At a special meeting Wednesday night, the Taylorville School Board unanimously selected Dougherty as the new Taylorville School Superintendent. She will replace outgoing Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau, who is leaving the district to pursue an opportunity in Litchfield.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Davis announces opioid grants for rural communities
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced federal help for many communities fighting the opioid epidemic. The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded Rural Communities Opioid Response planning grants to five organizations and agencies in central and southwestern Illinois. Each of the awards is in the amount of $200,000.
Thursday, May 30, 2019

A warm welcome at 3614 Lincoln Trail
Faye and Ron Sheley’s garden has accomplished her aim to make visitors feel welcome to share her garden experiences and sense of fun. Be on the lookout for little touches of whimsy and items celebrating the couple’s background in the rural Illinois past and their family heritage.
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Wind turbine meeting draws large crowd
A capacity crowd of both supports and opponents of wind turbines packed into Courtroom “A” of the Christian County Courthouse for a three-hour marathon committee of the whole meeting of the Christian County Board. The meeting was designed as an informational forum related to wind energy conversion systems in the county.

“There was a lot of difference of opinions. I think it’s a difficult subject. It’s going to be tough,” Christian County Board Chairman Becky Edwards commented following the meeting. “It’s really hard. I think everybody (county board members) probably feels this is going to be a tough decision.”

Fourteen of the 16 county board members were in attendance. District Four representatives Dale Livingston and Matt Wells did not attend.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Vandalia Grande Levee at the Vandalia Statehouse on June 14-15
The Vandalia Grande Levee, a celebration of the grand receptions held during the 1800s to honor government dignitaries and important visitors, will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15 at the Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site, located at 315 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia. The family event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, May 30, 2019

School Resource Officer guest speaker at Optimist Club
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, May 30, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Terry Wright then offered the morning invocation.
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Park tables Lakeshore management renewal
The current management agreement between the park district and J&D Golf Management, the company that manages Lakeshore Golf Course, expires this winter.

At Tuesday’s park board meeting, board members entered executive session to discuss the lease renewal. The proposed agreement calls for a three-year extension with a still undisclosed price and terms.

No extension was reached Tuesday night, and, following executive session, the park board tabled the matter until June.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Possibly Suspicious?
A City of Taylorville-owned property, at 828 W. Vandeveer, was totaled in an overnight blaze early Wednesday morning. The city had recently acquired the property with the intent to tear it down. Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry says the fire is possibly suspicious, though he cannot confirm that.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Lake landings prohibited; new pool hours for Pana
An ordinance which prohibits the landing of sea planes at Lake Pana, passed the Pana City Council on its second reading Monday night on a 5-3 vote.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

In Remembrance On Memorial Day
Under a warm mid-morning sun, more than 300 people gathered in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville to remember those who gave their lives in defense of their country. Members of the various military fraternal organizations and their auxiliaries placed wreaths during the remembrance.
Monday, May 27, 2019

Stonington community to host blood drive Wednesday
The Stonington Community will host a blood drive from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm on Wednesday, May 29 at 104 N. Elm, inside the Bloodmobile at Holy Trinity Catholic Church Hall. All presenting donors will receive a voucher for a $10 gift card (to Amazon, Casey’s, Dairy Queen, or Domino’s), and are entered to win a $500 Visa gift card.
Monday, May 27, 2019

Students Enjoy Year-End Treat
The school year has come to a close.  The students at VisionWay Christian School had a fun visitor at school this week.
Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Medical Center to host event for cancer survivors
Memorial Medical Center will hold a free meeting featuring two inspirational speakers who are cancer survivors at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 15, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller St.
Monday, May 27, 2019

Iowa Group Takes Mission Trip To Hewittville
The First Christian Church Youth Mission Group from Adel, Iowa wasin Hewittville on Saturday, May 25 to help people recovering from the December 2018 tornado. Going door to door, they offered to help however they could.
Monday, May 27, 2019

June Breast Cancer Support Group meeting will discuss complementary therapies
The June meeting of the breast cancer support group at Memorial Medical Center will feature a discussion about complementary therapies.
Monday, May 27, 2019

Manar supports harsher penalties for crimes in places of worship
State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) voted Friday to pass legislation that would impose harsher penalties on individuals convicted of assault or battery in places of worship.
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Memorial Day service at Oak Hill Monday
The annual Memorial Day service will be held , Monday, May 27, 2019 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Determined Taylorville Veteran Observes Memorial Day
Navy Veteran William Wiebke of Taylorville sits on the hood of his car, exhausted. He wipes his brow and acknowledges that the heat takes a toll on him these days. Everything, even simple tasks like standing and walking are harder after his stroke last April, but he still had the strength and determination Friday to complete a two-hour vigil at the veteran’s memorial on Park Street in Taylorville.
Saturday, May 25, 2019

City facing $1.6M in mandated Route 29 projects
Taylorville city officials were left a little shell-shocked Thursday night at the City of Taylorville Street and Sewer Committee meeting after they discovered that the economic development initiative currently underway on the north end of town may bring with it some unexpected costs.

