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Taylorville Memorial building project on schedule
TAYLORVILLE — Attached to a crane above Taylorville Memorial Hospital is a section of super-structure which is carefully being removed as part of Phase II of the hospital’s revitalization. Once demolition and the foundations are removed, work will commence on a 20,000-square-foot addition to house offices and the kitchen and cafeteria. The project is expected to be complete in April or May of 2021.Tom Latonis/Breeze-Courier Photo
TAYLORVILLE — Attached to a crane above Taylorville Memorial Hospital is a section of super-structure which is carefully being removed as part of Phase II of the hospital’s revitalization. Once demolition and the foundations are removed, work will commence on a 20,000-square-foot addition to house offices and the kitchen and cafeteria. The project is expected to be complete in April or May of 2021.
Tom Latonis/Breeze-Courier Photo
Work is continuing on Phase II of the construction project at Taylorville Memorial Hospital, according to Allyson Phillips, marketing director of the hospital. Work being done is part of a $60 million rehabilitation project started in July of 2018.

“Everything is right on schedule,” Phillips said.

Thursday, August 13, 2020


Edinburg schools preparing for reopening
The Edinburg Board of Education held a regular meeting on Wednesday, August 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the district library to allow for proper social distancing.

At the meeting, school principal Michelle Reiss gave the Board a presentation on the plans the schools have in place to make the reopening of their buildings as safe and controlled as possible for their students. Reiss stated on teacher institute day August 17, all staff will be present to learn about proper COVID-19 preparedness and advice from the CDC. Reiss had also been meeting with teachers over Google Meet to discuss preparing for going back to school. According to superintendent Ben Theilen, the custodians had been hard at working preparing classrooms and school buildings for the student’s return. They’ve been measuring the distances between desks, laying down tape on the floors to control the flow of students, and Theilen stated they were prepared to install Plexiglas shields if necessary.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

County committee approves listing appointees names
On Monday night, the Christian County Board’s Executive and Personnel Committee, agreed to recommend to the full County Board, a proposal to list all of the individuals the Board is responsible to appointing to various other committees and boards on the county’s website. The vote was 4-0 with Committee Chairman, Donna Hibbetts, absent. Senior Board member Matt Wells presided in her absence.

Under the proposal, every person which the Board has jurisdiction to appointing, such as the Health Board, fire districts, park boards, etc., will have their names listed. And, if County Clerk Michael Gianasi can work it out, a proxy e-mail form to fill out which will be directed to the individuals e-mail address. The individual’s e-mail address, nor their telephone number, will be listed on the county website.

Also to be included is the party affiliation of the committee member, if applicable. President of the Taylorville Water Reclamation Board, Tom Snyder, Sr., told the committee some boards and committees are required by state law to have a majority of individuals who associate with the majority party of the County Board; at this time, Republican. He claimed “Over the past 30 years,” committee memberships have not had the majority party appointed, or that all members of a committee or board, have been affiliated with the same political party.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Pana schools to open a day later than planned
Students in the Pana Unit 8 School District will get one more day of summer break this year with the decision of the Pana School Board last night to push “opening day” back 24 hours. It is part of the plan which members approved to get school started for the 2020-21 school year. The addition of “remote learning planning days” was added prior to approving a 10-page guide to restart school.

“There is no perfect plan to reopen school out there, but I believe this plan gets us started out on the right foot,” said Board President Dr. Bill Beyers.

During the discussion of the re-opening plan, School Superintendent Jason Bauer told the Board he had received an e-mail from Pana Education Association (PEA) President, Mark Schmitz, requesting a day prior to the start of school for teachers to make final plans for remote teaching of students. According to figures provided by the school district, just over 75% of students enrolled will be attending in-person classes. Slightly less than 25% have opted for remote learning. Less than half of one percent are going with home schooling.

Bauer explained the Illinois State Board of Education is giving each school district five remote learning planning days for the 2020-21 school year. These are days which allows the schools to develop or tweak plans for remote learning. These days are counted for student attendance days so there is no requirement to make theses days up.

Schmitz requested the first two days of scheduled classes - Aug. 18 and 19 - be used as remote learning days, but Dr. Beyers said this would be a burden on parents who are planning to have their kids in school on Aug. 18.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Police/Fire
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Nokomis city employee tests positive for COVID
An employee of the City of Nokomis has tested positive for COVID 19. The City of Nokomis immediately notified the Christian-Montgomery County EMA and the Montgomery County Health Department. Contact tracing is being conducted by the Montgomery County Health Department to identify any individuals who may have come into contact with this employee. Any City employee or member of the Nokomis Emergency Response Community who has been in contact with the affected individual will be immediately tested to determine COVID positivity status. Emergency Services functions in the City of

Nokomis will not be impacted in any negative way at this time.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Kincaid approves bonds; discusses solar project
The Village of Kincaid held a public hearing and special meeting Monday night in the American Legion Hall in Kincaid and via phone conference.

The purpose of the public hearing was to hear any public comments about the village selling bonds not to exceed $53,000. This is for finance capital improvement and to pay outstanding obligations for the Village.

First Midstate Inc. representative David Pistorius spoke to the board and explained there is a tax levy that pays back the bonds. “You have tax caps with regards to bond issues. You are tax capped and have a debt service extension base. For the year 2020 your debt service extension base is $43,213. That is the maximum your principal and interest levy can be this year. We publish the hearing for $53,000, but it doesn’t mean we have to issue that amount. That’s the most you could have issued on a non-referendum basis,” said Pistorius.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Local student awarded scholarship
Lincoln Land Community College student Nicole Erwin-Gaynor of Taylorville is among 207 Phi Theta Kappa members nationwide to be named 2020 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars and will each receive $1,000 scholarships.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

South Fork schools will host 1 teacher from inaugural class in new teacher residency and licensure program
Golden Apple, a leading Illinois nonprofit committed to preparing, supporting, and mentoring aspiring teachers, has announced that it inducted 30 future teachers into the inaugural class of the organization’s Accelerator’s Program, a teacher residency and licensure program that is expediting the preparation of highly-qualified teachers in areas of the state most in need, in southern, central, and western Illinois. Golden Apple announced the program in December to address Illinois’ teacher shortage crisis and help fill critical positions throughout the state. In fact, at the start of last school year, 1,800 educator positions went unfilled.

Accelerators have been placed at several schools across Illinois including South Fork Junior/Senior High School in Kincaid.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Stonington Lion Club Presents Scholarshp
Caleb Grover has been named the recipient of the Stonington Lions Club Scholarship for 2020. He is the son of Greg and Lisa Grover of Stonington. Caleb has been home schooled his prep school years.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Millikin announces spring dean's list
Millikin University is pleased to announce the names of the outstanding undergraduates who have been named to the Dean's List for the spring 2020 semester.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Memorial Elementary still battling water leaks
Last December, the Taylorville School District approved an extensive, $336,000 drainage project at Memorial Elementary School to alleviate a water problem in the basement and cafeteria of the building.

That project included the installation of a drainage membrane underneath the playground area, which was designed to slope away from the building. A curb on the north side of the property was also installed to prevent runoff from surrounding properties. Downspouts were also extended and tied directly into the storm sewer system.

Unfortunately, school officials announced at Monday night’s regularly scheduled school board meeting that the project hasn’t totally remedied the water problem.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Edinburg plans to clarify building permit requirements
The Village of Edinburg held a regular meeting on Monday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the community building to follow social distancing guidelines.

The Zoning officer and a Zoning Board member were present at the meeting to discuss the issues with the property owner who struggled to get a permit at the last meeting. The property owner themselves was not present at the meeting, but a relative came to listen and discuss on their behalf. The zoning officer told the Board that he still did not have the required information from the property owner to issue the building permit. The relative of the property owner denied this, declaring that all the information requested had been delivered. They argued that the property owner had not been told of all the items needed, and had thought they had already received permission to start building. The relative eventually admitted that the property owner did not actually have the physical permit to build. They insist, however, that they had not been told about the requirements for getting the permit and thought they had been given permission to start on their building project.

They also claimed that they had never had issues with building permits in other towns, to which the village attorney, Rocci Romano, stated that the Village of Edinburg’s ordinance for building permits was very lax compared to surrounding municipalities. The property owner’s relative left the meeting shortly afterward.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Pana senior facilities reporting COVID-19 cases in staff
Chris-Mont EMA is confirming that there is an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Prairie Rose Health Care Center located at 900 S. Chestnut St, Pana. An outbreak, as defined by IDPH at an assisted living facility, is two or more positive COVID-19 cases of staff or residents because of the higher-risk population. They currently have two staff members who have tested positive. Upon notification of the positives within the facility, Prairie Rose was in direct contact with the Local Health Department and Chris-Mont EMA.
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Pana Council considers Locust Street demo project
The Pana City Council agreed in principle to a project which would have two buildings demolished in the 100 block of South Locust St. for a parking lot and possible expansion of Pana Family Dental. If the project is ultimately approved, $40,000 in Pana Business District Tax Funds would be used.

