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


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

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

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

Thursday, November 14, 2019

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

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

Thursday, November 14, 2019

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

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

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

Thursday, November 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Police/Fire
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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

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

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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

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

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Millikin event sheds light on homelessness
Millikin University's Human Service Connection and the Macon County Continuum of Care will host its 10th annual Box City event in support of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week on Friday, Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. The event is part of Millikin's campaign to help bring hunger and homelessness awareness to the local community.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

TMH annual Holiday Extravaganza this weekend
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host its annual Holiday Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, November 15 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, November 16 in the TMH Janice Hopper Auditorium.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Monday's Storn Turns Veterans Day Into Snow Day
This bunch of kids took time to enjoy the day off school yesterday. They took to the hills at Manners Park with their sleds and snowboards in the first snow of the season.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Festival of Trees begins November 23
The 30th annual Memorial's Festival of Trees will be held Nov. 23 to Dec. 1 at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

The festival's hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 23, Nov. 25-27 and Nov. 29-30; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 24 and Dec. 1; and 4-8 p.m. Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving Day).

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

HSHS provides tips to stay healthy during flu season
Flu season is upon us. Although HSHS has not seen an increase of patients presenting in the emergency department with symptoms of the flu yet this season, it is important to be prepared.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Veterans Honored Today
The American Legion held a Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Monday, November 11 to honor those who served.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Illinois is home to 10 national cemeteries
Veterans Day is a time of remembrance and reflection not only for surviving veterans who served our nation, but those who were lost. Some spend part of the day in national cemeteries, a solemn reminder of the legacy of the American military.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Soldiers and Dogs offers a cause to carry on
It’s said that there is no instance of bravery which has never faltered. Even an iron will and steely resolve can sometimes waiver under the weight of the world.

For some veterans, that’s exactly the scenario they find themselves in as they try to reacclimate to civilian life. Assumption veteran Gary Shuck, though, is working to help struggling soldiers find the conviction to carry on, and he’s doing it with the help of some four-legged friends.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Pana Red Hat members attend Persimmon Party
Saturday,  November 2nd, The Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club met at the Persimmon Party at the Christian County Historical Society. All the historical buildings were open to view. The Courthouse served as the stage for the Little Miss Persimmon contest. The Pence building was the scene for the baked goods and lunch that was available for purchase. The persimmon pulp to make your own homemade goods was there to purchase also.
Monday, November 11, 2019

North School Students Of The Month
These North School students were nominated as students of the month for October.  The teachers chose them because of their outstanding character traits shown both in and out of the classroom.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Event to explore anti-slavery movement
Illinois may have been a free state, but its anti-slavery forces were far from united in the years leading up to the Civil War, as a historian will explain Nov. 14 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Monday, November 11, 2019

APL annual fall trivia night is Friday
The Animal Protective League (APL), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting ill, injured and abandoned homeless animals, will hold its annual Fall Trivia Night Fundraiser on Friday, Nov 15th at the Knights of Columbus Hall on 2200 Meadowbrook Rd, Springfield. Doors open at 6 p.m. Trivia begins at 7 p.m.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Pana Loving Arms fundraiser Thurs.
The Pana Loving Arms Crisis Pregnacy Center is hosting a Friendraising Supper of Thursday, November 14 at St. Patrick Parish Hall on 219 Locust Street. The meet and greet will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the supper and presentation running from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The event will include a tour of the new Pana center.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Expanding Christian County Development Corp. providing affordable housing, ownership
TAYLORVILLE — Christian County Development Corporation (CCDC) is expanding opportunities for residents by providing affordable housing for citizens of Christian County. It is also starting to branch out into the area with the same mission in mind.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

"Halloween Post Script" presented to UWCC
TAYLORVILLE — The University Women of Christian County met for the November meeting on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Whits End Restaurant.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

TMH Foundation to host Annual Signature Event
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation host its annual Signature Event titled “Gifts of the Season” on Saturday, December 7 at The Pillars Event Center. The event will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by a welcome and plated dinner at 7 p.m. “Wild Columbine”, a central Illinois trio known for their performances at many historical destinations across the state, will feature 19th century parlor, traditional Irish and holiday music.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

The Animal Protective League sets November pet adoptions
SPRINGFIELD — 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, November 9, 2019

Dunn Guest Speaker At THS
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Kitchell Library staff attend Illinois Heartland Member Day
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — Kitchell Memorial Library Board President Beth Fuchs and Librarian Linda Sheedy recently attended Illinois Heartland Library System’s Member Day at the Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham, IL  This year’s theme was “2020 Vision:  the image or insight of how something could or should be in the future.”
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Post 905 Royalty Announced
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Principal For A Day
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Why are food allergies on the rise?
Hosting a party or a special event where food will be served has become a bit more complicated over the last several years, as hosts must now contend with food allergies when planning party menus.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Veterans Day will be observed Monday in Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — The Annual Veterans Day Celebration will be held Monday, November 11, 2019 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Taylorville American Legion Post 73.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Stonington elementary building enjoying new resurgence
STONINGTON — “It’s a great asset, and it gives us a place to host community events. It gives people a place to congregate, and it’s just one more addition to help our community come together,” Stonington’s Ben Curtin said of the former Stonington Elementary building that is now serving as the Stonington Community Center.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Millikin's School of Theatre and Dance presents 'Chicago'
DECATUR, Ill. – Millikin University's School of Theatre and Dance continues its 2019-20 performance season with Broadway's longest-running American musical, "Chicago." The show will run Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. All performances will be held at Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin's campus.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Operation Gratitude Ships Out
Friday, November 8, 2019

Clarification need on turbine zoning
TAYLORVILLE — A flaw in the implementation of Christian County’s Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS) - more commonly known as wind turbines - zoning, needs some attention before anymore action is taken.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Nov. 8, 2019:
Friday, November 8, 2019

Friday, November 8, 2019

Kiwanis members review community youth efforts
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business meeting, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the club’s new meeting place, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Friday, November 8, 2019

