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Sorry Folks, The Park Is Closed
Earlier this week, Manner’s Park in Taylorville put up at chain across their main entrance to prevent cars from driving through. A dejected park-goer looks on at the chain.
Saturday, March 28, 2020


To My Family: "I'm Doing Fine and I Love You
During the COVID-19 quarantine residents in assisted living and nursing homes throughout Christian County seem to be doing fairly well, despite not being able to see their loved ones in person like usual.

We checked on the health and well-being of residents and staff this week by speaking to administrators Ashlie Schmitz of Prairie Rose Health Care Center Monica Puckett of Pana Hickory Estates and Terra Grafton of Taylorville Estates.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

County Board extends emergency decree 30 more days
During the special meeting of the Christian County Board held Friday, the Board voted 11-4 in favor of a resolution extending the COVID-19 emergency proclamation issued by County Board Chairman Becky Edwards on Mar. 20, 2020. It will now be in effect for another 30 days.

In the initial proclamation, it was only set to last for seven days, meaning it expired Friday, Mar. 27.

Instead of gathering in the second floor Board Meeting Room at the Christian County Courthouse, the meeting was conducted over the telephone with members attending remotely.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Community Medical Clinic and Pana Medical Group Offer Video Visits
The Community Medical Clinic and Pana Medical Group are now able to see patients virtually through a new application called “Video Visits”. This is extremely useful during this time when the spread of the COVID-19 virus is a concern and patients are being asked to stay home when possible. “I conducted my first video visit this past week and everything went well,” stated Dr. Terry Cunnington of the Community Medical Clinic. “I am so thankful we have this option as an added layer of protection for our patients who do not need to be seen in the office.”
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Closures and cancellations in Christian County
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Recommended vaccines for adults
Newborn babies endure quite a bit in the first few days and months of their lives. Routine immunizations help newborns overcome these obstacles, and as newborns get old they receive vaccines to prevent measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis, and chicken pox.
Saturday, March 28, 2020

The rise of telehealth services
Telehealth services are revolutionizing the healthcare industry.

Getting sick once meant traveling to a physician's office only to sit in a waiting room with fellow under-the-weather individuals. Few if any people like leaving home when they're feeling ill, and thanks to technology, many no longer need to do so.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Why routine checkups are vital to overall health
Regular visits with a medical professional are an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Too often people visit the doctor only when they are ill, as they may not realize just how essential well visits and physical exams are.
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Celebrating Doctor's Day
National Doctor’s Day is a holiday which is celebrated on March 30th in the United States. It is a holiday that honors physicians for the work they do for their patients, the communities they work in and for society as a whole. It is their hard work and devotion that keeps all of us healthy and this day thanks them for doing that for us and our loved ones.
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Free COVID-19 virtual assessments at HSHS Medical Group anytime care
For the health of our community and patients, HSHS Medical Group is waiving the fee for Anytime Care virtual visits related to screening and evaluation of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Teaching tips for pre-school families at home
Dennis the Menace has always been a beloved classic comic strip commemorating the lives of a family and friends living with a young, precocious child with excessive energy at home. During this time of self-isolation when schools, libraries, restaurants, and even the playgrounds at parks are closed, some families may find themselves living with a real life Dennis. This is especially true for families who have young children in the pre-school age range.
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Laughter really can be some of the best medicine
Everything and everyone is so serious lately. News reports on television seem all too “doom and gloom.” We’re surrounded by it 24 hours a day/7 days a week.  No wonder we’re all having some difficulty getting through this COVID-19 Pandemic.

That stress can manifest in many ways, one of which includes anger. You may not even know what you’re angry at, but it spills over into every aspect of your life. You just wake up mad at the world and everyone in it.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Local man arrested for firing 30 rounds into vehicle
On March 25, 2020 the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Taylorville Police Department, Illinois State Police, and Dunn’s Ambulance responded to a call of shots fired on the north side of Bertinetti.

Upon arrival, law enforcement personnel made the determination that Matthew B. Adams, 33, of Taylorville, had  fired  30 rounds from a handgun. In a press release, Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp said Adams was experiencing a “mental health crisis.”

Friday, March 27, 2020

Local virus cases linked to common event
According to a Thursday evening press release by the Christian and Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency,  attendees of the Crossroads Apostolic Ministries may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

The release states: “Attendees of the Crossroads Apostolic Ministries in Taylorville have potentially been exposed to an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19. The confirmed positive was present at the services held on March 15, 2020. At the time, this was one isolated case and no other members were symptomatic. On March 25, 2020, a second person was confirmed positive. When the second individual was identified, further investigation was conducted. These two cases were linked together through that investigation.”

Friday, March 27, 2020

Local emergency management agency organizes PPE drive for Saturday
The Christian and Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency says local first responders need help from the community in securing additional personal protective equipment (PPE).

“Our first responders Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies are low locally,” a Friday morning EMA press releases states. “We are awaiting the arrival of PPE supplies from the state/federal stockpiles as they are available.”

Friday, March 27, 2020

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Friday, March 27, 2020

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Local man sentenced in 5 cases to serve 16 years
In a negotiated settlement of seven felony cases in 2019, James R. Coghlan, 35, of Taylorville, was sentenced to 16 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) following a hearing before Fourth Judicial Court Judge Christopher Matoush on Thursday. He pled guilty in five cases. Fines, fees and restitution in all of the cases total $60,600.

Coghlan will serve three consecutive sentences in three of the cases with two other cases concurrent. Two of the cases were dropped. Total jail time is 22 years for all five cases.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Blessings of peace
Blessings of Peace, Comfort and Strength to all in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. May you stand strong in Him during these trying times.

So much has changed in recent weeks that it hardly needs to be spoken. The virus is one thing, and the fear created as a result is another. Scripture says that “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace”. Recognize this confusion is not the work of our God. In John 10, Jesus said a thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but that He had come to give Life. Hebrews 13 tells us that a time of shaking of both the heavens and earth would come, saying that only things which cannot be shaken will remain. Prophets of old told us these days would come. Christ Himself warned that deception would be prevalent in the season before His return to earth. The predictions given are quite troubling to any who do not have at least some revelation and discernment of the times. However, IN Christ we are in a secure place.

Friday, March 27, 2020

County residents can donate medical supplies locally
Community residents can drop off donations of supplies to help local health care organizations as they respond to the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

Donations will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at HSHS Medical Group Multispecialty Care, 1304 W. Burnett Drive, Taylorville.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Second case confirmed in county
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed that a second Christian County resident has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a press release from the Christian and Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency, the patient originally presented to a local hospital and was transferred to Springfield. Christian County Health Department Director Denise Larson says the individual’s condition is stable. “I called the hospital and got an update; the individual is stable and improving,” she said.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Get creative with your time while sheltering in place
If you’re bored and looking for something to do during the shelter in place order, we’ve compiled a hefty list of ideas.
Thursday, March 26, 2020

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

In times of crisis, look for the helpers
Crisis will always bring out the worst in humanity, but it also brings out the best. You have to look for it because it is there. It’s always there.

Take what happened on 9-11, for instance; one of the worst times in our history with death, destruction, fear, and eventually war. Out of that, though, also came a sense of togetherness, building of community and support for the country. These times are no different.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Discover Wellness at Home with Extension free webinars
When life is uncertain, it’s important to focus on personal wellness to help you and your family thrive during difficult times. Join University of Illinois Extension starting March 26 for a free weekly webinar series focused on building resiliency, clearing clutter, being mindful and more.

The “Discover Wellness At Home” six-part series of webinars are free and will be 2 to 3 p.m. CDT on Thursdays. They are available to the public to view remotely online from the comfort of home or anywhere with internet access. Sign up online at go.illinois.edu/WellnessAtHome at least two days in advance. Participants will receive a confirmation email with webinar connection details.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

COVID-19 update: No new local cases, five tests pending
Today’s COVID-19 update released by the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency lists no new positive test results for Christian County.

According to the COVID-19 update released today:

“As of 5:00 p.m. last evening, the following test numbers from each County are: Montgomery County, 18 pending tests, 0 positive tests, and 17 negative tests. Christian County has 5 pending tests, 1 previous positive test, and 14 negative tests.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Pana City Council passes emergency measures
Working under guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Pana City Council passed an ordinance allowing the mayor emergency powers during a disaster at its meeting on Monday night in Pana City Hall.