Pana City Attorney Steve Mahrt is working on an agreement with the ownership of Pana Family Dental, at 128 S. Locust, to transfer title of the building which the city owns to the south. The dental office is then planning to buy the Sculptor II Men’s Hair-styling Salon - Spinner’s Barber Shop - at 140 S. Locust. According to Alderman Leon Goff, chairman of the Economic Development Committee, they plan to demolish those buildings and temporarily use them as a parking lot. He indicated at some point, Pana Family Dental may expand its practice by building an addition.

For the city, the investment would be up to $40,000 from the Business Tax District Fund, to be paid to Pana Family Dental once the demolition work was completed.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Police/Fire
Monday, August 10, 2020

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Troop 74 Goes Canoeing
The scouts of Troop 74 in Morrisonville we're glad to get back to outdoor activities in July. They held their first fundraiser with a pork chop sandwich and Mel OCream donut sale. They ended the month with a canoe trip on Sugar Creek near Turkey Run State Park in Indiana. The weather was a little wet, but the boys didn't mind. They also went swimming and hiking at Raccoon Lake State Park.
Monday, August 10, 2020

Lake Land College looks forward to welcoming students in the Fall
Lake Land College faculty and staff look forward to welcoming students to the fall semester.

“We understand there are a lot of uncertainties at this time in our lives. We want our community to know that Lake Land College is here to help however we can,” Lake Land College President Josh Bullock said. “Students who may have to make last minute changes in their plans to attend universities are more than welcome to connect with a Lake Land representative and stay on course with our excellent general education courses”.

Monday, August 10, 2020

When facing illness, take control of finances
TAYLORVILLE — In light of the coronavirus pandemic, virtually all of us have considered health-related issues. But for people facing a serious, chronic illness, such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes or cancer, health concerns are an everyday matter. If you’re fortunate, you may never be afflicted with such maladies, but the future is unpredictable. Of course, going through these health challenges bring physical and emotional concerns – but also financial ones. How can you prepare for them?
Saturday, August 8, 2020

Your Credit Score Will Not Suffer If You Have Lots Of Credit Cards
(NERDWALLET via AP) — People who care about their credit scores tend to obsess about some things they probably shouldn’t, such as the possibility they might have too much credit.
Saturday, August 8, 2020

Authorities: Exposure risk low in latest case
TAYLORVILLE — An employee at the McDonal’ds located at 401 Spresser St. in Taylorville, IL, which has closely followed the CDC/IDPH guidelines, ha has tested positive for COVID. Upon notification of the positive case within the facility, McDonald’s in direct contact with the local health department and Chris-Mont EMA.
Saturday, August 8, 2020

Hole-in-one flurry at Lakeshore
TAYLORVILLE — One of the most prestigious things in golf is a hole-in-one, and it isn’t exactly a common feat. Lakeshore Golf Course, however, had three of them over the past week.
Saturday, August 8, 2020

Community Women Award Scholarships
Saturday, August 8, 2020

Ken Deck scholarship awarded to THS senior
TAYLORVILLE — Recently, Kristina Allen, daughter of Stephen Allen and Adriana Allen of Taylorville, was awarded a check in the amount of $1,000 to help her pursue her college education. Kristina will attend Southeast Missouri State university of Cape Girardeau and plans to study to become a speech pathologist, which she describes as her dream career.
Saturday, August 8, 2020

Ford Motor Compy makes PPE donations to Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehab
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehab received a significant donation from Ford Motor Company to help fight the spread of COVID-19 at the facility: hundreds of plastic face shields for the healthcare staff to wear when treating residents at the facility.
Saturday, August 8, 2020

Healthcare Organizations remind visitors: masks required at hospitals, clinics
SPRINGFIELD  — Local healthcare organizations on Friday emphasized that anyone visiting a hospital or clinic must wear a mask at all times, saying that the public’s compliance is critical to reduce the community spread of COVID-19.
Saturday, August 8, 2020

Local artwork donations recognized by TMH Foundation
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation gratefully recognizes the five artists whose submissions were chosen for display in the new Taylorville Memorial Hospital facility.
Saturday, August 8, 2020

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Douglas L. Jarman presided over the following cases on Aug. 7, 2020:
Saturday, August 8, 2020

For This Musician and Many Others in Taylorville's Municipal Band, It's All About A legacy, A Love Of Music And Family Tradition
When they begin the beguine
It brings back the sound of music so tender,
It brings back a night of tropical splendor,
It brings back a memory ever green

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Public Meeting Notices
Saturday, August 8, 2020

City, county could share dispatch system
TAYLORVILLE — Christian County is currently in the middle of an extensive and costly upgrade to the county’s Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system for county 911 services.
Friday, August 7, 2020

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Douglas L. Jarman presided over the following cases on Aug. 7, 2020:
Friday, August 7, 2020

Police/Fire
Friday, August 7, 2020

ZBA hopes to finish wind deliberations at next meeting
TAYLORVILLE — Another night of deliberations by the Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) Thursday night has brought the group closer to finishing up the task of reviewing text amendments to the county’s Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS) ordinance. The Board worked through all of the text amendment documents and what is left to do is revisit a couple of items they passed over when they reconvene on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 19.
Friday, August 7, 2020

Employees at 2 local stores test positive for COVID-19
TAYLORVILLE — The Walgreens located at 315 N. Webster St. and Walmart, located at 1530 W. Springfield Rd. in Taylorville,  who have followed the CDC/IDPH guidelines, both have an employee who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Friday, August 7, 2020

Rooted and grounded
TAYLORVILLE — Have you noticed that so much in these days is “how you feel”, and less about truth? Scripture says “The root of the righteous yields fruit”. I must instantly feel good about something or reject it seems to be the noise of the day. Fruit takes time to be produced, but everything does have a result or fruit. Proverbs says “Guard you heart, for from it flow the issues of life”. According to the Apostle Paul, we are to be “rooted and grounded in love (Christ) and to be built up in Him”.
Friday, August 7, 2020

Pana Mission Center to hold school supply give away Aug. 8
PANA — The Community Mission Center of Pana is sponsoring a back-to-school supplies give away for those in need on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. It is for Pana School District students only.
Friday, August 7, 2020

Courthouse
Thursday, August 6, 2020

Police/Fire
Thursday, August 6, 2020

Rep. Davis postponing events due to testing positive for COVID-19
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill) released the following statement on his positive COVID-19 test:

"Wednesday morning, I tested positive for COVID-19. Since the beginning of this pandemic, I have taken my temperature twice daily because serving in Congress means I interact with many people, and it’s my duty to protect the health of those I serve. This morning, my temperature clocked in at 99 degrees Fahrenheit, which is higher than normal for me.

"Because of the high temperature, my wife and I received a test this morning. While my test came back positive, my wife’s test came back negative. My staff who I’ve worked with in-person this week have received negative tests as well. Other than a higher-than-normal temperature, I am showing no symptoms at this time and feel fine.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

ZBA supports big setbacks in blow to wind
The Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) tentatively approved a setback of 3,250-feet for wind turbines in Christian County during their review of text amendments to the county’s Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS) ordinance on Wednesday night. Supporters of wind energy as well as the two companies who are proposing the multi-milllion dollar projects have previously stated such a setback “will be a deal breaker.”

The action came during a remotely broadcast meeting of the ZBA - the first of back-to-back nights - parts of which were hard to understand or barely audible at times, especially during the conversations concerning the setbacks.

“I don’t have an issue with the 3,250-feet setback,” Chairman of the ZBA, Steve Sipes said. Nearby property owners can waive their right to have no less than a 1,600-foot setback.”

Thursday, August 6, 2020

T'ville schools to start year remotely
The halls of Taylorville High School won’t be bustling with students this fall; no school in the district, for that matter, will have students on campus for at least the first quarter of the school year.

On Tuesday night, district administration announced that it has elected to forego in-person learning for the start of the upcoming school year. All students in the district, then, will be learning from home  when school resumes on August 19.

“After holding clarifying conversations with the district COVID-19 Transition Committee, other school districts, and our own teachers’ and support staff unions, we reached the indelible conclusion that the risk of potentially lethal transmission within schools was too high —in fact, it was virtually inevitable,” a release from the district that was sent out by Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty reads. “Given ongoing confusion with health guidelines, unsolvable challenges in tackling the complexity of this issue, and continued holdups in the supply chain for PPE and other safety implements, we simply cannot ask our students, staff members,  or their families to put themselves into a situation of such imminent danger.”

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Taylorville hospital to distribute colon cancer test kits Aug. 14
Seventy-three-year-old John Werries put off getting a baseline colonoscopy for years, even declining the simple colorectal cancer screening kits his wife offered to obtain for him during the screening kit giveaway events presented annually by Passavant Area Hospital.

At his wife, Ruthie’s, insistence John finally relented and completed a colorectal cancer screening kit, which Ruthie picked up for him at a screening kit giveaway event in 2019. His test came back positive for blood in the stool. Ruthie immediately scheduled a colonoscopy for John.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Village of Stonington votes to combine two loans
The Village of Stonington met in regular session Monday, August 3, 2020.

