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Officers manage traffic control in huge vaccine turnout
TAYLORVILLE — The line for the COVID-19 vaccination clinic held today had reached the corner of Main Cross and Webster streets by 7:00 a.m.  By 8:00 a.m., the line had  turned the corner at the BP intersection and headed south to the sheriff’s office where it then wound its way west down Franklin Street to the corner of Shumway. The Christian County Department of Public Health began administering the vaccines at 9:00 a.m. on a first come, first serve basis to people 65 years of age and older. Rachel LeBeane/Breeze-Courier
TAYLORVILLE — The line for the COVID-19 vaccination clinic held today had reached the corner of Main Cross and Webster streets by 7:00 a.m.  By 8:00 a.m., the line had  turned the corner at the BP intersection and headed south to the sheriff’s office where it then wound its way west down Franklin Street to the corner of Shumway. The Christian County Department of Public Health began administering the vaccines at 9:00 a.m. on a first come, first serve basis to people 65 years of age and older.
Rachel LeBeane/Breeze-Courier
Hundreds of Christian County residents may have spent the night in their cars Monday night. According to Christian County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Scott Woods, residents started lining up before 6:00 p.m. Monday evening in hopes of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine this  morning.

Initially, the Christian County Health Department was expecting a shipment of approximately 300 vaccines. Tuesday’s clinic, though, outperformed that projection. Woods says local health officials were able to administer more than 400 COVID-19 vaccines to residents 65 years of age and older Tuesday morning at the Christian County Fairgrounds.

Hundreds more, however, were turned away. The fairground gates were closed at approximately 11:45 a.m. Tuesday morning after they opened at approximately 8:30 a.m.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Looking for Lincoln Conversations hosting online events
Looking for Lincoln is announcing two upcoming Looking for Lincoln Conversations: Lost Songs of the Civil War featuring Chris Vallillo and A Conversation with Frederick Douglas featuring Bob Davis.

Lost Songs of the Civil War will be live-streamed on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 7 p.m. Civil War soldier’s re-made music to fit their own tastes and reflect the struggles and hardships they faced, ranging from camp ditties to re-written versions of popular songs of the day. Award winning folk musician and folklorist Chris Vallillo takes us deep into the journals and letters of the Civil War troops bringing these rare and unheard gems back to life.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Lincoln Library hosting art contest
Illinois children can showcase their artistic talents and consider the importance of art in our lives, thanks to a statewide art contest sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Board of Education.

The theme of the contest is “Art Surrounds Us.” Illinois students from kindergarten through high school can let their imaginations run wild to create original works of art reflecting what the theme means to them.

Monday, January 18, 2021

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Still time to vote in TCCU's 7th annual $1000 scholarship program
Tri-County residents are reminded they have until February 28 to vote in Taylorville Community Credit Union’s 7th annual ‘Stop. SHOP. VOTE!’ scholarship program. Eight winners of $1000 awards – two each from Taylorville, Hillsboro, Litchfield and Pana High Schools – will be determined by residents’ votes at participating businesses.

Residents are encouraged to shop in participating local businesses. For every $10 they spend in a business, they can cast one (1) vote for a registered student. There is no limit to how many stores shoppers can patronize, or how many times.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Coker guest speaker at Optimist Club
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, January 14, 2021, in the community room of the People’s Bank. President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Pastor Steve Robinson giving the invocation. The next event for the club is the annual Optimist International Essay Contest, and the Oratorical Contest. These two contests are open to all students in the county under the age of 19 and not a college student. Winners at the various levels of competition are eligible for scholarships of varying amounts. The overall International winner can amass as much as $22,500 in scholarship awards. For details on either contest, contact Adam at CTI, or Terry at 827-5978.
Saturday, January 16, 2021

Local student to serve on the Agriculture Future of America Student advisory team
From Morrisonville, Illinois, Maria Brockamp is motivated and determined to make a positive impact on the world. As a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying agricultural economics, she is off to a good start.

From internships and work experiences to leadership and volunteer opportunities, Brockamp pursues experiences that set her apart from her peers and prepare her to pursue a career in agriculture and food. Most recently, she was selected as an Agriculture Future of America Student Advisory Team member.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Promoting Positivity: Teachers bringing happiness and hope despite the pandemic
The last year has been tough. Everything has changed. Separation and isolation have become the new normal as the world tries to fight off the COVID-19 virus. Many employees have had to transition from office work to working from home, while children face learning from their kitchen tables instead of classrooms. Despite this, things aren’t completely dark. Teachers, like Judy Tavernor of South Fork Schools, have been hard at work to keep things bright and positive for everyone.

Tavernor knows a thing or two about teaching and the struggles that come with it. She has been in the profession since 1990 because of her deep love for children. She is a wonderful person who only wants the best for her students and is willing to go the extra mile and do the hard work to help them along. As such, she has a long career history of education to fall back on that she says has helped her to adjust to these difficult times.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Taylorville Schools to oust traditional Snow Days
Taylorville school superintendent Dr. Dougherty has released the following information about snow days this winter.

“This winter when weather conditions are too dangerous to hold school on campus, we will send out alerts and have remote learning days. Remote learning will be similar to how we offer school on Wednesdays with the adjustment of a “delayed start time.”

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Rever awarded Butterfield Scholarship by TMH Foundation
Mackenzie Rever has been awarded the Carolyn M. Butterfield Trust Nursing Scholarship by the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Currently a student at Lincoln Land Community College, Rever is well on her way to becoming a nurse, foundation officials said. She has been accepted to Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and has already finished a class there at the same time as attending Lincoln Land’s program.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Lake Land to host nursing virtual information week
Lake Land College will host a Nursing Virtual Information Week Jan. 25 through Jan. 28. Attendees will learn why Lake Land’s Nursing programs are ranked third in the state, as well as the various options for a nursing career.

The informational sessions are customized to meet the interests of those considering a career in healthcare to those who have been working in the nursing field for years and would like to advance in their careers.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Forlines wins 1st Place at FFA Job Interview LDE
On Wednesday, December 9th, Ella Forlines, Madison Hunter, Peyten Dial, and Samantha Hazelwonder of the Central A&M FFA Chapter participated in the Job Interview Leadership Development Event (LDE) held virtually this year.
Saturday, January 16, 2021

TPD adopts Ten Shared Principles to build trust
The Taylorville Police Department has joined the Illinois National Association for Advancement for Colored People (NAACP) and the Illinois Association of the Chiefs of Police, in adopting the "Ten Shared Principles."

On March 22, 2018, the NAACP Illinois State Conference and the Illinois Association of the Chiefs of Police agreed to share a set of principles designed to build mutual trust between law enforcement and the community.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Local agencies talk about police reform
“We’re not against reform, but I completely disapprove of the way the process went,” Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler said in response to a police reform bill that recently passed both the Illinois House and Senate. It is now currently awaiting signature from Governor J.B. Pritzker.  “It wasn’t ethical how they did it. In the early morning hours of a lame-duck session, they took two bills and combined them into one and rushed it through the legislature with very little input from the Illinois Police Chiefs Association, the sheriff’s association, or the state’s attorney’s association.”

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp offered a similar sentiment. “To me it’s very very disappointing. All we asked was time to sit down and discuss these reforms. We were for a lot of these reforms, but we were asking that it not be rushed through so fast  in a lame-duck session,” he said. “It’s my understanding that the bill was something like 776 pages that they debated for 48 minutes before passing it at four o’clock in the morning. That’s just frustrating for something that has such a large effect on law enforcement personnel.”

Friday, January 15, 2021

Business development committee okays four new projects
What once looked like a financial burden for the City of Taylorville could now end up being a productive property.

At Wednesday morning’s City of Taylorville Business Development District (BDD) committee meeting, members discussed the future of the partially collapsed building located at 207 W. Main Cross. Just last month, the city was prepared to demolish the structure at a cost of up to $80,000. Now, a Taylorville resident has expressed interest in saving the structure with the help of BDD money.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Last grocery store in Nokomis to close
The City of Nokomis will soon be facing life without a grocery store. Kroger, a city staple for the past 44 years, has announced the store is closing, probably by the end of January. A letter was delivered to store management and to city officials last week announcing the closure.

The company, based in Cincinnati, made the announcement after an “Extensive evaluation of the store’s financial performance.” The company concluded the store had not turned as profit in the past few years and “Research indicates a turnaround is not realistic.”