All six alderman present voted in favor of the ordinance, passing it on first reading. Aldermen Glenn Schneider and Ron Miles were absent. In order to pass on first reading, the ordinance must pass by a three-quarter majority, which was present.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Circuit Clerk Julie Mayer issues court reminder
Although the Christian County Courthouse is closed to the public through Apr. 7, 2020, Christian County Circuit Clerk Julie Mayer and her staff are working on a reduced schedule of employees.

Currently, the Court is only hearing these types of cases at the present time: in-custody criminal matters via video conference; Juvenile Detention hearings; Juvenile Shelter Care Hearings; All Orders of Protection and emergency requests; and Any other emergency or other hearing approved by a Judge.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Area hospitals to begin accepting donated medical goods
HSHS St. John’s Hospital and HSHS Medical Group,  Memorial Health System, Springfield Clinic and SIU Medicine, Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach will start accepting donations from the community related to COVID-19 supply shortages on Wednesday, March 25 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Funeral homes, families dealing with loss under adversity
Imagine having to deal with a funeral during these troubling days we’re experiencing. Funeral homes are no exception to being affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Local funeral directors are donning on creative thinking caps to continue to serve the community and families, despite growing concerns.

Betty Sutton, of Sutton Memorial Home, said “We are doing our very best to honor all Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines to keep everyone safe. We can only have 10 people come in at a time so we’re working through that with each of our families, to not only accommodate their needs, but follow guidelines.”

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

County sees no new positive tests this weekend
Since reporting a positive test for COVID-19 in Christian County on Friday, the  Christian and Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency has reported no additional positive tests.

The agency conducted a noon press conference today where they disclosed that, in total, there have been 14 tests in Christian County; one was positive last Friday, 10 have been returned negative, and three are still pending. Those figures are indicative of test results received Sunday evening at approximately 5:00 p.m. Additional test results, the agency says, are typically received between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. daily.

Monday, March 23, 2020

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Monday, March 23, 2020

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Chris-Mont Emergency Management Agency issues statement about shelter in place order
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Governor Pritzker has signed a state-wide stay at home order aiming to keep new cases of COVID-19 from rapidly increasing and insure the state’s health care system remains fully operational to treat patients in need of urgent care.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

EMA reports no new positive cases in county
CHRISTIAN COUNTY —  Christian County Emergency Management Agency issued the following press release Saturday afternoon:
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Enforcing the exec order to "Stay at Home"
TAYLORVILLE — Under Governor Pritzker’s stay-at-home mandate, a lot of people will still go to work as essential services will not be suspended. People can still go to the grocery store, the pharmacy, go for a walk, and even pick up take out food, but residents are to avoid any non-essential activity.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Don't let fears drive your investment choices
TAYLORVILLE — First, the coronavirus rocked the financial markets. Then, oil prices dropped more than 20 percent after a breakdown in OPEC production discussions. Not surprisingly, the markets took another nosedive.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

LLCU facilities will be offering drive-up service
PANA, Ill. — All LLCU offices throughout central Illinois, including the Pana facility, will be operating as Drive-up only  until further notice.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

CTI will change some of its daily operations
TAYLORVILLE — As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, the governor has announced a stay at home order for residents of Illinois. A stay at home order will require anyone not in an “essential” business to stay home. CTI is considered an essential business by the Department of Homeland Security because they are in the communications sector and the information technology sector. While they cannot shut down completely, they will be making changes to their daily operation.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Hospitals impose no visitor policy
SPRINGFIELD — As COVID-19 cases spike throughout Illinois, nine central Illinois hospitals with HSHS Illinois system and Memorial Health System will no longer allow visitors – with some exceptions.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Park playgrounds, lake campground and lake lots closed
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Your mental health and the COVID-19 virus
TAYLORVILLE — There is no doubt we are experiencing some unprecedented times in the world. People may be feeling anxious, unsettled, depressed, fearful and angry.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Land of Lincoln Honor Flight postpones May trip
SPRINGFIELD — Above all else, we must protect those who protected us.

Due to the on-going national health emergency related to the COVID-19 virus, Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF) of Springfield, Illinois regrets to announce that the May 12, 2020 flight has also been postponed.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Museum grants deadline is extended
SPRINGFIELD — As a result of public and state agency closures due to COVID-19, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced the application deadline for the Public Museum Capital Grants Program would be extended until May 29, 2020 at 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Illinois Symphony Orchestra is canceling events
SPRINGFIELD — Facing additional mandates and guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, State of Illinois and local health officials, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra must postpone or cancel the following concerts and events through at least June 6, 2020 to limit community transmission of the COVID-19 virus:
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Respiratory screening clinic opens in Decatur
DECATUR — Memorial Health System will open a respiratory screening clinic at its DMH Express Care location  to screen people for the COVID-19 virus.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Stressed? Emotional-support hotline is available
SPRINGFIELD — Central Illinois residents experiencing stress and anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic or other issues in their lives can call a free, emotional-support hotline operated by Memorial Behavioral Health.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Memorial makes virtual-care service free of charge
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Health System this week announced it has made its MemorialNow virtual-care service free to anyone in central Illinois.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Taylorville Park District closes playgrounds and facilities
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Park District will close their office and facilities pursuant to Governor Pritzker’s newly issued Executive Order 2020-10 beginning Saturday, March 21, at 5:00 p.m. through April 7, 2020. This includes playgrounds on any park property.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Pana cafeteria workers keeps meals flowing
PANA — Even though schools are closed due to the CORVID-19 virus, cafeteria workers are hard at it, meeting the nutritional needs of the student population.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Lake Land College campus restricted
MATTOON — Lake Land College is committed to protecting the health and safety of all staff and students during this COVID-19 pandemic. In light of recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health, the college will be taking additional steps to practice social distancing and promote the well-being of everyone involved.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Wall Street Journal
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Amaranth, barley, corn and more: the ABC's of a whole grain diet
(AP) — We all know by now that whole grains are good for us and that we should be eating more of them. Anyone who has dipped a toe (or spoon) into the world of farro, brown rice and quinoa also knows how satisfying and versatile the arena of whole grains can be.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Honest Cooking
This dish is no-drama with honest ingredients. During a busy week, its simplicity and flavor are a welcome and uncomplicated interlude. Crisp-tender broccolini spears and plump, briny shrimp mingle in a quick-cooked, three-ingredient tomato sauce infused with garlic. It's fresh and bright, and can be whipped up in 30 minutes for a healthy weeknight dinner that's low-maintenance and utterly delicious.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Indoor hydroponics provide growing alternatives
DECATUR, Ill. — As the weather starts to remind us of the upcoming gardening season, it’s a great time to experiment with a do-it-yourself home hydroponics system. Most people have heard of hydroponics, but believe that using this method to grow plants is too difficult.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

County 4-H Senior Livestock Judging Team dominates Black Hawk East Invitational contest
KEWANEE, Ill. — Over the past three years, Christian County 4-H members have been working extremely hard practicing their livestock judging skills in preparation for several contests throughout the state and nation.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Monarch waystations help save these pollinators
TAYLORVILLE — While attending a seminar in 2017, one of the topics presented was Monarch waystations. These waystation provide milkweed, nectar plants, and shelter for the butterflies throughout their annual reproduction cycle and migration. This helps assure continuation of the migration of the monarch ins North America. At the end of the season, in early November, monarch waystation report the number of monarchs and caterpillars counted in their yard during certain days.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

CC Farm Bureau to host foundation fundraiser
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Christian County Farm Bureau will host a foundation fundraiser on the third Thursday of the month from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The dates are as follows: April 17, May 15, June 22, July 17, August 7, September 11, October 23.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Area woman is named to Pork Producers board
SPRINGFIELD — During the 2020 Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) annual meeting, the delegate body elected four new members to the board of directors. The IPPA board consists of six district representatives, twelve at-large positions and representatives from the following organizations: Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Purebred Council, National Pork Board and National Pork Producers Council. They meet quarterly to discuss promotion of pork products and meeting the needs of pig farmers across the state.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Master Gardeners offer 'Advice to Grow By'
Spring is a good time to trim the spent flowers of spring flower bulb plants such as hyacinths, daffodils, tulips, and other varieties. Let the green part die down on its own to enrich the bulbs. Be sure to fertilize your flower bulbs with bone meal and other fertilizer that is needed, so the flowers are ready to bloom again next year. Any Easter flowers you may get this year, be sure to plant them so you can enjoy them next spring.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

