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Class of '62 Donates To THS Building Trades Class

Wednesday, September 18, 2019


Fire chief speaks to Kiwanis Club about automated external defibrilators
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about using automated external defibrilators, or A-E-D’s, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Rock Of Ages
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

St. Mary's Fall Fiesta starts Friday with fish fry and Rock Of Ages band
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

LiveWire band will take you on a musical journey
TAYLORVILLE — LiveWire is a versatile five piece cover band that plays radio hits and favorites from a wide variety of genres with all the bells and whistles and layers of vocals.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

City requesting more info from Hathaway
TAYLORVILLE — The City of Taylorville Planning and Zoning Commission met prior to the full city council meeting Monday night. The commission reviewed a sketch map for phase two of the Hathaway Homes project on West Elm that seeks to construct 48 new affordable housing homes.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Park okays plan of action for park pond
TAYLORVILLE — After a dramatic decline in the water level of the south pond at Manners Park, park officials called a special board meeting Monday night to address the issue.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Village of Kincaid hires William Constantine as new police chief
KINCAID — The Village of Kincaid has hired William Randal Constantine as their new police chief. Constantine replaces the outgoing Chief Dwayne Wheeler.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Committee okays enterprise zone ordinances
TAYLORVILLE — Following a 25-minute pubic hearing on the topic, the Executive and Personnel Committee of the Christian County Board approved and recommended to the full board three ordinances to establish an Enterprise Zone at different locations around Christian County. The county, along with Taylorville, Pana and Assumption, are making application for a new Enterprise Zone as the old one is expiring soon.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Meeting Notices
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Taylorville Dog Days Pageant Winners
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Pana farmer keeps 'pushin' forward in uncertain times
RURAL PANA — He just turned 25 years old the other day and Aaron Vandenbergh, a fourth generation farmer, is making his way through uncertain times in farm country. A mixture of weather, up and down markets and an unpredictable future, makes things hard on a young farmer - but there is nothing he would rather do.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, September 16, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, September 16, 2019

St. Mary's Foundation to host ag health event Wed.
The HSHS St. Mary's Foundation will host an Ag Health event for  farmers and their families from 7 – 9 a.m. Wednesday, September 18 at Richland Community College's Shilling Center. The event, sponsored in part by Macon County Farm Bureau and First Illinois Ag Group includes complimentary health screenings, breakfast and a brief presentation from Doug Yoder, a crop agency manager with Country Financial.
Monday, September 16, 2019

Illinois Department of Ag highlighting safety issues
As another harvest season begins, the Illinois Department of Agriculture reminds all farm workers to stay safe, especially during the upcoming and busy harvest season.
Monday, September 16, 2019

21st history conference for the 21st state Oct. 3-4
For the 21st time, scholars will gather to share their research into the legacy of the 21st state, offering new insights into the history of Illinois baseball, Abraham Lincoln’s social circle, immigrant experiences and dozens of other topics.
Monday, September 16, 2019

LLCC director speaks to Taylorville Sertoma Club
Dee Krueger, Director of Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville, spoke to the Sertoma Club at the club’s dinner meeting. 
Monday, September 16, 2019

2019 Taylorville High School Homecoming Court
The 2019 THS Homecoming Court is pictured.
Monday, September 16, 2019

Corn one step closer to bacterial leaf streak resistance
Bacterial leaf streak, a foliar disease in corn, has only been in the United States for a handful of years, but Tiffany Jamann says it’s a major problem in the Western Corn Belt.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Cattle producers could maximize profits using progressive limit feeding
Beef cattle producers could see greater profits in the finishing period with progressive limit feeding, according to research from University of Illinois scientists.

To help keep cattle healthy as they enter a feedlot, producers often feed less, or “limit-feed,” for a short time to allow the animal to adjust to the feedlot diet. The new research looks at the concept of progressively reducing feed intake throughout the diet-transition period, with the goal of maintaining a constant body size.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

THS FFA welcomes National FFA officer
The Taylorville FFA chapter welcomed a National FFA officer to speak to the students about leadership.

Adrian Schunk came all the way from Michigan to visit the chapter. She gave a brief background story about herself and got right into the first activity.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

THS FFA to host annual pork chop dinner Oct. 1
The Taylorville FFA Chapter and FFA Alumni are hosting their annual pork chop drive thru and carry-out supper on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Local Agribusinesses to sponsor free showing of "Silo" September 26
In today’s society, advancements in technology help to make agriculture production easier, safer, and more time efficient. Nonetheless, even with so many advancements, farming still ranks in the top 15 for America’s most dangerous jobs (USA Today), with grain bin related injuries being one of the most prominent.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Facts and figures on farm safety
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, agriculture is among the most hazardous industries. Fatal and nonfatal injuries pose a significant threat to farmers, including the many young people who work on farms. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, in an effort to promote productive and safe workplaces, supports programs that conduct research on injuries associated with agriculture as well as pesticide exposure, pulmonary disease, musculoskeletal disorders, hearing loss, and stress. Studying the results of such research, compiled by NIOSH, may compel veteran and novice farmers to further emphasize safety measures and promote practices that can reduce risk for accidents on the farm.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Morrisonville FFA Attends Farm Progress Show
The Morrisonville FFA chapter has been apart of many activities this school year. Their summer endeavors included attending State Convention in Springfield, along with constructing a float for the Morrisonville Picnic parade. As the school year approached, the FFA chapter cleaned barns at the state fair, as well as work Pork Patio for the Pork Producers.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Safety tips for parents of young farmers
People who live in cities, exurbs or suburbs may not come across farms very frequently. But millions of people, including children, still live on farms. In fact, in 2009 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that more than one million children under the age of 20 lived, worked or had a regular presence on farms in the United States.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Fun farm facts
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Statement from the IL Farm Bureau regarding EPA's repeal of WOTUS Rule
The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) repeal of the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Seeking new RCPP Projects for Illinois
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced last week the launch of the updated Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Potential partners are encouraged to submit proposals that will improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

S.T.A.R. program reaches 27,000 Acres in 2018
An innovative statewide conservation program is helping more Illinois farmers ensure they are protecting their farmland and our environment, all via a free, handy evaluation tool that has them thinking more strategically about the rich soil that produces their crops.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

LLCC Agriculture Program Fall 2019 Update
The Agriculture Program at Lincoln Land Community College has kicked off an exciting fall semester, with a number of achievements and firsts for the college to share.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

The various benefits of farm-to-table
Few things are more satisfying than biting into a fresh tomato right from the garden or seasoning a meal with herbs picked from a windowsill greenhouse. Restaurants recognize the value of such experiences, and more and more are relying on locally sourced products in their kitchens.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Back To School FFA Cookout
On September 10, the Central A&M FFA Chapter held its annual FFA Back-to-School Cookout. This event was held at the new park in Moweaqua at 6:00 p.m. Many students gathered to celebrate the upcoming school year. The FFA served hot dogs as well as hamburgers with an assortment of sweets. Throughout the night the new members of the chapter were acquainted with the officers and all other members.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Grain tour shows off latest agriculture technology
It could have been mistaken for a classroom.

More than 40 people seated in a room, glued to a video screen and hanging onto the words of a man giving them detailed information about a complex topic.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Gorden endows greenhouse at Meridian High School
The Meridian AgTech Foundation announced today that lifelong resident Roberta Gorden has donated $59,000 for construction of the Roberta K. Gorden Greenhouse as part of the foundation’s plans for a new agriculture building at Meridian High School. The foundation has a goal to raise $1 million to cover the $816,000 cost of constructing a building to house an agriculture shop, classroom and greenhouse.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Agriculture and the economy
Though it’s easy to look at the tech industry and think this increasingly influential sector is what makes the world go round, something closer to the very core of the Earth may be what’s driving your economy.