City of Taylorville Street Superintendent Dick Wiseman informed the committee that the state is expected to mandate that a turn lane be added to the east side of the intersection of Northern Avenue and Route 29, in front of the new Steak ‘n Shake restaurant. The price tag: a whopping $800,000, which Wiseman says the city is on the hook for.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

A stately home away from home for travelers
Myrna and Joe Hauser opened the home as the Market Street Inn Bed & Breakfast 25 years ago this June, returning to their Christian County roots after many years in the St. Louis area.  After years of raising children and juggling a career, Myrna joined the Pasadena Hills, Missouri, Garden Club in the 1980s. “I still maintain those friendships and recently received Solomon’s seal from a friend there,” she says.
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Mt. Auburn Church of Christ celebrates 100 years
In 1867, the first Church of Christ in Mt. Auburn was built. A smaller, traditional looking church with a tall steeple, it sat as a proud house of worship for the tiny village for 51 years. However, as time passed and the community grew in size, the idea of a new church being built on the grounds of the previous one began to circulate within the village. A prominent Mt. Auburn man, John W. Augur, came before the congregation of the church one day and made a pledge. As recounted by The Lookout church periodical from the times, Augur vowed, “If this congregation will undertake to build an adequate, new house of worship to cost not less than $15,000, my wife and I will give dollar for dollar with the rest of you until we reach that amount, or any amount above that required to build such a house.”
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Telemedicine Pioneer Award Presented to PCH
On May 14, the fifth annual Telemedicine Pioneer Award was presented to Trina J. Casner, CPA, MBA, FACHE, President and CEO, Pana Community Hospital. The award was presented at the annual member meeting of the Illinois Telehealth Network (ITN), held in Springfield, and was presented by Dr. Gurpreet Mander, ITN executive director.
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Perfect Attendance
 Horace Mann's PASS program  presented two students with a scooter for perfect attendance at North School. 
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Pana Pride Business Of The Month
Pana Pride member Kathy England presented the May Business of the Month Certificate to Erica Matthews of AAMP. Erica’s business was chosen to receive $25 towards the purchase of flowers to decorate the front of her buildi
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Bayer In Stonington Donates To North School
The Bayer company in Stonington, Ill. donated a "green" bench made from bags to North Elementary. The retiring teachers were honored with the donation.
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Information sought on Taylorville hit and run
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a hit and run that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, May 25, 2019

County Board to hear turbine pros and cons
Meeting as a committee of the whole, the Christian County Board plans to hear the pros and cons of wind turbines being situated in Christian County on Wednesday night.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Taylorville attorney is suspended by Supreme Court
On May 21, 2019, the Illinois Supreme Court levied a two-month suspension against a local attorney for filing a statement of candidacy for Shelby County Resident Judge in which he knowingly claimed a false residency.
Friday, May 24, 2019

County will update its Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan
Christian County will update its plan to reduce the damages caused by natural hazards such as floods, tornadoes, snow storms, thunderstorms, and ice storms among others. The plan is called a Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan and the process to update it will be funded through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Friday, May 24, 2019

CEO students hold annual trade show
Sixteen Christian County students got the opportunity to show off their business acumen Thursday night at the Christian County CEO program’s annual trade show.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, May 24, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, May 24, 2019