Friday, January 15, 2021

Lt. Toberman Named 2020 Police Officer Of The Year
Lt. Ben Toberman, right,  has been named as the 2020 Taylorville Police Officer of the Year. “There were four officers who made the list and the decision was difficult, but well-deserved.” Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler said. “The final selection was based on his leadership skills and innovative skills, as well as servicing the City of Taylorville.”
Friday, January 15, 2021

For these area friends, busy hands make happy hearts
A year ago, Molly Dooley and Pat Beck began a labor of love in answering the call for masks due to the pandemic. They’re approaching the 4,000 mark in total today.

“Years ago, we did a lot of sewing. I had my own upholstery business and we’ve sewn all of our lives. We just felt like it was something that was needed and was a way we could do our part,” said Molly Dooley.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Crime Stoppers
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.

Sometime over the past 2 weeks, person or persons unknown made entry into a residence located at 412 West Second Street. While inside, the unknown subject or subjects broke windows, doors, and damaged the ceiling. Nothing appeared to have been missing from the residence. A window may have been used to make entry.  The total dollar amount of damage is unknown at this time.

Friday, January 15, 2021

County Board Finance Committee sets salary range for assistant HR position
The Finance and Audit Committee of the Christian County Board recommended a salary range for the new County Board Assistant/HR position during its meeting on Wednesday night. After some discussion, the salary was set at “$40,000 or commencement with experience/certifications.”

The Executive and Personnel Committee met earlier in the week and asked the Finance Committee to move on the salary. During budget talks last year, a total of $60,000 was set aside for the salary.

The salary range was the last piece of the puzzle for the job description which the full county board will be asked to approve on Tuesday night, Jan. 19, 2021, during its regular meeting. Current Board Assistant, Jan Bland, is retiring from the position on mar. 31, 2021.

Friday, January 15, 2021

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Sanctity of Human Life, Compassion services at Kincaid Church of God
The Kincaid Church of God (KCOG) will hold two special services on January 17, 2021 to honor the blessing God gives in human life.

A morning service at 10:30 a.m. will be held regarding the Sanctity of Human Life, followed by a Compassion Service at 6 p.m. This later service will have an emphasis for those who have been impacted by abortion.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Grace Baptist to offer reading class
The Grace Baptist Church in Taylorville will be offering a special reading class to encourage kids in kindergarten through second grade to fall in love with reading.  

The class is called “Need to Read” and it includes phonics games, snack time, and a Bible story. The class is a 10 week session and begins next Thursday, January 21st, and meet every Thursday till, March 25th. 

Friday, January 15, 2021

In-person worship this Sunday at Mt. Auburn Methodist Church
The Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church will be holding in person worship on Sunday, January 17, 2021. Pastor Diwan Tiwade has been appointed to serve the church. Worship services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Masks and social distancing are still required.
Friday, January 15, 2021

Downtown Facelift
Dyanne and Lee Skinner, owners of Dear Yesteryear along with Ella Dees, have purchased the former Betty Rose Furniture building on the square in Taylorville. Located at 122 W. Market Street, the  building is currently getting a facelift.
Thursday, January 14, 2021

Tuesday vaccine roll-out confirmed
Christian County Public Health has announced that the department will be hold a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic, for those citizens 65 years of age and older only, who are served by the Christian County Public Health Department on Tuesday, January 19th, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The clinic will be on a first-come, first-serve basis in order for the department to serve as many people as possible. They have approximately 300 doses available for this first clinic.

The clinic will be held at the Christian County Fairgrounds in Taylorville. The clinic will be  accessible only through the East entrance of the fairgrounds off of West Main Cross street.

When the department runs out of available doses for the day, the vaccination site will be closed until the next clinic. It's currently anticipated that the department will hold a vaccine clinic once a week with the low dose volume currently available locally. More information will follow on any future clinics.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Kincaid considers emergency agreement
The Village of Kincaid met in regular session Monday evening, January 11, 2021. Mayor Robert Morris.

Kincaid Police Chief DJ Mathon presented the idea of joining the Emergency Response Team (ERT) Interagency Agreement. The agreement would allow the Village of Kincaid to join with other towns in Christian County that belong to the ERT. In the event of a large emergency, the ERT can help with a police presence, as Kincaid is not a 24-7 police department. It allows other agencies/towns to assist in the event of a crisis situation. The board approved for Chief Mathon to pursue looking into the specifics of the program. Final board approval would be required once more specific information is finalized.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Edinburg schools cautiously planning for events
The Edinburg Board of Education meet on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. in the school library.

With the students back in the building and the new semester off to a good start, Edinburg Superintendent Ben Theilen has decided to cautiously start planning ahead for future events. He knows the events, such as the senior trip and prom, might not be able to happen as they traditionally would, but still urges organizers and students to begin planning for them nonetheless.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Local vaccine roll-out could come Tuesday
It appears final details of a comprehensive plan for the roll-out of a COVID-19 vaccine to the public in Christian County is still being developed, but it’s possible the first doses in Phase “1B,” shots for those 65 and over and essential workers, could be coming next week.

While no information has been released by the Christian County Health Department (CCHD), the CEO of Taylorville Memorial Hospital, Kim Bourne, has indicated a drive-in clinic will be held at the Christian County fairgrounds on Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. From her understanding, a total of 300 doses will be available.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

$1,000 Christmas bonus sparks township feud
Taylorville Township trustees were outraged Tuesday night after learning that one township employee received a $1,000 Christmas bonus.

The bonus was authorized by Taylorville Township Supervisor Deborah McCoy and paid to township employee Tanya Reno.

Trustees not only labeled the bonus as exorbitant at Tuesday’s regularly scheduled Taylorville Township meeting, but they also said that McCoy wasn’t authorized to make such a payment.

“I don’t believe that you have the right to write a $1,000 check, just on your own,” trustee Pat Kretzer told McCoy. “That’s misappropriation of funds...You didn’t have board approval to do it. That’s taxpayer money.”

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

County board committee changes some meeting procedures
On Monday night, members of the Christian County Board’s Executive and Personnel Committee proposed some chances to the procedures for future County Board meetings. “Per diem” costs, calling for special meetings and time limits for speakers are some of the items which were discussed.

County Board Chairman Matt Wells questioned whether a “per diem” - a specific amount of money an organization pays an individual when traveling on the organization’s behalf - should be paid for members attending meeting virtually. The per diem is meant to cover travel expenses, such as mileage. Those rates vary as to the distance between the County Seat, Taylorville, and a member’s home, up to $25.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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Pana water improvements nearly complete
Members of the Pana City Council approved a pay authorization of more than $240,000 for improvements at the city’s water treatment facility on Monday night. A little less than $75,000 in work needs to be finished - mainly fencing around the treatment plant - before all the work is done.

Six of the city’s aldermen were present, but problems with the Internet kept the other two members, Glenn Schneider and xxx Stephens, from attending the meeting remotely.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

School sup't. recaps the first day of hybrid return
For the first time in months, students in the Taylorville School District were back in the classroom Monday, a date which happened to coincide with the regularly scheduled January Taylorville School Board meeting.

At Monday night’s meeting, Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty recapped the first day back, saying the feedback from staff was positive. “Our staff reports very positive outcomes from getting kids back in the buildings,” Dougherty said.

Dougherty said that approximately twenty percent of parents of students at the high school and junior high elected to keep their children in remote learning. She identified that percentage as an early and fluid estimate, saying the district wanted to see how that number fluctuated in coming days.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Republicans announce township candidates
The Christian County Republican party made the following announement today after the  Republican Party Caucus held on December 1, 2020.
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Edinburg raw water line project inching forward
The Village of Edinburg held a regular meeting on Monday, January 11. 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the community building and via teleconference to adhere to the social distancing guidelines put in place by the governor.

