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Sheriff urges voter support for sales tax increase
TAYLORVILLE — Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp and his wife, Meg, display their “I voted” stickers in front of the courthouse this morning to mark the first day of early voting ahead of the upcoming April 6 election.Owen Lasswell/Breeze-Courier
TAYLORVILLE — Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp and his wife, Meg, display their “I voted” stickers in front of the courthouse this morning to mark the first day of early voting ahead of the upcoming April 6 election.
Owen Lasswell/Breeze-Courier
Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says he supports a proposed sales tax increase that will appear on the ballot for the upcoming April 6 election. He made sure he was among the first Christian County voters to get out and voice his opinion at the ballot box today, which marked the first day of early voting in the county.

“I’m a very conservative person, and nobody likes their taxes raised, but this is a tax that is essential and very needed in Christian County because we’re talking about public safety,” he said. “Right now, we don’t have room in our jail, so we’re unable to hold some of these people who have committed crimes. That means they’re back on the street too quickly after being arrested.”

Thursday, February 25, 2021


Sup't. says standardized testing will continue as usual
Taylorville school district Superintendent, Dr. Chris Dougherty, has released the following statement about standardized testing within the district:

“Standardized testing for grades K-12 will continue as usual. The US Department of Education sent a letter to each state on Monday outlining the expectations. ISBE sent a follow-up directive to each district this week.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Illinois companies report major 4th quarter loses
Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc. (CNSL) today reported a loss of $6.9 million in its fourth quarter.

On a per-share basis, the Mattoon, Illinois-based company said it had a loss of 9 cents. Earnings, adjusted to extinguish debt and for stock option expense, came to 12 cents per share.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Ag facts: Illinois leads nation in pumpkins and more
Thursday, February 25, 2021

FFA students describe their supervised ag projects
Thursday, February 25, 2021

Police/Fire
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Coroner investigating local death
On February 22, 2021 at approximately 9:25P.M., 911 received a call from a passerby that there was a traffic crash in rural Edinburg. Emergency crews arrived on scene and requested the coroner.  
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Courthouse
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

FFA students describe their supervised ag projects
In my SAE, I raise fullblood Boer Goats. I feed the goats and do regular chores on a daily basis. With my daily tasks I also trim feet, fix fences, and clip hair. I started my book when getting involved with my family's show operation and having the dream to produce and sell my own high quality breeding stock. My passion for agriculture and the livestock industry has grown as I have started my SAE and I hope to continue to gain knowledge and skills as it continues through my high school career.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Rural Electrification Act brought power to farms back in the 1930s
Last week’s massive winter storm left millions across the nation, particularly in Texas, in the dark and exposed glaring issues with power grids and governmental oversight.

It also harkened back to a time when many Americans existed without electricity.

This year marks the 85th anniversary of the Rural Electrification Act, which brought power to farm homes and small towns in the midst of the Great Depression. The REA is credited with electrifying millions of rural homes, and gave rise to the electric power cooperatives that still dot the nation.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Ag education, FFA creates knowledgeable leaders
From teamwork used to grow plants in the greenhouse to evaluation skills used to identify flavorful cuts of meat at the grocery store, agriculture education and leadership programs like FFA help students grow personally and professionally.

Agriculture teachers and FFA advisors Jaci Jenkins, who works at Edwardsville High School, and Jerry Brockett, who works at Meridian High School in Macon, have seen firsthand the positive impacts agriculture has had on the students in their suburban school districts.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Blood drive March 9, Edinburg High
Edinburg High School will host a community blood drive from 12:30-5:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 9 at 100 East Martin Street on the Bloodmobile.

Appointments are required. To donate, please contact Community Blood Center at 800-747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenter.org and use code 60066 to locate the drive.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Schafer is one of five finalists for ag teacher state award
Taylorville High School FFA Advisor Sue Schafer is one of just five agriculture teachers in the state of Illinois to be named as a finalist for the Golden Owl Award, which seeks to recognize dedicated ag teachers who work to empower the next generation of agriculture leaders. The prestigious award is sponsored by Nationwide, the Illinois Foundation FFA, the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers, Compeer Financial, and Farm Credit Illinois.

Schafer had no idea she was even nominated for the award until a surprise celebration ceremony on Monday afternoon where she was congratulated by a small group of students, friends, and family. It was there that she was also shocked to learn that she had been selected as a top-five candidate.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Deadline near for special ed teacher tuition waiver
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) recently updated information on their website for the 2021-22 academic year Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) Program. ISAC annually awards 250 tuition waivers to current teachers and academically talented high school seniors or college students pursuing a career in special education at any one of twelve public state universities in Illinois.

A minimum of 105 tuition waivers is awarded to qualified applicants scheduled to graduate from an approved high school in the academic year in which the award is made and who perform in the upper half of their class according to performance-based academic data provided by the high school at the end of the sixth semester.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Pana Council okays agreement with architect for city hall roof
The Pana City Council approved a deal with Benton and Associates of Jacksonville for engineering work and plans to replace the city hall roof. The action happened at the Council’s regular meeting on Monday night. Ben Spreen of the company presented the proposal.

Cost is not to exceed $12,500. The firm is tasked with preparing final construction plans, specifications, bidding documents, bid opening and evaluation and project award, contract coordination.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Full in-person school for Pana starts March 17
It might just take a little bit of the luck ‘o the Irish, but students in the Pana School District will be headed back to the classroom, full-time, starting Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2021, the beginning of the fourth quarter. The decision was made on Monday night during the Pana School Board meeting held in the Library of Pana High School on Monday night.

