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Village preparing for raw water meeting in July
The Village of Edinburg held their regular meeting on Monday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021


Feds inspected chemical plant weeks before blast
A northern Illinois chemical plant that was rocked by an explosion and massive fires that prompted evacuations was inspected by a federal agency less than a month before the blast sent debris raining down onto nearby areas.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Taylorville Schools to return to full in- person learning
At Monday night’s school board meeting, a COVID- 19 return to learn update was discussed
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Pana mayor promises action on trash problem
Following a citizens inquiry about trash at his neighbor’s property near the end of the Pana City Council meeting on Monday night, Pana Mayor Nathan Pastor promised change in the way the city handles such complaints.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

IDNR announces summer urban fishing clinics
Learning how to fish is fun and free for youngsters and families during Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Urban Fishing Program summer fishing clinics at select locations throughout southern Illinois. The free clinics are open to kids, families, seniors, and groups interested in learning to fish and enjoying a day outdoors.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Ag. youth travel to OK State University for camp
Christian County agriculture youth have been passionate about competitive livestock judging since 1990. Over the past 30 years, dozens of Christian County livestock enthusiasts have been awarded livestock judging scholarships to junior and senior agriculture colleges throughout the United States.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Meeting Notices
Monday, June 14, 2021

THS Dance Team hosts car wash fundraiser
Monday, June 14, 2021

Taylorville Police Department utilizes new drone technology
TAYLORVILLE — On Thursday, the Taylorville Police Department (TPD) released a video on their Facebook page showing the capabilities of their new drone, a purchase approved by City Council.
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Toby Winans ends 93rd State FFA Convention with big win
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville FFA had an amazing State Convention that was kicked off with a big finish by Senior member, Toby Winans.
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Meeting Notices
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Taylorville man found dead in home
TAYLORVILLE — On Friday, June 11, 2021 at approximately 2:05 p.m., Taylorville Police were called to do a welfare check on a 22-year-old male who had not shown up to work that day.
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Taylorville Memorial Hospital Honors Seven with Nursing Excellence Awards
Taylorville Memorial Hospital honored seven of its registered nurses with nursing excellence awards.
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Working her way up: Kim Paisley-Jones chosen as Breeze-Courier General Manager
Bill Gates began his company alongside a childhood friend in Albuquerque, New Mexico with nothing more than a dream and the drive to succeed. Now, decades later, Gates is known as one of the wealthiest men alive and his name is synonymous with the entrepreneurial spirit. While Christian County is a long way from Albuquerque, and she is not interested in starting her own company, local news reporter and all around hard worker Kim Paisley-Jones and Bill Gates have one thing in common: They have both worked their way up from humble starts to be leaders.
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Swim lessons are back in session
Friday, June 11, 2021

Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley presided over the following cases on June 11, 2021:
Friday, June 11, 2021

Meeting Notices
Friday, June 11, 2021

Crimestoppers: Information sought in Taylorville theft
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a theft that occurred in Taylorville.
Friday, June 11, 2021

Morrisonville UMC losing long time pastor
MORRISONVILLE — Helen Dayle Badman of Taylorville has served the Morrisonville United Methodist Church for fourteen years. Effective July, she will cease serving in that location as she has been reassigned to serve South Fork and Buckeye UMC of the rural Nokomis area.
Friday, June 11, 2021

Grace Baptist Church to host concert June 27
TAYLORVILLE — The Gospel Heralds, a team of eight students from Appalachian Bible College, will give a concert of inspirational music at Grace Baptist Church in Taylorville, on Sunday, June 27, at 10:30 a.m.
Friday, June 11, 2021

Celebrate Recovery Testimony Tour on Sunday in Pana
PANA — The Christ Tabernacle Church in Herrick will host a Celebrate Recovery Testimony Tour on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 6 p.m. in Kitchell Park in Pana.
Friday, June 11, 2021

Minister's Message: The Answer is "Christ"
TAYLORVILLE — Jesus said of Himself in John 14 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.” Luke wrote in Acts 4:12
Friday, June 11, 2021

Health Dept. reports 2 more COVID deaths
The Christian County Health Department sadly is reporting two deaths in the past week attributed to Covid -19.
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Township board still dealing with former supervior's issues
The Taylorville Township board is still dealing with the aftermath of former supervisor Deborah McCoy’s time in office. At the board meeting Wednesday night, several matters that she was involved in were discussed. 
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Taylorville Township Trustees
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Fatal crash claims two lives near Morrisonville
At approximately 1:03 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, a fatal crash occured near 500 E at 500 N roads near Morrisonville.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Meeting Notices
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Taylorville Optimist Club Fireworks set for July 4th
The Taylorville Optimist Club annual Fireworks display “IS ON” for this July 4th. The event was unable to be held last year due to Covid. The community needs and is looking forward in celebrating our Country’s Day of Independence.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

TMH Announces Nursing Scholarship Recipient
Kacey Swisher received the 2021 Carolyn M. Butterfield Trust Nursing Scholarship awarded by the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Preschool Peepers exploring bees at Rock Springs
Young children with an adult buddy are invited to Rock Springs Nature Center for Preschool Peepers: Bees on Sunday, June 20 at 2pm. 
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

UWCC hold final meeting of year
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Pana Elks Care Summer Bash Saturday
Pana Elks Lodge 1261 is sponsoring its first-ever Elks Cares Summer Bash on Saturday, June 12, 2021, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Events will be held in the lodge’s parking lot which is behind the building at 107 E. Second Street in downtown Pana. The public is invited to attend.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Tville honors veterans, fallen soldiers on Memorial Day
On Monday, May 31, veterans, families and other community members gathered at Oak Hill Cemetery for Taylorville’s annual Memorial Day ceremony.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

City Council votes to reimburse gaming parlors
At Monday night’s City Council meeting, a motion to recommend to the City Council to direct the City Attorney to prepare an Ordinance to reimburse gaming parlor establishments that had no other source of revenue a total of 50% of the 2021 Liquor License fees carried 4-2.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Several area death investigations completed
Daniel T. Crosby 26, of Carterville was found deceased in Rural Pana on March 20, 2021. His cause of death was undetermined (skeletonized remains without antemortem injury). Mr. Crosby was last seen on February 27, 2020. The manner of death was undetermined. The investigation was handled by Illinois State Police.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Meeting Notices
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Christian County Farm Bureau receives Community Partner Award
Local business, Christian County Farm Bureau was nominated by Christian County Extension for the 2021 Community Partner Award. Christian County Farm Bureau was selected for their exemplary service to University of Illinois Extension.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Taylorville FFA Members do Agri-Science Fair Projects
A group of Taylorville FFA members designed and conducted agri-science fair projects in a wide variety of areas within the agriculture field - plant systems, animal systems, and social systems. 
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

THS FFA wraps up the school year with a banquet
Recognizing the Taylorville High School FFA members for their achievements is one of the biggest highlights of the year. This year was no exception in making a great event to show off the outstanding FFA members and sponsors for the Taylorville Chapter.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

David Budd's Scholarship Trust Fund Awarded
The First National Bank of Pana is pleased to announce that the single $5,000 annual scholarship of The David Budd's Scholarship Trust Fund has been awarded to Miss Rhylee Freeman as presented by John Metzger, who is a member of the Board of Director’s of First National Bank of Pana and long time friend of Mr. Budds.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Kiwanis holds monthly business session
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their monthly business session to continue their work helping children and youth in the Taylorville community, during their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge. 
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Taylorville teacher retires after years of outstanding service
Teachers that take the time to engage and motivate students to reach their full potential are always greatly appreciated in the community. After 22 years of being a dedicated science teacher, one of those teachers is retiring. Melvin White is retiring from Taylorville School District.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Graduates recognized at Evangelical Free Church
Saturday, June 5, 2021