The Village has been working towards a large scale water project where a new raw water line would be created to replace the old decaying one. While breaking ground may still be awhile away, the project is inching forward. The engineers from Benton & Associates asked Village Lawyer Rocci Romano to get a few final legalities out of the way. Romano asked the Board to approve two motions. One would allow the Village Mayor, David Luttrell, to act as the point of contact for the engineers and enable him make decisions for the project without having to call a full Board together to vote for approval on minor things. The other motion would allow the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to bid out for archeological surveys for the preservation of historical buildings. Romano explained the survey was a necessity for the project, with Water Superintendent Mike Lebshier echoing that statement. Lebshier said when they dug knew wells years back, the Village was required to do the same survey. The Board agreed to the two motions.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

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Good Will Continues
Saturday, January 9, 2021

Taylorville woman earns award for special service
SPRINGFIELD — Tiffany Kalka is the 2020 recipient of the Award of Merit from the University of Illinois Chicago's Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC). The award recognizes exceptional employees for outstanding dedication and service to children with special healthcare needs. DSCC is a statewide program that partners with Illinois families and their local communities to help children with special healthcare needs connect to services and resources.
Saturday, January 9, 2021

New Year's Baby is Welcomed To The World
Saturday, January 9, 2021

Student Council Raises Money For Historical Society
Saturday, January 9, 2021

TPD order jui-jitsu training for police officers
TAYLORVILLE — As part of sweeping federal police reforms, use-of-force situations have come under intense scrutiny in the wake of the death of George Floyd last May.
Friday, January 8, 2021

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Friday, January 8, 2021

It will get better
TAYLORVILLE — Below is a column I wrote in Davis Memorial Christian’s newsletter. Though we are past Christmas. I think this message is especially important at this moment in history.
Friday, January 8, 2021

Rodney Davis reacts to Capitol siege
Prior to January 6, 2021, the last time the U.S. Capitol was stormed was in 1814 when the British occupied the iconic American landmark briefly during the War of 1812.

That was more than 200 years ago, in an act of war, performed by a foreign enemy. Wednesday’s siege of Capitol Hill, then, is unprecedented in that it was enacted by American citizens.

U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville unfortunately had a front-row seat for the mayhem that unfolded yesterday.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

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Mayor issues reminder on political sign placement
City of Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry has issued a statement for those seeking public office and the posting or displaying campaign signs.

“In order to ensure compliance with local ordinances regarding the authorized placement of signs, there is a list of places a sign cannot be legally placed. Those include: telephone poles or any other type of utility pole, city owned property or city right-of-ways (including boulevards), state owned property or state righ-of-ways, railroad owned property or railroad right-of-ways and placement on another’s property without the owner’s permission,” said Barry.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

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

Sometime between Saturday, January 2, 2021 and Sunday, January 3, 2021, person or persons unknown made entry into a garage at a residence located at 608 Abby Lane. While inside, the unknown subject or subjects damaged property and disabled the garage door. There did not appear to be any damage done while making entry and no items missing. The total dollar amount of damage is unknown at this time.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Village finances still strong despite Pandemic
The Village of Mt. Auburn held their first regular meeting of the new year on Tuesday, January 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.

The Board was happy to hear that even with the ongoing Pandemic, Village finances were not down. The revenues were holding strong despite state and federal projections telling them to expect a big hit to the budget for the current fiscal year. The Board hopes to see the positive news continue on into 2021.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Taylorville council settles sewer debate
TAYLORVILLE — For the better part of four months, the Taylorville City Council has debated an ordinance change regarding the maintenance of city sewers.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Stonington approves to vacate portion of Walnut Street
The Village of Stonington met in their first regular session of the new year last night.

The board unanimously approved ordinance 21-675 vacating a portion of Walnut Street. The proposal was initiated by the Legacy Grain Cooperation to vacate a portion of the public right-of-way known as Walnut Street in Stonington. It includes the portion of the platted Walnut Street right of way lying East of the East right of way line of Jack Dettro Drive extended continuous to the Southeasterly right of way line of Third Street (a/k/a American Legion Drive) being part of the North half of the Northwest quarter of section 27, Township 14 North, Range 1 West of the third principal meridian.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

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Monday, January 4, 2021

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Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley presided during the 10:00 a.m. criminal court call today, Monday, January 4, 2021.
Monday, January 4, 2021

PCH Foundation Donor Wall Project
At the beginning of 2020, Pana Community Hospital celebrated the completion of the PCH Building Project Capital Campaign raising $1,585,000!  This was the largest amount of funds raised for a project by the Foundation to date.  Many individuals, community businesses, and organizations gave generously to make this expansion and renovation project a reality.  Since the completion of the project, the Foundation has been working hard to complete the recognition wall which is now finished and displayed just inside the main front entrance.    
Saturday, January 2, 2021

TMH Foundation seeking donations to support local healthcare
During this season of generosity, the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is seeking donations for its annual appeal in support of the Foundation’s efforts to improve the health and quality of care provided to the community.

The Foundation works in a variety of ways, both inside and outside of the hospital walls. In fiscal year 2020, the Foundation invested $231,000 in their mission, which included educational grants for current and aspiring healthcare workers and support for patient care services, medical technologies and local community health outreach initiatives.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Morrisonville UMC to host Community Blood Drive Jan. 12
Morrisonville United Methodist Church will host a community blood drive from 3:00 pm to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12 at 109 SE 5th Street, inside the Fellowship Hall.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in hundreds of blood drive cancellations and the need for blood is constant. All blood types are needed. All donors will receive a voucher to redeem a $10 gift card or long-sleeved t-shirt.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

APL sets January pet adoptions
The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during September with cats and dogs available at various locations. All animals for adoption will be spayed or neutered, microchipped and have received all age appropriate vaccinations by the time of their adoption.
Saturday, January 2, 2021

Kiwanis raised $2,390 for Food Pantry in December
The Taylorville Food Pantry this week announced the cumulative total of non-perishable food and monetary donations, given by the local community as a result of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club's Drive-Thru Donation Days in May, July, September, and December.
Saturday, January 2, 2021

Top baby names for 2020
Thursday, December 31, 2020

Great ways to bond with your new infant
TAYLORVILLE — A parent’s job begins the moment a woman learns she is pregnant. Upon receiving such news, women typically make important changes to ensure the well-being of the fetuses growing inside them.
Thursday, December 31, 2020

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Local fire departments execute grain bin rescue
STONINGTON — After a two-and-a-half hour struggle, a man was able to climb out of a grain elevator on his own in rural Stonington after becoming trapped in a grain elevator.
Thursday, December 31, 2020

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

TMH Foundation seeking donations to support local healthcare
TAYLORVILLE — During this season of generosity, the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is seeking donations for its annual appeal in support of the Foundation’s efforts to improve the health and quality of care provided to the community.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Central Illinois Foodbank receives generous gift
SPRINGFIELD — A $500,000 contribution from an anonymous donor has been awarded to Central Illinois Foodbank in Springfield. The gift will be used to address the growing need for food assistance throughout the Foodbank’s 21-county service area as a result of the economic impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on employment.
Monday, December 28, 2020

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Monday, December 28, 2020

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Monday, December 28, 2020

Judge delays execution of only woman on death row
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge said the Justice Department unlawfully rescheduled the execution of the only woman on federal death row, potentially setting up the Trump administration to schedule the execution after President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
Saturday, December 26, 2020

Jett named teacher of the month
Saturday, December 26, 2020

People Brief
Saturday, December 26, 2020

Salvage Dawgs Donate To Veterans
Saturday, December 26, 2020

Kitchell Library Announces Holiday Drawing Winners
Saturday, December 26, 2020

Coalition Donates To Area Agencies
Saturday, December 26, 2020

Investigation of fatal crash complete
Joe L. Taylor III, 59, of Kincaid was pronounced dead on scene at the crash on Rt. 104 on October 3, 2020. Autopsy results indicate that Mr. Taylor suffered a cardiac event which led to the crash. Alcohol and multiple drugs were also present and a factor in this crash. The death was determined to be accidental. 
Thursday, December 24, 2020

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

3 buildings in Pana's downtown lost to fire
The Pana Fire Protection District was dispatched to 132 East 2nd Street at 10:00 a.m. yesterday where the department found three buildings involved with heavey fire and smoke.

Pana immediately upgraded to a 3rd Alarm, and within 20 minutes it was upgraded again to a 5th alarm. Multiple departments from Christian, Montgomery, Shelby, Macon, and Fayette counties responded. All three buildings are a complete loss, and all three buildings were unoccupied at the time. The Pana Fire Department remained  on scene for several hours. No injuries were reported.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Lottery will determine ballot order in election
On Wednesday, December 30 at 12:00 p.m. at the office of Julie Lilly, city clerk,  a lottery will be held for the following candidates to determine ballot placement for the consolidateded election to be held on April 6, 2021:
Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Area organizations help make Christmas bright at Kemmerer
For 105 year, Kemmerer Village has been providing for children with the help and generosity of our community. This year 250 children in the area will receive Christmas presents from the love and kindness of people like you! Over 100 individuals responded to one small post on Kemmerer Village’s Facebook page. Businesses like GPI in Shelbyville, GSI in Assumption, and Timi Tours in Mowequa rallied their staff together to bless children in need. Amazing organizations like Pana Moose, Taylorville Optimist Club, Kenzie’s Christmas Wish in Taylorville, Camren’s Causes in Nokomis, In God’s Hands Ministry in Tower Hill and local 4H clubs in invested in helping make Christmas bright for these children who are overcoming troubling times.
Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Multiple Crews Respond To Pana Fire Today
Firefighters from seven area fire departments responded to a fire this morning in downtown Pana on Second Street near Poplar. The reported abandoned building is next to the Moose Lodge. Fire departments responding to the blaze included crews from Pana, Taylorville, Assumption, Nokomis, Owaneco, Tower Hill and Witt.
Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Pana schools will continue hybrid schedule
At the Monday meeting of the Pana School Board, members voted to continue with the hybrid school schedule when classes resume in two weeks. The Board plans to review the situation in February, prior to the start of the fourth quarter.