Students who have been on remote learning all school year will be able to select that option for the remainder of the school year. However, the administration reserves the right to require students to return to in-person learning due to a lack of academic progress. For the remainder of the school year, no student will be allowed to become a remote learner without a valid medical excuse from a physician, stating the student or an immediate family member is in an at-risk category.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Farm Credit Illinois offering scholarships, grants
High school seniors pursuing a career in agriculture are invited to apply for a $2,000 Farm Credit Illinois Agriculture Scholarship. Thirty scholarships will be given in 2021 with two recipients designated as Diversity in Agriculture Scholars.

Recipients are selected based on a combination of academic achievement, participation and leadership in school and community organizations, and the applicant’s commitment to an agricultural career. Applicants must be high school seniors enrolling in a college or university during the 2021 fall semester to pursue an agriculture-related academic major and career. Applicants must reside in – or immediate family must farm in – one of 60 central and southern counties in Illinois served by FCI. Recipients will receive $1,000 for the fall 2021 semester and $1,000 for fall 2023 semester.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

FFA competitions move forward despite pandemic
This past year has been challenging, but FFA has overcome all of the obstacles thrown it’s way. FFA members have embraced the virtual format of events and are excited to be able to participate in events, even if they are a bit different from previous years. Safety of students and advisors has been a top priority for the Taylorville FFA Chapter and will continue to be with upcoming events. Students have been able to take part in many virtual contests.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

CA&M FFA members in public speaking contest
On Wednesday, January 27, 2021, four members of the Central A&M FFA Chapter competed virtually in the Section 16 Public Speaking LDE.

Samantha Hazelwonder competed in the FFA Creed Speaking division where she recited the FFA Creed and answered questions about the FFA Creed.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

18 THS FFA members in Section 16 competition
During the month of February, several Taylorville FFA members completed various SAE projects not only for competition, but to learn valuable career and life skills that they will use the rest of their lives. This large group of students competed with their record books at the local chapter level in order to advance on to sections. February 15,  nineteen Taylorville FFA members competed virtually through Zoom at the Section FFA SAE Proficiency Award Interviews. This event is designed for Freshman through Senior students that complete a record book on their Supervised Agriculture Experience project.  Students are not only required to complete the record book but also conduct a 15 minute interview discussing what their responsibilities were in their project. Winners from the Section level advance onto districts, state, and national levels. The Taylorville FFA Chapter has a wide variety of different SAE projects. Some deal directly with the farm while others focus on horticulture, science research, leadership, and community service projects.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

THS FFA members earn public speaking awards
On January 27, nine Taylorville FFA members competed at the Section 16 Public Speaking CDE. These students were able to compete at this event because they were named the winners at the Chapter event held in early January. Public speaking is a great career development contest that teaches students communications and critical thinking skills that they can use the rest of their lives.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

'Battle of the Brands' among FFA themes this week
73 years ago the first ever FFA week was celebrated. The week is centered around George Washington’s birthday to honor him as a great leader and agriculturalist. Years later chapters across the country, including Taylorville celebrate this week annually. In past years, Taylorville has had cookouts during the week to show appreciation to those involved such as the FFA Alumni, students, and even a dinner for all of the teachers in the high school.  In addition, the chapter has a dress-up week for all students to participate in, each day having its own fun theme.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

THS FFA members begin ag experience projects
In agricultural education, learning does not start and stop at the classroom door. Agriculture Education around the country is executed through a three circles model that includes the agriculture classroom, FFA, and SAEs. Taylorville ag students do not have to take part in all three circles in order to complete ag education courses, but when they take part in all three, they open the door of opportunity to awards, scholarships, and careers.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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Monday, February 22, 2021

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Taylorville FFA Greenhands attend virtual leadership event
Eight freshman FFA members from the Taylorville Chapter attended the Ground Zero Conference earlier this month. The conference was held virtually, through Zoom, and students participated from the comfort of their own homes over the course of three days.  The conference was hosted by the Illinois FFA State Officer Team. Through this event, the State Officers helped the Taylorville FFA members strengthen their leadership abilities through various activities that were conducted during the virtual conference. These participants also had the opportunity to meet freshman FFA members from other chapters across the state, and they participated in competitive bonding exercises.
Monday, February 22, 2021

Taylorville FFA members attend OSU meats judging camp
Even through the challenges of Covid-19, the Taylorville FFA Chapter is finding ways to improve themselves in many areas of agriculture. Recently, a group of students ranging from freshmen to juniors, have come together to form an FFA Meats Judging Team. The students have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming contest through the help of Oklahoma State University's Online Meats Judging Camp. Every Tuesday throughout February, March, and April this group of students attend the judging camp via Zoom virtual meetings. During these meetings, the students learn the different aspects of meat science and evaluation such as quality grading, yield grading, and identification of different retail cuts of beef, pork, and lamb.
Monday, February 22, 2021

THS Ag students learn valuable trades
Currently, the agriculture mechanics classes are spending the in-person days at school  welding, operating the CNC machine, working on the raffle tractor, constructing livestock chutes, and completing so many other hands-on tasks. If traditional schooling is not their “cup of tea,” having the opportunity to take part in these hands-on lessons allows many students to have something to look forward to throughout the day.
Monday, February 22, 2021

THS FFA continues tractor restoration tradition despite COVID-19
Every school year since 2016 the Taylorville agriculture mechanics classes have restored an antique tractor to raffle off. Since Covid-19, that has pushed back our 2019-2020 tractor restoration. Although we were stopped early last year, we have been able to start the restoration project back up. The FFA members have put in countless hours after the quarantine break.
Monday, February 22, 2021

THS FFA seniors share their future plans
This past school year hasn’t exactly gone as expected. COVID-19 has affected students, families, businesses, and many others. Seniors have not exactly gotten the opportunity to experience  the “ideal senior year” but they still have to keep moving forward with their future. Some Taylorville FFA students have been making the most of this school year and continue working hard on their plans after graduation. Here are some seniors that are making the most of these hard times: Isabelle Norris, Gracie Corso, Tess Patton, Rachelle Bates, Weston Erlenbush, Conner Grant, Toby Winans, and Lance DeClerck. These eight seniors are active members involved in many FFA events and are currently planning for future success. 