4 ways to incorporate more blueberries into your diet plan
Fruits and vegetables are vital components of a nutritious diet, and few foods pack a more nutritional punch than blueberries.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Black Horse Pow Wow Returns
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Meeting Notices
Saturday, June 5, 2021

FBCA Preschool holds graduation
Friday, June 4, 2021

FUMC confirms youth last Sunday
Friday, June 4, 2021

Pana Police investigate death of local woman
The Pana Police Department and Christian County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death of Holly D. Durbin, 39, of Pana.
Thursday, June 3, 2021

20th Annual Taylorville Black Horse Pow Wow set for June 4-6
The 20th Annual Taylorville Black Horse Pow Wow is scheduled for Friday, June 4 through Sunday, June 6, 2021 at the Taylorville Lake Marina. The gates will open at 9 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. all three days.
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Police/Fire
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Oconee man charged for multiple felony charges
On June 2, 2021, the Shelby County State’s Attorney’s Office filed a four count Information against Nathan W. Moore of Oconee, Illinois.

The charges alleged include:  one count of Armed Violence (Class X Felony); one count of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetmaine (Class 3 Felony); one count Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance with a Prior Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver Conviction (Class 4 Felony); and one count of Resisting a Peace Officer (Class A).

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Pana Police investigate death of local woman
The Pana Police Department and Christian County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death of Holly D. Durbin, 39, of Pana.
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Meeting Notices
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Water projects moving forward in Mt. Auburn
The Village of Mt. Auburn held a regular meeting on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at the Village.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Courthouse
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Police/Fire
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

One vehicle accident sends two to hospital
On June 1, 2021 at approximately 1:45 p.m., Christian County 911 received a call reporting a single vehicle traffic crash on County Highway #2, approximately 1/10 of a mile west of County Highway #22.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Salvage Dawgs benefit from annual chili cook off
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

42,670 lbs. donated to Food Pantry
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Courthouse
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Comedian Steve Barcellona to perform Saturday night at Moweaqua Pow Wow
Based in St. Louis, Mo., magician Steve Barcellona brings his hilarious, clean comedy magic to hundreds of corporate events and private parties each year.

His show is interactive, high-energy entertainment. Steve is like a comedian and a magician who will make the Pow Wow a laugh out loud good time.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Terry Traster named Parade Grand Marshal
The Grand Marshal for this year’s Moweaqua Pow Wow is Terry Traster.

Terry grew up on a hog farm in Bethany and went to pharmacy school at Butler University, right out of high school.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Courthouse
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Remembering The Sacrifice
Flowers and wreaths adorn the World War I monument in the center of Kitchell park in Pana on Memorial Day. It was the first memorial to war veterans in Pana built shortly after the conclusion of the war. In that time, several other veterans memorials have been place and the location is known as the “Veteran’s Triangle.” Close to 200 people attended the Monday memorial service held at 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Shooting suspect Klekamp bond is $1 million
Bond was set at $1 million today for Richard J. Klekamp Jr., 19, of Taylorville, in connection with the Thursday, May 27, 2021 shooting on the lawn of the Courthouse in which one person was killed and another wounded.

Klekamp appeared before Resident Christian County Judge Brad Paisley and was represented in the hearing by Attorney Tom Finks. Public Defender Tiffany Senger had been appointed his counsel on Friday during his initial court appearance in which probable cause was found and that appointment was vacated by the judge. Whether Finks is going to continue as his counsel is somewhat in doubt at this time.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Taylorville FFA members at public speaking contest
As the school year is winding down, things at Taylorville High School Agriculture Department are still fast-paced.  Recently, two FFA members traveled to Springfield to compete in the Illinois FFA Public Speaking Contest.  There are over 350 FFA chapters in the state of Illinois, and each chapter is allowed to run two students in each of the four public speaking areas - FFA Creed, JV Prepared, Varsity Prepared, and Extemporaneous.
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

LLCC launches Workforce Institute sessions
Lincoln Land Community College announces the launch of the Workforce Institute, featuring short-term, affordable training for high-demand, high-wage occupations.

“Students will get in, get trained and get a job,” says Nancy Sweet, dean of the Workforce Institute. “The world has changed, people are evaluating their futures, jobs are available. Whether you’re a recent high school graduate or someone looking to reskill or upskill, it’s now even more convenient to enroll in our trade programs when you want and complete certificates employers want.”

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Police/Fire
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Lake Taylorville Boat Parade
Passing by some cars parked on the peninsula at Taylorville Lake Marina, a group participating in the boat parade waves at onlookers. The parade started at 11 on Saturday, May 29 to celebrate Memorial weekend.
Monday, May 31, 2021

Junior High teacher RoseAnne Hobbs retires after thirty-two years
TAYLORVILLE — Everybody has a story about a teacher who inspired them. Ask anyone. They will probably recite tales of a great high school teacher or a coach who gave them the push needed to chase a dream. Some of us who are lucky have more than one inspirational teacher. Some, sadly, do not have one at all. But the thing about those special educators is, none of their students will ever forget them.
Saturday, May 29, 2021

Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR meeting June 5
TAYLORVILLE — The Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR will meet Saturday, June 5, 2021  at 10 a.m. at the U of I Extension Auditorium. Lite refreshments will be served.
Saturday, May 29, 2021

People Brief
Saturday, May 29, 2021

Community Calendar
Saturday, May 29, 2021

Publisher's Weekly Best Seller List
Saturday, May 29, 2021

Memorial Day ceremony Monday in Pana's Kitchell Park
PANA - Those who lost their lives in service in the U. S. Armed Forces will be honored on Monday, May 31, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in Pana’s Kitchell Park. The Kerr-Mize American Legion Post 168 of Pana is organizing the event.
Saturday, May 29, 2021

Officer Adam Ladage Officer of the Year
The Taylorville Optimist Club and the Barry Families hosted the 6th Annual Salute to Law Enforcement on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at the Taylorville VFW.  The morning started with a 6:30 breakfast, followed by a program meant to honor all law enforcement.
Saturday, May 29, 2021

Coroner identifies shooting victim; cause of death
Coroner Winans confirms that the 17-year old is Alter E. Ivy II, of Taylorville. He was pronounced dead at Taylorville Memorial Hospital E.R. at 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 29, 2021

Information sought in Taylorville robbery
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a robbery that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, May 29, 2021

TMH Colleague of the Month
Friday, May 28, 2021

Taylorville chapter of IFBW installs officers
TAYLORVILLE — The May meeting of the Taylorville Chapter of the Illinois Federation of Business Women’s Clubs, Inc. (IFBW) was held at Charro’s Restaurant recently.
Friday, May 28, 2021

Memorial Day Boat Parade Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — For those looking for some wholesome activities this Memorial Day weekend, you can head out to Lake Taylorville for the Memorial Day Boat Parade to honor the memory of our veterans.
Friday, May 28, 2021

Mayor to form study group for Rt. 48 safety
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry, has announced the formation of a committee to study the safety of IL Route 48. The committee will consist of law enforcement from Illinois State Police, Christian County Sheriff, Macon County Sheriff, Police Chiefs and Mayors from Morrisonville, Stonington, Blue Mound and Taylorville.
Friday, May 28, 2021