While the goal is to get students back in the classroom on a full-time basis, they will continue having in-person education Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday with Wednesday remaining as a fully remote day for education.

The decision come at the end of a three-hour long meeting of which 90 minutes was held in executive session.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Candidates file for city and school board spots
The upcoming April 6, 2021 election will feature several contested races within the City of Taylorville.

Yesterday marked the deadline for candidates to file their intention to run for city positions. Now, the list of candidates is finalized, barring a decision by one of the candidates to drop out of the race.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The Year of the Pandemic was one of many hard years in American history
The year of 2020 is in its final days, and few are sorry to see it go. Rarely has a year in American history caused so many forms of upheaval.

For historians, the definition of a tough year is subjective. Hard times can take the form of widespread, economic downturn and job losses, foul weather, and racial, political, or social unrest, to name a handful.

Like few other years, 2020 managed to include a multitude of those problems. But since Americans declared independence in 1776, there have been a number of hard years in the nation, caused by various factors.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

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Monday, December 21, 2020

Christmas Cheer
Today, Santa traded in his sleigh and reindeer for some wheels to spread holiday cheer. Christian County Mental Health Association staff members helped Santa load the CCMHA bus up to make visits to  client homes and group homes throughout the county.
Monday, December 21, 2020

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Monday, December 21, 2020

Christmas in Springfield was no big deal 170 years ago, but New Year's was
Today, people often long for the simplicity of Christmases past, free of Black Friday, the endless hustle, and the neverending shopping lists. At Christmas in Springfield 170 years ago, there was little of that.

Christmas in the 1840s and 1850s was no big deal and in many areas, New Year’s was more important. But there were still some of the elements that we know today. Christmas trees were rare in the U.S. at the time, but gifts were given, churches held Christmas Eve and Day services, and holiday dinners were popular. 

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Kids 'catch a glimpse' of Santa at Optimist event
The Taylorville Optimist Club, along with Kemmerer Village, Ameren, and Santa, hosted several families and children for their annual Christmas for Kids. This year presented some challenges, but Santa was able to deliver his toys to the boys and girls by way of a “drive-thru” participation. 
Sunday, December 20, 2020

Drive-Thru Santa Brings Cheer To Taylorville
A lot of businesses have had to make use of drive-thru services during COVID-19, including restaurants, print shops, pharmacies, and many others. But one of the most interesting people to have developed a drive-thru service is none other than the big man himself, Santa Claus.

Over the past few weekends, Mr. and Mrs. Claus have be found at 1204 W. Vine Street in their inflatable snow globe. Weather permitting, they’ll be out there this weekend as well.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Do you know? Why are Christmas colors red and green?
Many people may not get in the holiday spirit without decorations and all the trimmings. Chances are strong that if you have containers full of items just waiting to see the light of day again this holiday season, those items are red or green or some combination thereof.

Red and green have become the traditional colors of Christmas, just as blue and white symbolizes Chanukah. But how did this color palette come to evolve?

Sunday, December 20, 2020

How to care for birds this winter:
Low temperatures, harsh winter storms and a scarcity of food can make it challenging for wildlife, including birds, to thrive throughout the winter.
Sunday, December 20, 2020

How to care for a live Christmas tree
Those thinking green this holiday season may want to skip the tree lot and consider buying a living evergreen to plant outside after Christmas.

Buying the tree is the easiest part. Caring for it to ensure the tree lasts for years to come is a little more complicated.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Picking the perfect Christmas tree starts at home
There is nothing worse than bringing a Christmas tree indoors only to find it's too tall. Measure the spot the tree will be displayed and take a tape measure to the farm or the tree lot.

From pre-lit artificial trees to potted living evergreens, the holidays have more tree options than ever, but for some only a visit to the tree lot or farm will do.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Perennial plant of the year deer-resistant Calamint
With blooms from early summer until frost, calamint supports bees, butterflies and other pollinators while its aromatic foliage is deer resistant.

As constant as the New Year’s Eve ball drop in New York City, every year the Perennial Plant Association presents its plant of the year. Its 2021 choice is calamint, a sun-loving, low-growing bushy perennial with long-lasting blooms that benefit pollinators.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Grow a living Christmas tree with Norfolk Island Pine
Miniature living evergreen trees, often decked out with bells and bows, are a common decoration or gift during the holidays. With proper care these Norfolk Island pine trees can last for years as beautiful houseplants.

Despite their name, these evergreens are not actually pine trees. Instead, they belong to the ancient plant family Araucariaceae, which were widespread during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods but are now confined to the southern hemisphere.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

These simple gift-wrapping tips and tricks will make wrapping a breeze. . .
Much of the focus of each holiday season is on gift-giving, but all those gifts will eventually need to be wrapped. Stacks of presents just waiting to be covered with paper and ribbon can overwhelm gift givers, prompting them to put off wrapping gifts until the last minute. Hesitant wrappers with a pile of gifts to wrap can use these tricks to make the process go smoothly.
Sunday, December 20, 2020

Cold, white Christmases not that frequent in Illinois
For those of you dreaming of a white Christmas, your odds in Illinois are not good.

And while we commonly associate Christmas in the Land of Lincoln with cold weather, the average highs on Santa’s big day are surprisingly moderate.

The National Weather Service defines a white Christmas as having at least an inch of snow on the ground by 6 a.m. on Christmas morning. In much of the state, that happens less than half of the time.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Last-minute Christmas gifts from the heart
I can’t be the only one this has happened to: It’s a few days before Christmas, you’ve just wrapped the last present under the tree, and then you suddenly realize that you have forgotten one person on your list. You don’t know what to get them, there isn’t enough time to go shopping, and anything ordered through the mail won’t arrive in time. Now, before the panic sets in, take a deep breath and relax. I’ve got your back with some easy at home DIY Christmas presents that will not only save you the heart attack, they’ll impress your friends and loved ones. Who knows, these presents may become yearly gift giving traditions.
Sunday, December 20, 2020

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
Sunday, December 20, 2020

SERTOMA disbands, leaves lasting legacy
For almost five decades, the Taylorville SERTOMA Club has worked to make Taylorville a better place to live, and they succeeded in doing just that.

Like many service groups, however, the club has seen its membership diminish in recent years, and, in light of that, the club has announced that it will disband with the start of the new year.

“At one point, we had over 100 members,” current club president Ed Downs said. “But, in recent years, membership has declined to the point where we just can’t continue to make the kind of impact we want to.”

The final roster of club members includes Ed Downs, Peg Fry, Larry Peterson, Kriby Hames, Marge Griffiths, Meg Kettelkamp, Mike Specha, Gene White, John Shake, Gary McNeeley, Jeanne Pusch, Mar Raab, Dan Raab, Mike Kennedy, Gary Fry, Kathy Peterson, Bob Steiner, and Leslie Shake.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Taylorville Memorial Hospital Colleagues Vaccinated For COVID-19
This photo shows Brenda Presnell, RN Acute Care, vaccinating colleague Chad Stephens, staff nurse, at Taylorville Memorial Hospital on Friday, December 18, 2020.
Saturday, December 19, 2020

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

Sometime during the early morning hours of Thursday, December 10, 2020, an unknown vehicle struck another vehicle that was legally parked at the corner of Franklin and Shumway Streets. The suspect vehicle then left the scene heading southbound on Shumway Street. The victim’s vehicle suffered damage to the driver’s side of the vehicle. The suspect vehicle left pieces of what appears to be a broken side mirror at the scene. The total dollar amount of the damage is unknown at this time.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Lake Land College receives $20,000 from Ellucian for COVID-19 student relief
Ellucian selected Lake Land College as one of 25 schools to receive a 2020 PATH Scholarship from more than 160 community college applicants. PATH (Progress, Accomplishment, Thriving and Hope) awards scholarship funds to institutions which, in turn, deliver the financial support to students experiencing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Early in the semester, we identified students with a dire need for financial assistance, but due to federal guidelines and the fact that our internal scholarship opportunities had already been awarded, funding was an issue,” Scholarship Coordinator Hannah Crnkovich said. “Thanks to Ellucian’s generosity, we were able to assist these students financially to relieve at least some of the COVID-19 hardship they’re experiencing.”