Monday, February 22, 2021

THS Horticulture class begins preparing for annual spring plant sale
For quite a while, Horticulture was a spring-semester class offered at THS for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  Last year when students were selecting their classes for the 2020-21 school year there were enough students interested to have a fall and a spring semester class. Students in Horticulture learn about plant propagation, growing media, and overall plant care and maintenance. 
Monday, February 22, 2021

Taylorville students take home section 16 Star Greenhand Awards
Recently twelve students in Section 16 FFA competed for the Section Star Greenhand FFA Award. When applying for the Greenhand Degree, students have the opportunity to compete for special awards such as Star in Farmer, Placement, Entrepreneurship, and Agri-Science. This year THS took three participants to interview to gain their degree and compete for Star. Among the three were Cole Paulek, Joceyln Williams, and Lane Waller.
Monday, February 22, 2021

Community blood drive March 1 in Taylorville at DMCC
TAYLORVILLE —  A community blood drive will be held from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Monday, March 1st at  1500 West Franklin, inside Davis Memorial Christian Church in the Fellowship Hall
Saturday, February 20, 2021

County's new dog breeder ordinance touted
TAYLORVILLE — A text amendment to the Christian County Zoning Ordinance was approved on Tuesday night at a meeting of the Christian County Board which will establish guidelines for dog breeders in the county. It is meant to address small breeders - less than five dogs - to make sure the dogs and their pups are treated care and compassion and to prevent a “puppy mill” type operation to set up in Christian County.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Meeting Notice
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Women's group to award 2 memorial scholarships
TAYLORVILLE — The Community Women’s Association (CWA) will be awarding two $1,000 CWA Memorial Scholarships this year. The scholarships will be awarded to two deserving female adults and/or female high school seniors who will be attending junior college, college, or vocational/technical school.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

University Women to award a $1500 scholarship
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — University Women of Christian County will be offering one $1500 scholarship to female residents of Christian County, who have completed at least one year of college work (twenty-four semester hours). The scholarship award may be used by full or part-time students for graduate or undergraduate study for the Fall 2021 semester. 
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Kiwanis Club resumes regular meeting schedule
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club caught up on Kiwanis activities over the past few months, and what's planned for 2021, during their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge. It was their first meeting in 2021, since the Governor lifted meeting restrictions.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

50th Wedding Anniversary
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Meet the Taylorville High School Agriculture teachers
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville High School FFA program wouldn’t be where they are without an outstanding group of agriculture teachers at the helm.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Bayer and 2Blades Foundation Extend Agreement into 2023 to bolster Asian Soybean Rust Research
The 2Blades Foundation recently entered into a new research collaboration with Bayer, building on earlier work and complementing ongoing efforts to identify new disease resistance genes to combat the growing challenge of Asian soybean rust, a devastating airborne disease of soybean.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Taylorville FFA welcomes incoming freshman members
TAYLORVILLE — Even though Taylorville students are only about a month into the second semester, it’s already time to start thinking about the next school year. Students who will be returning next year have begun looking at classes to set their schedule for next year. Eighth-graders in the Taylorville School District have started this process, too. Recently, a small group of Taylorville FFA members and advisors had the opportunity to visit TJHS and Visionway Christian School to talk to them about the Taylorville FFA Chapter and Agriculture classes they can take next year as Freshmen at THS.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Taylorville FFA takes home eight state degrees
TAYLORVILLE — On February 8th, eight Taylorville FFA members competed for their State Degree. This degree is an honorable prestige in Illinois. Only a small percentage of Illinois FFA members ever have the chance to obtain it. In order to get the degree, recipients must have logged either 750 hours in their record book or showed a profit of $1500. This year Taylorville FFA maintained a high standard of achievement by not only earning eight degrees, but 3 star areas were won by THS FFA members.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

CAM FFA celebrates unusual but successful year
The Central A&M FFA chapter has had a very different school year thus far!  Members have been staying active in a different way this year - virtually!  Contests, conventions, training schools, workshops, conferences, you name it, we’re still experiencing, just in different ways! 
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Taylorville FFA members attend OSU meats judging camp
TAYLORVILLE — Even through the challenges of Covid-19, the Taylorville FFA Chapter is finding ways to improve themselves in many areas of agriculture. Recently, a group of students ranging from freshmen to juniors, have come together to form an FFA Meats Judging Team. The students have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming contest through the help of Oklahoma State University's Online Meats Judging Camp. Every Tuesday throughout February, March, and April this group of students attend the judging camp via Zoom virtual meetings. During these meetings, the students learn the different aspects of meat science and evaluation such as quality grading, yield grading, and identification of different retail cuts of beef, pork, and lamb.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Taylorville FFA dealing with the pandemic as best they can
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville FFA is extremely good at making the most out of bad situations. Not only has the COVID pandemic taken away many in person activities and educational events that FFA members would normally have. In the spring we are usually gearing up to meet with our state legislatures at Illinois Ag Legislative day at the Capitol. This year in particular would have been a great opportunity for our members to meet with our officials to share their concerns about education, agriculture and so much more that is effecting their day-to-day education and lives.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Floral Design Valentine's Day projects
TAYLORVILLE — Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest and busiest holidays for florists and flower shops around the world. The Floral Design classes at Taylorville High School are taking advantage of this major floral holiday to supplement what they are learning in class, provide a service to teachers, and host a fun activity for students. 
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Jennifer Ippolito is finding solutions with students to have a positive mindset
KINCAID — Jennifer Ippolito is starting her 21st year at South Fork Community School District. She is currently the Dean of Students and Athletic Director at South Fork Jr. and Sr. High School. She has held several different positions during her tenure including Social Studies and English teacher, a Guidance Counselor, Dean of Students and Athletic Director. She definitely wears many hats during her work day.
Saturday, February 20, 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 Feb. 19, 2021:
Friday, February 19, 2021