The agricultural sector plays a strategic role in a nation’s economic development and prosperity. From the earliest days, agriculture has been heralded as playing a crucial role in North American culture. Farmers who grow produce and raise livestock for meats and other products have long exemplified what it means to work hard and take initiatives to be self-sufficient.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Oliver Needs A Home
It may have been DowntownTaylorville.org’s annual Dog Days Saturday on the square, but cats were certainly welcome too, especially those needing a home. Tonya Brust, who is with the feline division of Wild Canine Rescue, is shown bottle feeding Oliver the kitten. Oliver was rescued after being thrown from a car, and he is now looking for a home.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

County Enterprise Zone hearing Monday; doesn't include wind farms
Christian County Board Chairman Becky Edwards is working to dispel the false rumors a proposed Taylorville-Christian County Enterprise Zone will have wind turbines placed in it.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Service and sewing: The ties that bind one area family
It’s said that the power of an embrace is curative, transformative even. There’s security, comfort, and warmth in a hug; it’s almost like a warm blanket for the soul, almost exactly like that in fact.

The Quilts of Valor initiative is built upon that bedrock, that desire to provide servicemen and women, and veterans, with a special memento, a tribute to their service, one that is representative of a loving embrace.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Conservation District hosting trip to St. Louis Art Museum
Explore the St. Louis Art Museum with Macon County Conservation District staff on a Van Trip on Tuesday, September 24, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Kiwanis meeting on September 17
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club will hold its regular weekly meeting at noon on Tuesday September 17 in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center's Ribbon Night
In recognition of Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month in October, Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center will be will host a Ribbon Night. The free event will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Taylorville Christian Church, 1124 North Webster Street, Taylorville.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Preschool Peepers making fall crafts at Rock Springs
Young children with an adult buddy are invited to Rock Springs Nature Center for Preschool Peepers: Fall Craft on Sunday, September 22 at 2 p.m. Children and their adult buddies will make a fun, nature-themed fall craft to take home and display. All supplies will be provided. Preschool Peepers programs are ideal for ages 3-5, but all ages are welcome. This program is free, but you must pre-register online by noon on September 20 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Lincoln, The Great Communicator tours the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area
Looking for Lincoln will host Lincoln, The Great Communicator in eleven (11) Looking for Lincoln Communities around the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. The performance combines live period music with conversation and narrative by President Lincoln (using Lincoln's own words) to explore Lincoln's use of communication as a personal and political tool and features Lincoln impersonator George Buss and Illinois folk musician and folklorist Chris Vallillo.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Volunteers and pageant entries still needed for Chillifest
Volunteers are needed for various positions during the 2019 Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest October 5th and 6th on the Taylorville square.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Two great events present Birds of Prey at the Illinois State Museum
Most might think of dinosaurs when they hear the word “raptor,” but the upcoming “Remarkable Raptors” family event at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield is all about birds of prey, also called raptors. The Museum will be hosting the event on Saturday, September 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Children and their families are invited to participate in activities including the “Raptor or Not” game, owl eyes art project, and more.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Friends of CC Animal Control receive grant
Friends of Christian County Animal Control recently received a community grant from the WalMart Foundation. WalMart, whose commitment to give back to the community, donated the $500 grant to be used by the Friends group. Friends of Christian County Animal Control help people in the county that have a special need for an animal’s welfare.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Optimist Club hosts Himstedt as guest speaker
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, September 12, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Terry Wright then offered the morning invocation.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Information sought in Taylorville burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Flag Etiquette
Sixth graders in Mrs. Schaeffer's class at St. Mary School were trained in flag etiquette by members of VFW #4495 on Wed., Sept. 11. Sixth graders are in charge of raising and lowering the flag each day at the school. Prior to the training, the VFW provided booklets on flag etiquette for the students to use to study the history of the American flag and what the flag represents.
Friday, September 13, 2019

Committee earmarks funds for elevator and election equipment
During its meeting on Thursday evening, the Finance and Audit Committee of the Christian County Board earmarked money from the county’s General Obligation Bonds Fund to replace the crippled Courthouse elevator, as well as paying for a six-year lease of new election equipment.

The committee also put its stamp of approval on a proposal to bring the Montgomery County 911 telephone services into Christian County.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Morrissey takes plea deal in Presnell murder case
Quinton L. Morrissey, 20, of Pana, was due for jury trial in the 2017 murder of Stephan Presnell, 59, of Lake Pana. Instead, during a hearing before Judge Christopher Matoush, he pled guilty to Count III, second degree murder without reason. He was sentenced to 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Counts I and II, aggravated battery with intent to do great bodily harm and first degree murder with strong possibility of death or injury, were dismissed as part of the negotiated settlement.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, September 13, 2019

Kiwanis members hear from new restauranteur
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about a new Taylorville steak house, bar and gaming room during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Friday, September 13, 2019

Bank Donates
Peoples Bank and Trust purchased two market hogs from the Christian County 4-H Auction. The hogs were the 4-H projects of Eric Schafer and Carsyn Bertolino. The hogs were then delivered to a packing plant in Moweaqua and Arthur and butchered with the meat ground into one-pound packages.
Friday, September 13, 2019

Lighthouse church offering after school program
For parents and guardians who are looking for a safe and supportive program for their children after school, the Lighthouse Apostolic Church in Taylorville may have a solution. The Lighthouse Keepers Teen Group, run by Youth Minister Jeremy Rhodes, is offering an after school program for all ages.
Friday, September 13, 2019

Grandparent's Day
Grandparents and Senior Adults were honored Sunday, September 8 at Faith Community Worship Center beginning with a complementary breakfast before services. Upon arrival, the diners were greeted and escorted to their seats by members of the Faith Extreme (F-X) Youth, who were servers for the day. 
Friday, September 13, 2019

I still remember
My granddaughter asked me a very interesting question this week. She asked, “Do you remember the day the airplane crashed into the big buildings.” Of course, she was learning at school about a historical event that happened eleven years before she was born. Her young mind is trying to process the events of that bright September morning, but my mind went back to that day as if it all happened yesterday. She was collecting information and she knew that not only was I old enough to remember September 11, but she also knew we had lived in New York on the day those events took place.  Although, my granddaughter had trouble understanding what I did or did not see on that day, I’ll never forget driving across the Throgs Neck bridge into Queens and seeing the smoke billowing from the end of the Manhattan skyline. It is an image I still remember, and I know I will never forget.
Friday, September 13, 2019

Five on Friday
Friday, September 13, 2019

Homecoming Spirit
THS Homecoming festivities ramped up on Wednesday evening with the homecoming parade, which was followed immediately by the annual bonfire games. Performances from the band, cheerleaders, and dance team opened the bonfire games, and football moms and their sons got to square off against one another in a variety of competitions including mattress races.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Reports of roads and repairs at Pana Twp. meeting
The Pana Township Board of Trustees met on Wednesday night at the township building in a fairly short session.