CAM FFA members selected as proficiency winners
MOWEAQUA, Ill. — Ella Forlines, Hunter Mott, and Spencer Uphoff, pictured right, were all selected as the District FFA proficiency winners. Their wins came in these areas: Ella Forlines - Landscape Management, Hunter Mott - Poultry Production, and Spencer Uphoff - Sheep Production. Forlines, Mott, and Uphoff are members of the Central A&M FFA Chapter of the Illinois Association FFA.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Clearwater Organic Farms: Clearly agriculture of the future
TAYLORVILLE — Hydroponic farming is the up and coming way of growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid, with added nutrients, but without soil.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Taylorville Chamber and friends lend a helping hand
TAYLORVILLE — In times of uncertainty, it’s nice to be able to lean on the support of friends and neighbors, just ask Taylorville Food Center Co-owner Anita Hunt.
Friday, March 20, 2020

Coronavirus hits county
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Christian County Health Department was notified last evening on March 19, 2020 that a Christian County resident has tested positive for the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
Friday, March 20, 2020

Pana hospital begins screening all visitors today
PANA — Pana Community Hospital has announced that beginning today they will begin screening all persons seeking to enter the facility through either the main or emergency entrances. All other entrances to the hospital and clinics will be restricted from public entry. This includes the front entrance of Community Medical Clinic as well as the east doors leading into the Medical Mall.
Friday, March 20, 2020

Pana Storage Facility Damaged In Accident
Friday, March 20, 2020

Meeting notice
Friday, March 20, 2020

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Friday, March 20, 2020

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Cancellations, changes to church services and events
Friday, March 20, 2020

Minister's Message: "The hard paths in life"
TAYLORVILLE — Okay, I will just say it – this past week or two has been crazy. While I think that I, like many of you, have tried to balance an approach of keeping things normal, these times we are currently living in are anything but normal, requiring many of us to do our part to keep ourselves, but especially those we love, as safe as possible. For Christians and all people of faith, we also have the added dimension of trying to be as faithful as possible when life becomes challenging and hard.
Friday, March 20, 2020

10 Pending virus tests in county
TAYLORVILLE — Christian County Health Department Director Denise Larson confirmed Wednesday that there were then seven tests for COVID-19 pending in Christian County.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Agency says if you're sick, call first!
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Services office has offered these guideline for those who suspect Coronavirus.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Police/Fire
Thursday, March 19, 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 Mar. 19, 2020:
Thursday, March 19, 2020

TPD arrests two on meth related charges
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Police Community Action Team conducted surveillance at a residence in regards to drug traffic. The police department has been receiving complaints. Taylorville police observed a vehicle leave the residence and conducted a traffic stop. They recovered several grams of suspected methamphetamine and seized $1903.00 in suspected drug proceeds.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Rock Springs closed, conservation areas open
DECATUR — In an effort to help control the spread of COVID-19, Rock Springs nature center will be closed through Sunday, March 29.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Lakeshore following CDC guidlines for sanitation
TAYLORVILLE —  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, management at Lakeshore Golf Course has issued the following statement regarding the health and safety of golfers, their families,  employees, and the community:
Thursday, March 19, 2020

NewWave opens WiFi hotspot to public
TAYLORVILLE —  NewWave Communications today announced that it has opened WiFi hotspots across its footprint for public use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis in order to keep individuals and communities connected to the online resources they want and need.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Marketing director for Blues speaks to UWCC
TAYLORVILLE — The University Women of Christian County met for the March meeting on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Whit's End Restaurant. The guest speaker was Lindy Noel, marketing director and communications manager for the St. Louis Blues hockey team and other arena and theater events. She spoke of her rise from Taylorvile High Pom Pom Squad to where she is today.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

State urges businesses to report outbreak losses
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) is taking proactive measures to address the challenges small businesses face due to the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19). While the situation is rapidly evolving, there are resources available now and more in the pipeline. The SBA has received authorization to provide small business assistance through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. This program can provide low interest loans of up to $2M to businesses and private non-profits.

Until the state reaches certain thresholds of loses, however, the state will not be eligible for the program.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Officials: 7 tests pending in county
Christian County Health Department Director Denise Larson says there were seven tests recently administered for COVID-19 for Christian County residents that are still pending; one came from Pana and six tests originated in Taylorville. Many more, though, were not approved for testing.

“I have probably fielded close to 70 probable cases that the state would not authorize for testing. It’s strictly due to their resources, not necessarily symptoms,” she said. “The state criteria goes on the most probable to be positive. We have people with symptoms in the county, we just have not been able to test them due to state guidelines.”

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Courthouse
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Christian County closures, cancellations, changes
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Police/Fire
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Boy Scouts Collect Over 600 Pounds Of Food
The Scouts from the Morrisonville/Palmer area participated in the national Scouting for Food Drive on Saturday March 14.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Feeling anxious? Free hotline for emotional support
Central Illinois residents experiencing stress and anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic or other issues in their lives can call a free, emotional-support hotline operated by Memorial Behavioral Health.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Springfield hospitals begin screening for COVID-19
Memorial Medical Center and HSHS St. John’s Hospital on Tuesday morning began screening emergency department patients for COVID-19 symptoms in a triage area near the emergency department entrances.

“This measure is one that we are taking to protect our community and our colleagues,” said Dr. Raj Govindaiah, Memorial Health System senior vice president and chief medical officer. “This will ensure that patients are screened and treated in accordance with public health guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control.”

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Memorial Health postpones all elective surgeries
Memorial Health System on Tuesday began to postpone elective medical procedures and non-urgent surgeries at its five hospitals and affiliated ambulatory surgical facilities until further notice.?
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

County meetings canceled
With the Christian County Courthouse being closed to the public due to the CORVID-19 protocols, several meetings have been canceled through the end of the month.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

County voter turnout low at 20%; new board candidates in District 4
Just over 20% of registered voters went to the polls in Christian County in the 2020 Primary Election on Tuesday. The biggest upset of the night in the local races was in County Board 4 where Republican incumbent and current Christian County Board Chairman, Becky Edwards, was denied nomination for a second term.

Two newcomers were nominated in District 4. They are Gene Price and Charles Smedley. Price carried the night with 509 votes and Smedley collected 407. Edwards was third with 325 and one other candidate, Mathew Heberling, had 253 votes.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Pana Township closes office to public
In an effort to halt the spread of the CORVID-19 virus, Pana Township Supervisor Tom Latonis has announced the office on Raymond Street on Pana’s west side is closed to the public until at least Monday, Mar. 30, 2020.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Pana City Hall closes to the public
With concerns over the COVID-19 virus, Pana Mayor Don Kroski has announced the closure of Pana City Hall to the public. Employees will report to work and carry out duties, however, doors are closed and locked to each office.

The only exception is the police department where there will be access, but the public will only be allowed in the lobby.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

PCH triage will be used if COVID-19 is detected
The new parking lot in front of the Emergency Department of Pana Community Hospital has a new addition. On Tuesday, members of the Pana and Taylorville fire departments helped to erect a tent which will be used for triage if cases of the COVID-19 virus are detected.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Business as usual? Not for local bars and restaurants
As Tuesday morning dawned, for restaurants and bars across the state and Christian County as well, it’s not business as usual - at least for the next two weeks. Most restaurants will be offering the menu for sale, but there is no seating for anyone. All orders will be handled through drive-ups, curb service and walk ins and out.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

City of Taylorville buildings to close effective immediately
Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry issued a press release this afternoon indicating that effective immediately, March 17 2020. All City of Taylorville Buildings will be closed to the general public and vendors until further notice. All City of Taylorville Departments will continue to operate and will be available by phone.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Police/Fire
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Pana School District responds to school closures
The Pana School Board meeting Monday night echoed with praise for staff, students and parents and other school personnel who have pulled together - in a very short period of time - developing plans during the two weeks school will now be closed.