Pana Sacred Heart holds academic awards banquet
Sacred Heart School in Pana held its annual Academic Banquet on Thursday evening, May 9, in the Oak Terrace banquet facility. There were 32 students in grades four through eight honored for being on the SHS Honor Roll for three consecutive quarters during the school year.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Campus visit day June 11 at Lincoln Land College
Prospective students interested in starting or restarting college or training for a new career are invited to Campus Visit Day at Lincoln Land Community College on Tuesday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to noon. The free event will be held at the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Farm Bureau Takes 'Touch A Farm Animal' to North School
The Christian County Farm Bureau visited North School this week. The Young Ag Leaders hosted a Touch a Tractor, Touch a Farm Animal for the K, 1, and 2 students.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Methodist Church honors graduates
The high school graduates and their families were honored at a luncheon Sunday, May 19 in the fellowship hall of Taylorville First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Susie McClure was the guest speaker. Scholarships were awarded to the grads by Mr. Bob Febus Chair of Staff-Parish Relations Committee.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Trinity Lutheran Hosts Missionary To Russia
Trinity Lutheran Church's Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) sponsored Alyssa Anders, a missionary to Russia, on Sunday, May 20, to a catered dinner and presentation.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Fairview United Methodist Church observing 150th anniversary this Sunday
The history and heritage of Fairview United Methodist Church along Bear Creek Road in southern Christian County will be celebrated on Sunday, May 26, 2019 with special services. It will start at 10:00 a.m.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Catholic hockey camp combines sport and faith
Boys and girls ages 7 through 17 interested in beefing up their hockey skills and boosting their spiritual lives at the same time are encouraged to register for the Catholic Hockey Camp, coming to the Nelson Center in Springfield June 17-19.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Faith Community Worship Center honors grads
Faith Community Worship Center honored graduates celebrating any educational milestone on Sunday morning,  May 19. Youth Pastor Jeff Hefner created a powerpoint featuring a photograph of each of the fourteen graduates and the school they graduated from. Youth Pastor Jami Hefner read the school accomplishments as well as the future plans of each graduate as they came to the platform, and presented the student with gifts and cards from the church.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Faith Bible Christian Academy holds graduation
On Saturday, May 18 at 10:30 am, the Senior Graduation was held at Faith Bible Christian Academy gymnasium.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Becoming the Body
Incarnation, from the Latin incarnatio, means and refers to the act of becoming flesh. When speaking of Jesus Christ in the New Testament this word doesn’t actually appear (because the New Testament was written in Greek), though John 1:14 seems to get at the point – “And the Word became flesh . . .” What a strange way to understand God when you think about it.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Five on Friday
Friday, May 24, 2019

Memorial Health System and Decatur Memorial Hospital to affiliate
Decatur Memorial Hospital will become the second largest hospital in the Springfield-based Memorial Health System, pending regulatory approval.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Community is invited to the Christian County Garden Walk
The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of Christian County are extending an invitation to readers to join them in celebrating gardens and gardening in our county. Cool, moist spring weather has paid off in lush area gardens for 2019 and summer’s arrival just around the corner means we are ready for the annual Garden Walk. Five gardens will open their garden gates on Saturday, June 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to do just that.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Optimists name Wheeler Officer of the Year
The Taylorville Optimists Club held their annual Salute to Law Enforcement Breakfast Thursday morning at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. It was a poignant ceremony where the group paid tribute to the sacrifices officers make each and every day.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Caleb Rybolt, of Pana, named valedictorian at Illinois College
Caleb Rybolt of Pana was named Illinois College’s valedictorian of the Class of 2019 on Sunday, May 12, during the college’s 185th commencement ceremony.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Sertoma Club Awards Scholarships
The Taylorville Sertoma Club awarded scholarships to two area students pursuing advanced degrees in the Speech Language Pathology program. Andrea Curtin recently graduated with her bachelor's degree, and will begin her master's classes next month at Eastern Illinois University. Curtin hopes to work in a school assisting children.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Operation Loaded Bookbag
Suzy Traughber, representing Operation Loaded Bookbag, spoke to the Taylorville Sertoma Club at a recent dinner meeting. Operation Loaded Bookbag began as a Gold Award girl scout project for Traughber's daughter, designed to help students obtain school supplies.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Informational pickets greet county board members
Prior to the start of the Christian County Board meeting on Tuesday night, board members were greeted by an informational picket of county employees represented by AFSCME Council 31 union. Close to 25 employees marched with signs asking for a fair contract.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Steak n Shake Makes It Official
Taylorville’s newest eatery opened last week, but the Taylorville Steak ‘n Shake made it official Wednesday morning as Stuller Inc.’s Wilma Stuller-Motes (holding scissors) cuts the ceremonial ribbon at the restaurant’s grand opening.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Tornado recovery donations top $700K
At a community meeting Tuesday night, Missions for Taylorville Director Ed Legg revealed that donations in the wake of the December 1, 2018 tornado have totaled $700,210.69.