Supervisor Tom Latonis reported there had been problems with the air conditioning system at the township building which was being repaired by Holthaus Heating and Cooling. He also reported a sump pump in the basement of the facility had burned out and after recent rains, it became flooded with some boxes of records being damaged. A new pump was installed by Hilton Plumbing and Latonis said he was waiting on a cost estimate to have an emergency system put on the pump which is run by the water pressure to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Senior variety show postponed
Due to technical difficulties and scheduling issues, the Senior Center Variety show scheduled for Saturday has been postponed
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Local man arrested for predatory sexual assault
On September 11, 2019 at approximately 5 p.m. Taylorville Police arrested Kaleb A. Vaughn, 21 years old from Taylorville without incident.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Celebrating Homecoming
It was smiles just about all around Wednesday as Taylorville gathered to celebrate the annual homecoming festivities. The parade drew a huge crowd, and most of the THS student body gathered for the annual bonfire games where the classes competed against each other.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Save the date: THS hosting annual college night October 2
Taylorville High School is sponsoring their annual College Night to be held Wednesday, October 2nd from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

Representatives from a variety of colleges, universities, technical schools and the military will be in attendance to distribute information and answer questions.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Courthouse elevator needs $250k fix
The elevator at the Christian County courthouse isn’t haunted, but at first glance that may not be totally apparent.  The apparatus will sometimes travel from floor to floor and slide open its doors, seemingly all on its own.

It may just be old age that ails the temperamental piece of equipment; it was installed in 1962 after all. Regardless, county board members say it has to be fixed. Still, most say they were unprepared for the sticker shock that comes with the required work. The estimated price tag: $250,000.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Sr. Center Variety Show set for this Saturday
The 32nd Annual Variety Show sponsored by the Senior Citizens of Christian County (Taylorville Senior Center) will take place on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the Taylorville Junior High Gym. Doors will open at approximately 5:00 p.m.

Fundraising events such as the Annual Variety Show provide funds necessary for the Senior Center to operate the Senior Transportation Program and provide other services such as the Taylorville Meals on Wheels Program, legal assistance, health and fitness programs, outreach services, and social activities and programs.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Join APL for Donuts and Dogs 5K Fun Run/Walk
The Animal Protective League (APL) will present their 1st annual Donuts and Dogs 5K Fun Run/Walk on September 14th at Southwind Park in Springfield, IL from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Race as an individual, family, or team and help raise funds for APL during this one of a kind 5K experience. Donuts, provided by Krispy Kreme, and dog treats will be available on the day of the race. There will be fun on-site activities, sponsored by Purina, before and during the race, such as dog and human massages, demonstrations, a photo booth with props, doggie cooling pools, and other activities.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Red Cross urges blood donations after Dorian impact
As the American Red Cross works around the clock supporting those impacted by Hurricane Dorian, providing food, shelter and comfort, individuals outside the affected areas are urged to help by giving blood to ensure patients in the storm’s path and around the country have access to lifesaving blood. People can also help by making a financial donation to support relief efforts.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Canoe the Sangamon River this fall
Enjoy fresh fall air and colorful autumn leaves on a guided canoe trip down the Sangamon River with Macon County Conservation District staff. Canoe trips will be held Saturdays, September 21, October 19, and November 9 from 1-4 p.m.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Prairie Pedal bike ride September 29
Support natural areas and wildlife by riding your bicycle in Prairie Pedal. The Macon County Conservation Foundation will hold this annual bicycling fundraiser event on Sunday, September 29 at Rock Springs Conservation Area. This fundraiser supports natural areas and wildlife in Macon County, Illinois.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Lincoln drinking? He had little use for alcohol
A current television commercial for a well-known tequila brand depicts Abraham Lincoln, holding a drink and partying with other past celebrities. In reality, Lincoln had little use for the stuff.

Lincoln rarely drank liquor, and spoke out strongly on the ill effects of alcohol in society. Friends and relatives all marveled at his dislike for drink, from his younger days all the way to the White House.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

THS College And Career Readiness Class
Ms. Pennock's College and Career Readiness class at THS had three different speakers the week of September 2. SGT Floyd Bastien presented to the class a HEAR (Helping Everyone Achieve Respect) Presentation created by the Army National Guard.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Committee okays expanded turbine setbacks
The full Christian County Board will still need to approve it at the upcoming meeting on September 17, but the Christian County Environmental and Zoning Committee voted  3-1 (Phil Schneider-yes, Charles DeClerck-yes, Craig Corzine-yes, Linda Curtin-no, Dale Livingston-absent) Monday to recommend an increase in setback requirements for wind turbines in the county.

The existing ordinance requires a 1,000-foot setback in rural areas and a 2,000-foot setback from residential districts. Under the new amendment passed out of committee Monday, the newly proposed ordinance will require a 2,640-foot setback from all neighboring property lines. There is also a setback requirement that mandates that no turbine can be placed closer to a primary structure than a distance that  is 1.1 times the height of a turbine. Individual property owners do have the right to waive setback requirements under the proposed ordinance change, but only in the event that such waiver does not encroach upon the setback requirements of neighboring property owners.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Jenkins case dismissed; charges may be refiled
A charge of felony domestic assault against Bradley S. Jenkins, 31, of Taylorville, has been dismissed by St. Louis prosecutors. Jenkins, a former correctional officer with the Illinois Department of Corrections, was charged following the death of his wife, Allissa L. Martin, 27, after she fell from the seventh floor of a parking garage near Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 2, 2019.

According to published reports, evidence needed for an indictment has not become available from investigators.

According to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Susan Ryan, a spokesperson for the Circuit Attorney’s Office, said in a statement, the court requires an indictment within 90 days of charges being filed. She said the state is awaiting evidence from police and the medical examiner required for the grand jury to decide this case.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Taylorville board gives Stonington Library six months to vacate
The Taylorville Board of Education was presented two options by the Stonington Park District on the sale of the Stonington elementary school building and grounds at the regular meeting held last night at 7:00 p.m. Board member Dave Driskell said he felt the reason for the two counter offers was the Stonington Library, currently leasing space in the school building.

“The library is causing them to have cold feet. They don’t know how they can deal with that, or if they have the money to. If we got rid of the library from the whole equation, I think the park district would agree to a deal. I think we have to agree tonight on giving the library six months notice to vacate the building.

That starts the whole process, and will make sure we are clean even if the deal with the park district falls through. We are not trying to say the library has to go; we are just trying to make the deal with the park district go through. The library needs to work with the park district, and if the park district refuses, then the library will have to work with the new owners of the building. We are hoping everything works out for the best this way.” Driskell explained, laying out the school’s stance on the two options presented.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Kincaid votes to keep Safe Passage program
The Village of Kincaid Board of Trustees met Monday evening in regular session. The agenda included a final vote regarding whether to keep the Safe Passage Program within the Police Department or not.

Village Trustee JR Griffin made the motion to remove the program and Trustee Boyer made the second motion. A roll call vote was taken with Trustees Mahan, Griffin and Boyer voting to remove the program and Trustees Evans, Durbin and Keafer voting to keep the program. Trustee Griffin then made an objection to Trustee Evans being able to vote due to a conflict of interest. “I object to Evans voting on it. She’s employed by it and paid by it.” Evans tendered her resignation last Friday as the Kincaid Safe Passage Coordinator. She is currently the Taylorville Safe Passage Coordinator.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Pana gives final approval for utility tax
With little fanfare and few members of the public in the crowd, Pana Mayor Don Kroski delivered the final favorable vote to pass increases in the city of Pana’s Utility and Telecommunications taxes during Monday night’s meeting held in Pana City Hall.