“I think this district has assembled a great team,” Superintendent Jason Bauer told board members. “There was team work galore.”

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Closures and cancellations in Christian County
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Scope widens on demolition of collapsed building
Demolition work on the partially collapsed building at 204 East Main Cross Street began over the weekend, but aldermen were tasked with retroactively approving the work on Monday night.

After the second floor of the property collapsed last week, the city's engineering firm, Benton and Associates, deemed the project imminently dangerous.  In such emergency scenarios, the city can proceed with immediate action and forgo the normally required bidding process.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Morrisonville Ricks Precinct polling place moved; open until 7 tonight
Due to the shortage of election judges, the polling place in Ricks Precinct in Morrisonville was moved for the primary election today. Christian County Clerk Michael Gianasi says the announcement was made late Monday evening.

The polling place was relocated to the Courthouse in Taylorville. It is open until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Trees Coming Down For Bridge Work
Scott Durbin (left) cuts a notch into a big White Ash tree by the river as Bill Bock (right) observes. Durbin and Bock were working on Tuesday to tear trees down around the bike trail bridge. The marked trees, and anything taller than three inches, need to be cut down before April 1, when the Indiana Bats begin migrating and mating.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

County closes courthouse and all offices to the public
Christian County Elected Officials and Offices have met to coordinate Public Service Efforts regarding COVID-19.  The Christian County Courthouse, Regional Office of Education, Highway Department, Treasurer, County Clerk/Recorder, Tax Assessor, County Coroner, Public Defender, County Chairperson, Circuit Clerk, State’s Attorney, Probation, Solid Waste,Zoning/Animal Control all located in Taylorville, Illinois will be closed to the public.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Area students exposed to virus at event
Taylorville High School Principal Matt Hutchison has confirmed that approximately 180 THS sophomore students were in attendance at a Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield career fair on March 11 where one of the representatives there has since been identified as the third confirmed case of COVID-19 in Sangamon County.

The South Fork School district in Kincaid also sent students to the same event. As of press time, South Fork Administration has not yet returned a phone call to the Breeze-Courier to confirm the number of students that were present.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

For patient safety, Pana Community Hospital suspends some elective services
Pana Community Hospital, Community Medical Clinic, Pana Medical Groups, and LiveWell Fitness announce the following operational changes in order to protect our patients, staff, and members.  This protocol may change at any time. Please refer to Pana Community Hospital website or Facebook page for up to date information.  

Elective services including imaging, lab, surgical, and therapy will not be suspended unless current circumstances change that make this no longer safe for our patients

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Area emergency management issues virus guidance
As the number of confirmed Coronavirus Cases (COVID 19) rises in Illinois and as confirmed cases of the virus come closer to Montgomery and Christian County, citizens are reminded to take basic precautions to prevent the spread of COVID 19.

The unprecedented steps that have been taken by the President of the United States and the Governor of Illinois to stop the spread of COVID 19 will affect each and every resident of Christian and Montgomery Counties to some level.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Area business providing lunches for those in need
Not all heroes wear capes, and that is never more evident than when a community comes together to overcome adversity together. The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the nation has caused school and restaurant closures from coast to coast. One of the first questions asked after this was announced here in Illinois was, “What are the children going to eat?”
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

List of local and area cancellations and closures
Do you have an event that is canceled? Please contact us and we will add to our list of cancellations. Email details along with your contact information to breezenews@breezecourier.com.
Monday, March 16, 2020

Mayor asks public to stay home, limit personal contact
Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry issued the following statement today amid COVID-19 concerns:

“I would like to reiterate to the public to please try to stay home and limit your access to groups including, but not limited to church, grocery stores, or any other public gatherings. Please limit personal contact with others. Please utilize other avenues to communicate such as cell phone, landline, internet and/or email.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Local Rosati's loses franchise after sign incident
The corporate office of Rosati’s Pizza in Warrensville, Ill., has canceled the franchise agreement with the Taylorville Rosati’s location at 114 W. Market St. A spokesman for the company confirmed the cancellation today with the newspaper.
Monday, March 16, 2020

Taylorville Food Pantry will offer drive-thru service
The Taylorville Food Pantry has announced a temporary change in their food services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, the pantry will keep their regular hours. Those hours are on Tuesdays from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m., Thursdays from 5:30 - 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. However, the way people get their food will be changed.
Monday, March 16, 2020

In cautionary measure, court limits proceedings
Out of an abundance of caution and in response to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Fourth Judicial Circuit is amending its procedures in an attempt to reduce the possibility of spreading the disease.
Monday, March 16, 2020

County schools commit to continued food service
Students across Illinois may be out of school for the foreseeable future, but  that doesn’t mean they’ll be missing out on critical meals that otherwise might be hard to replace.

Over the weekend, school districts across the county committed to continuing food service, even despite the state mandated closures.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Police/Fire
Monday, March 16, 2020

Courthouse
Monday, March 16, 2020

Memorial Health System to open respiratory screening clinic in Springfield
Memorial Health System will open a respiratory screening clinic at its South Sixth ExpressCare location at 10 a.m. today to screen people for the COVID-19 virus.

The clinic at 2950 South Sixth St. will operate seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. People coming to the respiratory clinic should call a hotline before they arrive. That number is 217-588-4019. The clinic is open to anyone with a respiratory problem that could be COVID-19.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Kidzeum to provide educational activities for kids online during closure
Kidzeum of Health and Science, located at 412 E. Adams St. in downtown Springfield, will now be closed, effective Sunday, March 15, 2020. They will continue to follow the state government and Springfield School District 186 in regard to closures and will keep the public up to date with new information as the situation evolves.

Beginning next week, Kidzeum will release online educational activities for kids to do while they are out of school. These activities can be done with everyday, household items and will also contain printable worksheets and activities that parents and kids can do together. “This is a challenging time for families. Kidzeum will continue to serve our community as creatively as possible through online content that will help parents keep kids in learning mode, even while school is out,” said executive director, Leah Wilson. Once available, these resources can be found at kidzeum.org/learning

Monday, March 16, 2020

App provides virtual health care visits over smartphone
Patients in the area who might not be able to make a trip to the doctor’s office can now get treatment for non-emergency illnesses over their smartphones.

The service, called MemorialNow, is a secure, internet-based service available to adults who are 18 years old or older. The virtual-care service is staffed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, including weekends and holidays, and can be accessed around the clock.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Zeigler scholarship available for Taylorville students
The First National Bank of Pana is pleased to announce that the Dixon Zeigler Scholarship is available. Students graduating from Taylorville High School who reside within the last boundaries of the former Stonington School District are encouraged to apply.
Monday, March 16, 2020

Healthcare career educational grants are available to aspiring health professionals
TMH Foundation will continue to support the Healthcare Careers Educational Grant program at Taylorville Memorial Hospital, providing the opportunity for students and other healthcare professionals to pursue their education and return to our local community once their education is completed.

Thanks to the generosity of local donors, the TMH Foundation has awarded more than $50,000 to students pursuing healthcare degrees since 2018.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Morrisonville American Legion to host Community Blood Drive Wednesday, March 25
The Morrisonville American Legion will host a community blood drive from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 25 at 607 Ricks Street, inside Legion Hall at 607 Ricks Street in Morrisonville. To donate, please contact Community Blood Center at (800) 7475401 or visit www.bloodcenter.org and use code 60031 to locate the drive.
Saturday, March 14, 2020

LEAD tours Christian County Mental Health Association and Taylorville Fire Department
LEADership program participants first heard from Brent DeMichael, President and CEO of the Christian County Mental Health Association (CCMHA) on Wednesday. Brent shared the history, mission and future goals of this nonprofit organization founded to identify the needs of persons with disabilities in Christian County.  Members of the LEAD program were able to tour the manufacturing floor where around 1.5 million high quality plywood reels and other industrial wood products are constructed, sold and shipped throughout the United States and Canada annually. With close to 125 clients and 80 employees, the CCMHA is one of the largest employers in the county.
Saturday, March 14, 2020

LLCC students participate in Midwest Model UN
Twelve Lincoln Land Community College students, led by Chris McDonald, Ph.D., professor of political science, participated in the 60th annual Midwest Model United Nations in St. Louis Feb. 19-22. LLCC represented the Republics of Madagascar and Togo. The Togo delegation won Outstanding Position Paper and Honorable Mention awards.
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Simple maintenance tips to keep your ride running strong
Motor vehicles are sizable investments that, for many people, trail only homes and educations in terms of the biggest expenses they will ever have. So it’s in drivers’ best interests to take every step possible to protect their investments and keep their vehicles running smoothly as long as possible. While knowledgeable mechanics can be invaluable resources, drivers can take several minor, simple steps to keep their cars running smoothly for years to come.
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Safety in numbers: Why it pays to replace headlight bulbs in pairs
When it comes to vehicle maintenance, the rule of two has long reigned among professional automotive technicians and driving safety advocates. In accordance to this rule, drivers replacing important parts in their cars and trucks, such as tires, brakes, shocks and wiper blades, should always do so in pairs.
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Essential items for roadside emergency kits
Motorists never know when problems with their vehicles may force them to pull off the road and onto the shoulder. Whether it’s a flat tire, a sputtering engine or an empty gas tank, such circumstances are never welcome.