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Angelo's Express donates to United Way
Recently, Angelo's Express customers were given the option of rounding up their online order totals or adding additional money to donate to the United Way of Christian County. A total of $500.00 was donated.
Saturday, December 19, 2020

Student competes in job interview contest
Stacy Kurlakowsky of the Edinburg FFA Chapter competed in the Section 16 Job Interview Contest on Dec. 9. The contest was held virtually this year via Zoom. Before the event Stacy had to submit a resume and cover letter expressing her interest in the position for which she was applying. During the contest she had to fill out a job application, complete a virtual face-to-face and phone interview and write a follow up letter. Stacy competed in the varsity division of the contest with other upperclassmen.
Saturday, December 19, 2020

Bauman receives ag advocacy award
Holly Bauman of Pana was recognized Dec. 4 at the Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education meeting as the District 3 Agriculture Advocacy Award winner. She is the agriculture program specialist at Lincoln Land Community College and earned this honor for service to Illinois agriculture education over the past year.
Saturday, December 19, 2020

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Friday, December 18, 2020

Council moves forward with building demolition
At the last Taylorville City Council meeting, aldermen tabled a motion to demolish the partially collapsed building at 207 West Main Cross Street so that additional information could be acquired.

The city’s engineering firm, Benton and Associates, has indicated that the building represents a danger to the public as it could collapse within a year.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Eight musicians from THS selected for All-State
During a typical school year, the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) invites junior high and senior high school students from all areas of the state to prepare for and attend auditions to be selected into district band, chorus, jazz, and orchestra ensembles. In the Fall of 2020, the Illinois Music Education Associated wanted to offer this experience despite remote learning and changes in the teaching environment, and launched the first-ever digital audition opportunity for music students in Illinois.

Over 8,500 students submitted auditions in these different areas of music education and of those students, over 6,500 were selected for participation in the 2020 Virtual District Festival, to take the place of an in-person performance festival. This virtual event featured masterclasses presented by expert practitioners from around the country offering performance advice, tips, and techniques to participating students, as well as keynote address presented by Professor Barry Hauser of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Friday, December 18, 2020

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

South Fork ends semester on positive note
The South Fork Board of education met on Wednesday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high and high school library.

For the final meeting of 2020, the Board had only positive things to report. Superintendent Chris Clark read aloud a letter from a parent who thanked the district for all they did to keep the students in the building with in-person learning. The letter stated that the district had gone above and beyond to provide the education that the children needed, and declared the teachers, the students, the support staff, the administrators, and the Board were all examples of leadership and hard work for everyone to admire. South Fork refused to believe that in-person education could not be done during the pandemic, and worked hard to prove them wrong. The parent was thankful, and wanted to express admiration and gratitude for all the district had done during a difficult and unprecedented year. The Board was extremely happy to hear the letter.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Vaccines go out today in Christian Co.
Christian County Emergency Management Agency Director Greg Nimmo told the Christian County Board Tuesday night that the first wave of COVID-19 vaccinations in the county are being dispersed today.

“The vaccines did hit our state Sunday and Monday. We are due, in Christian County, because we’re in the top 50 death rate out of the 102 counties, to start receiving doses starting tomorrow,” Nimmo told the board Tuesday night. “We are working closely with the sheriff’s office, the hospitals, and our partners through long-term care to get those dispersed.”

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

TPD arrests three on drug charges
The Taylorville Police Department Community Action Team (CAT) recently began an investigation of alleged narcotic activity on the 600 block of North Pine Street in Taylorville.

TPD received information from citizens of potential subjects involved in the alleged narcotic activity. They found it to be credible information which led TPD to obtain a search warrant for a house located on North Pine Street, Taylorville, Ill.

The search warrant was executed on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Chief Dwayne Wheeler credits the citizens and other sources to assist them in this Investigation.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Pana council updated on water treatment projects
The Pana City Council met virtually in regular session last night. Ben Spreen of Benton & Associates presented a motion for pay authorization #6 for the spillway, intake and water treatment improvements totaling $664,689.36. Both contractor’s pay and Benton & Associates estimates are included in this amount. The motion was approved unanimously with a roll call vote 8-0 in favor.

Spreen also provided an update to the council regarding the spillway, intake and water treatment projects. “As far as project updates go, everyone is aware we got a lot going on with the spillway, intake, and water treatment projects - the spillway is done, short of some spring cleanup. The intake they’re currently digging out the silt from inside the so they can get down in the basement to start building the actual intake structure. Here in a couple of weeks we hope they’ll start installing the structure itself. The GIS database and water model - the water model is operational. The GIS database is ready to be delivered to the city. We’re also working with the city on a few different grants,” said Spreen.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Edinburg drainage project backlogged until 2021
The Village of Edinburg held a regular meeting on Monday, December 14, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

Village President David Luttrell shared with the Board a message he had received from Adam Pallai from Martin Engineering. Pallai had been trying to get grant money funding for the Village to help pay for part of the extensive storm water drainage system on the flooding prone south side of town. He told Luttrell that he did not expect to get any grant announcements from DCEO until the first quarter of 2021. Pallai could not say when during that time the grant announcements would be made, but the Village would do their best to keep everyone up to date and informed.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

TCUSD targets Jan. 11 for hybrid return
Prior to Monday night’s Taylorville School Board meeting, the district was eying a January 7 return to it’s hybrid learning plan.

Now, that date has been bumped back a few days to January 11.

The change may seem inconsequential, but it came at the recommendation of Taylorville School District Head Nurse Jenny Moats.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Local Water Reclamation District foregoes tax increase
By state statute, governing entities in tax-capped counties, like Christian County, are allowed to increase their tax levy each year by the lessor of either the Consumer Price Index or five percent.

On Monday, however, the Christian County Water Reclamation District opted to forego that increase when it left its tax levy unchanged relative to last year.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

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Monday, December 14, 2020

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Monday, December 14, 2020

Lake Land to celebrate winter virtual commencement Dec. 21
MATTOON — Lake Land College is pleased to announce it will be honoring graduates at the first-ever Lake Land College Winter Virtual Commencement Ceremony on Dec. 21, 2020 at 6 p.m.
Saturday, December 12, 2020

DMCC sends military Christmas packages
TAYLORVILLE — Davis Memorial Christian Church (DMCC) has wrapped up their Christmas Military Package program by sending six large boxes to military personnel currently deployed.
Saturday, December 12, 2020

Former sheriff establishes scholarship at LLCC
SPRINGFIELD — Former Sangamon County Sheriff Neil Williamson has established a scholarship for students studying criminal justice at Lincoln Land Community College. The scholarship will award $1,000 to a student each academic year.
Saturday, December 12, 2020

Conservation Dist. offering nature kits
DECATUR — Although in-person nature and history programs are cancelled through Friday, January 1, the Macon County Conservation District is offering mini camp nature for December, January, and February.
Saturday, December 12, 2020

People brief
MACOMB/MOLINE, IL — The Fall 2020 Commencement and Scholars ceremonies for Western Illinois University, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 19, will be held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremonies will be launched by college on WIU's Facebook page and YouTube channel at 10 a.m. Dec. 19.
Saturday, December 12, 2020

THS FFA competes in CDE job interview contest
TAYLORVILLE — Recently, four Taylorville FFA members competed in the Section 16 Job Interview Contest. Competing in the Varsity level were Tess Patton and Lizzie Schafer. Competing in Junior Varsity was Drew Mickey and Jay Bliler.
Saturday, December 12, 2020

Peter Meyer Chapter DAR announces Good Citizens from area high schools
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Ellen Colbrook, Chairman of the DAR Good Citizen Committee for the Peter Meyer Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, has announced the recipients of the DAR Good Citizen Award from area schools. This annual award is presented to a senior high school student, boy or girl, who possesses the following qualities: Dependability, Service, Leadership and Patriotism.
Saturday, December 12, 2020

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Friday, December 11, 2020

CCPC Donates Narcan kits to law enforcement agencies
Thursday, December 10, 2020

Meeting Notice
Thursday, December 10, 2020

Interest in BDD surges with flurry of sales in downtown Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — The City of Taylorville’s Business Development District (BDD) committee reviewed two applications Wednesday morning for building projects in and around downtown Taylorville. Both requests stem from recent property sales in the area.
Thursday, December 10, 2020

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

LLCC Foundation scholarship open
The Lincoln Land Community College Foundation is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students considering or planning to attend LLCC beginning in fall 2021 are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2021.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Manners Park kicks off Christmas activities tomorrow
The Christmas season in the park will kick off Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 6 p.m. with their annual Jingle Ball Walk. Registration is required by calling 824-3110. The park will be closed to cars beginning at 6 p.m. and walkers will enjoy hot chocolate, glow sticks and cookies.