Meeting Notices
Friday, February 19, 2021

Police/Fire
Friday, February 19, 2021

Taylorville Food Pantry has abundance of perishables
TAYLORVILLE — Amy Hagen, co-coordinator for the Taylorville Food Pantry recently advised “We are swimming in perishable food right now at the Taylorville Food Pantry. As one of the +/-160 agencies of the Central Illinois Foodbank, we are the rich beneficiary of the fifth round of the USDA Farmers to Families grant that is to take us until the end of April.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Signs and wonders
This year, I’m using a devotional book called Sacred Space, and one of the recent daily entries included the text of Mark 8:11-13. (Mark 8:11-13 NIV) The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven. He sighed deeply and said, "Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to it." Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Stonington churches holding Easter sermon series
STONINGTON — First Baptist Church of Stonington and Old Stonington Baptist Church invite the community to be a part of their upcoming Easter Season Sermon Series, "Three Days Later."
Friday, February 19, 2021

South Fork School planning ahead for end-year events
The South Fork Board of Education held a regular meeting on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high media center.

At the meeting, junior high and high school principal Stephen Groll took the time to make the Board aware that he was already planning for prom and graduation. For Prom, Groll told the Board that they had roughly decided on a May 8 event date and already had a venue picked out and booked. The school would be able to cancel the event up to two weeks before without having any additional fees, which Groll hoped would give the district enough time to plan for mitigation changes. As of the meeting, Groll wasn’t certain if the event would be only for South Fork students or not. He said he would not be able to tell until closer to May.

As for Graduation, Groll had two plans in mind. Both would take place on May 28th, depending on the weather. To allow for a more traditional ceremony and family attendance, Groll wanted to have the ceremony on the football field. He said that the school could create socially distance squares on the field for each family to be in, though they might have to limit the number of family members in each square. The students would be positioned on the bleachers of the football field, also socially distance. The ceremony would be held in front of the bleachers. If weather was an issue, they could hold the event inside the gym, although that would limit the number of family members allowed in each square. But, since he estimated the senior class had only 12-14 students this year, Groll was certain the district would be able to hold an actual ceremony for the graduating students this year. The Board was pleased with Groll’s future planning and also wished to hold an in-person graduation ceremony this year.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Courthouse
Thursday, February 18, 2021

Police/Fire
Thursday, February 18, 2021

Aldermen divided over water lean
“This whole issue smells bad,” Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry said of a water lean dispute that had city aldermen divided at Tuesday night’s Taylorville City Council meeting.

“We have a city employee purchasing the property for $1. We have a lean put against the property for nine-thousand and some odd dollars for water that was leaked, not only into the ground, but also into the neighbor’s basement...I think the city was totally in the wrong for allowing this water to remain on when they knew it was causing a leak. Seven months we let the water run, seven-hundred and some thousand gallons of water that we let run...I think it’s ludicrous that we kept the water on and just kept billing them and billing them and billing them when these people weren’t able to pay.”

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Animal Control may still get truck from mystery fund
Discussions during the regular meeting of the Christian County Board on Tuesday night point to the Animal Control/Zoning Department may be getting its truck after all. At the Finance Committee meeting last Wednesday, the committee took no action on the truck purchase, saying the money would have to come from the Contingency Fund, which has $100,000 in it and the purchase would take about a quarter of that money.

County Treasurer Betty Asmussen told the Board Tuesday, there is a fund dedicated to the Animal Control office which was donated by a private trust to the county about two years ago. There is $50,000 in the fund. After reading in the newspaper the purchase was denied, the trustee of the fund - who wishes to remain anonymous - said the truck could be purchased from the trust. Asmussen said while the funds were donated to the county, the trustee has to approve any expenditures. The treasurer refused to disclose the name of the mystery fund from where the money will be taken. An inquiry as to the legality of keeping the fund name a secret was sent to Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera in an e-mail earlier today and there was no response as of presstime today.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Information sought in Taylorville burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Just days remain to vote in TCCU'S 7th annual $1000 scholarship program
Time is running short for Tri-County residents to ‘Stop. SHOP. VOTE!’ in Taylorville Community Credit Union’s 7th annual scholarship program. Voting ends on February 28th to help determine the eight winners of this year’s $1000 awards – two each from Taylorville, Hillsboro, Litchfield and Pana High Schools.
Saturday, February 13, 2021