But such situations need not be so unbearable. Drivers who keep roadside emergency kits in their vehicles may find themselves getting back on the road more quickly the next time an unforeseen problem forces them to pull off the highway. The following are some must-have items drivers should include in their roadside emergency kits.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Prevent summer sun and heat damage to your car
Come summertime, people anticipate spending plenty of time outdoors enjoying the warm weather and taking in the scenery. In addition to lazy days spent at the beach or around the pool, summer is a great season for road trips and other weekend getaways.
Saturday, March 14, 2020

How to help young drivers stay safe on the road
Teenagers typically anticipate the moment they receive their drivers’ licenses, feeling their personal freedom increases dramatically in such moments.  

While drivers’ licenses may be liberating for teen drivers, parents may be considerably less excited when their children pass their drivers’ tests. Driving is a big responsibility and one that requires both concentration and maturity. Seemingly innocent things can turn pleasurable car rides into accidents.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Stay safe when driving in wet weather
Drivers must modify their driving habits when weather compromises their visibility and makes road conditions unsafe. Rain can fall any time of year, but tends to be most problematic in spring.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, wet roadways, and rain in particular, are the main cause of weather-related vehicle crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that, between 2004 and 2013, rain caused 573,784 crashes.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Information sought in Taylorville burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, March 14, 2020

COVID-19: Local organizations react and prepare
While no local cases of the COVID-19 virus have been reported in Christian or surrounding counties, area facilities and organizations are already taking precaution when it comes to potential community spread. What follows is an outline of some restrictions already put in place by various county organizations.
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Tips for a fun and frugal road trip
Driving vacations are popular for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is flexibility. Such excursions are not restricted by flight schedules, and travelers often feel as though they have more control over their trips when traveling by car rather than traveling by air.
Saturday, March 14, 2020

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Fisher's Fords: A lifelong labor of love
The call of the open road has always beckoned to Taylorville’s Merle Fisher. Even at the early age of just six, Merle says he was already building go karts. At 17, a ‘50 Ford got its hooks into him. Now, 60 years later, Merle says his love for cars has turned from hobby to profession and back again.

“I always knew I wanted to work around cars, and I have no regrets,” Merle says of the 50-plus years he spent as a body man and a mechanic. If it had four wheels and needed tending to, Merle was your man. “I pretty much saw it all,” he reflected. “Everything from the classics to the modern.”

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Sertoma Learns About Coal Mine History
Chuck Martin, Director of the Christian County Coal Miners Museum, spoke at the Taylorville Sertoma Club's recent dinner meeting. Martin brought items such as a lighted miner's hardhat, a safety lantern which tests for the presence of methane, and a lunch bucket. He explained that the largest part of the lunch bucket isn't for food, but for carrying water, as there is no water available in a mine.
Saturday, March 14, 2020

TMH Foundation Carolyn M. Butterfield Trust Nursing Scholarship deadline approaching
Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is now accepting applications for the Carolyn M. Butterfield Trust Nursing Scholarship. One scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student who has graduated from a Christian County high school and is enrolled in a two or four year college or university. Applicants must be in or have completed their first year in a nursing program.
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Head Start Learns Road Safety
For the month of February, Taylorville Head Start students were learning about roads and road safety and took a tour at the Christian County Highway Dept on February 28, 2020.
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Prospective students invited to Laker Visit Day
Visit Lake Land College and explore all the college offers at Laker Visit Day. The upcoming event will be held Friday, March 27 in the Luther Student Center starting at 9 a.m. and will run until noon.
Saturday, March 14, 2020

March is a great time to prune many shrubs, but not all
Don’t prune your forsythia, lilac or mock orange yet. Anything you cut off now will result in that much less of a flower show this spring.

Except for these and many other spring-flowering shrubs, however, March is a fine time for pruning many trees and shrubs. It’s easy to see what to cut on leafless plants, and cuts heal quickly. So here’s a list of some pruning jobs to take on now.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Meeting Notices
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Patients transported smoothly to new hospital
Seventeen patients at Taylorville Memorial Hospital had an early-morning excursion Wednesday when staff transported them from the old hospital building to the acute-care unit on the second floor of the new hospital building for its first day of operation.
Friday, March 13, 2020

County Board Executive committee ponders Census help
The Executive and Personnel Committee of the Christian County Board met on Thursday evening and discussed whether and how the county could assist with the upcoming Census, to make sure residents in the county are counted.
Friday, March 13, 2020

East Main building could go down Saturday
Mayor Bruce Barry says the collapsed building at 204 East Main Cross Street could be completely demolished as soon as Saturday.

“We had an engineer from Benton and Associates look at it today, and he told us that he believes it to be an imminent threat to public safety,” Barry told the City of Taylorville Water Committee Thursday night. “Basically, our engineers have said that it could totally collapse at any time, so I’ve already contacted Joe Coleman about tearing it down, and I expect we’ll have it down by Monday’s council meeting, maybe even this weekend.”

Friday, March 13, 2020

Presidential Library and Museum closes over virus
To help prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum campus will close to the public as of Friday, March 13. The ALPLM’s three Springfield buildings, the library, museum and historic Union Station, will remain closed until further notice.
Friday, March 13, 2020

Courthouse
Friday, March 13, 2020

Police/Fire
Friday, March 13, 2020

Flu epidemic of 1918 rocked the state and nation
The coronavirus has been the leading news story in the nation this year. But it is not the first time that drastic measures have been taken in a health crisis.

One hundred years ago, the United States was swept into a global influenza epidemic that one source called "one of the worst natural disasters in history." As many as 50 million people died around the world, while 675,000 Americans were also lost, many from related complications like pneumonia.  A quarter of the U.S. population had fallen ill by late October 1918.

Friday, March 13, 2020

ISBE seeking nominations for top teacher awards
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is seeking nominations for Illinois’ top teacher awards. ISBE’s Teacher of the Year and Those Who Excel awards programs honor teachers, teams, administrators, community volunteers, and support personnel who have made significant contributions to Illinois’ students. Any person or organization may submit nominations.
Friday, March 13, 2020

Boy Scouts Food Drive Is Saturday
Scouts in Taylorville, Palmer, Morrisonville, and other central Illinois communities will be collecting non-perishable food items this Saturday morning as part of the BSA Scouting for Food program.
Friday, March 13, 2020

THS musicians earn honors at IHSA State Solo & Ensemble Contest
The Illinois High School Association’s State Solo and Ensemble contest was held on Saturday, March 7 at Millikin University in Decatur.

Fifty-one Taylorville High School musicians performed in forty-three events at the contest. Five Taylorville High School musicians received Best of the Day Awards. This means that in the room in which they performed, of which there were eleven performance rooms, they were the best performance their judge heard all day. Best of Day Award winners are: Tate Wagner, xylophone solo, Blake Rice, trumpet solo; Tawney Minks, vocal solo; and Connor Chase for both his trombone and vocal solos.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Virus: Diocese evaluates practices of shared faith
Since the beginning of 2020, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois has been monitoring developments regarding the Coronavirus, including guidance and information from the Centers for Disease Control, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and other government agencies. They have, they state in a press release, will continue to evaluate the practices of  shared faith life across the diocese.
Friday, March 13, 2020

City still negotiating new hotel project
Back in late 2015, there was a swell of support surrounding the possibility of bringing a new 45-room hotel to Taylorville.