Manners Park Recreation Director, Bailey Hancock said “We’ve received a good response for the walk tomorrow night. And people have been calling to get reservations to visit Santa throughout the month.  We’ve been working really hard to make sure the Santa visits are safe for people and will only be able to let one or two families in the dining hall at a time in order to keep to the 10 person minimum requirement due to COVID.”

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Information sought in Pana burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Pana.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Master gardener offers Christmas 'gardening' tips
Perhaps gardening is the last thing on your mind during the Christmas season, but putting horticultural knowledge to work for you will enhance your enjoyment of the holidays. Many people still decorate their homes with fresh greenery, including a Christmas tree, garland, and even a wreath for the door. There are also plenty of choices in the produce aisles or nurseries for your home: poinsettias, Christmas cactus, and rosemary come to mind. Proper care of these living decorations will result in a beautiful - and even fragrant - holiday setting for your family’s celebrations.  And proper care for gardeners in your family might include a new set of garden clippers or gloves for their Christmas stocking.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Aldermen debate unsafe building downtown
After the rear of the building at 207 West Main Cross Street recently collapsed, the City of Taylorville has deemed the property unsafe.

Mayor Bruce Barry told aldermen Monday night that Benton and Associations, the city’s engineering firm, has indicated that the structure could collapse within a year if not addressed.

Barry was hoping to have the property demolished beginning December 13, but, after Monday night’s Taylorville City Council meeting, however, that process has been temporarily put on hold.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

LLCC premieres 'Together' student performance
Lincoln Land Community College will release "Together," a video performance by students in the arts and communication department, on Monday, Dec. 14. It will premiere at noon and also be available for viewing afterward on the LLCC Music Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LLCCMusic) and YouTube channel (https://bit.ly/3moZZoo). The public is invited to attend the virtual performance at no charge.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Stonington board learns about plans for a new Methodist Church
The Village of Stonington Board of Trustees met Monday night in regular session. Resident and former Village Trustee Ray Likes addressed the board regarding the United Methodist Church in Stonington. Likes indicated the members of the church would like to tear down the existing church and build a new one. “They have the money and it’s something they want to do,” said Likes.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Arrested THS assistant coach placed on leave
Taylorville School Superintendent, Dr. Chris Doughtery, released the following statement about an employee being placed on administrative leave following their arrest:

“An assistant football coach for Taylorville CUSD#3 has been placed on administrative leave following an arrest after police informed school officials that an investigation resulted in allegations of criminal misconduct. After speaking with police, there is no reason at this time to believe any person associated with the Taylorville school district was ever in any danger, and we have every confidence that all children and staff in our charge were and remain safe.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Taylorville Twp. Democrats announce slate of candidates
The Taylorville Township Democrats met in Caucus last Tuesday, December 1, 2020 to elect its slate of candidates for the April 6, 2021 Consolidated General Election. Those elected to run in April are as follows:
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Matt Wells will lead county board as chairman
At the reorganizational meeting of the Christian County Board on Monday night, veteran board member Matt Wells, of Morrisonville, who just served as the board’s vice-chairman was unanimously elected board chairman. His term is for two years.

The vote was 13-0 with Donna Hibbetts and Tim Carlson absent. Prior to the start of the session, it was announced Clark Pearce, who was a representative from District Three, submitted his resignation to the board on Friday, Dec. 4, 2021.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Taylorville youth minister is arrested on sex-related charges
Taylorville Police arrested 32-year-old Zachary Crowley of Taylorville Friday, following an investigation into “grooming”, which is the action of preparing a child for meeting with the intent of committing a sexual act.

Zachary Crowley, is in custody and had a court hearing today. Crowley was employed at Taylorville Christian Church. According to  Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler, multiple parents from outside the Taylorville area now have also come forward with similar stories and an investigation is being conducted jointly with the Christian County Sheriff’s Office.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Just In Time For The Holidays
LP Coffee and Creamery, located at 715 Springfield Road next to the high school, celebrated its opening today with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The shop will offer ice cream, coffee, cinnamon rolls, muffins and more and will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week, serving both walk-in and drive-through customers.
Monday, December 7, 2020

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Monday, December 7, 2020

Autism support group Christmas event
The Autism Support Connection will be hosting a Christmas drive-thru event on Saturday, December 12 from 1-2 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church in Hillsboror.

The event is for all families and individuals affected by autism and other related disorders. There will be something for everyone at the event.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Salvage Dogs reach 500-ton milestone
On December 2, 2020, the Salvage Dogs reached a milestone of 500 tons of metal collected for veterans. They could not have accomplished this without the support of the commiunity, they say.
Monday, December 7, 2020

Sowle selected Optimist of the month
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, December 03, 2020, as a hybrid meeting, with some members meeting in the community room of the People’s Bank while others used the Zoom method of attending. President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance while Pastor Steve Switzer gave the morning invocation. Upcoming events for the club include setting up our annual display for Christmas in the Park, and the Christmas for Kids program. Like so many other things that are having to adjust due to the pandemic, this Christmas for Kids will be done as a “drive thru” program.
Monday, December 7, 2020

Meaningful Meal Delivery
Several members of Davis Memorial Christian Church have been helping serve Meals on Wheels in Taylorville.
Monday, December 7, 2020

DIY projects that can conserve energy around the house
Home renovation projects can pay numerous dividends. Renovations can have a positive effect on resale value, make homes more livable for residents and, in some ways, make homes more affordable.

Renovation projects that aim to conserve energy can save homeowners substantial amounts of money. Such projects don’t often require considerable effort or even sizable financial investments, which can make homeowners skeptical as to just how much they can save after completing the project. But the scale of a project may have little to do with how much homeowners will save. For example, the U.S. Department of Energy notes that a relatively effortless task like turning back a thermostat between 7° and 10° F for eight hours per day can save homeowners as much as $83 per year. A more labor-intensive task like planting shade trees saves homeowners an average of between $35 and $119 per year.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Holiday gifts to spark home improvement ideas
People have spent more time at home in 2020 than they likely have in years past. This has provided homeowners with plenty of time to ponder potential upgrades to their homes. After taking inventory of their lifestyles, surroundings and furnishings, people have embarked on construction projects or home interior design renovations in record numbers.
Saturday, December 5, 2020

6 steps to organize your home office
Remote working has become popular in recent years, but the "working-from-home" economy bloomed exponentially as the world was forced to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom, as of summer 2020, 42 percent of the United States labor force was working from home full-time.
Saturday, December 5, 2020

Steps for hanging holiday lights outdoors
It begins to look a lot like Christmas when twinkling lights brighten up homes inside and out. Few things liven up the season more than holiday decorations, particularly clear and colored lights.
Saturday, December 5, 2020

Candidates set for Pana Township elections
Members of Pana Township’s Democrat and Republican parties held caucuses on Tuesday night to nominate candidates for the Apr. 6, 2021 Consolidated Election. The Democrats nominated a full slate of candidates while the Republicans nominated a candidate for town trustee.
Saturday, December 5, 2020

Memorial Health System warns public of scam attempt
Memorial Health System on Thursday warned the public about an attempted scam involving phone calls that appear to originate from the system’s main phone number.

MHS learned that unknown parties had “spoofed” the system’s 217-788-3000 number, and are making calls to local residents that appear to come from Memorial Health System. The callers have falsely claimed the recipient must pay a bill or have attempted to sell a product.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Only Ownership To Change At Pana Pizza Man
A seamless transition of ownership is expected as the new year begins when Mike and Robyn Foster become the owners of Pizza Man of Pana at 800 Jackson St. Established in December of 1985, Pizza Man owners John and Janie McDowell and the Fosters announced the transaction earlier this month.