Promoting Positivity: Pandemic provides opportunity for growth
April Wolfe is the kind of person who faces difficulties head on. She is goal oriented and never stops once she has her eyes on the prize. Wolfe went to college for Communications and Information Technology, then took on an active role as a Technical Trainer at a Springfield firm. After that, she decided to become an Illinois Licensed Educator. She’s taught at LLCC and CACC with a focus on business and technology education, and currently works with high schools students in South Fork. Wolfe comes from an army family background, so she has the ability to stand her ground and be firm when necessary. She is positive and strong, with a focus on looking forward and embracing changes as they come. But even Wolfe admits to some struggles with adjusting to the new normal brought about by an on-going global pandemic. She hasn’t let that stop her optimism from shining through, even as she shares what a struggle it was to adjust at first.
Saturday, February 13, 2021

Storage/display opportunities: In furniture, along walls and in hidden places
Finding more space to store and display all the "stuff" used for day-to-day living, as well as life's pleasures, can be an adventure that ends with everything in its perfect place. Woodcraft can help you with a few ideas to kick-start your space hunt and then suggestions for tools and supplies to make your storage projects successful.

Small tables with enclosed storage underneath, chests and trunks that provide seating, benches with built-in storage, beds with built-in space underneath or in the headboard, and kitchen islands with concealed nooks are all options to manage "stuff."

Saturday, February 13, 2021

How to add shade to a deck or patio
Homeowners eagerly await the arrival of the warm weather so they can cast off the remnants of cabin fever and bask in the sunshine. However, as summer nears its dog days, the same sun homeowners once coveted can contribute to uncomfortable conditions in outdoor entertaining spaces.
Saturday, February 13, 2021

How to choose the right lighting inside your home
Lighting in a home serves both practical and aesthetic purposes. It's easy to maneuver around a well-lit home, reducing the risk of slips and falls, and the right lighting can help homeowners create their desired ambiance, which typically changes depending on which room you're in.

When choosing lighting for their homes, homeowners must walk a fine line between appearance and functionality. A fixture in the foyer that instantly impresses visitors likely won't prove as awe-inspiring if it's installed in the living room. When choosing lighting for a home, some general rules about what works in each room can help homeowners make the most informed decision.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

The average timelines for popular renovation projects
Home renovation projects are significant undertakings. Working with skilled and experienced contractors can ensure projects go smoothly and are completed promptly. Timing is a big consideration for homeowners as they begin renovating their homes, and the home improvement experts at HomeAdvisor note that the following are some general timelines for popular renovation projects.
Saturday, February 13, 2021

Tips to improve WiFi around the house
Speedy, reliable internet is something people have quickly grown accustomed to. That's no doubt why dropped WiFi signals can be so frustrating.

Various things can contribute to slow or interrupted Wi-Fi. As a result, there's no one-size-fits-all solution to address underperforming Wi-Fi. But that's good news, as it means there's an assortment of strategies that consumers can try to improve the Wi-Fi in their homes.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Should I DIY?: 3 questions to determine if it's best to renovate on your own
A do-it-yourself mentality has taken hold in millions of households across the globe. Popular television channels like HGTV and DIY Network as well as accessible home improvement content on apps like YouTube has inspired many homeowners to tackle renovation projects around their homes. Taking such initiative is admirable, though it also can prove costly if homeowners end up biting off more than they can chew.
Saturday, February 13, 2021

Reducing household energy use the easy way
There are many ways to reduce a household’s energy use from simple adjustments in behavior to comprehensive home improvements. The main reasons to conserve energy are to save on utility bills and protect the environment. Some of the more common ways to conserve energy are:
Saturday, February 13, 2021

Lake Land College announces fall semester honors list
Lake Land College has announced full and part-time students earning academic honors for the 2020 fall semester.

To qualify for the president's list, a student must have completed at least 12 credit hours in courses numbered 040 or higher per semester, excluding summer term, with a GPA of 3.8 - 4.0.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

School nurse recognized for outstanding service
Memorial Elementary Nurse Jenny Moats has been recognized for her outstanding service and leadership to our Memorial Elementary students and staff. She leads our COVID response team with grace and tenacity advocating for common sense approaches and communicating with care to those impacted by the virus. S
Saturday, February 13, 2021

Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation gift supports local healthcare
A donation to the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation will be used to support local students pursuing careers in healthcare. The Bertrand Hopper Memorial Foundation donated $10,000 in support of the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation Healthcare Careers Educational Grant program.  The grant program not only offers financial assistance to local students interested in healthcare, but also offers students opportunities to work at Taylorville Memorial Hospital upon degree completion.
Saturday, February 13, 2021

Debunking some myths about radon
Radon is a naturally occurring gas that forms when certain radioactive metals break down in rocks, soil and groundwater. Though radon is naturally occurring, when people are exposed to it at levels deemed to be excessive, the consequences can be dire. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
Friday, February 12, 2021

Influenza cases drop dramatically this season
Memorial Health System hospitals are seeing a dramatic decrease this year in the number of influenza cases, thanks in part to precautions being taken to slow the spread of COVID-19.

From October to now, only six people have been hospitalized for influenza at Memorial Health System’s five hospitals: Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Decatur Memorial Hospital, Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln and Taylorville Memorial Hospital. Last year, that number was 99.

Friday, February 12, 2021

COVID Clinic for Tuesday cancelled due to weather concerns
Due to weather predictions and for the safety of the public and the staff, the Christian County Health Department's drive-thru COVID vaccination clinic at the Christian County Fairgrounds scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 16 has been canceled.