Taylorville seeks withdrawl from NPT Special Ed Coop
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Community Unit School District #3 held a public hearing Thursday night to allow members of the community to review and comment on Taylorville’s intent to withdraw from the NPT Cooperative effective July 1, 2022 and the comprehensive plan for educating students with disabilities.
Friday, May 28, 2021

Minister's Message: Forgiveness
TAYLORVILLE — Social critic and former Christian Douglas Murray has said that much of the moral teaching of Jesus can be found in other teachers and philosophers of his day, but what makes Jesus unique is the simple call to love your enemies. No one else was saying that in Jesus’ day, and even today, it remains relatively rare, especially apart from Christians teachers and thinkers.
Friday, May 28, 2021

One dead in courthouse lawn shooting
TAYLORVILLE — A 19-year-old Taylorville man faces two counts of First Degree Murder and two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder in connection with a shooting on the lawn of the Courthouse in downtown Taylorville. One person was killed and another wounded in the incident.
Friday, May 28, 2021

Courthouse
Friday, May 28, 2021

Police/Fire
Friday, May 28, 2021

Police/Fire
Thursday, May 27, 2021

Courthouse
Thursday, May 27, 2021

Pana Pride to host Music in the Park
Music will fill the band shell of the Pana Kitchell Park Chautauqua Auditorium on seven occasions during the summer. The Pana Pride organization is sponsoring the concerts on six Fridays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 6, Labor Day, at 1:00 p.m.

First up this Friday, May 28, is the Josh Holland Band. Listeners may what to bring along their own chairs, but there is plenty of seating with the auditorium’s picnic tables. There will be a food truck available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own snacks. There is no alcohol allowed.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Second generation Pana Police officer to serve
The Pana Police Department gained an officer on Wednesday afternoon as Nathaniel Ridgeway, 33, became its newest member. Ridgeway was sworn in by Pana City Clerk Terry Klein.

Ridgeway is a Pana native, the son of Shelly (Craig) Kirby and Dean Ridgeway. His father is a retired Pana Police officer and the younger Ridgeway is being assigned the same badge number as his father, according to Pana Police Chief Daniel Bland.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

CC Health Dept. scheduling COVID shots for children
The Christian County Health Department is scheduling Covid-19 vaccination appointments for children age 12-17.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Taylorville community blood drive June 1
Taylorville Community will host a Community Blood Drive Tuesday, June 1, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

A Moments Reprieve At Hidden Acres Farm
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Police/Fire
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Courthouse
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Courthouse
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Police/Fire
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

TPD search for missing person; subject found safe
At 2:18 a.m. today, 911 transferred a call to Taylorville Police Department (TPD) in reference to a male subject yelling about being stuck out by the lake area. The person was in their camper and did not see anybody, however they could hear a subject yelling about their vehicle being stuck.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Manners Park Pool losing water; Opening set for Saturday
The Manner Park pool is losing a considerable amount of water.

The pool is set to open Saturday, May 29, 2021. At Monday night’s park district meeting, Gary Brown, Maintenance Superintendent, said, “If I get lucky and find it fairly quick and it’s not a real hard fix, then okay Saturday’s not out of the question but I don’t know.” Brown estimates the pool is losing in between 11 and 12 thousand gallons a day.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

SCOUTS PREPARE FOR MEMORIAL DAY
Units Pack 68 and 132. BSA troop 132 and 1849 plant flags for Memorial Day. Deanna Sleboda, cub master of pack 68, said, “It’s important for the scouts. They get to come out and honor our Veterans. Some of them don’t realize what the flags mean so it’s an eye opener for them. We just want to teach them the respect and to honor our Veterans.”
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Pana Council hears grader woes
During Monday’s Pana City Council meeting, members were informed the city’s street department road grader is out of service and desperate need of replacement. Street and Alley Superintendent Chris Dressen said a clutch assembly in the back of the 1973 grader is out - and possibly other damage which is undetected.

Alderman Steve Scott, chairman of the Community Operations Committee, reported the grader was in operable. The company which services the grader said the minimum repair cost is $8,000. Dressen told the council, without the repairs, the grader has $7,500 in trade in value. If the repairs were made, the  trade in value would jump to around $12,000, said Dressen.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Police
Monday, May 24, 2021

Monday, May 24, 2021

A Car Show For a Cause
TAYLORVILLE — The Big R store in Taylorville hosted a car show on Saturday, May 22. All proceeds from the event will be given to the VFW.
Submitted photo.

Monday, May 24, 2021

June - It's time for berries and cherries
As the song goes, “June is busting out all over" and brings to mind all the wonderful fruit available to pick in June. Illinois is a wonderful state to live in because we have all fruit grown here except for citrus fruit and tropical fruits. Some favorite fruits grown in my yard are cherries, blueberries and strawberries. Although there are many u-pick places to pick berries it is so nice to be able to pick them in your own yard.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Meeting Notices
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Walking Into Their Future - PHS Graduation
Saturday, May 22, 2021

People in the news
Tucker Hamm of Taylorville has achieved the Honor Roll status during the 2021 Spring semester at State Technical College of Missouri. Visit www.statetechmo.edu to learn more.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Little known business expanding and hiring in Assumption
Great Western Products has been in the area for many years. “A lot of folks do not realize that we are there, because it looks like we’re an extension of the property of the gentleman that lives in front of us.  We are a supplier of concession goods on a global scale. We do popcorn, toppings, seasonings in many different assortments in our Illinois facility,” said Rocky Franklin, Vice President in Alabama.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

TCCU 'Freedom Tree' food drive more important than ever in today's world
With countless families still feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, due to job loss and cutbacks, Taylorville Community Credit Union’s ‘Freedom Tree’ community food drive takes on added importance this year. “The area’s food banks have experienced increased demands for their services in the past year to fifteen months,” says TCCU President, Will Perkins. “Hundreds of families are still in need of assistance.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

From a Wildcat to a Tornado
The best blessing for a school are good teachers and administrators to guide and inspire the students there. In Michelle Reiss, the Edinburg Wildcats found both. Passionate about education and a capable leader, Reiss had been a fundamental part of the administration team at Edinburg since 2005, leading them as principal since 2014.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

FBCA Elementary Awards
The Elementary Awards chapel was held on Friday, May 14 at Faith Bible Christian Academy in Rosamond.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

FBCA Jr./Sr. High Awards
The Junior Senior High Awards Chapel was held on Friday, May 14 at Faith Bible Christian Academy in Rosamond.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Noah Nelson guest speaker at Kiwanis Club
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Park District looking for community's help
Manners Park has had a free pool pass program since 2002. The Park is asking the community for donations for children in need to have free pool passes this summer.
Friday, May 21, 2021

MHS stroke experts urge fast action
Every three minutes and 33 seconds, someone in the United States dies of a stroke.
Friday, May 21, 2021

The Last Are The Winners
Jesus said on multiple occasions that “the first will be last and the last will be first” or “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  These sayings are not popular.
Friday, May 21, 2021

FUMC honors 2021 graduates
Friday, May 21, 2021

Comedian at Tower Hill Church May 29
Comedian Tim Lovelace will be at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Church Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 5 p.m.
Friday, May 21, 2021

Dulakis named new So. Fork Board of Education President
The South Fork Board of Education held their regular meeting Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high Media Center.