Village President Bruce Dowdy discussed the renewal of the water and gas loan that matured on July 10, 2020. It was previously a balloon loan and is going to get rolled into a new loan with five more years of payments. The board unanimously approved to roll the water and gas loan through First National Bank of Nokomis into a five year loan in payments and authorizing Bruce Dowdy and Christine Lerch to sign the loan.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Food pantries benefit from local drive
Thanks to generous residents and credit union members throughout the tri-county area, local food pantries recently received some much needed goods from Taylorville Community Credit Union. TCCU’s 6th annual ‘Freedom Tree’ community food drive, which ended July 10th, collected donations of boxed and canned food items, as well as cash, at the credit union’s locations in Taylorville, Hillsboro, Litchfield and Pana.

“In our six years of conducting this program, this year probably was the most important one,” admits TCCU President, Will Perkins. “Many people have been affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus, these past several months, either through illness, job loss, reduced hours, even the trickle-down effects of business closures. Money is tight, and people are feeling scared and nervous.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Police/Fire
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Taylorville undergoes a superintendent shakeup
City of Taylorville aldermen appointed two new city superintendents Monday night after the retirement of lake superintendent Bart Bialas and airport and cemmetary superintendent Bill Newberry. The council also voted to move forward with altering the job description of one of those positions.

The council voted 7-1 (Chris Skultety-no) to accept the mayor’s appointment of Geoffrey Ortman as the new Lake Superintendent. “I’ve never talked to this guy. I have nothing against him and think he’ll probably do a fine job, but I see a fault in this, voting for a person not knowing anything about him or not seeing a resume. I think the process needs to change, and everyone on the council needs to be involved. I can’t rightly vote for anybody when I know nothing about them,” Skultety said of his vote.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Request for more funds for special attorney okayed
During a special session of the Christian County Board called for noon on Monday, members approved spending an additional $5,000 to retain attorney Ben Jacobi of O’Halloran, Kosoff, Geitner and Cook, as special counsel during deliberations of the Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) as they wade through a series of text amendments to the county’s Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS) Ordinance. The vote was unanimous.

An initial $50,000 line item to the budget was depleted at the end of July and the ZBA has at least two more meetings scheduled - Aug. 5 and 6 - to continue the process of reviewing each of the five proposed amendments. At the last meeting of the ZBA, members began saying which parts of those proposals they could agree with and the process is set to continued Wednesday and Thursday night. The initial request was for $7,500, but Jacobi later agreed the $5,000 would be sufficient.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Services at Pana church postponed due to COVID exposure
According to a press release issued by Christian County Emergency Management Agency, the First Baptist Church located at 114 Maple St, Pana, has temporarily postponed all in-person services due to a COVID-19 exposure. The last in-person service was held on July 19, 2020. They, along with the Christian County Health Department and Chris-Mont EMA are all working together to ensure the parishioners and staff are safe. If you were previously at the facility during the time of concern, through contact tracing you would have been notified of any further action you would need to take. If you were not contacted, you were not determined to be a primary exposure risk per IDPH protocols. As always, however, you should monitor your health. If you should begin to feel ill or have a concern, contact your physician for further guidance or the Christian County Health Department. During this closure period, additional cleaning and disinfecting are being completed.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

McDonald's in Pana temporarily closed due to COVID-19
According to a press release from the Christian County Emergency Management Agency, the McDonalds located at 1 S. Poplar St in Pana, who have closely followed the CDC/IDPH guidelines, temporarily closed at 8:00pm on Saturday, August 1, in the evening due to two employees testing positive for COVID.
Monday, August 3, 2020

Courthouse
Monday, August 3, 2020

Meeting Notice
Monday, August 3, 2020

County COVID testing site extended for two more days
The COVID-19 testing site at the Christian County fairgrounds in Taylorville has been extended for two more days. It had been scheduled to close Sunday afternoon, but it will now remain open until Tuesday, Aug. 4, until 5:00 p.m.

The testing clinic is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and is being conducted inside the Exposition Building on the fairgrounds. There is no charge for the test, although insurance information along with the person’s name and contact information is required.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Ethridge Animal Clinic temporarily closed due to COVID-19
The Ethridge Animal Clinic located at 1604 W. Spresser St in Taylorville, Ill., who has closely followed the CDC/IDPH guidelines, has temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Upon notification of the positive case exposure within the facility, they were in direct contact with the Local Health Department and Chris-Mont EMA. They are all working together to ensure the safety of their clients, staff and animals. If you were recently at the facility, through contact tracing it will be determined if you have a risk of exposure and will be notified. If you are not contacted, you were not determined to be at risk per IDPH protocols. During this closure period, additional cleaning and disinfecting will be completed. The Clinic is scheduled to open again on August 12 with the Local Health Department's approval. The Ethridge Animal Clinic Team would like to thank everyone for their support, thoughts and prayers.
Saturday, August 1, 2020

PCH opens elective services and clinics
Pana Community Hospital is reopening all its’ elective services and physician clinics as of Monday, August 3rd. Precautionary COVID-19 test of all hospital and clinic employees is now complete. All results have been reported to the Christian County Health Department where contact tracing was conducted. The hospital is fully functional and open for scheduled appointments, walk-in and emergency care needs of the community. However, visitation remains tightly restricted and screening of all patients at the Emergency entrance continues.
Saturday, August 1, 2020

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

Sometime between 9:15 pm on Monday, July 20, 2020 and 7:30 am on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, an unknown vehicle struck a white pick-up truck legally parked on the roadway near the intersection of Adams and Morton Streets. The victim’s vehicle suffered passenger’s side damage and yellow paint transfer. The total dollar amount of damage is unknown at this time.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Free movie night at House on the Rock Church
A free showing of the film “Different Drummers” at the House on the Rock Church, located at 314 North Grant Street in Edinburg, will be held on August 21. David is growing weaker with muscular dystrophy and is confined to a wheelchair when he befriends Lyle, who’s increasingly hyperactive. They both become convinced that with faith and willpower, Lyle can teach David to run. As one tries to give the other his extra energy, they learne life’s transcendent, painful lessons. Based on a true story, this film is rated PG 13 and is Dove approved for all ages.
Saturday, August 1, 2020

Lindsey Coy awarded Miss Liberty Memorial Scholarship from LLCC Foundation
Lindsey Coy of Taylorville was recently named the first recipient of the Miss Liberty Memorial Scholarship at Lincoln Land Community College. The $500 award recognizes perseverance, courage and leadership.
Saturday, August 1, 2020

Rooted and Grounded
Have you noticed that so much in these days is “how you feel”, and less about truth? Scripture says “The root of the righteous yields fruit”. I must instantly feel good about something or reject it seems to be the noise of the day. Fruit takes time to be produced, but everything does have a result or fruit. Proverbs says “Guard you heart, for from it flow the issues of life”. According to the Apostle Paul, we are to be “rooted and grounded in love (Christ) and to be built up in Him”.
Saturday, August 1, 2020

Officer Wood nominated
The Taylorville Police Department nominated Officer Jeff Wood for Officer of the second quarter.
Saturday, August 1, 2020

Tot Time returns to Illinois State Museum - Dickson Mounds
The Illinois State Museum announces its Tot Time Thursdays will return to its Dickson Mounds facility in Lewistown beginning Thursday, August 6, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  

"We are so happy to begin Tot Time Thursdays again! We are excited to offer this program to families in compliance with the Restore Illinois Phase 4 guidelines," said Dickson Mounds Education Curator, Christa Christensen. "Tot Time has been a favorite program among the community since 2012. With a few changes, Tot Time will provide a safe, enjoyable experience for all invloved."

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Women of the Moose donate
The Taylorville Women of the Moose Chapter 1263 recently donated the money they raised during their bake sales to have the wooden playground equipment at the lodge restored.
Saturday, August 1, 2020

Do not plant seeds of unknown origins
Mystery packages with unidentified seeds have shown up in mailboxes across the U.S. over the past week. University of Illinois Extension horticulture experts urge people to never plant unidentified seeds.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating the situation and collecting seeds packets to test their contents. The packages, which appear to be from China, have not yet been reported in Illinois, but officials in 27 states are urging residents to report any suspicious packets of seeds.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Meeting Notices
Saturday, August 1, 2020

A love for animals: Local girl donates to CCAC for birthday
“We have two fish, two turtles, two dogs, and three cats!” Evyn exclaims with joy when sharing about her precious furry and scaled friends at home. At seven years old, she absolutely loves animals. Because of that adoration, she recently decided to give back to the community and help her animals friends. To do so, Evyn asked for supplies to donate to the Christian County Animal Control (CCAC) instead of presents for her birthday.
Saturday, August 1, 2020

"Where words fail, music speaks"
Hans Christian Andersen once said “Where words fail, music speaks.” Music has certainly been speaking to Bill Berta for 67 years as a member of the Taylorville Municipal Band.

Berta was just a high school student at Taylorville Senior High in 1953 when he was asked to participate in the Municipal Band. “I was one of four high school band members that joined that year. I thought it was really something to get that opportunity. We were even paid union wages! For high school musicians this was an exciting and intimidating event, but we were well received and in a short time we fit in with these "older" adults,” said Berta.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Police/Fire
Friday, July 31, 2020

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Friday, July 31, 2020

County budget presentations wrap up Thursday
The last eight Christian County departments presented their budget requests on Thursday night before the Christian County Board’s Audit and Finance Committee. Much like Wednesday night, the budgets presented mainly included salary increases previous approved or negotiated. It will be the work of the committee to figure out a way to balance the budget as revenues for the county have plunged during the COVID-19 emergency.