AFSCME retirees to meet in Taylorville this Monday
TAYLORVILLE — AFSCME Sub-Chapter 87 retirees will be honoring Veterans at both of their meetings during the month of November.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Millikin campus visit day this Monday
DECATUR — Millikin University will host a campus visit day for prospective high school students on Monday, Nov. 11.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Run to the sound of the guns
TAYLORVILLE — As those who have chosen Christ as Savior and Lord, we are involved in an intense spiritual battle in the Heavens being manifested on earth - in our lives and those around us. Those without Christ are involved as well, but without the hope that is ours in Christ.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Faith Community to honor veterans this Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — Sunday, November 10 Faith Community Worship Center (FCWC) in Taylorville will honor Veterans in the 10 a.m. service.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Five on Friday
Friday, November 8, 2019

THS Madrigal dinner will be held 1st weekend in December
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville high school music department will present its thirty-seventh annual Madrigal dinner performances on Friday, December 6 beginning at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 7 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the THS Cafeteria.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Nov. 7, 2019:
Thursday, November 7, 2019

New crisis pregnancy center will open
PANA — Cathy Coker, Executive Director of Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center was the guest speaker at the October 21st Pana Community Interagency Group meeting held at Pana Community Hospital.  
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Sen. Manar and TRS reps address area retired teachers
TAYLORVILLE — Members of Retired Teachers of Christian County heard a number of significant legislative updates during the spring session from State Sen. Andy Manar (D, 48th District), one of four speakers who addressed retirees during their fall 2019 meeting.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, November 7, 2019

THS Jazz Band participates in music educators jazz festival
Sixteen members of the Taylorville High School Jazz Band participated in the Illinois Music Education Association District 5 Jazz Festival on Monday, November 4, 2019.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Christian, Montgomery EMS merger proposed
The Christian County Board’s Executive, Personnel and Legislative Committee approved a proposal to merge the Christian County and the Montgomery County Emergency Management Services during their meeting on Tuesday night in the Christian County Courthouse. Greg Nimmo, current director in Montgomery County, will become head of the multi-county agency.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Phase1 water finished in Mt. Auburn
The Village of Mt. Auburn held its regular meeting on Tuesday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.

The first phase of the water project upgrades has been officially finished. Many of the old cast iron pipes which caused the chunky, rusty village water have been removed and replaced with PVC pipes. The contractors have been working around town to fix some of the rough ditches and other areas, and are under a one year warranty for any erosion and other issues that may crop up. The workers will be back in the spring to complete seeding and mulching in order to finish up the final leg of the first phase project.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Stonington seeks to fill two positions
The Village of Stonington met in regular session Monday evening, November 4, 2019.

Zoning Officer Doug Hoy gave his resignation effective December 31, 2019. In addition, Trustee Todd Thomason has also resigned. The board will begin searching for replacements for both positions soon.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Canoe Sangamon River with conservation district
Enjoy fresh fall air and colorful autumn leaves on a guided canoe trip down the Sangamon River with Macon County Conservation District staff on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Autism support group to meet Thursday, Nov. 7
TASC/The Autism Support Connection will be holding its regular monthly support group meeting on Thursday, November 7th,  6:00pm-7:30pm at the Free Methodist Church, 1400 Seymour Ave. in Hillsboro. This month we will have an open discussion format. 
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Millikin to host annual literary festival this weekend
Millikin University will host its 17th annual Literary Festival and High School Writing Contest on Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9. The 2019 Literary Festival is open to high school and college students, and the general public. The festival includes workshops, readings and sessions with featured writers. The event gives students the opportunity to work directly with professional writers and receive feedback.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Schafers take first at National FFA Agriscience Fair
For only the second time in school history, The Taylorville High School FFA Chapter has produced a National FFA Agriscience Fair winning project, and it belongs to Eric and Lizzie Schafer.

It’s a prestigious accolade for the Schafers, and another feather in the cap for the Taylorville FFA program, which has experienced tremendous success over the years, but it was also a bit a breakthrough win for the program too.  For the last twelve years, the THS FFA  program had sent a finalist to the National FFA Agriscience Fair, but none had been able to crack the podium, let alone win it, until now.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Downtown Taylorville.org Christmas parade Dec. 7
DowntownT aylorville.org is pleased to announce the theme for this years Twilight Christmas Parade is "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town."

The parade will be held on December 7 and starts at 5:00 p.m. at the corner of Madison St. and Main Cross St. Line up will start at 4:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Adermann named new fire chief
Matt Adermann was named acting fire chief at the October 21 Taylorville City Council meeting, but his new position was made permanent Monday night when the council unanimously (Kathy Driskell-absent) designated him as Taylorville’s new fire chief.

Adermann has been with TFD for nearly 15 years, and was previously a captain with the department prior to his promotion to chief. “I always think it’s a privilege to be a fireman, and, now, to be the fire chief is even more of a privilege,” he said. “I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family and my fire family here at the station. I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Fall In All It's Glory
This glorious colored tree was spotted this morning on Main Cross Street. The sunshine highlighted the brightly colored red, orange and yellow leaves signaling Fall is here.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Memorial School Red Ribbon Week Winners
The winners of the fourth grade Memorial School Red Ribbon Week have been announced.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

City Honors Teen
Mayor Bruce Barry and the Taylorville City Council honored 13-year-old Elli Skultety at Monday’s Taylorville City Council meeting.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

St. Mary's first quarter honor roll students announced
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Volunteers Clean Garden
Taylorville Community Garden Several volunteers helped with end of season clean up Monday morning.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, November 4, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, November 4, 2019

Persimmon Queen Royalty
The Christian County Historical Society and Museum held it’s annual Persimmon Party Saturday, November 2, 2019. The winner of the Little Miss Persimmon pageant was announced, along with her court.
Monday, November 4, 2019

Memorial's Festival of Trees seeks volunteers for event
Memorial Medical Center Foundation seeks volunteers for the 30th annual Festival of Trees, which will take place Nov. 23 to Dec. 1 in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Monday, November 4, 2019