During the ratification and recognition of the April 6 election results, long-serving Board President Jack Hanlon nominated fellow Board member Kelly Dulakis to become the new Board president. The Board agreed and voted Dulakis the new South Fork Board of Education President. Sara Wake was voted in as the vice-president, with Monica Schleyhahn serving as the Secretary.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Courthouse
Thursday, May 20, 2021

Avenue Of The Flags
The AmVets recently erected the Avenue of the Flags at Oak Cill Cemetery. The annual Memorial Day Service is set to be held Monday, May 31, 2021 at the cemetery at 10 a.m.
Thursday, May 20, 2021

Police/Fire
Thursday, May 20, 2021

Ponies prom King and Queen crowned
South Fork High School has announced their 2021 Prom Court and Prom King and Queen. The Prom Court was presented by Shaye Moomey, Junior Class President, at the SFHS parent Prom on Saturday, May 15 held at The Landing Barn.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

New EMA director appointed
The County Board appointed new positions for the Farmland Assessment Committee and EMA director at the board meeting Tuesday night.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Courthouse
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Police - Fire
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Courthouse
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Hamell takes over as city treasurer
Judge Brad Paisley swore in Kellie Hamell as the new city treasurer at city council meeting Monday night. A motion to accept Hamell’s resignation as water office manager and a motion to rescind the motion adopted at the May 10, 2021 city council meeting that approved Hamell remaining in the office of water office manager at a reduced salary of $6,000 was passed 8-0.

City Attorney, Attorney Rocci Romano said, “There are instances where a city treasurer can take another appointed position and be compensated for that. A water office manager is not one of those exceptions under the statute.”

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

St. Mary's Hospital offers tips for dealing with mental health
May is National Mental Health Awareness month. Now is a good time to remember that those dealing with mental health issues are not alone. Everyone needs help from time to time. If someone you know is struggling, your support can be key to getting them the treatment they need.

"One way to reduce the stigma of mental illness is to view and treat it the same way we treat physical illness. Hopefully, then people suffering from a mental illness are more comfortable reaching out for help they need," said Jill Crum, director of behavioral health services at HSHS St. Mary's Hospital.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Full-time school session in Pana for new year
With an eye to fall and the beginning of the 2021-22 school year, the Pana Board of Education unanimously approved a plan to return to a regular school schedule with a unanimous vote. The plan does not include remote learning.

Pana School Superintendent Jason Bauer proposed the return to a regular five-day a week schedule with regular starting times and dismissal times.

“If there is anything that we have proven this year is that students can attend school safely in person,” Bauer said.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Police/Fire
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Healthcare Career Education grant application deadline June 1
The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is extending its deadline to June 1 for aspiring healthcare professionals to apply for its Healthcare Career Education Grant.

“Supporting the studies of students reflects the mission of both the foundation and the hospital,” said Billy Williams, president and education assistance committee chairman of the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation. “We are confident in our investment in students, the hospital and our community.”

Monday, May 17, 2021

Fatal crash Saturday leaves 1 dead, two injured
On May 15 at approximately 3:10 pm, 911 took a report of a two vehicle traffic crash with injuries on Illinois RT 48 at 2175 North Rd. approximately 2.3 miles northeast of Stonington.

Christian County Sheriff's Deputies, Stonington Police Department, Stonington Fire Department, Taylorville Fire Department, Stonington Ambulance, and Decatur Ambulance responded.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Courthouse
Monday, May 17, 2021

Police/Fire
Monday, May 17, 2021

Hopper Foundation Awards Scholarships
TAYLORVILLE — The Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce this year's scholarship award recipients. The Hopper Foundation has been awarding four-year scholarship awards to Taylorville High School students since 1956. A total of 296 scholarships have been awarded since the Foundation's beginning. In addition, the Hopper Memorial Foundation also administrates and awards an annual scholarship for the Jon S. Corzine Foundation.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Life's Journey to hold memorial service
TAYLORVILLE — Over the past year, COVID has changed the way celebrations and gatherings are held. Due to COVID and social distancing regulations, many people were not able to have full memorial services for their loved ones.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

ROE to offer paper based tests
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — In striving to offer more adults without a high school diploma an opportunity to obtain an equivalency credential, the Regional Office of Education #3 is pleased to announce that they will begin offering the paper-based version of the HiSET exam.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

HSHS Hospitals update masking guidelines
ILLINOIS — The CDC announced on May 13, 2021, that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can go without masks indoors and outdoors. However, health care facilities and other high-risk settings are excluded from this guidance.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Senior Pana High School musicians honored
PANA — Pana High School recently held their Spring Concert and Senior Night on Friday, May 7.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Taylorville Optimists name Officer finalists; award scholarships
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, May 13, 2021, in the Community Room of the People’s Bank. President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Pastor Steve Switzer giving the morning prayer.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

THS Band, Choirs present Spring Concerts
TAYLORVILLE — Senior Band and Choir members and their parents were honored at the Spring Concert presented by the ensembles on Sunday, May 2 at the Chautauqua Building at Manners Park.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

THS FFA places at two Livestock Judging Events
TAYLORVILLE — Over the past five years, Taylorville FFA has had a nationally successful livestock judging team that has yielded three students full tuition scholarships to college in the graduating class of 2020.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Police/Fire
Friday, May 14, 2021

Courthouse
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley presided over the following cases on May 14, 2021:
Friday, May 14, 2021

Millikin graduation ceremonies set for May 16
DECATUR, Ill. — Millikin University will celebrate the Class of 2021 with two in-person Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 16, at Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin's campus. Undergraduate and graduate students, including doctoral students, will be honored during the ceremonies.
Friday, May 14, 2021

Avenue of flags to be placed Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — The Amvets will once again erect the Avenue of Flags tomorrow, Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 9 a.m., weather permitting.
Friday, May 14, 2021

THS Students Won For Presentation
Friday, May 14, 2021

Summer Meal Program set to feed local children this summer
TAYLORVILLE — The Summer Meal Program will be in full swing this summer. The program will help feed children age 18 and under with a week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches at no cost.
Friday, May 14, 2021

South Fork High School National Honor Society 2021
Friday, May 14, 2021

Rhubarb Cherry Pie; a recipe worth trying
MASCOUTAH — I received a recipe from a reader that I cannot wait to try! It combines two of my favorite kinds of fruit pies-rhubarb and cherries.
Friday, May 14, 2021

Courthouse
Thursday, May 13, 2021

Police/Fire
Thursday, May 13, 2021

Ameresco roofing project could begin this summer
The Edinburg Board of Education held a regular meeting on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at  6:00 p.m. in the district Media Center.

As many students and families are aware, the Edinburg schools have been struggling with leaky roofs for a while now. In order to fix the problem, Superintendent Ben Theilen and the Building Committee have been doing walkthroughs of the buildings and showing the aggregate roofs to Ameresco, a renewable and clean energy company that frequently works with schools on improvement projects.

Two representatives from Ameresco were present at the Board meeting to speak to the trustees and answer any questions they had. According to them, there were three main sections of roofing that was still aggregate and needed replaced. Those were the roof over the boiler room, the ag shop roof, and the hallway roof off the media center. The project would not be as simple as just replacing and patching a leaky roof, however.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

2021 THS Prom Court
The 2021 Taylorville Prom Court was recently announced. Due to COVID restrictions, prom was not a school-hosted function, rather it was hosted by a group of senior parents at The Landing Barn on April 24, 2021. Coronation was held on the THS Football Field May 1, 2021.
Thursday, May 13, 2021

County has good fiscal year
The finance committee met Wednesday night to go over the county audit report; discuss insurance open enrollment; the EMA director position and give updates on the American Rescue Plan Act .