The Christian County Health Department, Pana Community Hospital, and Taylorville Memorial Hospital will be implementing contingency plans for inclement weather in place of this scheduled weekly COVID clinic. The hospitals will vaccinate local established patients through their facilities who qualify for Phase 1B vaccines. These vaccinations will not be open clinics to the public. All 1st dose COVID vaccines have been accounted for in this week’s available allocation, so please do not call the hospitals.

Friday, February 12, 2021

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Friday, February 12, 2021

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Friday, February 12, 2021

Sacrifice
The Super Bowl ended this year’s football season. This event has become an unofficial American holiday. The viewership is exceedingly high, people eat junk food and many join others to watch the game.
Friday, February 12, 2021

District considering technology plan to stay ahead
The Edinburg Board of Education held a regular meeting on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 6:05 p.m.

At the meeting, Superintendent Ben Theilen introduced the Board to his idea of creating a technology purchasing plan to help the district stay ahead of the rapidly changing and evolving technology needs of a school district.

With the district now being one to one with the Chromebooks to student ratio and an E-sports club approved to begin, Theilen told the Board that he was worried that many of the Chromebooks would be needing replaced all at once in the future. He said that would be a large expense that he wanted to plan for in the budget instead of having to scramble to find the funds later on. A technology company was recently invited into the district to assess their need. According to their report, fifty of the current Chromebooks already need replaced. Mr. Theilen suggested replacing those with touch screen Chromebook models for the younger pre-k and kindergarten students. He said he would be looking at pricing to bring to the Board before going forward, but wanted to see what they thought. The Board agreed having touch screen devices would be better for young children and those with special needs.

Friday, February 12, 2021

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

County committee holds off on zoning truck purchase
The Finance Committee of the Christian County Board denied a request from the Animal Control and Zoning Office to purchase a new truck during its meeting on Wednesday night. Director Vince Harris presented a state bid on the Ford F-150 pickup truck of just over $23,000.

If the truck was to be purchased, the funds would have to come out of the county’s $100,000 Contingency Fund, taking up nearly a quarter of its budget. The county’s fiscal year budget began on Dec. 1, 2020.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Township feud hits boiling point
Tuesday evening’s Taylorville Township meeting was a three-way shouting match between trustees, Supervisor Deborah McCoy, and Tom Snyder Sr., who was in attendance as a township resident and member of the public.

Trustees aired their ongoing list of grievances against McCoy, who vehemently defended herself. Snyder, meanwhile, argued that trustees are only attempting to smear McCoy to make a political point ahead of the upcoming April election. They, in turn, refuted that claim, creating a cyclical argument Tuesday night that spanned the better part of two hours.

In January, trustees were critical of McCoy after discovering that she wrote a $1,000 bonus check to a township employee. Then, trustees took issue with the amount of the check, saying that it was excessive. They also questioned whether or not McCoy was authorized to write such a check since it came from the town fund and not the general assistance fund, though it was used for general assistance purposes.

Trustee Pat Kretzer called the check misappropriation of funds in January, and Tuesday’s discussion on the matter was listed with that description on the agenda.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Committee recommends selling surplus county land
The Highway and Building Committee of the Christian County Board will recommend to the full Board next Tuesday to put out for bid a little more than seven acres of land the county owns near Roby. They will also recommend about two-and-a-half acres of land near the Animal Control Building be leased for farm land for crops or hay production. The committee met on Tuesday night in the Courthouse in Taylorville.

The ground to be sold is about a 10-acre tract, according to County Board Chairman Matt Wells. It is mainly covered in timber. County Highway Engineer Cliff Frye wants to keep part of the parcel to stockpile gravel used in road maintenance and to protect a drainage line which runs through the property. The recommendation leaves the issue of surveying the property until after bids are received so not to waste an estimated $1,500 to $2,000 for a survey.

Zoning and Animal Control Officer Vince Harris said he has heard from interested farmers who would like to rent the ground for farming purposes. Wells said currently, the property has to be mowed four to five times a year, using county equipment and manpower. By renting out the ground, the county could “Put some money in the bank.”

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Coroner investigating area man's death
On February 8, 2021, 911 received a call that a 27-year-old male was unresponsive and not breathing at a residence in Pana. The male was transported to Pana Community Hospital E.R. where he was pronounced dead at 6:29 A.M.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Taylorville Memorial seeks community input on survey
Taylorville Memorial Hospital is asking Christian County residents to participate in a community health survey.

The survey is part of a community health needs assessment being conducted in Christian County. The survey is available online and in paper format through Feb. 28.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

In-person learning to expand in April
Taylorville school officials are hopeful that an upcoming round of teacher and employee vaccines will prompt a return to a more robust in-person learning environment.

At Monday evening’s Taylorville School Board meeting, Taylorville School Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty outlined a planned schedule that is expected to put children back in the classroom four days a week by April 8. Currently, Taylorville kids are only receiving in-person learning two days a week.

“We’ve got a vaccine clinic arranged in Christian County. It will be here on our site this Friday with the subsequent clinic a month later. There are approximately 200 employees that have volunteered, signed up to get the vaccination,” Dougherty told board members Monday night.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Tom Snyder resigns as president of water reclamation district
Monday afternoon’s regularly scheduled Christian County Water Reclamation District meeting saw a pair of resignations, one of which was president Tom Snyder Sr. The other was treasurer Kathy Gronewald.

In the wake of Gronewald’s resignation, the board voted 2-0 (Tom Snyder-abstain) to appoint Michelle Snyder as the new treasurer.