“I’m blown away by how generous everyone has been. Taylorville isn’t a very large community, and we’ve had a lot of support from a lot of people outside of this community, but to be able to raise that kind of money is amazing,” Legg said.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Scott's Law: Enforcement, education needed to change driving behaviors
Illinois State Police Lt. Col. David Byrd was the on-call supervisor the night Chicago Fire Department Lt. Scott Gillen was struck and killed while assisting a crash scene in 2000.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Pana Pride Yard Of Month Winner
Pana Pride member, Lisa Bland, presented the May Yard of the Month Certificate to Gina Jones, 106 Kitchell Street.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Matching Fund Drive
Recently, Christian County Farm Bureau conducted a matching fund drive to help the THS FFA Livestock Judging Team raise funds to travel to Scotland for the world livestock judging competition known as the Royal Highland Livestock Show.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Elks Donate To Missions
Missions for Taylorville’s Ed Legg (middle) accepts a check from  First Vice President of the Illinois Elks Association Jeff Rodier (left) and Darrell Swisher (right), former state president of the Illinois Elks Association to assist in the ongoing tornado recovery needs.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Council Honors Students
The Taylorville City Council recognized Lynn Rice’s seventh-grade Geography class as the youths of the month Monday night. The class was recognized for their work on a year-long video project that highlights Taylorville and why it’s a great place to live.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Retirement reception for Pana teachers tomorrow
Seven Pana school teachers will be honored with a retirement reception in the Panthers Den of Pana High School from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

NPT special education plan is approved by state
During Monday night’s Pana School Board meeting, School Superintendent Jason Bauer reported the plan for the new Nokomis-Pana-Taylorville (NPT) Special Education Cooperative gained approval from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Local police capture suspect after a two-hour manhunt
Monday night, at approximately 6:35 p.m., the Taylorville Police Department responded to an aggravated battery which occurred in the 700 block of East Poplar Street. Police say a victim, whose identity remains undisclosded, was struck multiple times. That victim identified the suspect as Joseph R. Sparling, 31. According to TPD, Sparling was allegedly in possession of a firearm and possibly used the firearm to “pistol whip” the victim. Following the alleged incident, Sparling fled the scene before police arrived.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Local gov'ts seeking $533k in tornado relief
The Christian County Board is acting as the lead agency on the application for an Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity grant that could bring more than $533,000 in tornado recovery funds to the area.

Through the grant, the City of Taylorville is seeking $379,078.41, Christian County is pursuing $113,897.63, and the Taylorville Township is requesting $40,722.51.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

TMH Foundation hosts Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation was pleased to support community members who attended the recent Mental Health First Aid training specifically geared toward helping youth with mental illness and substance abuse issues. The training was held at Taylorville Memorial Hospital on April 30.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

TJHS Builders Club Donates
The TJHS Builders Club presented a generous check to Andra Ebert of Heartland Mini Hoofs. Heartland is a non profit organization. Heartland Mini Hoofs is dedicated to bringing happiness, healing, rehabilitation, and comfort to others through Equine assisted therapy and activities using mini horses.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Women Of The Moose
Pictured are Women Of The Moose Stephanie Goodrich, assistant guide, and Kayla Duey, guide, for the 2019-2020 year.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Red Hat club tours law enforcement training center
Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club traveled to Decatur Monday, May 13 to  tour  the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center. They were greeted by Thomas Schneider - a Pana native, Tad Williams, Ed Culp, and Jennifer Peterson. They started in the cafeteria for a brief talk that told us about their facility. This is the only residential law enforcement academy in our area.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Arthritis, joint pain discussed at Hickory Estates
On April 29, Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s Carla Tippitt, OTR/L, CHT spoke with the residents of Hickory Estates about her work as an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Senior Prank
The 2019 class of seniors pulled their school prank Sunday night when they pitched tents and camped overnight in the front lawn of Taylorville High School.
Monday, May 20, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, May 20, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, May 20, 2019

Area artists work will go on display at Shelbyville gallery beginning this Sunday
A new shows is opening at Flourishes in Shelbyville this weekend, and all visual art display areas are changed with new shows now available to the public. The opening reception for these works is Sunday, May 26 from 1-4 p.m. Many of the artists and teachers will be available to talk to those in attendance. Doug Bergeron is the featured artist in the Gallery, Shirley Buescher in the Library, Carol Kessler in the Theme Hall, and Jamie Rutherford joins Doug Bergeron and Carol Kessler in the Upper Lobby. The Beaux Art Ballroom is blessed with even more art by students as well. The works will be on display until August 10 during regular open hours or by appointment.  If questions, please call 217-827-5690.
Monday, May 20, 2019

STEM class at TJHS partners with second graders
Seventh and eighth grade students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) classes at Taylorville Junior High School mentored second grade students as they partnered to make home made anemometers. An anemometer is a devise scientists use to measure wind speed.
Monday, May 20, 2019