In the past four-and-a-half years, the discussion surrounding that project has both ebbed and flowed. Frankly, the talks have encompassed an entire spectrum of outcomes that have ranged from pipe dream to something still plausible. At a Business Development District committee meeting Wednesday morning, city officials said it is now closer to the latter.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Engineer To Evaluate Collapsed Building
Just after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday night, the Taylorville Fire Department responded to a call for a collapsed building in the 200 block of East Main Cross Street. According to Taylorville Fire Chief Matt Adermann, a nearby business owner initially reported hearing a large crash before witnessing a plume of dust envelope the immediate area.
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Edinburg school discusses contingency plan
The Edinburg Board of Education held a regular meeting on Wednesday, March 11, at 6:00 p.m. in Junior High room 145.

The meeting opened with high school baseball coach Aaron Morgan approaching the Board to ask for permission to continue his efforts to improve the ball diamond and player safety. Morgan’s main wish was to redo the dugouts on the diamonds. He wanted to remake them with cinderblocks and wood so they can be opened up in the summer to ventilate and kept closed in the early spring to keep the players warm. He also pitched the idea of caging in the batter on deck area of the dugout so that players warming up to go bat would no longer be in danger of being hit by a foul ball.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Meals on Wheels closing nutrition centers temporarily
By the request of the Illinois Department of Aging, C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation Meals on Wheels program will temporarily close their congregate nutrition centers starting Friday, March 13 because older adults are among the highest risk population group for becoming seriously ill from the COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Thursday, March 12, 2020

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Police/Fire
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Optimists hear about Methodist church expansion
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting this morning in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church.  President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and Pastor Jon Crist led the group in the morning invocation. The club noted the passing of long-time member, Jim Markwell, and the passing of the Mother of member Chris Reed.  Club members are encouraged to meet at the Methodist Church prior to the 10:00 start of visitation for Jim, and attend as a group.
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Group providing free colorectal home screening kits
The Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois will distribute free colorectal home test kits in March across the region.

While not a specific test for colon cancer, the kits can detect the presence of blood, which can be an indicator of several different medical conditions.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Fire department captain speaks to Kiwanis Club
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from a captain with the Taylorville Fire Department, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the club’s new meeting place, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.

Nick Hackney told Kiwanis members he's been a firefighter since 2000, and full-time with the Taylorville Fire Department since 2005. Hackney was promoted to Captain in January of this year.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Courthouse
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

TMH Holds Grand Opening
“It was smooth as silk,” Taylorville Memorial Hospital CEO Kim Bourne said of the first official day of operation for the hospital’s brand new expansion. “Seventeen patients were moved into the new facility today, and everything went just as expected.”
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Courthouse floors safe, Kennedy tells board committee
Based on measurements he has taken inside the Christian County Courthouse in Taylorville, Bill Kennedy has declared  the structure to be safe. He made those comments during the Highway, Building Committee of the Christian County Board held Tuesday night in the Courthouse.

Kennedy, an engineer who has maintained the Courthouse clock for many years and has done and over-seen many repairs to the floors and structure of the Courthouse, hedged slightly saying he, “Wanted to run his information by the Structural Engineer,” before coming to a definitive conclusion.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Choir Performs
On Saturday, March 7, members of the South Fork High School Choir performed at the IHSA State Solo and Ensemble Contest at Millikin University.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

TCUSD Preschool Screening set for March 23-24
The Taylorville Community Unit School District #3 Preschool Screening is scheduled for Monday, March 23, 2020 with appointments from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Appointment times for Tuesday, march 24, 2020 will be from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Central School located at 515 E. Bidwell Street in Taylorville.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

TJHS Wins Conference Scholastic Bowl
The TJHS Scholastic Bowl team, coached by Mr. Robert Brown, won the South Central Conference. They scored a 5-0 record vs South Central at the conference. Other schools in attendance were St. Anthony, Effingham, Charleston, Mattoon and Teutopolis.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Kincaid hires full-time officer, cancels Safe Passage program
The Village of Kincaid met in regular session Monday night to a packed room of citizens. It appeared the majority of people in attendance were there to support the hiring of a full-time police officer.

Chief Randy Constantine spoke to the Village Board about why he feels it is necessary to hire another full time officer. “The amount of calls we're getting is a lot. Kincaid is doing half the amount of calls as the County does with less people. We need a full time officer,” said Constantine. Currently, the Village has one full-time Police Chief and two part-time officers.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Unusual tale of Civil War Soldier to be told at history forum
Hundreds of women disguised themselves as men to fight in the Civil War, but for most it was a temporary transformation. This was not the case with Albert Cashier, whose story will be told March 12 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Pana Council tackles several issues Monday night
There was a lot of ground covered during the Pana City Council’s 65-minute meeting on Monday night in the Council Chambers of Pana City Hall. Expansion of the city’s Business Tax District, a report on the bid letting for the Lincoln Prairie Bike Trail bridge and passage of a resolution outlining possible TIF and Business Tax incentives for the Jack Flash Travel Center planned for Pana. Mayor Don Kroski presided over the meeting with all eight aldermen present.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Taylorville School Board hires four social - emotional counselors
Beginning next school year, the Taylorville School District will be better prepared to further social and emotional development of students in the district.

The board proved their commitment to the cause at Monday night’s regular board meeting when they unanimously hired four brand new social-emotional counselors, one for each of the four main campuses at Memorial, North, TJHS, and the high school.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Edinburg discusses water infrastructure, flooding
The Village of Edinburg held a regular meeting on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.

Water Superintendent Mike Lebshier announced water infrastructure plans to the Board at the meeting on Monday. He plans on overhauling the village’s raw water line, forming an emergency interconnect with Sharpsburg Water, and also redoing the water lines at Sunnyside Acres outside of Edinburg. All the projects would be done at around the same time to save on engineering costs for the Village.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Musician Earns Virtuoso Scholarshp
James Boettger, THS senior vocalist, received a full tuition Virtuoso scholarship from Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois beginning in the fall of 2020. Boettger was one of four out of 18 that applied and auditioned on February 22, 2020.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Shelby County art show is April 4th
Thursday, March 19 is the deadline to register art for the 2020 Shelby County Art Show held annually for the 54th year.  Brochures are available on Facebook-Shelby County Art Show 2020 or by email from carolkessler1948@gmail.com.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Police/Fire
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Courthouse
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

School leaders worry funding reform is in jeopardy
Editor’s Note: Equity Illinois Superintendents is a diverse group of school district superintendents and chief education officers committed to the vision that all Illinois students benefit from an equitable education system. Equity First advocates for public policy that promotes equity in publication for students throughout Illinois. The names of superintendents from or affiliated with Christian County, who were among the 60 who signed this OpEd, are included at the end of this piece.


Our schools, promising in statute to put a minimum of $350 million into the new formula every year for 10 years. Our goal – getting every district to 90 percent funding by 2027.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Courthouse
Monday, March 9, 2020

Police/Fire
Monday, March 9, 2020

Area Choral Festival Held At South Fork Gym
On Friday, February 28, seven area high school choirs joined forces in a performance of their annual Area Choral Festival, held at South Fork High School in Kincaid. The singers rehearsed together for the afternoon, enjoyed dinner together, then gave a very special performance for a packed gym.
Monday, March 9, 2020

TMH Foundation accepting applications for the John H. Butterfield Agri-Science and Nutrition Scholarship
Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce they are accepting scholarship applications for the John H. Butterfield Agri-science and Nutrition Scholarship. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student who has graduated from a central Illinois high school with priority given to a Christian County resident. Applicants must be enrolled in a two or four year college or university and have the intention to pursue a career in agri-science or food nutrition.
Monday, March 9, 2020

March Attendance Winners
Monday, March 9, 2020

Seven candidates vie for four positions on county board in spring primary on Tuesday, March 17
CHRISTIAN COUNTY – The Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020 Primary ballot for Christian County features two races for nomination to the Christian County Board. Both are on the Republican ballot.
Saturday, March 7, 2020

TFD reminds you to change your smoke alarm batteries
TAYLORVILLE — It may be the last time we change our clocks, but that doesn’t mean it will be the last time to change your smoke alarm and CO alarm batteries.
Saturday, March 7, 2020