Jan Bland, Assistant to the Christian County Board and Human Resources, announced she would be retiring mid-March of 2021. It was her suggestion the county look into hiring a County Administrator to supervise the day-to-day operations of the county in the future. She said several other counties in the state have such a position and it works out well.

Friday, July 31, 2020

County budget process begins; continues tonight
Members of the Christian County Board’s Audit and Finance Committee began the budgeting process for Fiscal Year 2021 on Wednesday night as they heard from several elected officials and department heads who presented their proposed budget. With revenues down for Fiscal 2020 due to the COVID-19 emergency, crafting a balanced budget will be a hard row to hoe.

Christian County Treasurer Betty Asmussen started the meeting talking about revenues being down for the fiscal year. She also said real estate tax bill collections, which the first installment was due on July 15, went well, but had a higher number than usual of people asking if there was a program to extend payments of their tax bills. The second installment is due on Sept. 15, 2020. She indicated she would update the committee following the end of July with up-to-date figures on revenue collections for the fiscal year.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Courthouse
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Pritzker limits youth and high school sports
Governor JB Pritzker held a press conference at noon Wednesday to discuss youth and high school sports. “Among the incidents that lead to community spread, the outbreaks tied to youth sports are particularly troubling,” opened the governor in this conference.

“Nationally, over half of states have districts that have shut down training due to COVID-19 outbreaks,” continued Pritzker after listing off organizations that had canceled training over the past couple of weeks. “Today my administration is releasing new guidance restricting youth and recreational organized sports in Illinois. That includes school-based sports, such as those governed by the IHSA and IESA, travel clubs, private leagues, recreational leagues, sports centers, and park district sports programs.”

Pritzker then went on to say that this wasn’t necessarily a cancellation of sports and hoped that as numbers decline and the situation improves, communities could get back to playing youth sports and allowing athletes more freedoms.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Police/Fire
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Local nine-year-old honors police with grand gesture
Kaden Lawson, a nine-year-old third grader to be from Taylorville sat in blistering heat all weekend just so he could show his support for local law enforcement.

During an event on the square this past weekend, Kaden sold water and soda to help the TPD fund their “juice box program.”

Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler says the “juice box program” is a youth outreach initiative that attempts to bolster the relationship between law enforcement officers and local youth. “Basically, every squad car has a cooler with juice boxes in it,” Wheeler explained. “If our guys happen to come across a group of kids, and obviously the program is intended for mostly younger kids, but our officers will try to approach them, offer them a juice box, and just introduce themselves and talk with them for a couple of minutes. It’s a way for kids to have a positive interaction with officers.”

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Courthouse
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Park, City quarrel over storm sewer easement
Monday night’s Taylorville Park Board meeting saw a bit of a heated exchange between Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry and Park Board President Marlane Miller.

For months, the park and the city have been arguing about an easement agreement that would allow the city to construct a storm sewer on the west end of town, near Jaynes Park. City officials say the line would help alleviate flooding issues for hundreds of homes in the area.  Part of the line, though, would cut across a southern portion of the park.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Courthouse
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Police/Fire
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Chris-Mont EMA confirms new COVID-19 case at Kemmerer Village
Kemmerer Village, a Presbyterian home for children, located at 941 N 2500 East Rd, Assumption, Illinois has reported 1 positive case of COVID-19; this case is a staff member. Contact tracing is being conducted to determine where the staff member may have been exposed. Additional COVID testing will be completed as it is determined necessary at the facility. If you were recently at the facility, through contact tracing it will be determined if you have a risk of exposure and will be notified. If you are not contacted, you were not determined to be at risk per IDPH protocols.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

City of Pana, employee unions, come to terms
During its regular session on Monday night, members of the Pana City Council approved a one-year contract with its police department and other city employees.

Police officers affiliated with the Policemen’s Benevolent Labor Committee will get a 2% pay raise over the course of the next year. The contract is retro-active to July 1, 2020 and extends to June 30, 2021. The contract with city laborers, members of the Local 726 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) will receive a $1,000 pay increase over the base salary during the contract’s term, also for one year.

The police contract passed on a 6-1 vote with Ward 3 Alderman Ron Miles voting “no.” The employees union contract passed 5-2, with Miles and Ward 2 Alderman Glen Schneider voting “no.” Second Ward Alderman Katherine Stephens was absent for the contract vote, but later joined the meeting remotely. Miles and Schneider was also remote participants of the meeting.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Blood donors needed to keep supply strong as pandemic continues
Though this summer may feel different than summers past, one thing remains constant: The need for blood donations to help save lives. The American Red Cross is urging healthy individuals to give blood to restock the shelves for patients battling disease and facing the unexpected.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, people across the country have stepped up to help by giving blood with the Red Cross. Blood donations from healthy individuals are just as essential now to meet patient needs, and those who gave this spring may be eligible to help again.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Kiwanis food drives bring in over 14,000 pounds of food
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club collected a total of 14,229 pounds of dry goods and $2360 in cash during their three drive-thru donation days in the Miller Media Group parking lot on East Park Street. The drive was hosted during ther last three Saturday’s of July, with all proceeds going to the Taylorville Food Pantry.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Central A&M FFA members receive State FFA Degrees
On Thursday, July 16, 2020, Ella Forlines and Aaron Schmitt officially received their State FFA Degrees virtually during the 2020 Virtual State FFA Convention.

To receive this degree, the member must have earned or productively invested $1,500 or worked 750 hours on their Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE). They must have record books for ever year of FFA membership (at least 3 years), have a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and performed at least 25 community service hours. After filling out a detailed application, the candidates were interviewed by a panel of judges. Both members were selected by the judges as recipients of this degree. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

CC Sheriff's Office investigating fatal traffic crash
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on July 24, 2020 at approximately 6:14 p.m. The crash happened at the intersection of 2000 East and 350 N. Road in Rosamond, Christian County, Illinois.

The crash involved a 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Chase E. Gatons (age 20) from Stonington, Illinois , who was driving southbound on Christian County Township Road 2000 East. Gatons vehicle failed to yield the right away at the intersection with 350 North and was struck by a 2017 Dodge Ram pickup truck pulling a loaded trailer. The Dodge pickup truck driven by Tyler A. Buerster, (age 21) from Noble, Illinois was traveling eastbound on 350 North Rd. and struck Gatons vehicle on the passager side.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Courthouse
Monday, July 27, 2020

Police/Fire
Monday, July 27, 2020

COVID Testing Begins Today At Fairgrounds
Several cars were lined up this morning as the Christian County Health Department began conducting COVID-19 testing in the Expo Building on the grounds of the Christian County Fairgrounds.
Monday, July 27, 2020

CC Sheriff's Office investigating fatal traffic crash
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on July 24, 2020 at approximately 6:14 p.m. The crash happened at the intersection of 2000 East and 350 N. Road in Rosamond, Christian County, Illinois.
Monday, July 27, 2020

T'ville schools release full return plan
TAYLORVILLE — At the July 13 Taylorville School Board Meeting,  the Taylorville School District approved a set of guidelines from the Illinois State Board of Education outlining protocols for the return of in-person learning.
Saturday, July 25, 2020

GOP continues to pressure employment security dept. amid new fraud claims
SPRINGFIELD — Republicans on Friday continued to pressure the Illinois Department of Employment Security to resolve issues stemming from record unemployment claims the same day the state reported another 1,532 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Missions for Taylorville continues to seek volunteers
TAYLORVILLE — The Missions for Taylorville (MFT) group could still use some help completing projects that were begun to repair homes damaged by the tornado in December of 2018.
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Positive tests at hospital in Pana and Hickory Estates in Taylorville
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — According to a press release from the Christian and Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency, Pana Community Hospital has reported two positive cases of COVID-19; both are hospital employees.
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Bourne to hold office hours in Taylorville Tues., Aug. 25
LITCHFIELD — After a five-month suspension of State Representative Avery Bourne’s (R-Morrisonville) Traveling Office Hours due to COVID-19, the Representative is resuming her mobile office operations in August. No appointment is necessary, and events are open to all constituents living in the 95th House District.
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Sentimental Journey
Some say the sound of the clarinet has the ability to communicate the human condition. Often, you’ll hear the voice of the clarinet at the emotional climax in the score of a movie. It has a rich sound that communicates so many different emotions. Just listen to Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin or Concerto in A major by Mozart, for example.
Saturday, July 25, 2020

How is your garden looking and what you can do
TAYLORVILLE — Your beautiful May garden full of fresh foliage and promises of colorful bloom can look a bit tired in late July. What happened!  The debris of spent blooms, storm-tossed shrubs, and tired leaves can really detract from a late-summer garden. There is still a lot of future in the perennial garden for the upcoming months, just hidden by glories past. So take your shears, clippers, and a large container in hand and head outside. Be sure to tackle the clean-up when the weather is somewhat cooperative and please stay hydrated while you work. Early morning hours are a good time to beat the heat and the sun’s rays. Be sure to dress in light fabric that will protect you from the weather and garden critters that may be lurking out there.
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Competes in FFA event
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Jim Adcock speaks about Payroll Protection Plan
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, July 23, 2020, in the Community Room of the People’s Bank. President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and Pastor Steve Robinson led the group in the morning’s prayer.
Saturday, July 25, 2020