Sensory film event Nov 9 at Orpheum Theatre
Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films”. Our movie event for November will actually be held at 1 pm Saturday, November 9th at The Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro. This month’s movie will be the newly released live action feature, “Playing with Fire”. With Sensory Friendly Films, the movie theatre lights are left up and the sound is turned down. 
Monday, November 4, 2019

Decatur Artist featured at Flourishes
Bonnie Rideout makes baskets in Decatur and will fill the Library area at Flourishes Gallery and Studios for the next two months.  Her show opens Sunday, November 3 from 1-4 at 140 ? E. Main, Shelbyville, elevator available. She welcomes viewers to see and learn about her handmade baskets. Not only will Bonnie be an available artist, but other artists also with opening shows will be available including Rae Nell Spencer (Decatur), Jamie Rutherford (Shelbyville), Carol Kessler (Shelbyville), and students and family from the Shelbyville Schools. All will be on display through January
Monday, November 4, 2019

Lincoln Presidential Library honors American's Veterans
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will honor the sacrifices of America's veterans with special events throughout November, including a display telling the story of the "Fighting Powells."
Monday, November 4, 2019

Skultety's strings: Hearts that spread hope
Sometimes, small ripples can turn into big waves. Just ask Taylorville’s Elli Skultety. Almost 11 months ago to the day, the then 12-year-old Skultety felt compelled to take action in the aftermath of the December 1, 2018 tornado that ravaged much of Taylorville.

Elli’s simple act of kindness quickly blossomed into one of the biggest feel-good stories in a community that was desperately searching for silver linings in the wake of that devastating storm, and it all started with some simple string and a thoughtful gesture.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

UIS campus preview day Nov. 11
The University of Illinois Springfield is hosting Preview UIS from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day). UIS was recently ranked the top public regional university in Illinois by U.S. News and World Report.
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Kiwanis, HSHS Medical help kids and teachers
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club and Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) Medical group office staff in Taylorville teamed up to collect and donate supplies to be used for students in the coming school year.
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Student Art Featured
K-12 Art by Shelbyville students will be on display until January 4 at Flourishes Gallery and Studios in downtown Shelbyville.  Mrs. Cole presents her student works titled "Ocean Adventures" and Mr. Mathis has student work as well.  The opening reception is Sunday, November 3 from 1-4 at 140 1/2 East Main, Shelbyville.
Saturday, November 2, 2019

First Quarter Honor Roll
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Information sought in Taylorville criminal damages
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards a criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Volunteers encouraged to help replace destroyed trees
Trees Forever, Taylorville Tree Recovery Team and volunteers will be planting approximately 100 trees to replace tree loss from the December 2018 tornado.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Missions for Taylorville announces fundraising campaign
“We’re not finished yet!” Dick Adams exclaimed Friday morning to a group of people that had gathered at the Taylorville Fire Department. He was boldly announcing the theme for a Missions for Taylorville fundraising campaign that aims to generate $500,000 in support of tornado victims of the December 1, 2018 storm.
Friday, November 1, 2019

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, November 1, 2019

Center HCEA to meet at Extension Nov. 4
Center HCEA meeting will meet at the Christian Co. Extension Office on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon).
Friday, November 1, 2019

Motorcycle enthusiast speaks to Taylorville Optimists
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, October 31, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Steve Switzer then led the group in the morning invocation.
Friday, November 1, 2019

CEO students speak at Taylorville Kiwanis Club
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from several Christian County C-E-O students, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the club’s new meeting place, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Back again
Last year, my wife and I really enjoyed Fall. It’s my favorite season any way, but it seemed especially beautiful. The vibrant colors popped throughout the area, and we enjoyed driving through town and taking pictures in the park. It made me thankful that we live in a place that experiences autumn each year because our years in Florida included just two seasons: summer and a few weeks of not-summer, that time when things are just a little dull and slightly cool and damp. I longed for trees that changed color during that time.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Kincaid Church of God continues holiday tradition
Kincaid Church of God is at it again. The members of the KCOG church will be coming together starting Nov. 3 to begin their annual Peanut Brittle Season. Peanut Brittle making and selling has been a yearly favorite through out the community. Over the past 40 plus years, the women and men have joined together to make the Peanut Brittle. This year is no different. KCOG uses the proceeds made for various projects in and out of the church. Last year the Peanut Brittle Fundraiser proceeds were used to remodel the church nursery and preschool room.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Pastors Honored
The Evangelical Free Church honored both of their pastors at a special reception on Sunday, October 27, in recognition of Pastor Appreciation Sunday. Lead Pastor Don Beetem has been with the church since 2000, and Co-Pastor Jonathan Sorensen since May 2019.
Friday, November 1, 2019

2 Stonington Baptist churches now share pastor
On Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, First Baptist Church in Stonington, called Pastor Scott Parks as their new bi-vocational Pastor.  Parks is also the bi-vocational Pastor for Old Stonington Baptist Church, a position he has held since August, 2018, and will remain in that position as he adds First Baptist Church to his Pastoral duties.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Italian trombonist performing at Decatur Christian
The Central Christian Church on 650 West William Street in Decatur is hosting a trombone, organ, and piano concert on Sunday, November 10 at 4:00 p.m. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Ameren donates to Pana Warm Hearts
A $1,500 grant from Ameren Illinois will help the Community Mission Center provide warm clothing to those who need it most this winter.