All eight members of the council were present and the vote to approve the increases was a repeat of two weeks ago when council members deadlocked, 4-4, and Kroski was the deciding vote, 5-4.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

THS Homecoming Court Announced
Pictured are members of the 2019 Taylorville High School Homecoming Court
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, September 9, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, September 9, 2019

Illinois Waterfowl Hunting Updates
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding waterfowl hunters of key dates and other information regarding the 2019-2020 waterfowl seasons and beyond.
Monday, September 9, 2019

Lake Land College to sponsor Blood Stem Cell and Marrow Registry Drive
The Lake Land College Student Activity Board is sponsoring a Blood Stem Cell and Marrow Registry Drive on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Representatives from the Be The Match organization will be available from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Laker Point of the Luther Student Center to talk with students, employees and community members who are interested in registering to be a donor.
Monday, September 9, 2019

Explore Fort Daniel under a full moon
Explore Fort Daniel Conservation Area after dark during a Full Moon Hike on Saturday, September 14 from 8-10 p.m.
Monday, September 9, 2019

Former resident receives FAEA Special Needs Educator Award
Patrice Kennedy is the recipient of the 2019 FAEA Special Needs Educator Award which recognizes individuals who have achieved the highest level of professionalism in art education.

Florida Art Education Association celebrates outstanding contributions in the Arts, towards the association and its mission. All awards will be presented at the annual FAEA Conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida in November.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Archivist to speak Sept. 22 on Millikin history
DECATUR — The general meeting of the Decatur Genealogical Society will be held September 22 at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Professor presents program on past, present of Illinois prairie
DECATUR — Visit Homestead Prairie Farm at Rock Springs Conservation Area as guest speaker Dan Guillory presents The Prairie: Then and Now on Saturday, September 14 at 2pm. This program is free. No registration required.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Man Meets Machine
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Courthouse
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Tips for sharing the road with cyclists and pedestrians
TAYLORVILLE — Did you know that bicyclists accounted for 2.2 percent of all traffic deaths in the United States in 2016? In addition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says nearly 15 pedestrians per day lose their lives when struck by motor vehicles, and there were 5,376 pedestrian deaths in 2015.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Campers' guide to good RV care and maintenance
TAYLORVILLE — Sometimes referred to as recreational vehicles, travel trailers or campers, RVs are popular. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, RV shipments through February 2017 totaled 73,287 units. This represents an increase of 8.6 percent from the same period in 2016. In fact, RV shipments  have increased for seven consecutive years.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Well known and lesser known ways to conserve fuel
TAYLORVILLE — Defensive driving has long been touted not only as a safe way to operate a motor vehicle, but also a cost-effective one. When driving defensively, drivers are less likely to make sudden stops or accelerate quickly, each of which can waste fuel.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Stash some cash in a well-equipped emergency kit
TAYLORVILLE — It is always wise to plan for the worst and hope for the best. The Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Homeland Security note that these key items should always be included in a car emergency kit.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Collebrusco's Classics: A Mercury Collection And More
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville’s Alan Collebrusco used to jump out of  perfectly good airplanes for thrills. Once, on the way down, he says doubt crept into his mind about whether or not his ‘chute would open. That’s about the time he decided he would get a new hobby.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Area programs for toddlers are offered this month
SPRINGFIELD —Children and their families are invited to celebrate the fall season at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Missions Manager Speaks To Women's Group
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Edinburg Elementary Star Students announced
EDINBURG — Edinburg Elementary School has announced Patrick Baldwin as their first Star Student of the year. He is in Mrs. Durbin’s Kindergarten class and is the son of James and Becky Baldwin.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Head Start 0-5 program now taking applications
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — C.E.F.S. Head Start 0-5 program is a free federally funded program that provides comprehensive classroom and home-based educational services to pregnant woman and children ages 0-5. 
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Volunteers are needed for Kidzone at Chillifest
TAYLORVILLE — The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest is in need of volunteers for this year’s Kidzone at this year’s event October 5 and 6 on the Taylorville square.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Lincoln grandchildren different than famous grandfather
ILLINOIS — Abraham Lincoln never met his grandchildren, since he was assassinated before any of them were born. Given the opportunity, they may not have been especially interested in meeting him, either.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Reduce distractions behind the wheel
TAYLORVILLE — Despite the fact that automobiles are now designed with more safety features than ever before, the rate of traffic accidents and fatalities continue to rise. The National Safety Council says safety improvement like crash-avoidance technology hasn’t reduced accidents, and driver error is still to blame for many crashes — with distractions behind the wheel and impaired driving leading the way.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Explaining your used car warranty options
TAYLORVILLE — Purchasing a previously owned vehicle requires a leap of faith. Even after relying on a test drive and a thorough inspection by a mechanic, it’s impossible to know how the previous owner drove and maintained the vehicle and the wear and tear it may have endured. Drivers also cannot predict any issues that may crop up after signing a purchase contract.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

How to make driving in inclement weather more safe
TAYLORVILLE — Impaired visibility can be a safety hazard while driving. Everything from sun glare to hail can affect a driver’s ability to see the road and navigate it effectively. Before drivers get behind the wheel, they should make note of their local forecast and make a plan for what to do if rain, snow or other conditions make it challenging to drive.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Handle a breakdown with ease
TAYLORVILLE — Drivers expect their vehicles to safely transport them from point A to point B. But sometimes drivers find themselves stranded on the side of the road due to a breakdown. That can be an especially precarious position to be in, but knowing what to do during a breakdown can help drivers and their passengers get through such situations unscathed.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Top tips for buying teens their first cars
TAYLORVILLE — Selecting a first car for a teenage son or daughter can be challenging. Newly licensed drivers probably want something sporty that also looks cool, while their parents no doubt want them behind the wheel of something sturdy, safe and reliable. 
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Develop a year round vehicle maintenance schedule
TAYLORVILLE — The oft-sudden expense of vehicle repairs can throw monthly budgets into disarray. Maintaining a routine service schedule is one way for drivers to keep repair costs down.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Is there a "best time" to buy or sell a vehicle?
TAYLORVILLE — The automotive industry is big business. According to the Statista Research Department, roughly 79 million cars and light trucks are expected to be sold worldwide by the end of 2019.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Pana, CAM take part in 'Donate Life Classic'
Friday, September 6, 2019

Blackburn Alum was ground-breaking female reporter
For decades, female journalists were relegated to soft news and local coverage, rarely allowed to cover the biggest, hard-hitting stories. Blackburn College alum Louise Hutchinson, however, broke that mold, along with numerous gender barriers.
Friday, September 6, 2019

TPD arrest Shelbyville man on multiple counts
TAYLORVILLE — On September 5, 2019 at approximately 5:23 p.m. Officers of the Taylorville Police Department were advised of a reckless driver heading east on Park Street. It was also reported that the vehicle had been involved in a hit and run traffic crash.
Friday, September 6, 2019

TFD looking to combat constant turnover
TAYLORVILLE  —  The  Taylorville Fire Department has already lost four firefighters this year, and they’re preparing for the expected departure of a fifth. Some of that turnover is just due to natural progression: Young guys come in, build a resume, and find bigger opportunities. That’s life in a small town. The TFD, though, has also lost a couple of seasoned veterans this year after the departure of a 13-year employee and a nine-year employee.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, September 6, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, September 6, 2019

Optimist hold monthly business meeting
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its monthly business meeting on Thursday, September 5, 2019, in the TMH auditorium.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Chillifest October 5-6; register online
TAYLORVILLE — This year’s Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Cook-Off will be held on October 5 and 6.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Central A&M FFA attends 2019 Farm Progress Show
DECATUR — On August 28, 2019, 44 Central A&M FFA members had the privilege of attending the 2019 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Women of the Moose to celebrate 68 years Sept. 15
TAYLORVILLE — The Women of the Moose Chapter 1263 was instituted on May 27, 1951 and the Seal of the Women of the Moose was affixed at Mooseheart in August of that year.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Bible Reading Blast at courthouse Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County National Day of Prayer Taskforce will be hosting a "Bible Reading Blast" on the grounds of the Christian County Courthouse, on Sunday, September 8, 2019, starting at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, September 6, 2019

The Redemptions to play at Tower Hill
Friday, September 6, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Rep. Bourne named 'Friend of Infrastructure'
Thanks in part to the role she played in this spring's critical investment in Illinois' infrastructure and economic future, State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) announced she received the Friend of Infrastructure Award from the Transportation for Illinois Coalition (TFIC).