And while the ownership is scheduled to change on Jan. 1, 2021, that will be the only thing customers will see.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Kiwanis installs new roof
Several members of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club recently completed installing a new metal roof on the Kiwanis Park Pavilion.

The original roof was installed when the club built the pavilion in 1995.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Ebinburg FFA competes in Agronomy DCE
Members of the Edinburg FFA Chapter participated in the Section 16 FFA Agronomy CDE, hosted  virtually by Parkland Community College on November 18- 23. Students competed based on their ability to judge different groups of crops and identifying different species of crops, soils, weeds, and farming equipment.
Saturday, December 5, 2020

Taylorville schools plan to return to hybrid plan in 2021
The Taylorville school district issued a press release yesterday afternoon announcing that the district is tentatively planning to return to the hybrid plan for learning for the second semester as follows:
Friday, December 4, 2020

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Friday, December 4, 2020

Edinburg United Methodist Church collects for Edinburg Food Pantry
As part of their annual Harvest Sunday celebration, the Edinburg United Methodist Church collected 215 items for the Edinburg Food Pantry.

The Food Pantry, which is funded by the Edinburg Ministerial Association alongside private and church donations, is located at 314 N. Grant Street which is the House on the Rock Church.

The pantry serves the Edinburg school district and is open every Saturday from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. and by special appointment. To contact the pantry, you can go to the pantry’s Facebook page: “Edinburg IL Food Pantry.” Or you can email hotrchurch@yahoo.com or call 217-972-3874 (church office). It is a free choice pantry, and donations are always welcomed.

Friday, December 4, 2020

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Edinburg schools to remain full remote until 2021
The Edinburg Board of Education held their regular meeting on Wednesday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m. virtually via Zoom.

At the end of November, a surge in staff and student quarantines within the district left Edinburg Schools with no other option other than remote learning. At the meeting, the Board decided to keep the learning fully remote until the start of the new year. Letters from staff, including teachers at the high school and junior high school, were read aloud to the board members. All said they understood that remote learning could not match the power and educational value of in-person school. Every teacher stated they wished to be back for in-person learning more than anything. However, they also said that it was currently impossible with the pandemic forcing people to quarantine at different times.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

'Missions" wraps up tornado relief effort
It was a dark and stormy night...

And so begins what was to become a disastrous evening for many of the residents of the City of Taylorville. The tornado that ripped through Christian County on December 1st, 2018, left a wake of destruction that had never experienced by its’ residents and many prayers went up that they would never see anything like it again.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

None Injured in THS Shed Fire
Taylorville and area firefighters extinguished a fire on the grounds of the Taylorville High School athletic complex Wednesday afternoon. According to Taylorville Fire Chief Matt Adermann, school district personnel were burning leaves just north of the football field when the wind picked up and caught the large purple shed that sits between the football and softball fields on fire. Adermann reported no injuries as a result of the fire. The structure is used to store various school district property, including athletic equipment.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Mt. Auburn Village Fast Stop owner stepping away
MT. AUBURN — The Village of Mt. Auburn held their regular board meeting on Tuesday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Building to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Park prepping for Christmas season
Christmas in the Park figures to look a little different this year. Residents will still be able to enjoy the myriad of light displays from the safety of their vehicles, but the park board announced Monday night that many of the accompanying activities have been put on hold this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

Santa visits, however, still remain on the schedule this year.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

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Police/Fire
Tuesday, December 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 Douglas Jarman presided over the following cases on Dec. 1, 2020:
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

County Officials Take Oaths Of Office
This morning, three Christian County officials were sworn into office following their re-election in the November General Election. Resident Christian County Circuit Court Judge Brad Paisley, center, performed the ceremonies. Behind the judge are the office holders, from left, Julie Mayer, Circuit Clerk; on the TV screen, Michael Havera, State’s Attorney; and at right, Amy Calvert-Winans, Coroner.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Illinois food banks harvest $100,000 from Farmer Coop
On the eve of Giving Tuesday, Farm Credit Illinois (FCI) announced a $100,000 donation to the Feeding Illinois food banks serving central and southern Illinois. This second $100,000 gift in 2020 from Farm Credit Illinois to food banks continues supporting families in need as the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic linger throughout the state.

The $100,000 gift is allocated equally among four Feeding Illinois food banks including Eastern Illinois Foodbank based in Urbana, Central Illinois Foodbank based in Springfield, St. Louis Area Foodbank based in Bridgeton, Mo., which serves the Metro East and surrounding Illinois counties, and Tri-State Food Bank based in Evansville, Ind., which serves southern Illinois.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Police/Fire
Monday, November 30, 2020

Waverly man charged in Owaneco stabbing
TAYLORVILLE — Shane A. Mosley, 45, of Waverly, appeared in Christian County Court this morning with charges of three counts of aggravated battery in connection with an incident occurring in Owaneco on Saturday.
Monday, November 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 Douglas Jarman presided over the following cases on Nov. 30, 2020:
Monday, November 30, 2020

Kitchell Library To Celebrate The Season
Monday, November 30, 2020

Charlie DeClerck ends 32-year career on County Board
TAYLORVILLE — When the gavel came down to end the Christian County Board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17, not only did it signify the end of the meeting, it also marked the end of the career on the Board of Charles “Charlie” DeClerck, 91, who has served since Dec. 1, 1988.
Saturday, November 28, 2020

Kitchell Memorial Library staff attend conference
MORRISONVILLE — Kitchell Memorial Library Board President Beth Fuchs and Librarian Linda Sheedy attended the virtual Member Day 2020 conference on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
Saturday, November 28, 2020

Pana musicians selected for district ensembles
PANA — The Pana High School and Junior High School  Music Department is proud to announce that eight Pana musicians were selected for the 2020 Illinois Music Educators District Ensembles.
Saturday, November 28, 2020

Chase chosen October teacher of month
Saturday, November 28, 2020

Mary Kohl And The Kohl Family Recognized
Saturday, November 28, 2020

South Fork National Honor Society Members Are Inducted
Saturday, November 28, 2020

Citizens Utility Board representative speaks to retired teachers
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The AFSCME Sub-Chapter #87 Retirees met via Zoom on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
Saturday, November 28, 2020

States atty. outlines enforcement options available to health dept.
TAYLORVILLE — At a Wednesday night Christian County Health Department meeting, Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera outlined enforcement avenues as they relate to the Governor’s Tier 3 COVID mitigations.
Friday, November 27, 2020

New Memorial Mental Health Crisis Clinic, express care for mental health
SPRINGFIELD — With the number of COVID-19 cases on the rise in central Illinois, it’s essential to reduce the pressure on local hospital emergency departments while still helping people who are experiencing a mental health crisis, a local behavioral health administrator said.
Friday, November 27, 2020

COVID cancels Annual Cookie Walk
Friday, November 27, 2020

Christmas is coming!
TAYLORVILLE — Several years ago, during the great depression, a particular family found themselves struggling to afford anything but the bare necessities. One day the news came that a circus was coming to town. Tickets cost one dollar. The little boy came running home excited and eager to get the money from his dad.
Friday, November 27, 2020

Fire Scorches Apartment Complex
TAYLORVILLE — As smoke pours from the roof of the apartment building at 2100 Grand Boulevard in Taylorville Wednesday night, firefighters prepare to make entrance into one of the apartments. While on scene Wednesday night, Taylorville Fire Chief Matt Adermann said that one person was transported to a local hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. He updated that statement Friday morning, saying that the ambulance arrived on scene to transport that person, but ambulance personnel were unable to locate that individual. Adermann said he was later informed that the individual did eventually seek medical attention on their own; he said the person sustained no injuries and had only suffered a panic attack. As of Friday morning, the cause of the fire is still being investigated by the State Fire Marshall, but Adermann did say that it doesn’t appear to be suspicious. Adermann said damage to the building was significant, especially to the roof, but he doesn’t believe the structure is totaled. Red Cross was called in Wednesday night to assist three dispaced residents who had nowhere to go after the fire.
Breeze-Courier photo/Owen Lasswell

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Area Church Services and Events
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Charitable giving season kicks off Tuesday, Dec. 1
Designed to serve as the unofficial kickoff to the holiday charitable giving season, Giving Tuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the United States.

While events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become incredibly popular among holiday shoppers looking for great deals on gifts for their loved ones, Giving Tuesday aims to capitalize on the holiday spirit of giving by celebrating philanthropy and promoting charitable giving.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Charitable giving season kicks off Tuesday, Dec. 1
Designed to serve as the unofficial kickoff to the holiday charitable giving season, Giving Tuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the United States.