Rich Hooper, who was in charge of the county audit, said, “Everything was in good shape and well organized.” There were no material weaknesses noted and instances of noncompliance with grants. The county has total assets of cash and investments of $16 million. “I was pleasantly surprised at how well the county did over the past year.”  There was an ending balance of $6.2 million in the general fund.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Kiwanis get food pantry update
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the co-coordinators of the Taylorville Food Pantry, during their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.

Amy Hagen and Pam Moses, co-coordinators of the local food pantry, gave an update on how the pantry has served Taylorville and Christian County families in 2020 and so far in 2021.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Committee approves Anderson Cemetery expansion
The Christian County Highway/Building Committee met Tuesday night to discuss expansion of the Anderson Cemetery and plans for the Lincoln Prairie Trail.

The committee agreed on the expansion of Anderson Cemetery. It will take $4,000 worth of materials; one week of labor and equipment to complete expansion.  A motion was passed to send this information to the Finance Committee.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

THS FFA receives public speaking awards
On April 28, four Taylorville FFA members competed at the District 4 Public Speaking CDE. These students were able to compete at this event because they were named the winners at the Section 16 event in January.  Public speaking is a great career development contest that teaches student’s communication and critical thinking skills that they can use the rest of their lives.

Lizzie Schafer competed in the varsity prepared category with her seven-minute speech titled “Meat is Murder”. This speech topic covered the issue of the misconceptions of the meat industry.  Lizzie was awarded 1st place at District 4 competition with this speech. Lizzie will have the opportunity to compete at the state contest this summer.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Kincaid Police Department to host blood drive May 24
The Kincaid Community will host a community blood drive, sponsored by the Kincaid Police Department on Monday, May 24, 2021 from 3-6:30 p.m. at the Bloodmobile that will be located at the Police Dept. 115 Central Ave.

To schedule an appointment please call the Community Blood Center at 800-747-5401 or visit online at www.bloodcenter.org. Use code 60565 to locate the drive.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Courthouse
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Police/Fire
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Info sought in local criminal damage to vehicle
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.

Sometime between 8:00 pm on Saturday, May 1, 2021 and the morning of Sunday, May 2, 2021, an unknown subject loosened the lugnuts on a vehicle that was parked at 307 North Pershing Avenue. The vehicle's tire fell off while the victim was driving, damaging the wheel and rim. The victim was not injured. The total dollar amount of the damage is not available at this time.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Tornado soccer tops Charleston
The Tornado girls soccer team faced off against Charleston at the home of the Trojans on Tuesday afternoon and were able to come away with the 2-1 victory.

Kyley Wolf scored her first goal of the season off of a corner kick from Karla Collado and Collado scored the second goal for the Tornadoes on the night.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

TCUSD considering property purchase
The Taylorville School board is still mulling the potential purchase of the old Christian County Mental Health property at 730 North Pawnee Street in Taylorville.

Its proximity to both the junior high and North Elementary makes it desirable for the district, but school board members wanted more time to think about it Monday night when they tabled the decision.

“Land abutting two different buildings doesn’t come available hardly ever,” Taylorville School Board President Dave Driskell said. “We’re considering the space for a number of reasons, so if we do end up purchasing it, it could be used for a variety of uses.”

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Kellie Hamell named new city treasurer
At a special Taylorville City Council meeting Monday night, Kellie Hamell was named City of Taylorville treasurer.

Hamell was appointed to the position for a two-year term in order to fill the vacancy left by Scott Alberssen, who won the April election before opting not to accept the position.

Hamell has served as the City of Taylorville water billing manager for the last three years. Prior to that, Hamell worked in the Christian County Treasurer’s office for four years. “I’m really excited about getting in there and getting the job taken care of,” Hamell said.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

New PHS Principal hired
The Pana School Board met in special session on Monday night and the Board voted to hire Kevin McDonald as the new Pana High School Principal for the 2021-22 school year.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

CC Board approves EMA position
Members of the Christian County Executive, Personnel, Liquor and Legislative Committee met Monday night to discuss the appointment of a director for the EMA; FOP’s request to start early negotiotians on the sheriff’s contract; and AFSCME’s request for a COVID bonus.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Courthouse
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Raw water line project paperwork finished
The Village of Edinburg held a regular meeting on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.

After working on the legal paperwork for months, Village Attorney Rocci Romano told the Board he had finally finished all the paperwork for easements, right of ways, and other legal necessities. Romano told the Board he had 14 properties and 36 agreements he had written up. The next step would be to have a letter drafting and signed by the mayor inviting the invovled property owners and interested parties to an information meeting.

Romano suggested the Village hold the meeting sometime in July to give everyone time to get their letters and prepare any questions they had. At the meeting, Romano and the Board would be able to explain what the project was about and hopefully assuage any fears the invovled property owners might have. If the property owners and invovled parties agree to sign the paperwork at that meeting, the raw water line project would be able to move forward onto the next stage.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Police/Fire
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Pana City Council votes to hire new officer
During a 40-minute Pana City Council meeting on Monday night, members unanimously voted to hire a new police officer for the Pana department.

Pana Police Chief Daniel Bland told the Council his department was down an officer due to an injury suffered in an altercation while on duty. He said the officer will be off work between six to eight months due to the injury. Bland said his department is stretched thin and the safety of his staff and the community were his highest priority. He pointed out society as a whole has changed over the past few years and policing is becoming more hazardous.

He also provided figures showing the amount of overtime paid in the past when the department was short-handed, including $54,000 in 2015 and $72,000 in 2016-17.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

THS Jazz Band Holds Concert
The Taylorville High School Jazz Band held a concert on Thursday, May 6 outdoors at Hershey Towers. Jazz Band Senior Blake Rice received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and senior jazz band members were recognized. The Jazz Band played two sets of music. The first set consisted of: Night Train by Jimmy Forrest; Moonglow by Hudson, Lange & Mills; My Romance by Richard Rogers/arr. by Mark Taylor and featured Blake Rice on trumpet; Body and Soul by Johnny Green; Without A Word of Warning arranged by Art Dedrick; and Late Night Diner by Doug Beach.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Another Downtown Pana Fire
Nearly six months after a fire destroyed a set of buildings along Second Street in downtown Pana, another fire struck Sunday afternoon. Seven local fire departments battled the blaze confined to 108 W. Second after the initial alarm was sounded at 1:18 p.m. Pana firemen were the first to arrive on the scene at 1:24 p.m. and immediately requested mutual aid from Taylorville, Oconee, Owaneco, Tower Hill, Assumption and Moweaqua.
Monday, May 10, 2021

Hodson bond to remain the same
A request for an increase in bond for Robert M. Hodson, 46, of Taylorville, was denied following a court hearing in Christian County Court today. Hodson, was charged with aggravated DUI involving death, after an Apr. 8, 2021 accident in which two people died on Illinois Route 48 in Taylorville Township.

Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley said there appeared to be no willful violation of the bond conditions. It was stated in court the defendant was staying at another location when probation tried to make contact with the defendant. It was also stated his cell phone had been confiscated by the Illinois State Police following the accident.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Assumption community blood drive set for May 27
The Assumption community will host a blood drive from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, 2021 inside the Bloodmobile at the Masonic Lodge, 225 N. Chestnut Street.