"This capital plan is more than just an investment in our roads and bridges, it's an investment in our communities," Rep. Bourne said. "This increased funding goes to our local township, county, and municipal roads. This plan also supports jobs here locally and supports local businesses like PBI Redi-Mix that we visited today. Supporting the capital bill was a difficult vote, but ultimately one for a stronger economy and a safer Illinois. I appreciate the recognition from our friends at TFIC."

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Tagging and releasing Monarch Butterflies at Rock Springs
Area residents are invited to learn about Monarch butterflies during Monarch Madness at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Sunday, September 8, from 2-4 p.m.
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Healthy diet habits discussed at Hickory Estates
Taylorville Memorial Hospital dietitian Janelle Cornell, RD LDN recently spoke with the residents of Hickory Estates on reducing their salt intake.
Thursday, September 5, 2019

AFSCME Retirees to Meet in September
Retired members of AFSCME Sub-Chapter 87 will have two opportunities to catch up on the latest news with one meeting in Decatur and one in Hillsboro.
Thursday, September 5, 2019

UWCC gets first hand experience of December tornado aftermath
The University Women of Christian County held the first meeting of the 2019-2020 season on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 at Whits End Restaurant. The guest speaker was Cherri McCullough who recounted her story of "Starting Over at Age 71". The unforgiving tornado of Dec. 1, 2018 destroyed her home and landed her in the hospital with twelve broken bones.
Thursday, September 5, 2019

City approves expanded business development district
Aldermen have been discussing a planned expansion to the city’s Business Development District (BDD) for several months, but they made it a reality on Tuesday night when the initiative was approved unanimously by the full Taylorville City Council.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Two Letters Of Accommodation
At Tuesday’s Taylorville City Council Meeting, Sergeant Evert Nation was honored by both the Taylorville Police Department and the Pana Police Department when he was presented with two letters of accommodation, one for his work in a 30-hour standoff in Pana and a second for his long-time work on the Central Illinois Drug Task Force.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Cannon Returns To Pana
A revered and cherished landmark of Pana’s Kitchell Park made is debut in the Pana Labor Day Parade, after a nearly year-long restoration. The WW I piece of artillery was located just west of the Chautauqua Pavilion in the park for decades, having multi-generations of children climb and play on it. During those times, coat upon coat of silver paint was used to maintain it and the cannon was used (fitted with a water cannon) for a few years, to launch ducks for a Pana Chamber of Commerce fund-raiser.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

No Serious Injuries In 104 Crash
Shortly after 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, a Lincoln man was involved in a single-car accident on Illinois Route 104. According to the Illinois State Police, the preliminary determination is that Dillon Shores fell asleep while driving, causing his vehicle to exit the roadway, strike the ditch, and narrowly miss the guardrail before entering a tree-lined ravine.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

TFD Extinguishes Stevenson Street Fire
Smoke pours from a home at 801 E. Stevenson Wednesday morning as the Taylorville Fire Department uses its latter truck to vent the roof. According to TFD personnel, fire engulfed a large portion of the inside northeast corner of the home but never enveloped the exterior of the structure. Smoke was billowing from the eaves when TFD arrived on scene at approximately 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Water project and audit updates given in Mt. Auburn
The Village of Mt. Auburn held a regular meeting on Tuesday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.

It was a busy agenda for the first official meeting of the new Mt. Auburn Mayor Amber Dooley. She opened by having Lee Beckman, from Milano & Grunloh Engineers update the Board on the water project.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Morrissey final pre-trial Thursday
The accused murderer in a 2017 homicide will have his final pre-trial prior to a Sept. 30, 2019, jury trial in Christian County Court on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. Quinton L. Morrissey, 20, of Pana, faces first degree murder charges in connection with the death of Stephen L. Presnell, 59, at Presnell’s Lake Pana Home on May 30, 2017.

Both sides appeared before Judge Christopher Matoush Tuesday morning in the Taylorville Courthouse. Public Defender Michael Drake has filed a Motion in Limine and an affirmative defense motion which will both be heard on Thursday.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Johnsons Honored By Council
The Taylorville City Council honored Jerry and Gerlinda Johnson Monday night as the volunteers of the month in honor of their work with both the Taylorville Food Pantry and the Taylorville Community Garden.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

THS FFA takes students to Farm Progress Show
On Tuesday, the Taylorville FFA Chapter attended the 2019 Farm Progress Show with a record number of students.

Every other year the Farm Progress Show is held in Decatur, Ill. and displays the latest in agriculture technology through equipment, GPS, and new products. By attending this event students learned about job opportunities in the agriculture field and are able to see first hand the need for advanced technology in producing today’s food supply for a growing population.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Credit Collection Partners responds to Tribune article
Credit Collection Partners President Rick Bonizter is calling foul on an article posted to the Chicago Tribune website on July 11, 2019. “At the very least, it’s incomplete and one-sided,” he said. “A lot of the things they point out have some element of truth to them, but they twist it into something it isn’t.”
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Solar Car Team Pana Parade Marshals
Chairman of the Pana Labor Day Parade Committee, John Downs, center, presents the Grand Marshal plaque to members of the Pana Solar Car team. They were designated Grand Marshals for the parade which took place on Monday, Sept. 2, in downtown Pana.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Marching Tornadoes Take Part In Pana Parade
One of the seven marching bands in the Pana Labor Day Parade on Monday was from Taylorville High School.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Haws to Represent Christian County
Harmony Haws recently advanced to a state pageant which will be held April of 2020 through Americas Best Pageants. She will be representing Christian County as Little Miss.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

A charity Ride to Rember set for September 8
There will be a charity ride set for Sunday, September 8, 2019. The ride will benefit three local charities: The Salvation Army and the IL Police Officers and Firefighters Memorial Foundations.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Kincaid Class of 1955 Reunion
The Kincaid High School Class of 1955 held their  class reunion Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Whit’s End in Taylorville.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

TCCU to award scholarships in 6th Annual Stop. Shop. Vote! Scholarship Program
Student registration in Taylorville Community Credit Union’s 6th Annual “Stop. SHOP. VOTE!” Scholarship Program has begun, and runs through Friday, October 11. Eight area high school students will each receive $1000 awards to continue their education at a trade school, community college or 4-year university.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Fun At The Pana And Edinburg Labor Day Parades
PANA — The annual Pana Labor Day Parade was blessed with perfect weather on Monday, September 2, 2019. Pictured here is the second place float from the parade, “Launch your future in Pana,” made by the Pana Lions.
Tom Latonis/Breeze-Courier