On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Community Mission Center will host a Warm Hearts event to provide coats, hats, and gloves to about 300 children living in Pana and surrounding communities. This will be held at the Pana First United Methodist Church, 619 Kitchell Street, from 9:00 to 1:00 a.m.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

England pleads not guilty to child porn charges
Todd M. England, 46, of Taylorville, pled not guilty in Federal court in Springfield during his initial appearance on Tuesday to two counts of possession of child pornography before Magistrate Judge Tom Schanzle-Haskins. England is free on a $10,000 recognizance bond.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Kincaid holds annual Miss Post 905 pageant
On Sunday October 27, Kincaid held their Miss Post 905 Pageant. It was a day full of fun and beauty. All the contestants rocked the stage and made it a hard decision for the judges to decide on the new queens, the organizers said.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Memorial Elementary Halloween Parade moved indoors
Our Memorial Elementary Halloween party is still on for October 31, 2019, but will be moved inside the school due to extremely cold and wet conditions. Parents and grandparents are more than welcome to join us inside the building for the inside parade and classroom parties to follow.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

National Champions Honored
State Senator Andy Manar, second from right, welcomed the national champion Pana High School Solar Car Team to the State Capitol on Tuesday. Team members are, from left, Lucas Duduit, Boone Elledge, Katelyn Townsend, Sen. Manar and Jessica Pollman. After months of designing and building a roadworthy solar-powered car, the from Pana High School captured a national championship at the 2019 Solar Car Challenge this summer at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. “
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

CTI announces $13-million fiber optic expansion
Taylorville-based CTI is already a technological innovator in Christian County. At a time when only the largest urban communities were taking on the task of fiber internet, CTI dared to bring gigabit internet service to a town of just 11,000 people. That was just three years ago.

That calculated risk has proven to be wildly successful, and soon, the company will be branching out beyond their current borders with their latest expansion.  On Tuesday afternoon, CTI announced its intention to bolster it’s fiber optic network in a comprehensive, $13 million expansion that will bring fiber internet to ten area communities including Edinburg, Owaneco, Pana, Stonington, Raymond, Witt, Irving, Fillmore, Coffeen, and Litchfield.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Fire Chief Buys First Ticket For Historical Society Event
Fire Chief Matt Adermann is purchasing tickets to the Season of Comfort & Joy dinner event on December 7, at the Christian County Historical Museum. There will be a 4 and 6 pm seating with Wassail, cookies, and candy served in the Morrison House.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Rykhus Is $1,000 Contest Winner
Mick Rykhus, the $1,000 grand prize winner of the Looking Good in the Neighborhood, came to the Breeze-Courier on Tuesday, October 29 to claim his check.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Taylorville FFA wins 2nd national livestock judging title at American Royal
Over the past three and a half years, four Taylorville FFA members have been working extremely hard practicing their livestock judging skills in preparations for several contests throughout the United States, Illinois, and even overseas in Edinburg, Scotland. This past January this team won the National Western Round Up in Denver, CO and was 2nd in World competition in Edinburg, Scotland at the Royal Highland Contest. 
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Ameren approaches park about possibility of more coal plant contamination
An Ameren representative approached the Taylorville Park Board Monday night about potentially installing three groundwater monitoring wells in Manners Park. Tim Mathis, the representative present Monday, says the intent is to  sample subsurface water for possible contamination that may still be present in conjunction with the old coal gasification plant that is located adjacent to the park’s western border.

Coal tar, which is a byproduct of the coal gasification process, was discovered at the site in October of 1985. In 1986, the IEPA conducted an investigation and concluded that soil at the property, and sediments in the nearby river, were contaminated. Groundwater at the site was also contaminated.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Driver Hospitalized After Accident
The driver of this pickup truck was being taken to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield according to authorities on the scene following a one-vehicle accident on Webster St. in front of Walgreens. The accident happened shortly after 9:00 a.m. today. The vehicle was apparently southbound on Webster when for unknown reasons, it left the roadway, struck a safety pole at the entrance of the pharmacy and continued down the boulevard until it flipped over.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Pana council votes "re-do' on resolutions
After a resolution failed to pass before the Pana City Council Monday night to accept property in the 100 block of East Second St., a second resolution was table and the first failed resolution was rescinded.

The first resolution, accepting the property at 128 E. Second, failed on a 3-4 vote with Aldermen Ron Miles, Ray “Butch” Hocq, Tim Eddy and Glenn Schneider voting “no.” Alderman Tracy Braye-Strawn was absent. While not mentioned, it appeared the stumbling block was a $1,000 fee they city was going to pay the current owners and making up a “small amount” of back taxes, according to City Attorney Steve Mahrt.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

K-9 Officer Speaks To Cub Scout Pack #76
Cub Scout Pack #76 in Kincaid had a special guest speaker at their meeting on Tuesday, October 22: Officer Alwerdt from the Taylorville Police K-9 unit and his partner Cairo were there. They did a demostration for the scouts.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Seniors Enjoy Lunch With Liberty
On OCtober 22, 2019, the Senior Citizens of Christian Coutny went on their monthly “surprise trip.”  In the morning, they were given a tour of the Christian County Historical Society Museum. The seniors learned about the history of the area.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Area veterans will embark on honor flight Tuesday
Three area veterans —David Durbin of Taylorville, Jerry Williams of Taylorville, and Gary Shuck of Assumption— will be recognized for their service to this country on Tuesday when they journey to Washington D.C. as part of the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight program.

All three men, along with approximately 75 other veterans, will charter a jetliner on a day trip to visit and reflect on the nation war monuments including the National World War II Memorial, the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials, the Lincoln Memorial, the National Air and Space Museum, and the Air Force and Marine Corps Memorials. The day-long tour will conclude with the viewing of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, October 28, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, October 28, 2019

ALPLM offers evening of WWII memories
A soldier who fought his way across Europe. A tail gunner on bombing missions. A teenager who helped repair warships. All three will share their memories of World War II during a special event at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Nov. 7.