In memory of Rocky Moore Sr.
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Courthouse
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Information sought in Taylorville vehicle theft
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a vehicle theft that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, July 25, 2020

"Context Matters"
TAYLORVILLE — We have all heard the warning – context counts. We likely have experienced having something we have said taken out of the larger context. We know from experience how easily this can change, shape, or influence how what is said or written is understood. Being able to express one’s self clearly and with as few words as possible is becoming a vital skill in our present day, but always is balanced with the importance of giving full context and nuance.
Friday, July 24, 2020

Manar announces $509 million in infrastructure improvements coming to his district
BUNKER HILL — Central Illinois communities will see more than $509 million in funding for road and bridge projects over the next six years as part of the Illinois Department of Transportation's latest Multi-Year Plan under Rebuild Illinois, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) announced Tuesday.
Friday, July 24, 2020

Missions for Taylorville still needs your help
TAYLORVILLE — The Missions for Taylorville (MFT) group could still use some help completing projects that were damaged by the tornado.
Friday, July 24, 2020

New COVID cases place our region in warning level
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) in a statement today, says the Illinois Department of Public Health has announced Region 3 has hit the warning level because of increased COVID-19 cases. Christian and Montgomery counties are in Region 3. Once a region meets resurgence criteria as outlined by the Governor and IDPH, then further mitigation options will be considered.
Friday, July 24, 2020

Police/Fire
Friday, July 24, 2020

City informed of sewer reimbursement discrepancy
TAYLORVILLE — According to a City of Taylorville ordinance, sewer failures that occur on residential properties are the responsibility of the home owner and not the city. The main city lines are the responsibility of the city.
Friday, July 24, 2020

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Douglas Jarman presided over the following cases on July 24, 2020:
Friday, July 24, 2020

CTI targets Pana first in sweeping expansion
TAYLORVILLE — In 2019, CTI announed a muli-million-dollar sweeping expansion of their fiber optic network that will bring thier coveted Gig-by-Gig internet, TV, and phone service to ten area communities.
Friday, July 24, 2020

ZBA begins deliberation on text amendments to wind energy code
TAYLORVILLE — The painstaking task of reviewing each proposed text amendments to the Christian County Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS) portion of the zoning ordinance began on Thursday night. After wrapping up questions to the petitioners, members of the Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) spread out the four documents to begin going through section of section of the wind ordinance proposals to determine whether they agreed with the changes or additions.
Friday, July 24, 2020

Police/Fire
Thursday, July 23, 2020

ZBA wind hearings shift from testimony to questioning
The focus of the Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) hearing on text amendments to the Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS) ordinance went from the testimony phase to the questioning of entities who have filed for changes on Wednesday night. Members of the public had an opportunity to let their feelings known during the first two hours of the session while he third hour was used by ZBA members to ask questions. They started with questions for the wind energy companies, which will continue Thursday night.

Members of the public had a chance to voice their opinions on the projects. The first speakers spoke favorably about the projects. Five of the speakers were tradesmen who have worked on wind projects in the vicinity, Macon and Logan County specifically. They pointed out the value of wages provided by the projects and to road improvements made by the wind energy companies. Lee Peters, of Illiopolis, said his research showed $9.5 million in wages and benefits paid to operating engineers. He pointed out this did not include other trades like electricians, truck drivers and iron workers.

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry commented the wind energy projects would provide benefits to the county and local school districts. He said the projects would combat economic uncertainty in the county and promote regional development.

Former County Clerk Laurie Mense said the projects offer an opportunity to the county and local taxing bodies she had never seen before.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Pana Medical Group staff member tests positive for COVID-19
The Pana Medical Group (PMG) with locations in Pana, Nokomis and Ramsey have temporarily closed as they initiate appropriate infection control measures following a positive COVID-19 test of a staff member as of July 22. All staff members have been quarantined and are currently being tested as per protocol from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Melisa Rybolt, spokesman for Pana Community Hospital which runs the clinics, said about 25 to 30 employees are under quarantine at this time. She said staff members regularly travel between all three locations during the week, which led to the closing of all three medical facilities. She said all test results were not back yet and they were awaiting word from the Christian County Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Juveniles cause damage to former West School
Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler says a group of juveniles caused significant damage to the old West School building on Monday night.

“I would say the damage is estimated to be several thousand dollars,” Wheeler said, noting that the vandals broke interior windows, toilets, and sinks. They also spray painted several interior surfaces as well.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

County could get $424k reimbursement
During Tuesday night’s meeting of the Christian County Board, Greg Nimmo, director of the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency, reported the county will be reimbursed about $30,000 of expenses related to the COVID-19 outbreak through June 30. The money comes from the federal program passed by Congress known as the $2.2 trillion CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act. Nimmo said the county is entitled to up to $424,000 in reimbursement.

Applications for reimbursement for July and the coming months will also be made, according to the director.Nimmo said his agency is assisting long term care facilities in both counties to insure they have enough Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for staff. He said there are some shortages with getting supplies which are on back order. The main shortage is with gowns, he said.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

police/Fire
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Courthouse
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

CEFS will begin accepting applications for energy assistance on July 27th
The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation will begin accepting applications for the 2021 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on Monday July 27, 2020 through June 30, 2021, as funding allows.   The Percentage of Income Payment Program (PIPP) will be offered to Ameren customers as available funding allows starting on Tuesday September 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021.  Appointments can be made by contacting the local C.E.F.S. County Outreach offices. 
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Central A&M FFA celebrates accomplishments
The Central A&M FFA Chapter held an annual chapter awards banquet virtually with a video that compiled clips from their chapter officers and Mrs. Burgener, announcing degrees and awards of members for the 2019-2020 school year.  

Though this is not how they wanted the year to end, they made the best of it and celebrated their members and thanked the communities which is what the banquet is all about.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Pawnee student awarded Edwards Family scholarship
An endowed scholarship has been established at Lincoln Land Community College as a memorial to Frank and Cinda Edwards. The Edwards Family Memorial Scholarship is funded by contributions made by family and friends.

It is designated for a Chatham Glenwood High School graduate enrolled full-time in LLCC's associate degree nursing program.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Lake theft stirs council debate
TAYLORVILLE — Last week, Robin Sheets of Taylorville was arrested for theft and later admitted to stealing between $10,000 and $20,000 of City of Taylorville money from the Lake Taylorville marina office.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

COVID-19 testing site coming to Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — The Illinois Department of Public Health has scheduled a COVID-19 testing site to be located at the Christian County Fairgrounds, 1716 W Spresser St, Taylorville, Ill. 62568. Enter the fairgrounds on W. Main Cross St off of N. Houston St. Signs will be posted. This site will run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday, July 27th through Sunday, August 2nd, 2020.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Virus aid package may include another $1,200 cash payment to individuals
President Donald Trump acknowledged a “big flareup” of COVID-19 cases, but divisions between the White House and Senate Republicans and differences with Democrats posed fresh challenges for a new federal aid package with the U.S. crisis worsening and emergency relief about to expire.

Trump convened GOP leaders at the White House on Monday as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell prepared to roll out his $1 trillion package in days. But the administration criticized the legislation’s money for more virus testing and insisted on a full payroll tax repeal that could complicate quick passage. The timeline appeared to quickly shift.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

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 July 21, 2020:
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Police/Fire
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

COVID Count as of 7/20/20
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

LLCC cuts online fees
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College has reduced the online class fee by half for the fall 2020 semester.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

CAM FFA Works On Beautification Project
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Pana Board outlines in-school opening
PANA — “We are willing to do whatever it takes to get students back into school on Aug. 18,” Pana School Superintendent Jason Bauer said during Monday night’s Pana School Board meeting held in the PHS library. August 18 is the first day of school in the district and Bauer outlined the current guidelines they will follow to open school while trying to prevent of COVID-19 virus.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Courthouse
Monday, July 20, 2020

County sees surge of building permit violations
TAYLORVILLE — A year ago, Christian County Zoning Officer Vince Harris said he had eight building permit violations at this time. Right now, his list has grown to four full pages, containing approximately 80 different violations across the county.
Monday, July 20, 2020

Police/Fire
Monday, July 20, 2020

Another local business temporarily closed due to COVID-19
TAYLORVILLE — The Tumble N’ Fly Tumble & Cheer Academy in Taylorville, has temporarily closed due to an active COVID-19 case with an instructor as of July 18, 2020, according to a press release from the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency.
Monday, July 20, 2020

Pana Red Hats Meet
Members of the Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club met Thursday, July 16, 2020, at the Hillsboro Country Club Restaurant. Hostesses Barb Oltmann, left and Janice Meiners.  During the meeting following the meal, it was noted there were no sign ups for the months of August and September and everyone agreed to suspend outings until October.
Saturday, July 18, 2020

Taylorville's Ben Thompson: A cadet in the making
Taylorville High School senior Ben Thompson is focused determination personified.

Thompson has his sights set on the prestigious Air Force Academy, and nothing, not even COVID-19, will deter him from reaching his goals.