Monday, September 2, 2019

Join APL for 1st Annual Donuts and Dogs 5k Fun Run/Walk, Sept 14th
The Animal Protective League (APL) will present our 1st annual Donuts and Dogs 5k Fun Run/Walk on September 14th at Southwind Park in Springfield, IL from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Race as an individual, family, or team and help raise funds for APL during this one of a kind 5k experience. Donuts, provided by Krispy Kreme, and dog treats will be available on the day of the race. There will be fun on-site activities before and during the race, such as dog and human massages, demonstrations, a photo booth with props, doggie cooling pools, and other activities.
Monday, September 2, 2019

Optimist host TCUSD Superintendent as guest speaker
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, August 29, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Ted Marrinan then led the group in the morning invocation.
Monday, September 2, 2019

Friendship, fun, and fitness with Healthy Kids Running Series
The World Health Organization recorded 41 million children under the age of five who were diagnosed as overweight or obese in 2016. Over 340 million children and adolescents aged 5-19 also weighed in as overweight or obsess that same year. The prevalence of overweight and obese children has risen drastically around the globe each year, and is linked to series health complications later on in adult life. But, in an increasingly digital age where children spend more and more time sedentary in front of screens, how can parents and guardians keep kids active and healthy? When time is a commodity some families do not have extra of, what can be done to promote active living?
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Lookin' Good in the Neighborhood contest announces three monthly winners
The Breeze-Courier’s Lookin’ Good in the Neighborhood contest is picking up speed, as several home improvement projects are being wrapped up finally.

Due to the tornado in December, many projects were put on hold due to weather, construction delays or contractor availability.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Sidewalk Off Limits To Parade Spectators
Spectators at this year’s Pana Labor Day Parade on Monday, Sept. 2, will find a prime spot to view the parade closed off. Recently, the City of Pana placed barricades and caution tape around the Spartan Building on the northeast corner of Second and Locust Sts. Off limits to pedestrians.
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Circuit Clerk Julie Mayer announces re-election bid
Christian County Circuit Clerk Julie Mayer has announced her candidacy for re-election to the office of the Christian County Circuit Clerk for the 2020 election.

Since Mayer was elected as Circuit Clerk in November 2008, she has instituted technological updates to benefit the citizens of Christian County.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

TMH Foundation announces Lose to Win Challenge Top Winner
Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation completed their 34th session of the Lose-to-Win Challenge and Lisa Lash of Pana takes the win by losing 21.075% of her body weight.
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Abraham Lincoln the inventor
Abraham Lincoln was no Thomas Edison or Alexander Graham Bell, but he did have an inventive mind. He is the only president to hold a patent, for a device to buoy steamboats over shoals.
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Christian County Mental Health Tours AGCO
A group from Christian County Mental Health toured the AGCO facility in Assumption Thursday morning. “We’re really proud of the products we produce here, and, to see it from the public’s point of view, it just reinforces what we’re doing. We get to see it from a different perspective, and that helps us keep focused,” said AGCO Global Training Supervisor Courtney Just of the tour program at AGCO.
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Meeting Notices
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, August 30, 2019

City Memorializes Oak Hill Flag Pole
Mayor Bruce Barry, Cemetery Superintendent Bill Newberry, and members of the cemetery board accepted a granite stone donated by Pyramid Marble and Granite Thursday as a memorial to the flag pole that serves as a symbol of Taylorville’s unity in the wake of the December 1, 2018 tornado.
Friday, August 30, 2019

Aaron Steele sentenced to 6 years in prison
Aaron M. Steele, 18CF33, pled guilty to Count III of the information, possession of a controlled substance on Wednesday. Count I and II, meth delivery five grams or less and possession of meth five grams or less, were dropped as part of the plea deal.
Friday, August 30, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, August 30, 2019

2019 Pana Tri-County Fair Royalty
The 2019 Royalty for the Pana Tri-County Fair was announced Wednesday night, August 28, 2019.
Friday, August 30, 2019

APL sets September pet adoptions
The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during August 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.
Friday, August 30, 2019

Regional Cancer Partnership to hold free prostate cancer screenings
The Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois will offer free prostate cancer screenings Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Friday, August 30, 2019

VisionWay School recognizes new staff
VisionWay Christian School began its twenty-sixth year of service with a staff luncheon sponsored by the School Board on Monday, August 19. The meal, held in the Fellowship Center, was catered by Rosatti’s. During the luncheon new staff members were introduced and welcomed.
Friday, August 30, 2019

Pana Labor Day Parade Horse Show Monday
The annual Pana Labor Day Parade Horse Show will he held just prior to the parade, September 2, 2019, approximately 9:30 a.m., at the Wallace Bros. Stable (former stockyards) on Cold Springs Rd., 1 block west of U.S. 51 South. The grounds will open at 8:00 a.m.
Friday, August 30, 2019

Edinburg Labor Day Weekend Church Service
— The annual Edinburg community church service will be held as normal on Sunday, September 1st from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Edinburg Park Pavilion, hosted by the Edinburg Ministerial Association.
Friday, August 30, 2019

Together we stand strong
Scripture says “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of the Lord”.  Another says “Times of refreshing come from the presence of the Lord”. I want to give testimony to both today.
Friday, August 30, 2019

Five on Friday
Friday, August 30, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, August 29, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, August 29, 2019

Forbes Donates 20th Gallon Of Blood
Morrisonville’s Mark Forbes donated his twentieth gallon of blood Wednesday at a blood drive held at the Morrisonville American Legion. His brother, Bryan, who works for blood center in Champaign, drew the blood. Forbes has been donating since 1978 when he was in college.
Thursday, August 29, 2019

"Pulp Painting Landscapes" by Terry Lacy at Anne Lloyd Gallery
The Decatur Area Arts Council presents an art exhibit entitled Pulp Painting Landscapes: The Handmade Paper Process by Terry Lacy” from September 5-30 in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur.  The exhibit features the art of Indiana artist, Terry Lacy, who “paints” with an unusual medium – pigmented pulp. Using cotton fibers suspended in water (pulp), he adds the color pigments and manipulates the pulp to create the image, sometimes imbedding flat items, embossing, or contouring edges to follow the landscape forms.  Each painting is one-of-a-kind with rich colors and a unique, bold design aesthetic.  For over 30 years, Lacy has been perfecting his technique of this centuries-old hand papermaking process.
Thursday, August 29, 2019

It's the Cutest Show on Earth! APL's Kitten Circus starts today
Come one, come all to the Cutest Show on Earth- Animal Protective League's (APL) Kitten Circus is one of the best times of  the year to adopt a kitten with over 100 adorable kittens up for adoption! Though there is never a bad time to adopt, this is typically the time of year that APL has the highest number of kittens looking for their forever homes. That means this is the public's opportunity to "adopt a little clown" of their own for just $25, or half the normal adoption fee.  Plus, with APL's Better Together program, you can adopt a cagemate or littermate for free.  All kittens have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated and micropchipped at the time of their adoption.  As part of the circus celebration, on Saturday, August 31st, APL will host a Kitten Circus Open House at the shelter located at 1001 Taintor Rd., Springfield featuring free popcorn and snow cones!.
Thursday, August 29, 2019

Mt. Auburn Farmer's Picnic announces event winners
The Mt. Auburn Farmer’s Picnic held August 22,24 has announced winners of the events held during the picnic as follows:
Thursday, August 29, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Information sought in several local burglaries
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to several vehicle burglaries that occurred in Taylorville.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

GRP Pledges To Pay For Facilities Deficiencies
Following a meeting with GRP representative Mark Elliot and the Facilities Committee of the Pana School Board, the representative said his company would pay for all deficiencies associated with the installment of new sod turf at Brummett Field and the asphalt work on Carol Schramm Track. The meeting was Monday afternoon in the Pana Junior High School, before adjourning outside to the football field/track complex.