Immediately after accepting Gronewald’s resignation, Snyder announced his own to the board.  “It has been an absolute pleasure and an honor to serve the community. In the last four years, we’ve been able to move the ship in a 180-degree direction from where we were at in the past,” Snyder said before hinting that he may pursue other local government opportunities. “I believe that the county board, once they hear of my resignation, will find a new challenge within local or county government that could better use my services at this time...I’m definitely looking for the opportunity to have some new challenges that I can better serve our community.”

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Town clock silenced for repairs
If you’ve notice that Downtown Taylorville seems a little more quiet than usual, you’re right. The town clock is not striking every hour on the hour as it has done for over a century.

New parts are being fabricated to replace 119 year old strike rods that have failed due to wear. The strike rods are the elements that connect the bell crank to the hammer. They are normal wear items in tower clocks., according to Bill Kennedy, keeper of the clock.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Pana Council to apply for roof replacement grant
The Pana City Council voted unanimously to apply for a grant to help cover costs of roof replacement for Pana City Hall during its meeting on Monday night in the Council Chambers of Pana City Hall. The grant is for $25,000.

Benton and Associates of Jacksonville will prepare the application for the Community Facilities Grant through the U. S. Department of Agriculture at a cost of $2,000. The prospect of receiving the grant is good, according to Mayor Don Kroski.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Programs at Rock Springs Saturday
Discover where maple syrup comes from at the Macon County Conservation District’s Maple Syrup programs at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Saturday, February 13. Programs will be held hourly at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Paperwork underway for Edinburg water line project
The Village of Edinburg met in regular session on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. in the community building.

The Village has been working with Ben Spreen from Benton & Associates to get a new raw  water line project started. Spreen was present at the meeting last night to present the Board with paperwork to get the project started by sending in the loan applications with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and Illinois Public Supply Program. The paperwork was only for the IEPA loan application - the Board could still back out at any time. They were not signing any legally binding paperwork. Spreen explained that the paperwork he presented was only to get the Village in the running to be considered for the loan when the IEPA started looking at applicants in March.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Chief judge recognizes 17 court reporters in circuit
Chief Judge Douglas L. Jarman, on behalf of the Fourth Judicial Circuit, would like to acknowledge and celebrate the importance of National Court Reporting & Captioning Week on February 6-13, 2021. These courtroom professionals are vital in preparing an official written transcript of all courtroom proceedings.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Police/Fire
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

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Monday, February 8, 2021

Meeting Notices
Saturday, February 6, 2021

Promoting Positvity: Teacher says student well-being always comes first
KINCAID— It’s been a crazy year for everyone. All of us have had to make sudden adjustments and rapidly change the way we worked. Perhaps no one has been forced to change quite as quickly as teachers, though. Especially the high school teachers.
Saturday, February 6, 2021

First female ER of Pana Elks wants tradition to continue
PANA — Despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the community, the first female exalted ruler of Pana Elks Lodge 1261, Jackie Epley, has made it her effort to continue works of charity in the finest tradition of the nearly 110-year-old organization.
Saturday, February 6, 2021

People Brief
Saturday, February 6, 2021

Kiwanis Club to resume weekly meetings Feb. 9
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club has announced that their weekly meetings at noon on Tuesdays will resume next Tuesday, February 9, at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on McAdams Drive.
Saturday, February 6, 2021

TPD holding community blood drive Feb. 18
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Police Department will host a community blood drive from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm on Thursday, February 18 at 108 W Vine street, inside the  Bloodmobile.
Saturday, February 6, 2021

South Fork jr. high teacher earns teacher of month
KINCAID — On Monday, February 1, 2021 Mrs. Emily Story was recognized as an area radio station Teacher of the Month for December.
Saturday, February 6, 2021

Information sought in Taylorville burglary
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, February 6, 2021

Staying Positive In A Pandemic World And Learning From It
KINCAID— It’s been a crazy year for everyone. All of us have had to make sudden adjustments and rapidly change the way we worked. Perhaps no one has been forced to change quite as quickly as teachers, though. Especially the high school teachers.
Saturday, February 6, 2021

Prevention Coalition Donates Narcotics Anonymous Books To Local Agencies
Saturday, February 6, 2021

Courthouse
Friday, February 5, 2021

Meeting Notices
Friday, February 5, 2021

Coroner completes several death investigations
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Christian County Coroner, Amy Calvert-Winans has completed investigations on several area deaths.
Friday, February 5, 2021

TPD arrest subject on possession of child pornography charges
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Police Department Detective Unit conducted an investigation alleging that a subject possessed child pornography.
Friday, February 5, 2021

Minister's Message: The Challenge
TAYLORVILLE — To say the least, Lenten season is not sexy.

Lent is a time when we prepare for Easter, the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from death.

Friday, February 5, 2021

New IDOT installation will provide road information
TAYLORVILLE — The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has installed devices along Illinois Route 29 on the south side of Taylorville which will help the department monitor road conditions and weather activities. It is an effort to make the highway safer for travelers. The tower is located on the south side of the highway, near the bridge which takes Route 29 over Illinois Route 48.
Friday, February 5, 2021

Macon Co. Sheriff's Office confirms fatal train accident
On February 3, 2021 at approximately 3:50 p.m. the Macon County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to a train accident in which a pedestrian was struck by a train. Deputies responded to the 500 block of North Railroad Avenue in Blue Mound, Illinois to discover a southbound Norfolk Southern train had struck a 53 year old female pedestrian.
Thursday, February 4, 2021

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Lincoln Library named a top venue
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has been voted one of America’s best places to hold special events in the 2020 “Best Of” awards by Unique Venues magazine.
Thursday, February 4, 2021

Courthouse
Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Mt. Auburn will pay attention to contracts this time
The Village of Mt. Auburn held a regular meeting on Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Hall.