“War Stories: An Evening of World War II Memories” features Dr. Mark DePue, a military historian and head of the library’s Oral History Program, interviewing the trio on stage in an early Veterans Day event. The audience will get plenty of time to ask questions, too.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Pana hospital event features "Biggest Loser' contestant
Pana Community Hospital is planning a free event called “Join the Journey” that will motivate individuals to live a healthier lifestyle. This event is on Thursday, November 7th from 5-6 pm at the Pana Junior High Auditorium.  Special guest speaker Sonya Jones of Season 16 of the hit series the Biggest Loser will share her inspiring story of grit and determination while on the show and how she has maintained her weight loss and found success in her health, personal, and spiritual journeys. Sonya is currently the Outreach Representative for HSHS Medical Group and has inspired thousands of people across the country as a certified speaker.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Information sought in Taylorville burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary and criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Mt. Pulaski Christmas on Vinegar Hill Nov. 23
For 31 years, “Christmas On Vinegar Hill” has taken place on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and 2019 is no exception with this special event at the Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site on Saturday, November 23. 
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Band leader named teacher of year
An innovative southern Illinois band leader is the 2020 Illinois Teacher of the Year.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Live animals come to story time at state museum
The Illinois State Museum will welcome a few furry and feathered critters to its monthly Story Time program on November 12. The program, beginning at 10:00 a.m., will focus on "Creatures of the Night" and will feature stories about nocturnal animals. Following the stories, a few nocturnal animal ambassadors from the Henson Robinson Zoo in Springfield will be presented. Animals may include an opossum and an owl, but are subject to change.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

State museum will celebrate National Bison Day
The Illinois State Museum’s “Bison Bonanza” Super Saturday event will be just one stop on the 2nd Annual Bison Crawl to celebrate “National Bison Day” on November 2. From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. children and their families will have the opportunity to handle bison fur and bones, view artifacts from the Museum’s collection, toss “bison chips,” and make bison-inspired art works.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

November mini camps for tots explore moon, owls
Children ages 1-5 and their adult buddy are invited to Rock Springs Nature Center for two Mini Camps in November. Both camps are offered on two days, so you may pick the one that fits your schedule best. All camps are held from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Free hunter safety class at Rock Springs Nov. 1-2
The Macon County Conservation District will host a free Illinois Department of Natural Resources hunter safety education class at Rock Springs Nature Center. Class will be held Friday, Nov. 1 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Chandler Honored
During the 2019 Illinois Retired Teachers Association Biennial Convention, Ann Chandler was recognized for her continuing contributions to Retired Teachers of Christian County. Chandler served for two terms as Co-president and four years on the Foundation Committee. Currently as the chairwoman. She is also the Region 13 Legislative representative to IRTA.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Memorial hosting free lung cancer awareness event
Memorial Medical Center will host a free community event to inform and educate people about lung cancer on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI), 228 W. Miller St.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Edinburg Scouts Visit Firehouse
As October is Fire Prevention Month, Edinburg Cub Scouts Pack 75 visited the volunteer fire department in town. The scouts gave the volunteers “Hero Bags” tahnking them for their service to Edinburg.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Mick Rykhus named $1,000 winner in the "Lookin' Good' home improvement contest
Michael (Mick) Rykhus is the overall winner in the Breeze-Courier and local sponsors’  "Lookin' Good in the Neighborhood" contest.

Rykhus was one of six monthly winners who competed in the event. His home at 809 Hawley Street in Taylorville sustained extensive damage during the December 1, 2018 tornado.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Babysitting Clinic Graduates
Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary hosted another babysitting clinic on October 25 to train young sitters to be the best caregivers. Fourteen students were taught how to care for an infant and learned CPR for sitters. School Resource Officer Bryan Thomas and Firefighter Nick Zepin presented valuable information on how to proceed in an emergency. S
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, October 25, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, October 25, 2019

Committee okays Main Cross resurfacing project
At Thursday evening’s City of Taylorville Street and Sewer Committee, aldermen unanimously recommended that the full council pursue almost $2 million worth of road work on Main Cross Street.
Friday, October 25, 2019

Weight Loss Group Celebrates Success
TOPS #830 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is pleased to celebrate the goals met by their members. TOPS is a process of losing weight for a healthier life style, a healthier you! Pictured from left are: Ruth Porter, leader; Carol Durbin, co-leader; Rebecca Hamilton and Pat Smith (KOPS).
Friday, October 25, 2019

Conservation officer speaks to Taylorville Optimists
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, October 24, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium.  Secretary/treasurer Jim Adcock presided over the meeting, calling it to order with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Pastor Steve Switzer then gave the morning invocation.  Terry Wright then passed along the thanks of Kemmerer Village for the recent donation of food items.
Friday, October 25, 2019

Master Gardeners winter session registration opening
University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of Christian County met on the evening of October 24 and then watched a demonstration by Master Gardeners Karen Cherry (left) and Stacy Shanks (right) of constructing an autumn-themed bouquet using a pumpkin. Basic techniques and flower/foliage suggestions were shared with the group. The fall theme continued with trainee Mike Hady sharing home-grown chestnuts from his orchard, mini-pumpkins brought in by member Linda Smith, and a snack of roasted pumpkin seeds prepared by Karen Cherry.
Friday, October 25, 2019

Local and area churches host Halloween activities
Several local churches will host pre-Halloween activities this weekend. The public is invited to attend and wear your costumes.
Friday, October 25, 2019

"October 31st - Reformation from a Conservative Lutheran Point of View"
The reformation that took place in the 1500’s was about the salvation of the soul.   Yes, it did lead to social reforms.   Luther had deep concern and a heart for the poor.   He is often times credited with creating the community chest.  He had given instruction on how to distribute collected fund to needy families.   This was done after the Sunday service.  But that was not the major issue of the Lutherans at that time.
Friday, October 25, 2019

Area churches hosting gospel sings and open mic
Friday, October 25, 2019

St. Mary's to hold White Ribbon service Nov. 3
St. Mary’s Church, through their Elizabeth Ministry, will hold their 23rd Annual White Ribbon Memorial Service on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 1 p.m.
Friday, October 25, 2019

Foundation Donates
The Pana Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry on East Second Street was the recipient of a large donation of canned foods from the Terra Marie Henschen Kasch Foundation on Wednesday morning. The pallet included corn, green beans, carrots and mixed vegetables among other canned goods. Accepting the donation on behalf of the food pantry were, from left, Mary Johnson, president and Mary Cottrell; Georgeann and Terry Henschen, Terra’s parents; Jessica and Braylen Kasch, Terra’s daughter and grand son; Brett Henschen, Terra’s brother; and Russ Givens and Bryor Beck, of Joe Coleman Demolition who helped with unloading the pallet.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