To donate, please contact the Community Blood Center at 800-747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenter.org and use code 60003 to locate the drive. Masks and appointments are required.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Courthouse
Monday, May 10, 2021

UWCC learn about hope and the power of music
The University Women of Christian County held the May meeting on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 6:30 PM. The guest speaker for the evening was Jim Smith, a musician and former music teacher. His assistant was Angie Chase. Mr. Smith spoke about hope, a thing we all need to begin life after the isolation of the past year of the pandemic. Hope is not a lucky chance but rather a solid belief in character and in the things we are doing.
Monday, May 10, 2021

LLCC students honored with awards in virtual ceremony
Lincoln Land Community College recently recognized students with academic, leadership and special awards in a series of 2021 Student Recognition Ceremony videos that premiered April 26-29. The videos can be viewed at http://bit.ly/LLCCYouTube.
Monday, May 10, 2021

Police/Fire
Monday, May 10, 2021

Lake Land College to hold virtual graduation ceremony
Lake Land College will host a Virtual Commencement Ceremony to honor the accomplishments of the Spring and Summer 2021 Lake Land graduates at 7:30 p.m. on May 14. The event will premiere at 7:30 p.m. on the Lake Land College YouTube page, and will be accessible from the college’s home page. The event will be available to watch at any time after the premiere.
Saturday, May 8, 2021

Eat, pray, move....and vacuum
Mothers around the world are being celebrated today on Mother’s Day. They’re being appreciated for the sacrifices they make for their children and family; probably something that should be done more than just one day a year.

Like most, my own mother has done so much for all of us. She has provided us with a shelter in the storm, a safe-haven when life gets crazy, an encouraging word, a loving hug and the occasional thump up side the head when we need that, too.

In addition to all that, she taught us valuable lessons that are tucked away deep inside our souls to be pulled out when the time is right. They’ve come in handy from time to time and we share them with those that may need a little advice, too.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Welcoming home a hero
After many years away, Corporal (Cpl) Asa Emmitt Vance of Decatur, Illinois is returning home. CPL Vance was assigned to Dog Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division when he was reported Missing in Action (MIA) on 2 December 1950 in the Republic of Korea (R.O.K.). After 70 years, Asa will be returned home to Decatur.  

Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service and Care, will be transporting Cpl Vance from Lambert Airport, St Louis, Mo. back to Decatur on Monday, May 10, 2021. With the support of the Patriot Guard and the Illinois State Police, the transport will stop at the Mr Fuel Travel Station on Corvette, Dr in Litchfield between 4:45pm and 5:00pm

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Taylorville Tree Recovery Plants Tree
Volunteers with the Taylorville Tree Recovery Team spent Arbor Day 2021 helping homeowners replace trees lost from the 2018 tornado. The Taylorville Tree Recovery Team includes volunteers from Trees Forever, Christian County Extension Master Gardeners and the city Tree Board.
Saturday, May 8, 2021

Another Master Gardener plant sale coming up May 15
Houseplants, shrubs, and lots and lots of other perennial plants will highlight the 2021 University of Illinois Christian County Master Gardener’s Spring Plant Sale coming up on Saturday, May 15, 2021. The sale will be held at the U of I Extension Office, located at 1120 N. Webster St., in Taylorville from 9:00 a.m. until all plants are sold, rain or shine.

Plants suitable for sun, shade, or a combination of both, and many of them native varieties, will be featured this year.  A partial list of what will be for sale includes, Candytuft, Variegated Yellow Iris, Bleeding Heart, several different sedums, Toad Lilies, Plumbago, Clematis, Yarrow (yellow), Dwarf Solomon’s Seal, Solomon’s Seal, Money Wort, and Lambs Ear, to name a few. All plants have been grown in our area, are naturally adapted to local environmental conditions, will be priced to sell at $2.00, $3.00 or $5.00. Payment can be made by cash or check only. All proceeds will go to help provide educational programming and program assistance offered by Christian County Master Gardeners.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Kiwanis review club efforts for children and youth in the community
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club reviewed their many efforts for children and youth in the Taylorville community, during their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.

Club committee chairs reported on several fund raisers and other events. Treasurer Blain Cornwell reported that the recent Pancake and Sausage Breakfast netted the club approximately $2,000, and event committee member Dick Wamsley reported some 320 people either ate in or purchased drive-thru orders.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Christian County 4-H Livestock Judging Team wins Joliet Judging Contest
The Christian County 4-H Blue Ribbon club members have been working extremely hard practicing their livestock judging skills in preparation for several contests throughout the state and nation. Recently the team put on a dominating performance at the Joliet Junior College Livestock Judging Contest. At this contest, multiple senior team members competed against teams from around the nation. Contestants judged ten classes of livestock before giving four sets of oral reasons based upon their placings.

The Christian County Judging Team has been practicing very hard to prepare for this contest giving upwards of three sets of reasons a day to ensure their winnings at the contest. Two teams judged at the contest made up of four members per team with one team being within the top three teams in each category. Taylorville was placed first overall team in cattle, first team in reasons, second team in sheep and goats, and second team in swine.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Courthouse
Friday, May 7, 2021

Police/Fire
Friday, May 7, 2021

Alderman Jeremy Wilson Sworn In
TAYLORVILLE — Judge Brad Paisley swears in Taylorville Alderman Jeremy Wilson at the Monday May 3 Taylorville City Council meeting. Wilson is serving his first term as alderman.
Breeze-Courier photo.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Lake Land College Ag students honored
The Lake Land College Agriculture division hosted the Virtual 50th Annual Student Recognition Ceremony in April to recognize several students with awards and honors.

"A milestone like 50 certainly brings a sense of nostalgia and appreciation for our history and tradition of excellence," Division Chair Agriculture/Agriculture Instructor Ryan Orrick said. "I am appreciative of all the past faculty members and students who have helped craft the Lake Land Agriculture Division into what it is today, and I would like to thank all of our current staff and Agriculture students for representing this great tradition."

Friday, May 7, 2021

New Veterans Memorial Park Seeks Help
The new Veterans Point Memorial Park is moving right along. The project began in February of 2018 by the DowntownTaylorville.org group as a way of honoring our local veterans. The new site overlooks the northeast end of Lake Taylorville and sits immediately off of Eastwood Drive and abuts Kiwanis Park.

The concrete has been poured as well as footings for the stonework. The group is hoping the community will step up to support the project by purchasing memorial bricks, as well the 30 foot oblisk that is the center piece for the memorial, as well as seating benches and flag poles.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Happy Mother's Day
I begin by saying I bless all the Mom’s today in Jesus name. May this be a Happy Mothers Day for each of you. May the Grace of our God shine upon you, and may your heart be filled with His Peace.

Ephesians 6:1”Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), 3 so that it may turn out well for you, and that you may live long on the earth.” Today, Sunday May 9th, we extend honor to every mom.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Courthouse
Thursday, May 6, 2021

Deputy Voorhees officer of year nominee
The final nominee for the 2021 Officer of the Year is Christian County Sheriff’s Deputy Andy Voorhees.

Deputy Voorhees is a 2011 graduate of Morrisonville H.S. where he participated in both basketball and baseball. Upon graduation, Andy went into farming. He pursued this for five years, whereupon he re-focused his career to that of law enforcement.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Pana Parade being planned for Labor Day
After a one-year absence, the Pana Labor Day Parade Committee met on Wednesday night and decided to go forward with plans for the 2021 extravaganza on Monday, Sept. 6, through the streets of downtown Pana.