While events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become incredibly popular among holiday shoppers looking for great deals on gifts for their loved ones, Giving Tuesday aims to capitalize on the holiday spirit of giving by celebrating philanthropy and promoting charitable giving.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Kitchen guide for cutting measurements
In recent months, many people have grown accustomed to hosting small gatherings for holidays and other important events. Even family dinners may have been scaled down as personal health and safety has taken precedence in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

For individuals accustomed to cooking for a crowd, it can take some time to acclimate to cutting back on recipes that you might otherwise know by heart.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

You can help an animal by giving to the Giving Tree
The Animal Protective League (APL), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting ill, injured and abandoned homeless animals, will be holding its annual donation drive from November 27 until December 31.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Get crafty this year with homemade ornaments for home or to share
This year more than ever, people need time to come together and express their love and appreciation for one another. What better time to do so than during the holiday season. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, it is the perfect time of the year to show someone you care. Help your elderly relatives decorate their tree by making them the perfect ornament. Get the kids together and enjoy a fun crafting exercise as a family. Or show someone you haven’t been able to see for awhile that you still care with a personalized holiday gift.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Celebrating Thanksgiving a little differently this year? Consider these ideas
This year things might look a little different for Thanksgiving. Due to COVID-19, perhaps you’ve decided not to celebrate with large family groups like in years past. Maybe you’ll be celebrating virtually with family, as you gather around your respective tables and eat together (virtually).
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Three-way race for mayor in Pana; no primary needed
The stage is now set for the Apr. 6, 2021, municipal election in the city of Pana. There is a three-way race for mayor and two candidates, both former alderman, seek election to the one seat in the Fourth Ward. Due to the low number of candidates, City Clerk Terry Klein said there is no need for a primary election.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Food availability and prices both good this Thanksgiving
With concerns resurfacing over possible food shortages, a study from a national farm group found the supply chain is as resilient as ever – and it’s showing up in the form of lower prices for many traditional Thanksgiving dinner ingredients.  

This year, the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Thanksgiving dinner survey calculated the average cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal for 10 people at $46.90. That’s less than $5 per person and down 4 percent from last year.  

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Police/Fire
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Courthouse
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Courthouse
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Police/Fire
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

TPD holding clothing and bike give away tonight
Tonight from 4-7 pm, at the Gagne Building, 1617 W. Spresser Street, Taylorville police will be giving out coats, bicycles, and 15 turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner. Everything will be given out on a first come, first serve basis.

Other items to be given away include hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and socks; blankets and miscellaneous food items to accompany the Thanksgiving turkeys.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Pana mayor seeking voluntary Tier 3 compliance
Pana Mayor Don Kroski is seeking “voluntary compliance” by businesses in Pana with the recent Tier 3 mitigation rules set down by the state. Kroski made those comments during the Pana City Council’s regular meeting on Monday night in the Council Chambers of Pana City Hall.

“We’ve had a couple of COVID issues we’ve had to work on, but with the help of the police chief (Daniel Bland) and the city attorney (Steve Mahrt) we were able to work them out,” Kroski said. He did not detail what those issues were.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Meeting Notice
Monday, November 23, 2020

Some ways to count your blessings
You can still enjoy turkey and all the fixings while protecting your friends and loved ones from the COVID-19 surge by moving your extended gatherings online this year.
Monday, November 23, 2020

As COVID spreads, hospital will further restrict visitors
Taylorville Memorial Hospital will further restrict visitors effective today, Monday, November 23, in order to protect patients and ensure healthcare professionals can continue to safely offer all services.

The decision was made as part of Memorial Health System’s ongoing efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and protect patients and healthcare professionals.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Police/Fire
Monday, November 23, 2020

Courthouse
Monday, November 23, 2020

Pana hospital urges 'Masks Up'
With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surging in the region, Pana Community Hospital, a member of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA), is participating in a new statewide public education campaign: “Don’t let your guard down - Keep your mask up” to communicate the importance of taking reasonable precautions to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Saturday, November 21, 2020

Meet the Christian County CEO program class of 2021
A new group of Christian County CEO students has been hard at work stoking the fires of the entrepreneurial spirit, even despite an unusual year. The program —which helps facilitate the creation of real-world, student-run businesses— continues to thrive as area students have been inspired to build their business acumen. Christian County CEO Facilitator Dick Adams says he has another talented and unique group of students this year. What follows is a collection of short bios composed by the CEO program to help introduce this year’s class
Saturday, November 21, 2020

Kiwanis learned about Taylorville Chamber of Commernce
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce about the many positive things happening in the community, during their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Saturday, November 21, 2020

Wright family 5th generation member speaks to Optimists
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, November 19, 2020, in the Community Room of the People’s Bank. President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance while Pastor Steve Robinson led the group in the morning invocation.
Saturday, November 21, 2020

THS FFA zooming into strong leaders
As virtual gatherings continue to dominate our way of life, Taylorville FFA continues to expose FFA members to as many activities as possible.

Safety is of the utmost importance to advisors Katie King, Sue Schafer, and Lori Parks, thus virtual conferences such as the Build Conference held from Tuesday November 3, 2020 to Thursday November 5, 2020 was the perfect opportunity to get freshmen Abby Erlenbush, Abby Norris, Chloe Grant, Audrey Curtin, and Stephen Franklin involved with the program. Sophomore Mylie Corso was also in attendance on the three night Zoom call.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Courthouse
Saturday, November 21, 2020

Meeting Notices
Saturday, November 21, 2020

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

Sometime between Saturday, November 7, 2020 and Sunday, November 8, 2020, person or persons unknown made entry onto a property located at 718 West Franklin Street.   While there, the unknown subject or subjects took a red and black, Troy Built self-propelled lawn mower. Also taken was a bagger and mulcher attachment. The total dollar amount of the theft is unknown at this time.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Police/Fire
Friday, November 20, 2020

Courthouse
Friday, November 20, 2020

Area churches making changes due to virus surge
Area churches are having to adjust their services due to COVID-19. Below is a partial list of area churches and what they will be doing in the weeks ahead.
Friday, November 20, 2020

Pana, too, will enforce Tier 3 mitigations beginning today
Mayor Don Kroski of Pana has issued a pree release confirming that the City of Pana will enforce the governor’s Tier 3 Mitigations. The release states:

“The City of Pana will enforce the Tier 3 Mitigations effective Friday, November 20, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. These mitigation requirements are put in place to combat the surge of COVID-19 across Illinois. We ask for voluntary compliance from all City, County and other Municipalities throughout Christian County.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Mayor clarifies how Tier 3 restrictions will be enforced
Yesterday, Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry issued a press release stating that the City of Taylorville will enforce Tier 3 COVID-19 mitigation efforts as outlined by Governor J.B. Pritzker.

In that release, Barry did not elaborate on how the city would enforce those mitigation protocols, but he clarified his approach in a Wednesday afternoon phone call to the Breeze-Courier.

Barry stated that the press release was of his own doing and that it did not come at the direction of the city council, which discussed and opted not to pursue enforcement measures at Monday’s regular meeting. Because the release was not approved by the council, Barry says he’s limited in his avenues of enforcement.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

City, BDD greenlight promotional campaign
A new group of Taylorville residents and business owners have taken up a new endeavor to bring new people and businesses to town.

The group has been dubbed the Small Town Taylorville Committee, and they’re hoping that the launch of a brand new, interactive website, as well as a hefty advertising campaign, will shine some light on all the great things that Taylorville has to offer, including shopping, dining, and retail outlets as well as recreational draws and unique business incentive packages.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Courthouse
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Police/Fire
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Jarman selected as chief judge for Fourth Circuit
The Illinois Fourth Judicial Circuit has announced the election of Douglas L. Jarman, at large circuit judge, as the  new chief judge for the Circuit.  Judge Jarman was selected on November 13, 2020 by a vote of the other eleven circuit judges elected throughout the circuit to complete the term of Judge Kimberly G. Koester, who is retiring at the end of the year. The Illinois Fourth Judicial Circuit, one of 23 Illinois judicial circuits, is comprised of nine counties, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, Montgomery and Shelby, is populated by nearly 250,000 citizens and is one of the largest geographic circuits in the state. Although the Fourth Judicial Circuit is a unified circuit, all nine counties of the circuit have separate courthouses and court is held in each county.
Thursday, November 19, 2020







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