LLCC Taylorville plans visit day for prospective students
Prospective students interested in starting or restarting college or training for a new career are invited to Lincoln Land Community College-Taylorville Visit Day on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 5-7 p.m. The free event will be held in LLCC-Taylorville’s north building, 800 South Spresser.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

IDOT five year plan includes work on 48 and 29
Investments in IL-48, IL-29 and local roads in Christian County will be included in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) new five-year infrastructure plan.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, October 24, 2019

THS musicians earn IMEA District 5 honors
On Monday, October 14, over 40 Taylorville High School Band and Choir students traveled to Effingham High School for the Illinois Music Education Association District 5 Auditions. The following students earned spots in their respective ensembles and will perform later this fall at ILMEA District 5 Festivals at Eastern Illinois University.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Crain speaks to Kiwanis about library and museum
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the club’s new meeting place, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Corley releases new novel '13 Steps for Charlie Birger'
Author Kevin Corley of Shelbyville, Illinois has released his fourth novel on Illinois history and the first not centered in Christian County. "13 Steps for Charlie Birger is the most fact-based book I have written," Corley said. "I took all the events and names from other historian's research and wove them into the novel. The reason I choose to write fiction is to inspire young people to learn history. Few young people will read an academic book."
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Gallery walk in Decatur November 1
The November First Friday Gallery Walk in downtown Decatur will take place on Friday, November 1 from 5-7:30 pm. Two downtown Decatur art galleries will be open.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

2019 Christian County Tentative Multiplier announced
Christian County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

THS Jazz Band set for Big Band Decade Dance
The Taylorville High School Cafeteria figures to be rockin’ on Saturday night when the Taylorville High School Jazz Band puts on its annual Big Band Decade Dance.

The event is free and open to the public, and  it starts at 6:00 p.m. and goes until 9:00 p.m. “We’re doing about 25 to 30 tunes from the 40s and 50s on up until now. There’s something to cater to every age,” said THS Director of Music Chris Gunn.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

National Prescription drug take back day is Saturday
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is set for Saturday, October 26, 2019.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

2019 Christian County Tentative Multiplier announced
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Christian County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

IDOT road plan features several local projects
TAYLORVILLE —On Monday, Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker, announced an ambitious road plan for the State of Illinois during fiscal years 2021-25. “Rebuild Illinois,” with a total of $45 billion is being invested, is a product of the new 19¢ increase in the gas tax people have been paying since July 1, 2019.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

County master gardeners to meet Oct. 24
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian CountyMaster Gardeners will meet Wednesday, October 24, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

City Honors Crews
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

One Room School House
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Kincaid American Legion Post 905 Pageant to be held Sunday
KINCAID — Elizabeth Aymer was crowned the 2017 Miss Post 905 at the Kincaid Labor Day Picnic, along with Kennedy Watson as Jr. Miss and Kaelyn DeClerk as Little Miss.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Ballistics database helps bring Houston gang war into focus
A gang war that authorities say has claimed more than 60 lives in the last six years in Houston came into focus for officials due to a federal ballistics database that helped link seemingly unconnected killings
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Council tables pot sale decision
After a lengthy discussion last Thursday night at the ordinance committee about the future of cannabis sales in Taylorville, Mayor Bruce Barry and Taylorville City Council Ordinance Chair Megan Bryant both said on Friday that the issue, then, had not yet been placed on Monday’s full city council agenda. Barry also said Friday that he didn’t expect the issue to appear on Monday’s agenda.

Apparently, though, the issue was added to the agenda shortly thereafter because the  discussion did resume Monday night, albeit briefly.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Davis announces $502k in DOJ Violence Against Women Grants
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced several organizations within the 13th Congressional District will receive a total of $502,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women. These funds are authorized through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). In April 2019, Davis crossed party lines and voted in favor of VAWA, which passed the house 263-158. He was one of 33 Republicans to vote for the bill. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 1 in 3 women experience some sort of sexual violence in their lifetime in America.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Oct. 22, 2019:
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Pana School Board hears test results
PANA — The Pana School Board received a report on how well students performed on state mandated tests Monday night at their monthly meeting. Paul Donahue, District Curriculum, shared the test results which showed improvement in reading and science, but math scores are lagging behind.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

TAYLORVILLE — Missions for Taylorville (MFT) is currently building two new homes for families that lost theirs in the tornado and they need assistance this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 25-27, 2019.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

PCH to hold Children's Health Fair Oct. 26
Pana Community Hospital is sponsoring the 16th annual Children’s Health and Safety Fair on Saturday, October 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Pana Senior High School. Admission is free.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Students Visit CC Historical Museum
Second graders from TCUSD toured the Christian County Historical Museum on Monday and Tuesday to learn about the rich history of Christian County and how the young Circuit Rider, Abraham Lincoln, spent a great deal of time in the original Christian County Courthouse.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

IDPH shares tips to prevent lead poisoning
Lead poisoning is one of the most prevalent and preventable environmental health hazards and is known to contribute to learning disabilities, developmental delays, and behavioral problems. During National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 20-26, 2019, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) wants to raise awareness about the danger of lead exposure and educate parents on how to reduce exposure to lead in their environment, prevent its serious health effects, and understand the importance of testing children.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

CC Historical Museum to Host Persimmon Party Nov. 2
The tarps are down, the Persimmons are dropping, and volunteers have begun the process of extracting pulp for baking and selling. The annual Persimmon Party is a one day event this year; November 2, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Christian County Historical Museum.
Monday, October 21, 2019

Farm animals at Dickson Mounds Tot Time on Nov. 7
LEWISTOWN, Ill. — At Dickson Mounds Museum's Tot Time on Thursday, November 7 at 9:30 a.m., the program will be "Farm Animals" presented by Tara Ricker, owner of Within Walking Distance Homestead, a hobby farm in Little America, Illinois in Fulton County.
Monday, October 21, 2019