Courthouse
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Ramsey Lake State Park offers great outdoor fun at a location close to home
For those looking for family friendly outdoors adventures or just a beautiful place to dream away the summer hours, Ramsey Lake State Park has something for everyone. Located a little less than an hour’s drive from Taylorville in Fayette County, the state park is 1,980 acres of pure outdoor fun and beauty waiting for any willing adventurers to explore.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Drive-thru fundraiser Friday for honor guard
Memorial Day weekend is all about paying tribute to our veterans, and while Memorial Day is officially on Monday, May 27, the Christian County Honor Guard and Mike Assalley with Shafer-Perfetti and Assalley Funeral Home is hoping to kickstart the weekend of tribute on the preceding Friday.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Miss Pana Heritage Days Crowned
Kailee Stewart, center, was crowned Miss Pana Heritage Days during ceremonies held Friday evening in downtown Pana.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Lookin' Good in Neighborhood winner for April
After the devastation of the Dec. 1, 2018, tornado, West Prairie St. in Taylorville looked like a lot of other neighborhood - damaged and desolate following the storm. But in less than six months one of those Phoenixes has risen from the ashes to become the April winner of the Lookin’ Good in the Neighborhood Contest. The home of Joe McAvoy, 909 W. Prairie, is the initial winner.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

South Fork Music Festival
On Tuesday, May 7, the student musicians of South Fork Schools presented their 11th Annual Music Festival. Performing were the Elementary Choir, Junior High Choir, and High School Choir. Students also received certificates and medals for their achievements.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Peter Meyer Chapter DAR Meets
At the May 9 meeting of the Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR, 28 members were in attendence to hear Millie Meyerholz of Pana portray her Native American great-great grandmother, Rachel Whitelock Lockwood. Lockwood was born in Ohio in 1812. She was one of eleven children from the Chippewa Tribe, which was also called Ojibwa.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Food fight at Pana High School benefits student
When someone thinks of a food fight, many people harken back to the movie, “Animal House,” when John Belushi screams, “food fight,” and all kinds of cafeteria cuisine flies. Tuesday afternoon, on the Brummett football field of the Pana High School campus, that filmed version couldn’t hold a candle to Pana’s version of a food fight.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Summer concert series at Rock Springs starts June 2
The Macon County Conservation District will again host a free, outdoor summer concert series at Rock Springs Conservation Area. Enjoy lazy summer evenings with live acoustic music in the great outdoors on select Sundays in June, July, and August from 7-8pm.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Dickson Mounds offers special kids programming
At Dickson Mounds Museum’s Tot Time on Thursday, June 6 at 9:30 a.m., the program will be “Fish” presented by staff from the Illinois River Biological Station. They will show a variety of live fish from the Illinois River. Participants may also enjoy viewing the station's fish population survey boat and learning about some of station’s latest research. In addition, there will be fun crafts for participating children to take home.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Students invited to apply for council
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) invites Illinois public high school students who will be in grades 10, 11, and 12 in the 2019-20 school year to apply to join ISBE’s Student Advisory Council. Members of the council will engage in discussions about how the public education system can better meet students’ needs. The State Board is seeking diverse applicants to provide perspectives on equity and opportunity in Illinois’ public schools.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Summer STEM Camp in Rochester for area students
Students will have an opportunity for a fun learning experience of exploring, creating, and building this summer at STEM Camp. They will work together on science, technology, engineering, and math challenges.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Lake Shelbyville offers fun in the water, on the water and all along the shore
For those who enjoy summer fun on the water, look no farther to the east than Lake Shelbyville. This 11,100 acre reservoir is situated in both Shelby and Moultrie counties and offers a wide range of activities, whether you enjoy being in the water, on the water or along the shore.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Tornado Recovery Supplies Still Available
Residents affected by the December 1, 2018 Tornado still have access to free building materials and supplies through the City of Taylorville and it’s recovery center located at the old Gagne building at 1617 W. Spresser Street.
Friday, May 17, 2019

New court fees schedule passes board committee
The Finance Committee of the Christian County Board met Thursday night and among the items discussed and recommended to the full county board for approval was a new schedule of fees for the county’s court system.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Palmer man enters plea agreement in child battery case
A Palmer man, Darrel Hunter Sanders, 20, entered a negotiated plea of guilty in a 2018 case of aggravated battery of a child under the age of 13. Sanders entered the plea in Christian County Court Friday morning before Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Shelbyville man gets 24 years for meth
Nathan T. Mount, 24, of Shelbyville was sentenced to 22 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for possession of methamphetamine between 100 and 400 grams. It is a Class X felony.
Friday, May 17, 2019

2 Vehicles Involved In Owaneco Crash
This panel delivery truck ended up in the drying unit at the Owaneco Elevator shortly before 8:00 a.m. Friday.
Friday, May 17, 2019

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