TFD reminds you to change your smoke alarm batteries
TAYLORVILLE — It may be the last time we change our clocks, but that doesn’t mean it will be the last time to change your smoke alarm and CO alarm batteries.
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Incumbent Bourne faces primary challenge
TAYLORVILLE — Two candidates will appear on the March 17 Republican Primary ballot in the race for State Representative-95th District. Incumbent Avery Bourne will face challenger Lawrence Oliver. On the Democratic primary, Chase Wilhelm is running unopposed. Both candidates in the contested race were asked by the Breeze-Courier to provide a brief bio and answer some relevant questions.
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Memorial earns highest designation as stroke center
SPRINGFIELD — For the third time, Memorial Medical Center has earned the nation’s highest designation for stroke care – one of only 19 hospitals in Illinois to achieve that level of certification.
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Lead group focuses on business development
TAYLORVILLE — Local community and economic development initiatives and small business development highlighted this week’s LEADership program session.  Amy Hagen, Christian County Economic Development Corporation president, provided a brief history of the CCEDC, and overview of current economic development projects being pursued in Christian County, including the creation of the new industrial park located north of Taylorville on IL-Rt 29, and the importance of having conversations with state officials, prospective businesses, and existing business owners here in Christian County.
Saturday, March 7, 2020

'They're Creepy And Kooky, Mysterious And Spookey'
TAYLORVILLE — Think your family is weird? Think again. The cast of the upcoming Taylorville High School Spring Musical invites you to come experience just how creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky a family can really be when they put on their rendition of ‘The Addams Family,’ debuting Thursday, March 19 with follow-up performances on both Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21.
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Asparagus season is right around the corner. Ready?
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Linda Smith and her husband, Mark have been raising asparagus west of Edinburg for about 35 years and 99% of the time they can guarantee there will be asparagus to harvest on April 15; yes, the same day taxes are due.
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Taylorville student earns American Advertising Award
DECATUR, Ill. — Zach Cook of Taylorville, is one of six Millikin University Arts Technology and Digital Media Marketing students to win a 2020 regional-level American Advertising Award (ADDY) from the American Advertising Federation this past February. Their wins mark the third consecutive year that Millikin students have won ADDY awards for their creative excellence.
Saturday, March 7, 2020

THS musicians perform in area honor band concert
TAYLORVILLE — The Area Honor Band consortium, began in part by former Taylorville and Stonington Band Director John Reid, hosted their annual Area Honor Band Festival at Morrisonville High School on Thursday, March 5, 2020
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Establish a child/parent prom night agreement
TAYLORVILLE — Prom can be one of the most exciting evenings in an adolescent’s life. A gathering with friends that soon may part for different areas of the country or even the world, prom night offers the chance to let loose and have fun before the “real world” beckons.
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Follow these simple, expert tips for prom-ready skin
TAYLORVILLE — Start prepping for healthy skin weeks before prom arrives.

Although wardrobe, hair and accessories are important considerations for prom preparations, teenagers should not disregard a healthy skin care regimen, which can ensure they look their best in the scores of professional and candid shots snapped and chatted about over the course of prom festivities.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Take a tractor: Unique prom transportation ideas
TAYLORVILLE — High school students with ideas on what they would like their ideal prom nights to be might garner inspiration from movies and television shows. But teenagers who hope to emulate their favorite celebrities when planning their proms might be in for some sticker shock as they start shopping around for prom-related services.
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Keep the memory, cut prom costs without cutting fun
TAYLORVILLE — Many people fondly remember their high school proms. But while proms make great memories, they also can break the bank.
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Information sought in local burglary
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Friday, March 6, 2020

TPD grants may beef up traffic enforcement
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler is currently working on a handful of grant opportunities that could bring extra resources to the TPD, ones that may increase traffic enforcement.
Friday, March 6, 2020

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Sophomores invited to career day
SPRINGFIELD — All sophomore students and their parents are invited to attend the CONNECT! Career Day event on March 11th on the LLCC campus in Springfield from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Cass Gymnasium.
Friday, March 6, 2020

Edinburg cemetery spring clean up
EDINBURG — The Edinburg Cemetery Association will hold its annual spring clean op day at Edinburg, Walnut Hill, Bethel and Buckhart Cemeteries on March 21.
Friday, March 6, 2020

Appellate judge speaks to local Optimist club
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, March 5, 2020, in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church. President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the morning invocation by Pastor John Crist.
Friday, March 6, 2020

Homecoming Gospel Choir performing in Vandalia
VANDALIA — On Sunday, March 15, at 6:00 p.m., Southern Illinois' Homecoming Gospel Choir will be appearing in concert at the Unity Baptist Church in Vandalia, Ill.
Friday, March 6, 2020

House on the Rock Church movie night Mar. 20
EDINBURG — A free showing of the film “Overcomer” will be at the House on the Rock Church, 314 N Gratn Street in Edinburg, On March 20 at 6;30 p.m.
Friday, March 6, 2020

In our grief
TAYLORVILLE — Our church experienced a couple of losses in the past two weeks as we grieved the deaths of two people that we loved in a single week. Several people in the church were kind enough to check in on me as I led both of these services. The truth is, conducting funerals for people that I’ve known and with whom I’ve served is usually not draining at all. In fact, it can serve as an encouragement.
Friday, March 6, 2020

THS musicians perform in Apollo Conference band fest
The Apollo Conference hosted their annual Band Festival at Mt. Zion High School on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Outstanding band and jazz band musicians from conference schools, Taylorville, Mt. Zion, Effingham, Mattoon, Mahomet-Seymour and Charleston came together to represent their schools and perform a concert with only five hours of rehearsal time under esteemed guest conductors Greg Bimm (concert band) from Marion Catholic High School and Garrett Schmidt (jazz band) from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Thursday, March 5, 2020

County early voting totals ahead of '16 pace
With Super Tuesday out of the way, Christian County voters can concentrate on the Mar. 17, 2020, Illinois Primary Election. Illinois’ primary is slightly less than two weeks away, and Christian County Clerk Michael Gianasi said early voting is slightly ahead of the pace in 2016.

Currently, 230 residents have opted for the early voting opportunity. That is 23 more than the turnout four years ago for the 2016 Illinois Primary.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Sentences handed out for meth, battery
Last week, two felons were sentenced to a total of 32 years in unrelated cases Christian County Court. One was a Class X felony and the other was eligible for Class X sentencing.

On Feb. 25, Ronald E. Nigh, Jr., 42, of Taylorville, was sentenced by Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush to 17 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Nigh had been found guilty in Count I, aggravated domestic battery/strangle, for choking his wife during a jury trial in Christian County Court in January. The jury returned a not guilty verdict in Count II, aggravated domestic battery.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Police/Fire
Thursday, March 5, 2020

Courthouse
Thursday, March 5, 2020

A Night At The Museum
North Elementary School in Taylorville was the setting for the second grade wax museum last night.  Students chose a historical person to learn about and dress up for parents and family members to view, all in a wax museum setting.
Thursday, March 5, 2020

The annual Artists Showcase was held Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Taylorville Junior High School with students from kindergarten through 8th grade competing. Winners in each category are listed below:
Thursday, March 5, 2020

Police/Fire
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Sonington votes to assist Drainage District
The Village of Stonington Board of Trustees met Monday night in regular session.

Dave Spengler addressed the board regarding the drainage district and the possibility of the Village helping out with expenses to fix the drainage tiles and ditches to improve drainage flow through town.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Courthouse
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Mt. Auburn planning to cut village costs
The Village of Mt. Auburn held their regular meeting on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall.