CC Democrat Women's group will meet Nov. 5
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Democrat Women’s Group will meet Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at the Taylorville Township building at 7 p.m.
Monday, October 21, 2019

How parents can make Halloween fun for sensory-sensitive kids
SPRINGFIELD — Most children are eagerly anticipating Halloween, dreaming about the costumes they’ll wear and the candy they’ll devour.
Monday, October 21, 2019

Retired teachers to host fall meeting Oct. 22
TAYLORVILLE — The Retired Teachers of Christian County will hold its fall meeting with a complimentary continental breakfast on October 22nd at Angelo’s Pizza, 404 West Spresser Street in Taylorville.
Monday, October 21, 2019

Morrisonville Pack 74 Cubs
Monday, October 21, 2019

Courthouse

Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Oct. 21, 2019:

Monday, October 21, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, October 21, 2019

Coroner's report conducted; toxicology results are pending
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — An autopsy was conducted today in Bloomington for Pamela J. McPherson, 52 of Blue Mound. 
Monday, October 21, 2019

Phillips announced as Looking Good in the Neighborhood September winner
TAYLORVILLE — The home of Jan and Lee Phillips is the winner for the month of September in the Breeze-Courier Looking Good in the Neighborhood contest.
Saturday, October 19, 2019

Pana Halloween parade and trunk or treat set for Oct. 31
PANA — The 72nd Annual Halloween Parade, sponsored by Pana Lions Club, will be held on Thursday, October 31st, Halloween Day, combined with a new program of Trunk-or-Treaters in Kitchell Park.
Saturday, October 19, 2019

2 Illinois routes among Amtrak's worst performing
CHICAGO (AP) — Two of Amtrak’s Illinois trains routes are among the worst-performing in the nation, according to a new government report.
Saturday, October 19, 2019

Lake Land College plans are high school visit to Pana
MACON — Deciding on what to do after high school graduation can be an overwhelming process. That’s why Lake Land College is scheduling high school visits to help students know more about transitioning from high school to a college or university.
Saturday, October 19, 2019

Pana Red Hats visit pumpkin patch near Arthur
PANA — Pana Red Roses Red Hat Club traveled to The Great Pumpkin Patch Wednesday, Oct. 9, near Arthur. Judy Crosby, left and Dena Adden, were hostesses for the event. In attendance were Dena Adden, Debby Clark, Judy Crosby, Rosemary Horsthemke, Dolores Kelly, Georgette Merrifield, Joan Michael, Patricia Patton, Carol Poe and Irma Waddington.
Saturday, October 19, 2019

Volunteers needed to plant trees in city
TAYLORVILLE — Trees Forever, Taylorville Tree Recovery Team and volunteers will be planting approximately 100 trees to replace tree loss from the December 2018 tornado.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Daddy's Home
Friday, October 18, 2019

Sanders is sentenced in child battery case
TAYLORVILLE — A Palmer man, Darrel Hunter Sanders, 20, was sentenced to the maximum penalty, 18 years, in connection with a 2018 case of aggravated battery of a child under the age of 13. The sentence came following an afternoon long sentencing hearing in Christian County Court Thursday afternoon before Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Committee split on marijuana dispenseries
TAYLORVILLE — The future of marijuana dispensaries in the City of Taylorville is still up in the air after the city’s ordinance committee came to a 2-2 split on the matter at Thursday night’s meeting.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Some US farmers get reprieve after challenging year
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Many farmers in the Midwest and South whose planting this year was interrupted by wet weather are getting a reprieve, though a few Northern states have seen harvest prospects go from bad to worse.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Blue Mound woman is killed in train-car accident Thursday
TAYLORVILLE — A 52-year-old Blue Mound woman, Pamela J. McPherson, died of injuries she received in a car-train accident in Taylorville on Thursday night.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Festival of Trees to host decorative painting event
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial’s Festival of Trees will hold a decorative painting event on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Milikin-Decatur orchestra performing Shostakovich
DECATUR, Ill. — The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) will continue its 2019-20 performance season on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin University's campus.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Lincoln library plans fun kids' activities about history
SPRINGFIELD — Children have two great chances to explore history in fun, creative ways at events coming up at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. One event focuses on “Rosie the Riveter” during World War II, and the other explores technology that people used to escape slavery on the Underground Railroad.
Friday, October 18, 2019

AFSCME retirees to hold two meetings this month
DECATUR — Retired members of AFSCME Sub-Chapter 87 will hold two meetings during the month of October. The first will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 14, at the Decatur Public Library (Staley Room). The guest speaker for that occasion is Louis Goseland who works for the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans. He will discuss the "Fair Tax" proposal and the benefits and effects it will have on seniors.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Annual turkey dinner at St. Maurice November 3
MORRISONVILLE — St. Maurice Catholic Church in Morrisonville will hold its annual Baked Turkey Dinner from 2:30-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, in the Morrisonville Knights of Columbus Hall.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Griffith Family gospel singers at Tower Hill Methodist
TOWER HILL — The Griffith Family will be at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Church on Saturday, October 26 at 5:00 p.m.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Faith Community to host guest speaker on Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — A portion of the 10 a.m. Morning Worship service October 20 at Faith Community Worship Center will be delegated to guest speaker Ruth Leonard from the Montgomery County Cancer Awareness and Support group.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Farm Hands to perform bluegrass in Pana Sunday
PANA — The Farm Hands of Nashville, Tenn., will be performing at the United In Faith Church, 609 Fairgrounds Road, Pana, Ill., on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.
Friday, October 18, 2019

TAYLORVILLE — The road to success. The road to happiness. The road less traveled. The road not taken. The road back to you. These are just a few of the expressions used to describe not so much a literal path we’ve experienced but more the journey of life we find ourselves on.  Of course, many would include the following lyrics to the list, “Life is a highway. I wanna ride it all night long.” (Rascal Flatts-2006) Among these famous descriptions about the roads we often encounter in life, let me suggest one other possibility and that would be, “The Road no one could see-the Road no one knew was there.” This particular expression is found in the Bible, Psalm 77:19. “Your road (God) led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters, a pathway no one knew was there!” There’s something intriguing about a road unseen.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Officers Talk With Youth Group
Friday, October 18, 2019