Parade Chairman Josh Ishmael said while the committee will proceed, a final decision on holding the parade could change if health concerns over the COVID infection ramp up.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Police/Fire
Thursday, May 6, 2021

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

Sometime during the early morning hours of Sunday, April 25, 2021, person or persons unknown used a BB gun to damage 3 vehicles that were parked in the 500 block of West Third Street. A residence, located at 502 West Third Street, was also struck. It appears that the damage could have been done from a vehicle traveling down the roadway. The total dollar amount of the damage is not available at this time.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Simple ways you can thank local nurses where you live
Nurses have long been unsung heroes of the medical community. But that tide began to turn in 2020 as the world confronted the COVID-19 pandemic and realized just how invaluable nurses are to public health.

According to the American Nurses Association, nearly 400 nurses in the United States died as a result of COVID-19 within eight months of a pandemic being declared in America. Globally, data from the International Council of Nurses indicated that roughly 1,500 nurses lost their lives to COVID-19 by the end of October 2020.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

May 12 marks birthday of Florence Nightingale
National Nurses Week is celebrated each year in the United States. The American Nurses Association notes that the week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, which coincides with International Nurses Day, a global celebration designed to highlight and celebrate the contributions nurses make to society.

May 12 also marks the birthday of Florence Nightingale, an influential 19th century British nurse who many consider the founder of modern nursing.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Comfortable footwear is a must for nurses
Nurses provide essential care for millions of people every day. Nursing can take a physical toll, as shifts can last anywhere from eight to 12 hours.

Studies indicate that an average 12-hour day shift requires a nurse to walk about five miles, while a 12-hour night shift will require a nurse to walk roughly three miles. All of that walking eventually can take a toll on the feet.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

How communities can recognize nurses
The vital role nurses play in health care settings across the globe was perhaps never more apparent than in recent months. When COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization in March 2020, nurses were on the front lines in the battle against the virus, and have remained there ever since.

In recognition of the sacrifices nurses and other health care workers have made to help the sick, individuals across the globe have placed signs in their yards thanking essential workers. In addition, many more have taken to social media to highlight the lengths individual nurses have gone to while helping them or their loved ones who caught the virus or fought other illnesses. Communities can follow such individuals’ lead by making collective efforts to thank the nurses who call their towns and cities home.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Four THS Students Capture State Titles
Still in its first full year, the Tommy TV program at Taylorville High School isn’t even a toddler yet; by all accounts, it should barely be walking by now. Instead, its off and running at full speed.

The THS Journalism Department, on the other hand, has a storied history of success, and, If Tommy TV is just now hitting its stride, THS Journalism is the pacesetter its chasing.

Remarkably, both programs brought state titles back to Taylorville this year.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

New Mt. Auburn Mayor sworn in
The Village of Mt. Auburn held a regular meeting on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.

At the end of the regular meeting, the new Village Mayor, Mike Whitehead, was sworn in. Whitehead won the election against outgoing mayor, Amber Dooley, and will begin his duties serving the village right away. He will take command at the start of the Phase II of the water main replacement project. Also sworn in at the meeting was a new Trustee, Brenda Patton.

Village Trustees Dee Dee Carey, Sandra Gooder, and Scott Vincent were sworn back into their seats at the meeting.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Pana PD, U.S. Marshals arrest Pana man on multiple charges
On May 4, 2021, the U.S. Marshals were in Pana to assist in locating a subject for multiple warrants including an IL Dept. of Corrections Parole violation warrant.

At 4:30 p.m., the subject was identified leaving a location in Pana and a Pana Officer attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle while assisting the U.S. Marshals.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Police/Fire
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Illinois radio reporter provided broadcast of Hindenburg crash
The explosion of the airship Hindenburg is one of the most famous aviation disasters in American history and signaled the end of the zeppelin era of flight.  An Illinois radio reporter provided the only news broadcast of the event.

Herbert Morrison, a 31-year-old reporter for WLS Radio in Chicago, delivered the startling description of the fiery crash at Lakehurst, N.J. on May 6, 1937 that included the now-famous words, “Oh, the humanity.” Morrison’s Hindenburg recording is believed to be the first example of a recorded news event.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Harvel Student wins Sheriff Scholarship
Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp wishes to congratulate Shawn Goebel, of Harvel, on being awarded one of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Academic Scholarships. Mr. Goebell was selected from a number of highly qualified applicants in the Christian County area, and we commend all of them for participating in this process,” said Sheriff Kettelkamp, “Illinois Sheriffs consider this scholarship program to be an investment in the future as well as a strong signal of their respect and support for education.”
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

New council divided on ward payment
Newly elected members of the Taylorville City Council had only been seated for about twenty minutes before they encountered their first contested debate.

Mayor Bruce Barry had to cast a tie-breaking vote Monday night regarding a $45,000 repayment to Ward I. That repayment is to come from the city’s fifth ward, which was created a few years ago in order to serve as a community ward money to be used by any ward for unforeseen projects.

Newly seated Alderman Steve Dorchinecz motioned to table the issue, though that motion was defeated 5-3.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Courthouse
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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

Sometime during the early morning hours of Monday, April 5, 2021, an unknown vehicle struck a vehicle in the 300 block of North Clay Street and then left the scene. The victim’s vehicle suffered damage to the side of the vehicle. The suspect vehicle left the scene in an unknown direction. The total dollar amount of the damage is unknown at this time.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Police/Fire
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Kiwanis learn about local sign business; honor Davis family
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about a local business during their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.

Lindsey Bliler opened “Farm House Signs and Company” on the Taylorville square three years ago. Bliler told Kiwanis members her business has grown from one to two separate buildings on the square, and recently moved her warehouse and showroom to adjacent buildings on the west side of the square.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Taylorville man shares personal story to encourage vaccinations
Four days before testing positive for COVID-19, Bill Jones walked half a mile to his deer stand, shot a deer and hauled the carcass back to his vehicle himself. “No problem,” the 59-year-old Taylorville man said.

In the days that followed, Jones developed symptoms of what he thought was bronchitis – shortness of breath, a cough, pressure in his chest like a cold might be developing there. A visit to his doctor’s office confirmed COVID-19 and effectively canceled Jones’ plans to spend Thanksgiving Day with his family.

“On November 24, it all went downhill,” said Jones..

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Police/Fire
Monday, May 3, 2021

Swearing in ceremony at Pana Friday
In front of about 50 people in the Council Chambers of Pana City Hall, newly elected and re-elected city of Pana officials were sworn-in on Friday afternoon by retired Circuit Court Judge David Slater.
Monday, May 3, 2021

LLCC Student Art Show winners announced
Lincoln Land Community College has announced the 2021 LLCC Juried Student Art Show winners. Fifty-nine art students submitted a total of 151 entries from fall 2019 to spring 2021 for consideration, representing 10 of LLCC’s studio classes. The student art exhibit is available for viewing at www.llcc.edu/2021-student-art-show.
Monday, May 3, 2021

Outgoing director awarded for service
YMCA Board President Adam Vocks presented an engraved clock to outgoing Executive Director Chris Weittenhiller to thank him for his 12 years of leadership and to remind him of his time at the Christian Co. YMCA.
Monday, May 3, 2021

Sand Creek Trail Meeting, May 12
Macon County Conservation District staff will be holding a public meeting for Sand Creek Conservation Area trail users on Wednesday, May 12, at 6pm.