“We want to make sure the district is satisfied with GRP,” Elliot said.

“Right now, I’m not sure about that,” committee member and President of the Pana Board of Education Dr. Bill Beyers responded.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Taylorville Kiwanis hear from Children's Miracle Network coordinator at weekly luncheon
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the coordinator for the Children’s Miracle Network at HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital in Springfield, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Lake Land College nursing programs ranked 3rd in state
Nursing Explorer, an online nursing school search site, named Lake Land College the third best nursing school in the state of Illinois.

The site ranked Lake Land’s premier Associate Degree Nurse (ADN) and Practical Nursing (PN) programs against the 63 other programs in Illinois. Lake Land’s ADN program prepares students to become registered nurses and the PN program prepares students to become licensed practical nurses.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Jim Sample named Edinburg Parade Grand Marshal
Jim Sample’s community involvement and civic mindedness began early in his life. His father Lloyd, and mother Eloise, provided an example to him and his brother Owen, on what it meant to serve others.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Edinburg Labor Day Picnic Schedule
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Josh Holland Band To Perform Friday
Josh Holland Band will perform at the Edinburg Labor Day Picnic on Friday, August 30 starting at 8 p.m. They combine an energetic performance with raw talent.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

GSI in Assumption is one stop on the Illinois grain tour
The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) will host more than 42 international buyers from three different countries in an effort to increase export sales for the Illinois grain industry. During the past five years, the Illinois Grain Tour, which began today, has generated nearly $354 million in sales of grain, oilseeds, DDGS, and equipment.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Pana mayor breaks tie in two ordinance first readings
Pana Mayor Don Kroski was the deciding vote to pass ordinances which raise the Utility Tax and Telecommunications Tax in the city of Pana during Monday’s city council meeting. After failing on voice votes on the two measures, roll calls were taken in which the 8-person council tied, four in favor, four against.

The Utility Tax, on gas and electricity, would increase from 3% to 5%. If the council approves the measure, the utility supplier, Ameren, would petition the Illinois Commerce Commission to allow them to collect the additional funds. City Attorney Steve Mahrt said the company would anticipate the fee increase on customer’s November bill.

The Telecommunication Tax would go from 3% to 6% and probably would become effective on Jan. 1. Mahrt said the tax could only be considered in September and March according to state law and become effective on Jan. 1 or July 1, depending on when it was passed.

At the last city council meeting, Kroski said the increases would translate in higher bills ranging from $8 to $10 per month per household.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Park reports 11,400 pool attendance
The closing of the Manners Park pool is typically a pretty good signal that summer is nearing its end. Park Recreation Director Bailey Hancock told the park board Monday night that it was another successful season at the pool.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Police/Fire
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Kincaid hears from judge and community members about Safe Passage program
The Village of Kincaid Committee of the Whole met last night to a packed room of approximately 40 plus people.

Judge Brad Paisley was a special guest speaker for the night discussing the Safe Passage Program. He spoke about what the program is, what it isn’t, how it got started and why he thinks it’s a good idea.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Courthouse
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Courthouse
Monday, August 26, 2019

Police/Fire
Monday, August 26, 2019

TPD arrests three on drug and weapons charges
On Sunday, August 25, 2019 at at approximately 8:20 p.m. members of the Taylorville Police Department Community Action Team (CAT) executed a traffic stop and search warrant at 612 1/2 Stevenson Street, Taylorville, Ill.  

Arrested were Amanda Mollet, 41 years of age for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and possession of methamphetamine, Tyler Martin, 21 years of age for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, armed violence where as he was in possession of a firearm along with narcotics and Patrick Carr for possession of methamphetamine. 

Monday, August 26, 2019

Help kids kick cancer by giving blood with the Red Cross
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support kids, teens and young adults battling cancer, as well as others in need of transfusions.
Monday, August 26, 2019

Perfect Day For A Ride To Benefit Veterans
The Taylorville Salvage Dawgs held their 1st Annual Motorcycle Ride Saturday to benefit local veterans. The ride began at the Thunderbird Lounge and ended at The Palamino Club.
Monday, August 26, 2019

Art Talk Tuesday sets schedule through October
Art Talk Tuesday is a free sharing and hands-on session taking place at Flourishes Gallery and Studios at 140 1/2 E. Main, Shelbyville.

This is an activity of Keepers of the Arts, a not-for-profit corporation.  All supplies are provided unless noted and no reservation is needed. 

Monday, August 26, 2019

Illinois Supreme Court is hitting the road
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court is going on the road.
The high court will hear oral arguments at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey on Sept. 18.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Parade of tractors
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Salvage Dawgs host benefit ride Saturday
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Annual SamJam features grammy-winning performer
CARLINVILLE — A popular music festival created to celebrate the medical challenges of a local resident will feature a Grammy-winning performer this year.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Program for homeschoolers at Rock Spgs. Sept. 11
DECATUR — The Macon County Conservation District invites homeschoolers to join a naturalist for a program about Skeletons at Rock Springs Nature Center on Wednesday, September 11 at 3 p.m.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Breast cancer support group meets 2nd Tuesday
SPRINGFIELD — The September meeting of the breast cancer support group at Memorial Medical Center will feature a speaker from the American Cancer Society talking about the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

STEM Fair is set for September 11 in Rochester
ROCHESTER — The 5th Annual STEM Fair will be held on Wednesday September 11, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rochester High School.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

TMH, Extension partner to offer air frying class
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital and the University of Illinois Extension Office will offer the “Cooking for the Heart: Air Frying” class on September 10. The class will be taught by TMH dietitian Janelle Cornell and Lisa Peterson, a Nutrition & Wellness educator for Christian, Montgomery, Macoupin and Jersey counties with the Extension Office.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Chillifest pageant entry spots are filling up fast
TAYLORVILLE — Pageant entries for the 5 pageants that are part of the 2019 Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest, are filling up fast.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Autism support group to meet on September 5th
HILLSBORO, Ill. — TASC/The Autism Support Connection will be holding its regular monthly support group meeting on Thursday, September 5th,   6-7:30 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church, 1400 Seymour Ave. in Hillsboro. This month they will have an open discussion format.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

UWCC will begin 2019-20 season in September
TAYLORVILLE — The University Women of Christian County will begin the 2019-2020 season on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 with dinner at Whits End Restaurant. As usual, there are very interesting speakers for this seasons meetings.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Spears speaks to Optimists about online learning
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, August 22, 2019, in the TMH Auditorium. Following breakfast, President Steve Switzer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Pana Labor Day Parade Committee announces grand marshal; judging criteria
PANA  — The Pana Labor Day Parade Committee has announced the Grand Marshals for the 2019 extravaganza. They are the Pana High School Solar Car team, Lucas Duduit, Katelyn Townsend, Boone Elledge and Jessica Pollman.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Former Taylorville resident competes in NSBA World Championship Show
TULSA, Okla. — Former Taylorville resident, Danita (Morgan) Drake, recently competed in the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) World Championship Show held in Tulsa, Okla.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Pana Tri-County Fair boasts three bands this year on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
PANA — There will be featured entertainment once again at this year’s Pana Tri-County Fair.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Pana Tri-County Fair offers six days of fun - harness racing, carnival, music
Saturday, August 24, 2019