Billy Graham's preacher daughter looks to the future
Anne Graham Lotz has done her share of thinking about the past, present and future of evangelism -- which is understandable, since her father, Billy Graham, liked to call her the "best preacher in the family."
Friday, October 18, 2019

Chemistry Club at LLCC sponsors haunted lab
The Lincoln Land Community College Chemistry Club will host the seventh annual "Haunted Lab" Friday, Oct. 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in upper Sangamon Hall on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

TMH to offer 'Freedom from Smoking'
Taylorville Memorial Hospital is proud to provide the American Lung Association’s “Freedom from Smoking” program. Participants will learn how to overcome tobacco addiction and start enjoying the benefits of better health and how to stay smoke-free for good.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Leadership program accepting applications
Anyone interested in learning more about your community, expanding your leadership skills and networking with other residents, sign up today for the 2020 Christian County LEADership program.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

South Fork looks at bond refinancing
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, October 17, 2019

October 16 Proclaimed CTI Day
Wednesday, October 16 was national bosses day. The employees at CTI upped the ante on the occasion, though, when they orchestrated a surprise proclamation from Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry who named the day CTI Day in Taylorville. Barry said the decision was an easy one. “The services offered by CTI help to better the lives of Taylorville residents. CTI’s presence in Taylorville strengthens the economic vitality and enhances growth in the community,” he said.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

North Attendance winners
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Instructor speaks to club about concealed carry laws
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, October 17, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor John Crist then gave the morning invocation.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Carlyle Lake reminds hunters of their obligation
With the fall hunting season underway, hunters are reminded of their obligation to practice ethical and safe hunting while in the field. Remember, your personal ethics might not match your neighbors, but certain guidelines do pertain to all hunters.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

HOOAH Deer hunt for Heroes: A healing hunting trip
Hooah! Traditionally it’s a rallying cry for  the U.S. Army. Thanks to a group of Central Illinois volunteers, and a couple of Taylorville residents, however, it’s quickly becoming so much more. It’s now a therapeutic experience that binds all brothers in arms, no matter the branch of service.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Illinois fall trout season opens this Saturday
The 2019 Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season opens Saturday, Oct. 19 at 57 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Taxidermy, tanning hallmark of Alan Easter's career
From the outside, the unassuming brown building next to the Blue Mound Post Office on Niles St., doesn’t look very busy. But once you enter the shop through its side door, it is a beehive of activity, with pelts of many animals from all over the United States in various stages of the tanning process. Alan Easter’s company, Easter’s Taxidermy, does between 6,000 and 7,000 hide preservations a year for taxidermists around the country.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

County Honors Crews, Engeling
Christian County Chairwoman Becky Edwards read a proclamation at Tuesday’s county board meeting where she recognized the dedication of Mike Crews and Bruce Engeling (not pictured). Crews will be leaving his post as Christian County Emergency Management Agency Director while Engeling recently retired after 24 years of service as chief deputy for the Christian County Sheriff’s Office.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

School audit shows growing reserves
The Illinois State Board of Education recommends that every school district have a minimum of 180 days of operating cash on hand. The Taylorville School District’s annual audit reveals that Taylorville is making headway in approaching that target.

 District auditor Adam Mathias told the board Tuesday night that TCUSD now has 164 days cash on hand, which is up from 134 days a year ago.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Pana Counciil approves Enterprize Zone agreements
On a 5-1 vote Tuesday night, the Pana City Council gave final approval to the Christian County, City of Pana, City of Taylorville and Village of Assumption Enterprise Zone. It was second reading of the measure which had gained approval, 4-3, on first reading two weeks ago.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Women's Group Donates
Barbara Duncan, Treasurer for the Community Women’s Association is pictured presenting a donation of $100 to Monita Kalka and Loretta Law, board members of Christian County Historical Society.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Kiwanis members hear about industrial park
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about Taylorville’s new Industrial Park from a long-time community leader, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the club’s new meeting place, the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Women Of Moose Donate
Ashley Butterfield, of the Women of the Moose, is pictured presenting a check to Christi Luttrell for the THS CBI Class.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

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

 The program, “Stop the Bleed,” will be offered on Tuesday, October 22. The session will run from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. in the Janice Hopper Auditorium at TMH. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Rep. Davis Help Desk in Morrisonville
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) has announced his staff will be holding a series of Traveling Help Desks in October. Traveling Help Desks are held while Congress is in session to ensure constituents in every corner of the district have an opportunity to connect with staff if they need help with a federal agency or have questions about legislation.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

New clinic to offer primary care and mental health services to Christian Co. residents
TAYLORVILLE — Memorial Behavioral Health and SIU Medicine are partnering together to open a clinic integrating primary care and mental health services for residents of Christian County.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Meeting Notices
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Edinburg board talks new police car, body cameras
EDINBURG — The Village of Edinburg held a regular meeting on Monday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Oct. 15, 2019:
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Hornbuckle Speaks To Sertoma Club
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Podeschi Speaks To Daughters Of The American Revolution
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Senior fair brings resources to area senior citizens
TAYLORVILLE — Senior citizens from around Christian County joined State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) Thursday for a free senior resource fair.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Bent But Not Broken
The home of Susan Pearce was one of many damaged in the December 1, 2018 tornado that rocked the area. Like so many, she has had to rebuild or repair. One of the mature trees in her front yard was also damaged. Pictured is a section of the tree that was saved.
Monday, October 14, 2019

Public Schools Foundation Donates Proceeds
The Taylorvilel Public School Foundation presented a check Friday everning to high school principal Matt Hutchingson for $1,650 from the Foundations VIP Parking at the home footballs games. Bob Ridings of Taylorville  offered the Foundation his grass lot area across the street from the stadium entrance for parking.
Monday, October 14, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, October 14, 2019

Courthouse
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