The purpose of this informational meeting will be to discuss trail repairs and volunteer opportunities. There will also be time for questions and answers with staff.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Lilacs In Bloom at Farmers Market
Saturday, May 1, 2021

Galloway named TMH Colleague of March
TAYLORVILLE – Barbara Galloway, a central scheduler for Taylorville Memorial Hospital (TMH), was named the hospital’s Colleague of the Month for March.
Saturday, May 1, 2021

Forlines advances to State FFA Job Interview LDE
Saturday, May 1, 2021

VisionWay Pre-K learns about recycling
Saturday, May 1, 2021

Edinburg hires principal
EDINBURG — Ashley Francis graduated from Edinburg High School in 2002, and is excited to start her new position as Edinburg School District’s 6-12 Principal this summer.
Saturday, May 1, 2021

Police help boy with bike repairs
We can all use a little help getting through long days, and Lorenzo Blaise was definitely off to a rough start one Monday in May. The 11-year-old was on his way to school in Pennsylvania when he accidentally bent the back rim of his bike.
Saturday, May 1, 2021

Courthouse
Court appearances
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley presided over the following cases on Apr. 30, 2021:

Friday, April 30, 2021

Officer Ladage nominated for Officer of Year
PANA — Officer Adam Ladage of the Pana Police Department is the most recent nominee for the 2021 Officer of the Year.
Friday, April 30, 2021

Adult birthday
Friday, April 30, 2021

Celebrating 92nd Birthday
Friday, April 30, 2021

Owaneco Village president retires after 42 years
OWANECO — The Village of Owaneco said farewell to its longest running Village President, Alvin Mizeur, on Monday, April 12, 2021. Mizeur started his tenure with the Owaneco Village Board in April 1979 when he ran and won a seat as a trustee for the village board. In July of that same year, after the resignation of then president, he was appointed to fill the seat of village president. Mizeur has remained Owaneco Village President since that time.
Friday, April 30, 2021

Cross-Shaped Ministry
TAYLORVILLE — In a weekly Bible study I attend, we’re studying 1 Corinthians, and as we read through chapter two, I was struck by what Paul wrote at the beginning of chapter two. (1 Corinthians 2:1-2 NIV) And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
Friday, April 30, 2021

HOTR to host free movie May 21
EDINBURG — A free showing of the film “End of the Harvest” will be held at the House of the Rock Church on May 21, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 30, 2021

Things to know before drafting a living will
TAYLORVILLE — An advanced healthcare directive - also known as a living will - is a legal document in which a person lists the specifics of medical care and comfort actions they desire should the individual no longer be able to make decisions for themselves due to illness or incapacity.
Friday, April 30, 2021

Caregivers: How to manage a loved one's money
TAYLORVILLE — The number of retirees is on the rise. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau points out that, by 2030, there will be 81.2 million Americans over age 65, and many of them will need help taking care of themselves.
Friday, April 30, 2021

Deputy Voorhees saves motorists life
On April 28 at approximately 3 a.m. Christian County 911 dispatch received a call of a vehicle parked on the railroad tracks near the intersection with ADM Grain Elevator in Taylorville. Christian County Sheriff’s Deputies immediately responded to the call. As Deputy Andy Voorhees arrived on scene he discov ered the driver, Jake Billbe passed out in the driver’s seat with the engine running and the doors locked. Deputy Voorhees noticed the driver’s window being partly opened and was able to open the door and wake Mr. Billbe. Mr. Billbe was able to move his vehicle just before the warning gate arms began to lower. Seconds later, the train passed through the intersection. Christian County Deputy, Sgt. Robert Goebel arrested Billbe a short time later for suspected driving under the influence.
Thursday, April 29, 2021

Newly elected treasurer resigns
At the upcoming May 3 Taylorville City Council meeting, Scott Alberssen was set to be sworn in as the new City of Taylorville Treasurer after winning the April 6 consolidated election. Instead, the city is now looking for his replacement.

Alberssen announced on April 29 that he has chosen not to fill the position. “I hereby choose not to fill the Taylorville City Treasurer vacancy from the consolidated election on April 6, 2021,” he wrote in a statement. “Unforeseen health circumstances have arisen whereby I believe that I will not be able to perform the functions of the city treasurer’s office at the level the voters of Taylorville expect or that I would expect of myself. I would like to thank the Taylorville voters for their support and understanding.”

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

MMC nurse honored with DAISY Award for excellence
Registered nurse Rachel Way is the recipient of the DAISY Award for Nursing Excellence at Memorial Medical Center.

Two patients nominated Way to receive the award. In the nomination form, one patient wrote that "Rachel took her time and was patient with me. She let me cry and be angry. She walked with me through everything and helped me turn my life around."

Thursday, April 29, 2021

General Assembly passes 100's of bills
The state Senate and House passed more than 750 bills last week, addressing isolated timeouts in schools, youth vaping, teaching Muslim history, the commemoration of Juneteenth and automatic voter registration in prisons, among other topics.

Friday was the deadline for the General Assembly to pass bills out of each chamber, for consideration in the other chamber. The General Assembly’s session is scheduled to end May 31.

Capitol News Illinois has summarized below a few of the notable bills that passed one chamber last week. To become law – among other pathways – the bills will still need to receive approval from the other chamber and the governor.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Subdivision vacated; Kroski bids farewell
The Pana City Council meeting on Monday night was the final meeting for current Mayor Don Kroski and aldermen Ron Miles, third ward and Leon Goff, fourth ward. All eight members of the Council were in attendance.

Among the items approved by the Council was and ordinance to vacate a plat for Hathaway Homes Phase II Subdivision on first reading. The developers of the project are not going through with the housing project. In addition, a resolution accepting a water main easement in that property was accepted by the city. Another type of development is going to be going into the site.

Properties at 21, 23 and 25 East Second St. will be sold by the city using the appraisal method. The properties will be appraised by a licensed real estate appraiser, and the bid for each property must be at least 80% of the appraised value. Final passage is expected at the next council meeting in May.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Tim Casner nominated for Officer of the Year
Officer Tim Casner of the Pana Police Department is a graduate of Pana High School in 1984. He attended Millikin University for one year. Unlike many law enforcement, Tim’s journey to becoming a police officer took some detours. He worked at ADM, Staley’s, and did some construction. He also started his own company, Central Illinois Ring & Fabricating. When he closed that operation after five years, he become a postal employee and for a while, drove a route as a rural mail carrier.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

2021 Taylorville NHS Inductees
On Sunday, April 25, 2021 Taylorville High School inducted seventeen students into their chapter of the National Honor Society. Admittance is based on evidence of achievement in the areas of character, scholarship, leadership, and service. Last year's inductees also had the chance to participate in the induction ceremony, as they were unable to hold one at the school last spring, due to the pandemic.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Park, city considering new skate park
According to Taylorville Park District Recreation Director Bailey Hancock, the park and the City of Taylorville are considering a possible skate park as a new recreational outlet for children.

Nothing has yet been decided or voted on, and Hancock says the two entities have only engaged in very preliminary discussions regarding the possibility.  “We have already started a skate park committee, and we had our first meeting this past Wednesday,” Hancock said, noting that the committee included Mayor Bruce Barry and the Memorial Elementary Principal, among others.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

CC Health Dept. cancels drive-thru vaccine clinics
The Christian County Health Department announced today that they will no longer be holding drive thru vaccination clinics at the fairgrounds. They now have plenty of vaccinations, both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, and will be making appointments for the shots.
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