2018 Tri-County Fair Royalty
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Making healthy choices for kids when eating out
SPRINGFIELD — A fast-food meal is quick and convenient, especially when you and your kids are on the go for activities and events, but not all restaurants are created equal, said the coordinator for a local program that provides healthy lifestyle support for children and their families.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Local hazards mitigation committee to meet
TAYLORVILLE — The frequency and damages caused by severe storms and other natural hazards in Christian County will be discussed when the Christian County Hazards Mitigation Planning Committee meets Tuesday, September 10th at the Taylorville Fire Department, 202 N. Main Street in Taylorville, beginning at 2 p.m.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Police/Fire
Friday, August 23, 2019

Courthouse
Friday, August 23, 2019

Meeting Notice
Friday, August 23, 2019

Kiwanis learn about Bikers Against Child Abuse
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about a biker group working against child abuse, and about awards the local club won at the recent Kiwanis District Convention in Springfield, at their recent  weekly luncheon  at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Author to speak at Faith Community Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — The Reverend Rick McGough, author of the best-selling book ‘Faith and Reason Made Simple in a Skeptical World’ will be the speaker at a Saturday 7:00 p.m. teaching service at Faith Community Worship Center.
Friday, August 23, 2019

E-Free holding Wednesday night youth activities
TAYLORVILLE — All kids ages three through 5th grade are invited to join Awana at the Taylorville Evangelical Free Church, 319 South Washington Street, Taylorville.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Minister's Message: Back to school
TAYLORVILLE — Most students have made their way back to school. In fact, some students have been at it for weeks. I loved school so whenever this time of the year comes around, I always have a bit of nostalgia for being in school and wish I was preparing to go back in the classroom. I loved picking out school supplies, receiving a syllabus and seeing all the things that we were going to learn, and finding out about new teachers and professors.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Vacation Bible School At St. Rita's
Friday, August 23, 2019

Jenkins' Missouri court hearing continued
ST. LOUIS, MO. — Bradley S. Jenkins, 31, of Taylorville, was scheduled to appear in court today before Judge Madeline O. Connolly in St. Louis Circuit Court. According to court records, the hearing has been postponed until Sept. 11, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. The docket did not indicate a reason for the continuation.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Gov. signs new law today raising teacher pay to $40,000
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation raising teachers’ minimum salary to $40,000 over four years to address a statewide shortage of classroom leaders.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Police/Fire
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Courthouse
Thursday, August 22, 2019

ROE, TCUSD to hold group meeting about TRS
TAYLORVILLE — The Regional Office of Education #3 and Taylorville CUSD #3, in conjunction with the Teachers’ Retirement System, is scheduling a group meeting to provide information about TRS benefits and to explain the retirement process.  Members of the retirement system who have questions about their benefits and the retirement process should plan to attend the group meeting. The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 19 at 4:30 p.m. at the high school cafeteria in Taylorville.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Gardeners Speak To Women's Group
Pictured are Mike Hady, Mary Ann Lowry, and Gwen Podeschi. Mike and Gwen were guest speakers at the August meeting of the Community Women’s Association.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Edinburg Youth Group, Probation Department Donate To Safe Passage Program
he Safe Passage Program received two additional donations this week. In the left photo, members from the youth group at Trinity Lutheran Church in Edinburg recently sold barbecue sandwiches as a fundraiser and gave the proceeds of $100 to the Safe Passage Program. Pastor Gaylord Spilker is pictured in the back row, left, along with Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler and Safe Passage coordinator, Denise Evans. 
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Looking for antique cars for Pana parade
The Pana Labor Day Parade Committee is requesting any individuals with automobiles built in 1969 (50 years old), 1944 (75 years old), and 1919 (100 years old) to be in the 2019 Labor Day Parade.

If you have a car built in one of these years, then please bring it on Monday, Sept. 2, for the Pana Labor Day Parade for everyone to enjoy. The cars stage on Maple street between 1st and 2nd Sts. near McCracken-Dean Funeral home at 9:00 a.m. Any groups of cars will be inserted into the parade two cars at a time.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Zombie Apocalypse party at Kidzeum
Kidzeum of Health and Science, located at 412 E. Adams St. in downtown Springfield is set to host a zombie apocalypse party on Saturday, August 24, 2019. The museum will be open to the public from 10 am - 5 pm and to members only from 5 - 7 p.m.

Guests who dress up in zombie-themed costumes will receive $1 off admission.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Autism group film event set for Aug. 1
Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films”.


Thursday, August 22, 2019

South Fork implements new goals to improve district
The school year has officially started, and the administrators felt it was going to be a good one. Superintendent Chris Clark told the Board that the district was implementing many of the goals and ideas developed with the District Leadership Team meetings. One major change was that South Fork would now have a teacher mentoring program. Many educators requested starting the program, not only to help new teachers learn how the school works, but to also help create the positive and supportive school environment that many parents mentioned wanting at previous Board meetings. First and second year teacher would now have a senior teacher from the school acting as their mentor, to help guide them and give them confidence. Clark also stated that he was going to take advantage of the Regional Office of Education’s many professional development opportunities and have instructional coaching for staff and educators.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Police/Fire
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Lose a tree in the tornado? Apply now for replacement
Applications for trees for homeowners impacted by last December’s tornado are due September 1.

Residents who lost trees can apply for trees at no cost by filling out an application available on the city of Taylorville’s website, Taylorville.net, or by picking up an application at Davis Memorial Christian church (DMCC) 1500 W Franklin St.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

County Board recognizes students; retiring member
The Christian County Board recognized a group of Pana High School students who took home first place in a national solar car competition and District 2 board member Chad Michel, rural Edinburg, who resigned from the board effective Tuesday night, during their regular monthly meeting in the Courthouse.

Michel, who was re-elected in 2018, has served on the board since 2006. He cited personal reasons for his decision to resign. A plaque was presented to Michel from Board Chairman Becky Edwards to commemorate his years of service. Edwards commented on his dedication and service to the board. It was followed by a standing ovation from the other board members and those in the audience.

The seat will have to be filled by an appointment by the chairman and approved by the board. That person will serve until the 2020 General Election in November, when someone will be elected to fill the remaining two-year term of Michel.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

TPD officer Dickey is placed on unpaid leave
Following his involvement in an off-duty physical altercation at a Taylorville bar Saturday, Taylorville Police Department Officer Chase Dickey has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Courthouse
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Kiwanis members hear from Taylorville school resource officer
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the Taylorville school resource Officer, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Bryan Thomas, a member of the Taylorville Police Department for some 18 years, became the Taylorville School District’s Resource Officer, last school year. Thomas said that in his going-on 2 years on the job, he’s learned from both students and staff. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Grant will help schools fund trip to Lincoln library
Good news for schools that want to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum but worry about paying for the trip. Thanks to the Winnick Family Foundation, schools can apply for grants to help them cover the expense of a visit.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Area teen qualifies to compete in World Championship Show
The American Quarter Horse Association, Oklahoma City – Layne Lebshier of Mechanicsburg, Ill., qualified to compete in Level 2 Showmanship, Level 2 Horsemanship, and Level 3 Showmanship 14-18 at the 2019 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show on August 1-5 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019












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