“I want to pursue a career in computer programming, and the Air Force Academy can provide opportunities that I can’t get anywhere else,” Thompson said of one of his biggest motivations. His grandfather, Eugene Gartshore, is the other. “He’s one person that I really look up to, and he went into the Marines, so a military career also has some extra meaning for me.”

Saturday, July 18, 2020

A selfless heart: Kindness and caring at Hickory Estates
Anyone who has spoken with Holly Kruse can tell she’s a special girl. She’s bright, positive, caring, and wonderfully kind. She cares more about the happiness and wellbeing of others than herself. Holly has a selfless heart, always giving whatever she can to others. According to mother Kim Kruse, Holly has been giving her birthday gifts away to the children’s hospital for the last five years. For her tenth birthday, on Friday, July 17 this year, Holly will undoubtedly do the same. But her kind heart and thoughtfulness has touched people here in the community, too. To the residents of Hickory Estates in Taylorville, she has become a dearly loved companion and friend.

Holly started visting Kickory Estates when she was just six years old. “Whenever my brother first started working there and I went there, and I would pass out newspapers and stuff. I just really got to know everyone. Then my mom started workign there, so every morning I would go there and go around a give hugs and stuff.” Holly brightly explains how she began her journey on becoming a close friend and companion to all the residents.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

You Think You Got Problems
It’s not the way you want to start the weekend, but workers dredging the Manners Park Lagoon ran into some problems Friday afternoon when one of the excavators sank into the mud and became stuck.
Saturday, July 18, 2020

For showy blooms, pruning hydrangeas is all about the timing
Hydrangeas are popular shrubs grown for their impressive blooms. Their foliage can also be attractive, particularly oakleaf hydrangeas.

"Pruning hydrangeas can be confusing because each species should be pruned at a different time of the year," says Ken Johnson, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "The five common hydrangea can be divided into two groups for pruning purposes: those that bloom on old wood and those that bloom on new wood."

Saturday, July 18, 2020

HSHS Return to in-person breastfeeding and childbirth education classes
HSHS St. Francis Hospital is excited to announce the availability for in-person breastfeeding and childbirth classes for pregnant moms in the region.

St. Francis Hospital’s Family Maternity Center offers a wide range of services for mothers and infants, and the class schedule for the rest of 2020 has been set.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Loving Arms Pregnancy Center to promote opening of Pana Center
To promote the opening of their second location, Loving Arms Pregnancy Center is planning a “Blessing Bag Giveaway.” The event will be held at their new location at 201 S. Locust Street in Pana on Thursday, July 23, 2020.

Visitors can stop by anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to receive a free Blessing Bag while supplies last. (Safety and social distancing guidelines will be followed.) The Blessing Bag contains many items, including a Personal Dignity Kit provided by Midwest Missions in Pawnee.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Meeting Notices
Saturday, July 18, 2020

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

Sometime between the evening hours of Wednesday, July 8, 2020 and the morning hours of Thursday, July 9, 2020, person or persons unknown damaged the Menta Academy building, located at 100 West Franklin Street.The unknown subject or subjects threw eggs at the building and also broke out a window on the Northeast side.The total dollar amount of damage is unknown at this time.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Local daycare closes temporarily due to COVID
According to a press release issued by the Chris-Mont Emergency Management Agency today, the Lighthouse Learning Center in Taylorville has closed temporarily due to an active COVID-19 case.

According to the release, the Lighthouse Learning Center, which has closely followed the CDC/IDPH guidelines. “Upon notification of the first positive case within the facility,” the release states, “the Lighthouse owners were in direct contact with the Local Health Department and Chris-Mont EMA. They are all working together to ensure the safety of the children and staff. All staff members and many children are being tested after contact tracing efforts. During this closure period, additional cleaning and disinfecting will be completed.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Taylorville to explore privatization of the marina at Lake Taylorville
Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry is asking aldermen to asses the costs of continuing operations at the Lake Taylorville Marina office.

Barry isn’t necessarily advocating that the services provided through the office be shut down entirely; instead, he says he’s hopeful that a private enterprise could take them over and potentially expand upon them, which would save the city money in the process.

“We haven’t been making very much money at the marina, and our revenues have been going down. We do sell fuel, but on a busy weekend, we’re paying two people at the marina, and I think it would be good to look into how much revenue we’re making versus our costs.,” Barry told the city finance committee Thursday night. “I think it might be in our best interest to see if a private individual wanted to run a business out there. That person might be able to sell alcohol, bait, or even food out there, which are things the city isn’t going to do, and those are things that could allow someone to be profitable out there.”

Friday, July 17, 2020

Courthouse
Friday, July 17, 2020

Police/Fire
Friday, July 17, 2020

Local woman arrested for embezzlement at lake marina
In late June, the City of Taylorville’s auditor noticed that the lake marina’s office revenue was down about $25,000  from the previous years.

The Taylorville Police Department began an investigation, and on July 2, 2020, an undercover police officer was sent to the marina to purchase passes for cash. Taylorville police learned that money was never turned in.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Appreciating Police
Megan Cole, owner of Megan Daine Wedding Events, created and delivered an impressive balloon sculpture to the Taylorville Police Department on Friday, July 17, 2020. “I did it to show appreciation for the police, especiallywith how the world is right now.”
Friday, July 17, 2020

County finds way to pay for GPS tracking of defendants
The Finance Committee of the Christian County Board settled on a way to pay for Global Position Satellite (GPS) tracking of defendants who are not in jail for the rest of the fiscal year. The fiscal year runs through Nov. 30, 2020. The decision came at the committee’s meeting on Thursday night in the Courthouse.

Recently, the Chief Judges Association in Illinois ruled GPS monitoring of defendants could not be paid for with Probation Department funds. It had been the practice of the Christian County - as well as many other Illinois counties - for many years. Those funds are to be spent for those on probation, not for those who have yet to be tried.

Friday, July 17, 2020

What it's all about
Our family recently returned from attending the funeral of my wife’s grandmother. Everyone she knew, whether they were actually related to her or not, called her Nanny Holder. She was 99 years old and was everyone’s grandmother. She was a pastor’s daughter, a pastor’s wife, a pastor’s mother, and a pastor’s grandmother. Much of her life was spent inside the walls of a church. And she was a person of great faith.
Friday, July 17, 2020

Kincaid appoints Morris as new village president
The Village of Kincaid held a special meeting last night to approve the resignation of Village President David Oller and appoint a new president. Oller submitted a letter to the board Sunday, citing family matters as his reason for the resignation.

Village Clerk Marla Odell called the meeting to order as acting president and explained  the instructions of appointing someone to fill the position. The board could consider any current trustees first by nomination of the interested party. The board would then vote to approve or deny that motion. If no one was appointed from the trustee pool, the board would consider outside nominations. The village attorney confirmed the process.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

High Winds Cause Damage In Pana
A thunderstorm with  high winds raced through Pana on Wednesday afternoon around 5:00 p.m. The aftermath of the storm was downed trees and limbs and damage to this apartment building on West Second St. near South State St. A blue tarp covers some of the damage to the roof from a tree on the east side of the building which was uprooted during the storm.
Thursday, July 16, 2020

Police/Fire
Thursday, July 16, 2020

Courthouse
Thursday, July 16, 2020

South Fork schools working on August reopening
The South Fork Board of Education met Wednesday night where Superintendent Chris Clark explained to the Board that the teachers and administrators have been meeting over the last few weeks to work out a school reopening plan for August. To help, they had sent out surveys to staff and families to try and understand what everyone wanted to bring the kids back to school safely. Clark said that the administrators had been working on the procedures and policies of how a back to school reopening under COVID-19 would look, while teachers had been working on classroom and remote learning hurdles.

One suggestion the administrators brought out that was positively received by the Board was having the schools run on a five hour clock day for students physically returning to school. Clark told the Board this would limit the number of hours a day students were physically in the building and allow teachers an extra hour and a half at the end of the day without students to focus on remote learning. It would be implemented on a quarterly basis, to be reviewed each quarter. Clark also told the Board that masks would be mandatory in the school for everyone. All classrooms would have hand sanitizer, and it would also be located around the building. The district had electric disinfecting guns to use to clean and sanitize, as well.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Walmart to require customers to wear masks at all stores
Walmart will require customers to wear face coverings at all of its namesake and Sam’s Club stores, making it the largest retailer to introduce such a policy that has otherwise proven difficult to enforce without state and federal requirements.

The company said the policy will go into effect on Monday to allow time to inform stores and customers. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based company said that currently about 65% of its more than 5,000 stores and clubs are located in areas where there is already some form of government mandate on face coverings.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Police/Fire
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Scouts Carry On
Cub Scout Pack 132 held a Flag retirement ceremony and a awards ceremony on Sat. July 11, 2020. The Flag ceremony was led by Randy Green of the Taylorville American Legion. The award ceremony was to acknowledge the boys’ accomplishments and making rank.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Bike group provides update on bridge and projects
The Lincoln Prairie Trails Conservancy (LPTC) recently provided an update on the bridge work that was scheduled for this year on the bike trail via their newsletter.