Board Trustee Scott Vincent announced that he and the finance committee would be meeting next week to work on cutting costs for the Village. According to the data he’d reviewed, Vincent told the Board that the Village had ended the last year on a $10,000 deficit in the working cash funds. He plans on having some hard conversations with Village departments about necessary costs and slashing whatever extra spending that the Board justifiably could in order to fix the financial situation.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Pana hospital scholarships available
Pana Community Hospital announces that applications are currently being accepted for the Harold and Grace Brown Memorial Scholarship and the Pana Community Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship. Applications must be returned by Friday, April 4, 2020.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Park day camp registration now open
Manners Park day camp registration has begun and camp is open to the first 50 to sign up. Forms maybe dropped off at the Manners Park office from 9 a.m. - 12 noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Take time for these kid-friendly events
The program at Dickson Mounds Museum’s Tot Time on Thursday, March 5 at 9:30 a.m. will be “Backyard Birds.”  The program will highlight a variety of common native Illinois birds.  Tots and their caretakers may enjoy fun, messy crafts to take home and share with the birds in their own backyard.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

GED class in Pana on Thursday
Lake Land College’s Adult Education is offering GED classes throughout the Lake Land College district beginning the first week of March. Classes are 100% federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Aldermen divided on use of BDD funds
Mayor Bruce Barry had to cast the deciding vote Monday night in a decision to move forward with a replacement generator purchase for City Hall. The generator itself wasn’t necessarily the point of contention. The source of funding, rather, is what fueled the debate.

Aldermen were split 4-4 on the $100,000 piece of equipment prior to the mayor’s “yes” vote that made the purchase a reality. Shawn Burtle, Jim Olive, Larry Budd, and Ernie Dorchinecz all voted in favor of the project while Kathy Driskell, Lee Lanzotti, Chris Skultety, and Megan Bryant all voted no.

Funds to pay for the project will come from the city’s Business Development District (BDD) tax, which is the additional one-percent sales tax that passed last year. Those funds are to be used to improve infrastructure, spur development, or improve the district, and they can only be spent within the confines of the BDD.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Police/Fire
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Courthouse
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

US 'honor roll' of historic places, The National Register, often ignores slavery
Antebellum Southern plantations were built on the backs of enslaved people, and many of those plantations hold places of honor on the National Register of Historic Places - but don’t look for many mentions of slavery in the government’s official record of places with historic significance.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Autism support group to meet this Thursday night
TASC/The Autism Support Connection will be holding its regular monthly support group meeting on Thursday, March 5 6pm to 7:30pm at the Free Methodist Church, 1400 Seymour Ave, Hillsboro, Ill. The meetings are open to all interested parents, grandparents and individuals who are affected by Autism or other related disorders that are looking for a place to connect, share information & experiences, gain education and find support. Childcare is provided at each meeting by trained staff. Parents are then able to get the most out of the meetings while their children are enjoying fun activities designed for them. 
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Benefit fundraiser Saturday for Mt. Auburn woman
On December 5, 2019, Gaye Catlin had her entire life changed in an instant.  A vivacious woman who loves her family and camping, Gaye suffered head, neck and spinal cord injuries on that fateful night. She has been hospitalized in the ICU at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield since the day of her accident.

However, Gaye is a fighter. Just a few weeks ago, she was weaned off the ventilator. Shortly afterwards, Gaye transferred from St. John’s to the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab rehabilitation facility in Chicago. It will take months of hard physical therapy for Gaye, but her daughter, Kalie, says the prognosis looks good.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Breast cancer support group to discuss bone health
The March meeting of the breast cancer support group at Memorial Medical Center will discuss bone health.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

HSHS helping patients vote while hospitalized
The HSHS hospitals in central Illinois are working with their respective county clerks’ offices to help hospitalized voters get information on how to cast their ballots in the upcoming primary election at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield and HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Police/Fire
Monday, March 2, 2020

Courthouse
Monday, March 2, 2020

Artists Showcase Winners
Taylorville Junior High School eighth- grader Milana Hensontook home Best in Show honors with her artwork Saturday at the Artists Showcase.
Monday, March 2, 2020

North School February Attendance Winners
North School announced attendance winners for the weeks  of February 10-14 and February 17-21.
Monday, March 2, 2020

To do our best: Memorial Elementary embraces Social-Emotional Learning
Schools are expected to teach children to do their very best. They are sent to the classroom each day in order to learn and grow. Whether it is the capital city of Kansas (Topeka) or the square root of 256 (16), adults expect children to absorb knowledge and prove their skills through tests and homework. But while arithmetic, literature, history, and science are often the subjects that are most often thought of as essential, there is a growing awareness of an often overlooked subject.
Saturday, February 29, 2020

Information sought on Taylorville burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a vehicle burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, February 29, 2020

Meeting Notices
Saturday, February 29, 2020

County agencies, schools talk coronavirus preparation
While the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is not spreading through any Christian County  communities and remains a long shot to develop, local emergency service agencies, schools and hospitals are taking precautions to deal with an outbreak. The county’s emergency preparedness office, hospitals, clinics, EMS and schools are not alarmed, but they are vigilant, daily checking updates on the latest status of the disease.

Head of the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Services, Greg Ninmo, stresses the importance of information when dealing with this situation.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Chase wins Jazz Award
Taylorville student Connor Chase won the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award for this year. The award was presented to Connor on Thursday nights Evening of Jazz and Percussion. The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award is given out to students in high schools nationwide in recognition of their outstanding musical achievements and dedication to music and music programs. Connor is pictured here with and director Chris Gunn.
Saturday, February 29, 2020

Sensory Film event on March 7
Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films”.  Our next sensory friendly movie event will be held at 1 pm Saturday, March 7 at The Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro.  Our movie will be the newly released Disney Pixar film, “Onward.”  With Sensory Friendly Films, the movie theatre lights are left up and the sound is turned down. Audience members are welcome to move about and dance, walk, shout or sing. The usual “silence policy” is not enforced unless the safety of the audience is questioned. These Sensory Friendly movie events are open to all families who have a loved one with special needs & are unable to attend a regular viewing due to sensory issues.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. Families are allowed to bring in their own gluten free, casein free snacks. TASC will be covering the price of admission for this movie event.
Saturday, February 29, 2020

Pana Red Hat Club visit Epoc Zone Fitness
Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club met on Monday, February 10 to tour the Epoc Zone Fitness facility located at 207 E. Second Street in Pana. We were Greeted and given our tour by manager Drew Bland. He explained the necessity of exercise for everyone at any level. He showed us each of the machines that have instructions on them and there is help available from staff from 9-7 weekdays, weekend times are different. It is a 24 hour key card business so you can go in even if you get off of work at midnight. There are showers and dressing rooms if you need to leave right for work after a workout also. There are free weights in addition to the machines and a classroom for workout sessions. In addition to this being an exercise facility, they have a partnership with Phoenix Physical Therapy. You may be able to even have your insurance billed for these services by Bailey with no doctor referral necessary. All staff are CPR trained. There is an AED available should you have a problem. You may contact them at 827-9475 for more information.
Saturday, February 29, 2020

LEAD Participants Tour Local AGCO and McLane Company, Inc. plants
Focusing on agriculture and its importance to not only Christian County, but worldwide economies, LEAD participants got an inside look this week at two local plants: Taylorville’s AGCO plant and the McLane Distribution Center, both located on the west side of Taylorville.
Saturday, February 29, 2020

March Mini Camps exploring foxes
Children ages 1-5 and their adult buddy are invited to Rock Springs Nature Center for Mini Camp: Sly Foxes. This camp for ages 1-5 will be offered Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 12 from 9:30-10:30am.
Saturday, February 29, 2020

National Weather Service free storm spotter course March 2 at LLCC
The National Weather Service will offer a free, two-hour “Severe Weather Storm Spotting” class at Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Rd., Monday, March 2. The training will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the LLCC Student Union on the lower level of Menard Hall.
Saturday, February 29, 2020

TMH Foundation honors retiring board members during Annual Corporate meeting
Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation honored retiring board members Shelly Cappellin, Dr. Jerry Gardner, Scott McClure and Judy Swigert during its annual meeting of the corporation recently held in the Annex of Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
Saturday, February 29, 2020

Courthouse
Friday, February 28, 2020

Police/Fire
Friday, February 28, 2020

Optimist club finishes up Presidents Month themes
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, February 27, 2020, in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church. President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the morning prayer given by Pastor Steve Switzer.
Friday, February 28, 2020

Officials prepare for summer youth police program
The Illinois State Police (ISP) and the American Legion announce plans for the 48th Annual American Legion Youth Police Camp (ALYPC). The camp is set to take place at Camp Lincoln located 1301 North MacArthur, Springfield, Illinois, from June 21-26, 2020.
Friday, February 28, 2020










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