LPTC Board Member Bud Altman said “The Flat Branch Bridge was declared unsafe and closed in October of 2015, thus severing the trail connection between Pana and Taylorville. The ITEP Grant ($621,400) to replace the bridge was approved in December, 2016. In late January, 2017, the cities entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement to 1) Split the matching funds on the grant and 2) for Taylorville to assume ownership of the trail from Paw Paw Street to the Owaneco City Limit, upon completion of the bridge. Various delays, which are typical of such projects, had brought us to the point of where the final pre-construction step in the process, letting of bids, was scheduled to occur April 24, 2020. Then the pandemic happened. The bid letting is now scheduled for September 18, 2020. An April 24th letting would have, most likely, resulted in our having the new bridge this year; the September 18 letting, however, makes that less likely. We’ll keep you posted.”

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Meeting Notice
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Taylorville schools outline return plan
At Monday night’s Taylorville School Board meeting, board members unanimously approved and adopted a set of guidelines from the Illinois State Board of Education as they relate to the return of in-person learning this fall.

While the state guidelines serve as the framework for all schools across the state, Monday’s night’s plan was approved with a tentative status as each individual district does have the liberty to make some amendments to the protocols. In that regard, Taylorville School Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty says her administrative team is still exploring a few minor changes that she says do not alter the  state’s framework significantly.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Action on county cannabis ordinance tabled
During an almost hour-and-15-minute session on Monday night, the Christian County Board’s Executive and Personnel Committee voted to table their discussion on cannabis regulations for the county. Matt Wells chaired the meeting in the absence of Chairman Donna Hibbetts.

The meeting started with a nearly hour-long executive session to discuss personnel evaluations. At the end of the closed session, Wells announced no action had been taken in executive session and no action was taken during the regular portion of the meeting.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Pana Officers Recognized
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Police/Fire
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Douglas Jarman presided over the following cases on July 14, 2020:
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Police officers are recognized at Pana City Council meeting Monday night
PANA — Three Pana Police officers and Chief of Police Daniel Bland were recognized at Monday’s Pana City Council meeting with certificates of recognition from the Illinois State Police. The officers were lauded for their investigative work in a 2017 murder case at Lake Pana.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Edinburg projects close to beginning
EDINBURG — The Village of Edinburg held a regular meeting at the community building on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. to comply with social distancing guidelines.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

EMA confirms positive COVID case at Taylorville Care Center
The Christian and Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency confirmed this morning the existence of one positive case of COVID-19 at Taylorville Care Center.

The EMA says the positive test materialized last Thursday, July  9. Kevin Schott, deputy director of the Chris-Mont EMA says all residents and staff have since been tested. Those results, however, are still pending.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Courthouse
Monday, July 13, 2020

Police/Fire
Monday, July 13, 2020

Patience of a saint
Monday, July 13, 2020

Meeting Notices
Monday, July 13, 2020

Strike up the band; a look at a 4th generation Muni-Band family
TAYLORVILLE — In years past, each Wednesday night during the summer, you could hear the sweet melody of the Taylorville Municipal Band playing at Hershey Tower.
Saturday, July 11, 2020

Optimist Club learns about Zoom meetings
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its first regular meeting since March 12th, on Thursday, July 9th. The meeting was held in the community room of the People’s Bank, as a temporary home until things get back to normal and they again meet at the First United Methodist Church.
Saturday, July 11, 2020

Victory Boys to perform in Pana July 26
PANA — The United in Faith Church will host the Victory Boys on Sunday, July 26, 2020 beginning at 5 p.m. at 609 Fairgrounds Road in Pana. Weather permitting, the concert will be held outside and you are encouraged to bring your lawn chairs for outdoor seating. A free will offering will be taken.
Saturday, July 11, 2020

Spfld Clinic welcomes radiology group
SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Clinic will now offer radiation oncology services. University Radiologists, a group of five physicians and one advanced practice provider, has joined Springfield Clinic effective, July 1, 2020. They will continue to provide quality cancer care as part of Springfield Clinic from their current location at Memorial Medical Center (701 North 1st Street, Springfield), as well as other locations in Springfield.
Saturday, July 11, 2020

LLCU named outstanding business
DECATUR — Land of Lincoln Credit Union (LLCU) was awarded with “Outstanding Business of the Year for 2019” at the Mt. Zion Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Wednesday, July 8th.
Saturday, July 11, 2020

Jayne Morrison, joins Pana FastCare
PANA — Pana Community Hospital would like to welcome Jayne Morrison, Family Nurse Practitioner, who will join the Community Medical Clinic’s FastCare staff beginning Thursday, July 16.
Saturday, July 11, 2020

LLCC welcomes new Dean of Arts
SPRINGFIELD — Adam Watkins, from St. Louis, has joined Lincoln Land Community College as dean of arts and communication. He began his new duties July 1.
Saturday, July 11, 2020

Crimestoppers
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, July 11, 2020

Police/Fire
Friday, July 10, 2020

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

Victory Boys to perform in Pana July 26
PANA — The United in Faith Church will host the Victory Boys on Sunday, July 26, 2020 beginning at 5 p.m. at 609 Fairgrounds Road in Pana. Weather permitting, the concert will be held outside and you are encouraged to bring your lawn chairs for outdoor seating. A free will offering will be taken.
Friday, July 10, 2020

Report of COVID-19 in local facility not yet confirmed
TAYLORVILLE — Families of residents at Taylorville Care Center have been notified of a case of COVID-19 at the facility, however local health officials have yet to confirm that information. At 12:45 p.m. today, calls had not been returned by the facility or the county health department.
Friday, July 10, 2020

Stonington to post bids for demolition of old Post Office bldg.
Village President Bruce Dowdy brought up the topic of the old post office building that’s sitting vacant. “This is still an ongoing saga. It’s at a point, according to the lawyer, where we need to either get bids to tear it down, or for lack of a better term, we will have to keep it blocked off forever. The interior wall is a shared wall with another business and that’s where the fine line falls,” said Dowdy.
Thursday, July 9, 2020

Police/Fire
Thursday, July 9, 2020

County is exploring expanded UTV usage
TAYLORVILLE — By state statute, rural Christian County residents can already use Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs) on rural county roads so long as they are being operated specifically for farm use.
Thursday, July 9, 2020

2020 Officer of the Year finalists named
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club and the 2020 Officer of the Year selection committee are pleased to announce this year’s three finalists. In alphabetical order, they are: Jeremy Alwerdt of the Taylorville Police Department, Deputy Chief Vince Childers, also of the Taylorville Police Department, and Corrections Officer Amanda Wolfe, representing the Department of Corrections.
Thursday, July 9, 2020

Edinburg schools working towards reopening
EDINBURG — The Edinburg Board of Education met on Wednesday, July 8 at 6:00 p.m. in the school library to comply with social distancing guidelines.
Thursday, July 9, 2020

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Douglas Jarman presided over the following cases on July 9, 2020:
Thursday, July 9, 2020

ISP request public's assistance in missing person investigation
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) request the public’s assistance in a missing person investigation involving Daniel “Danny” Crosby of Carterville, Illinois.
Thursday, July 9, 2020

Police/Fire
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Courthouse
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

'Interested Party' testimony concludes in ZBA hearing
TAYLORVILLE — Ten people testified on Tuesday night before the Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) as its works through its process of hearing applications of text amendments for the county’s Wind Energy Conversion System (WECS) ordinance. It was the fifth time the ZBA has met on the topic of those amendments in the Christian County Courthouse.
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Hot job on Illinois Route 29
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Mt. Auburn police department dismantled, budget uncertain
MT. AUBURN — The Village of Mt. Auburn held a regular meeting on Tuesday, July 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

City expands utility terrain vehicle trial
TAYLORVILLE — In March, the City of Taylorville approved a six-month trial period that would allow residents to register and drive utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) on city streets.
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Police/Fire
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Douglas Jarman presided over the following cases on July 7, 2020:
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Illinois' champion trees are on the map
From the depths of the Shawnee National Forest to backyards in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois’ biggest trees are branching out. For the first time, the state’s champion trees are now available as an interactive digital map.

“For more than 58 years, the Illinois Big Tree Register has inspired generations of big tree hunters who relish the opportunity to find and nominate the next champion tree,” says Jay Hayek, a University of Illinois Extension forestry specialist in the department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES). “The map is an exciting new way for us to continue to discover and recognize the value of our largest native tree species.”

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

City Honors Volunteer
Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry and the Taylorville City Council honored Rick Downing at Monday night’s city council meeting. Downing has served as a volunteer firefighter for the city of Taylorville for 30 years.
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Lincoln Land will offer four class formats designed for safety
Lincoln Land Community College has announced that four class formats will be offered for the fall 2020 semester. These formats are designed to provide students with safety and flexibility in choosing their preferred learning environments.

“LLCC is committed to serving students in a safe learning environment,” said Dr. Charlotte Warren, president of LLCC. “We have considered guidance from the Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois Community College Board and Illinois Department of Public Health in designing these four course formats for fall.”

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

LLCC to host virtual career information sessions
Lincoln Land Community College's hands-on training programs will be showcased in Transportation and Industrial Virtual Information Sessions on July 8 at 9 a.m., July 15 at 5 p.m., July 21 at 2 p.m. and Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. Prospective students are invited to learn about the many LLCC degree and certificate opportunities that can launch careers in the transportation and industrial fields.
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Testimony from interested parties at ZBA hearing Monday
TAYLORVILLE — In the fourth night of the Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) hearing for the Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS) ordinance, 10 witnesses out of the 15 scheduled testified during the three-hour session Monday night in the Courthouse in Taylorville. The remaining 10 from Monday night will continue tonight, Tuesday, at 6:00 p.m., with 15 more speakers scheduled for the proceedings.
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Christian-Montgomery County EMA announces another new case in Kincaid
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Christian County Health Department has learned that on 6/29/2020 there was a Coronavirus exposure at the Kincaid Town Hall Special Meeting held at 7:00 p.m. One person in attendance at the meeting held by the Kincaid town board has since tested positive for COVID 19.
Monday, July 6, 2020

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Douglas Jarman presided over the following cases on July 6, 2020:
Monday, July 6, 2020

Police/Fire
Monday, July 6, 2020

Millikin's new president is at home for career's final chapter
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Millikin University’s new president, James Reynolds, did not grow up planning a career in academia.
Monday, July 6, 2020

TMH to offer outpatient laboratory drive-up service
On Monday, July 6, an outpatient laboratory drive-up service will begin at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. The service will be available Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m and weekends 8 a.m to 12 p.m. Patients will be able to park in reserved parking spaces next to the ambulance bay and a phlebotomist will meet them at their car.
Saturday, July 4, 2020

AFSCME retirees to meet July 13-14
The AFSCME Retiree Sub-Chapter #87 will resume meetings on Monday, July 13th at the Decatur Public Library at 1:00 p.m. and  Tuesday, July 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the Farm Bureau in Hillsboro. As of June 26 the criteria of people meeting increased to 50. Therefore, David Spinner, President of the Sub-Chapter contacted the Farm Bureau and secured the approval for the use of their meeting room for this meeting.

Meeting attendees are asked to wear masks and temperatures will be checked at the room entrance.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Country Financial Donates To Food Pantry
Doug McKinnie of Country Financial recently donated $1,000 to the Taylorville Food Pantry. He stated he knows that the quarantine and shutdown has created a need for many families.
Saturday, July 4, 2020

To keep your balance you must keep moving
Albert Einstein wrote “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

Bette Chesser is still moving and still loves to compete. She’s not giving up her racing bike just yet. She’s won many state and national championships in cycling since she began the sport in college at DePauw University in the early 1980’s.

In fact, it’s become a family affair with her husband Tom and daughter Emily both competing also.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Taylorville Celebrates July 4th
Hundreds of people gathered on the Taylorville square and along East Main Cross Street Saturday morning in a show of patriotism and to celebrate our veterans (top) for the annual Fourth of July Parade.
Saturday, July 4, 2020

Meeting notice
Saturday, July 4, 2020

Residents divided over July 4th parade
When Taylorville’s Fourth of July Parade was given the green light just over a month ago, the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Taylorville were hopeful it would be a unifying event and a kickoff to a return to normalcy.

Saturday’s 10:00 a.m. parade, however, has become a source of contention as some residents argue the event is inherently dangerous and likely to result in greater community spread of COVID-19.

One Taylorville resident, Gary Merker, told the Breeze-Courier that Saturday’s parade is irresponsible and that he believes it should be canceled. Merker argues that the event encourages widespread congregation during a time when cases appear to be on the rise nationally.

Other residents assert that risk assessment and exposure should be a personal decision based on individual comfort levels.

Friday, July 3, 2020

TFD's New Truck Wiill Lead The Parade
The Taylorville Fire Department took possession of a new pumper truck today. It was purchased by the Taylorville Fire Protection District. While the truck isn’t going into service immediately, Taylorville Fire Chief Matthew Adermann said the public can get a look at the new vehicle during the Fourth of July Parade on Saturday.
Friday, July 3, 2020

Celebrating Liberty
Towering distinctly over New York Harbor, midway between the shores of New York and New Jersey, is the famous work of art known as the Statue of Liberty. “Lady Liberty” rises 305 feet out of the waters of the harbor with a stern face staring straight ahead, and her right arm outstretched to lift a burning torch. The massive statue was a gift from France to the United States and was officially inaugurated in October of 1886. The translation of her original name was, “Liberty Enlightening the World.” And for over 130 years now, that colossal statue has served majestically as a symbol for that very theme.
Friday, July 3, 2020

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

Sometime between the evening hours of Sunday, June 21, 2020 and the morning of Monday, June 22, 2020, person or persons unknown made entry into Dairy Queen, located at 401 Springfield Road. While inside, the unknown subject or subjects took an undisclosed amount of money. There was damage done to a door while making entry. The total dollar amount of the theft and damage in unknown at this time.

Friday, July 3, 2020

The Supreme Court today says no to abortion clinic buffers; yes to Trump
The Supreme Court today turned away pleas from anti-abortion activists to make it easier for them to protest outside clinics, declining to wade back into the abortion debate just days after striking down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics.

The justices said in a written order that they would not hear cases from Chicago and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where anti-abortion activists had challenged ordinances that restrict their behavior outside clinics.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

City's BDD committee okays virus relief for 42 businesses
The Taylorville Business Development District (BDD) committee met Wednesday morning where members approved payouts to 42 ocal businesses as part of the city’s business stimulus plan.

Under the program, businesses affected by COVID-19 could seek reimbursement for one rent or mortgage payment capped at a maximum of $1,500; those businesses had to lie in the city’s business development district.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

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 July 2, 2020:
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Police/Fire
Thursday, July 2, 2020

ZBA hearing to continue Monday, Tuesday
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals will continue their text amendment hearing for the Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS) ordinance on both Monday and Tuesday, July 6 and 7. Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. each night.
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Area activities planned to celebrate July 4th
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Police/Fire
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Courthouse
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

ZBA hearing witnesses counter PCC testimony
TAYLORVILLE — With more people in the audience of Courtroom “A” of the Christian County Courthouse, the Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) continued their hearing on text amendments for the county’s Wind Energy Conversion System Ordinance on Tuesday night. It was the third night of testimony from those presenting text amendments and there was a sneak peak of some of the interested party testimonies which came near the end of the meeting.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Taylorville nurse sees heartbreaking losses on the front line
TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Deana Stefko, a nurse practitioner who works in Taylorville, says there were heartbreaking times as she watched COVID-19 victims die while on a five-week deployment to New York and New Jersey as an Air Force reservist.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

TCCU Freedom Tree Food Drive is still accepting donations
TAYLORVILLE — All tri-county residents are reminded they have through Friday, July 10th to donate to TCCU’s 6th annual ‘Freedom Tree’ community food drive.  Donations of canned / boxed food items, as well as cash, can be dropped off at any of TCCU’s four locations.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Poplar Street neighbor provides chair
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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

Taylorville school announce online registrations begins Monday
TAYLORVILLE –Taylorville Community Unit Schools has announced the details for the 2020-21 school registration.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on June 29, 2020:
Monday, June 29, 2020

Coroner: 3rd Illinois warehouse shooting victim identified
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The third person who died after being shot at a warehouse in central Illinois has been identified.
Monday, June 29, 2020

Police/Fire
Monday, June 29, 2020

People Brief
Saturday, June 27, 2020

Parade Marshals
TAYLORVILLE — The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce has selected Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler and Deputy Chief Vince Childers as the grand marshals for the upcoming Fourth of July parade.
Saturday, June 27, 2020

TCUSD superintendent outlines school plans
TAYLORVILLE — TCUSD #3 Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Chris Dougherty, released on Saturday the following statement detailing the 2020-21 School Year Plan Overview:
Saturday, June 27, 2020

A great teacher who inspired excellence over 31 years
TAYLORVILLE — William Arthur Ward once said, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” There have been many great teachers in my life. Some were actual school educators, while others were mentors I just met along the road of life. Because of an English teacher, I became a writer myself. Because of a band teacher, I never gave up my passion for music. Because of my mother, I never let hardships get me down. I consider math teacher Sarah Marsaglia to be one of those great teachers who inspired me, as well. Fittingly, Marsaglia was once inspired by a great teacher of her own to become the math educator who guided many students, including me, during her thirty-one years teaching at the district.
Saturday, June 27, 2020

Martins and Missions write a new chapter for Taylorville tornado victim
TAYLORVILLE — It’s been a little more than 18 months since a devastating tornado ravaged parts of Taylorville, but the strength, unity, and generosity that swelled locally in the wake of that storm still endures.
Saturday, June 27, 2020

Park expected to be accessible soon
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Park Board members were hopeful to open park playground equipment to the general public today as the State of Illinois is set to usher in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan.
Friday, June 26, 2020

The Rainbow Connection
Friday, June 26, 2020

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on June 26, 2020:
Friday, June 26, 2020

Officers respond to active shooter at Springfield Bunn
SPRINGFIELD — Law enforcement personnel responded to a report of an active shooter at BUNN-o-Matic at 1400 Stevenson Drive in Springfield Friday morning.
Friday, June 26, 2020

Police/Fire
Friday, June 26, 2020









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