Mayor Amber Dooley told the Board that the paper work for the two major projects the Village had begun was slowly being completed. She had no estimates for when the Village Hall retaining wall project or the Phase II of the waterline replacement project would begin, but hoped it would be as soon as possible.

During discussion of the water project, the issues faced during Phase I were brought up again. The Board declared they would not allow those issues to be repeated in Phase II. Residents might remember how the roads and yards were torn up in Mt. Auburn. The Board had been under the impression that the contractors would come back to fix what they tore up installing the water lines once the first phase of the project was finished. However, it was revealed that such a provision was not in the contract the Village signed. There was also some confusion about replacing water meters. Some empty lots had their water meters removed when Phase I was finished, something the Village says it did not want. But replacing meters at empty lots was not included in the contract.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Stonington approves street closure for church construction
The Village of Stonington met Monday night in regular session. Ray Likes, former Village Trustee and representative for the United Methodist Church in Stonington approached the board to ask for a temporary closure of a street for new construction at the United Methodist Church. The temporary closure would include the north half of 4th Street that lies at the south end of the property line and the portion of Elm Street that runs between the church and the three corner/triangle area across during the construction of the new building. The church is also asking for the permanent sidewalk variance along the west and south portions of the proposed new church building and an alley variance in the event that some mechanical items approach the alley. They indicate that air conditioning and condensing may encroach up to 1-2 feet. The motion was made and approved by the board to allow the variances and temporary closure of the streets.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Police/Fire
Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Vaccine clinic serves 440 today
The COVID-19 vaccine clinic held today at the Christian County Fair Grounds closed at 9:05 a.m. The clinic was able to serve 440 people. The next open clinic will be on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Blake Davis guest speaker at Optimist meeting
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, January 28, 2021, in the Community Room of the People’s Bank.

President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Steve Robinson then gave the morning invocation. Upcoming projects were briefly discussed. Plans are being formulated for the annual Youth Appreciation Banquet, the Regional Oratorical Contest, and the sixth annual “Salute to Law Enforcement.” Hopefully, things will be returning to some sort of normal by the time of the events, and we will be able to announce details soon.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Prowl for Owls at Griswold Conservation Area
Look for owls at night with Macon County Conservation District staff during one of two Owl Prowls at Griswold Conservation Area. Held Saturday, February 6 and Saturday, February 20 from 7pm to 8:30pm.

Learn about these nocturnal predators. We’ll explore what makes these birds unique, then walk to find some. For all ages. $2/person. Must pre-register online by noon on February 5 or February 19 at MaconCountyConservation.org. Dress for the weather.  Face masks required.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum offers special events and prices in February
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is offering free admission Feb. 12 in honor of Lincoln's Birthday and to celebrate the museum reopening to the public. In addition, children will be admitted free on Presidents Day and everyone gets in for half price throughout the month of February.

Lincoln's birthday is always a special time at the presidential museum, and that's especially true now that the museum has reopened after being closed for two months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Preschool Peepers learning about mammals
Young children with an adult buddy are invited to Rock Springs Nature Center for Preschool Peepers: Furry Mammals on Sunday, February 7 at 2pm. 
Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Police/Fire
Monday, February 1, 2021

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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 Feb. 1, 2021:

Monday, February 1, 2021

Promoting Positivity: Veteran teacher using love and understanding to support students
From playing school as a child to standing up in front of students as the teacher now, Kelly Foli has had education in her veins since she was a little girl. Her goal in life has always been to be a teacher.

“I have never wanted to be anything else,” she shares, “My favorite thing to play when I was little was school. I would have my chalkboard, and my student desks set up in my basement and teach my pretend students for hours. I always looked forward to the end of school, not because it was summer but because it was clean-up day. Teachers would clean up their rooms, give extra workbooks away, and teaching textbooks. I would use those in my pretend school and be happy all summer long.”   

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Taylorville mother honored for service to community, philanthropy and family
Pamela Moses of Taylorville was announced as the 2021 Illinois Mother of the Year. She is the 71st woman in Illinois history to hold this honor.

Pamela Moses was born and raised in Taylorville, Ill. and returned home to raise her children after graduating from Culver-Stockton College and starting her career. She has always been a working mother while balancing home and business. Moses transitioned from being an employee to an entrepreneur in 2007. She is family-oriented and has supported her children, Tyler Ann Frump (25) and Brent Allen Frump (23), in their dreams of being business owners as well. When not at work, she can be found as the co-coordinator at the local Taylorville Food Pantry fighting food insecurity in the community. Moses is a lifelong member of the Community of Christ Church, the YMCA, IFBW and the FFA Alumni.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Pawnee Fire Department to host Community Blood Drive February 8
Pawnee Fire Department will host a community blood drive from 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm on Monday, February 8 at 711 8th Street, inside the Bloodmobile

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in hundreds of blood drive cancellations and the need for blood is constant. All blood types are needed. All donors will receive a voucher to redeem a $5 gift card or a St. Patrick’s Day-themed t-shirt.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Areal artist well known for painting skills at Flourishes
Shirley Buescher is an artist well-known in Pana, Shelbyville and Decatur. In her long-time residency in Pana, she has been instrumental with her art and leadership through the Community Council for the Arts, designed and painted murals, orchestrating the Tri-County Fair art exhibit, and the teaching of art classes.
Saturday, January 30, 2021

Families In Need Encouraged To Come Out
The Taylorville Food Pantry received a shipment of USDA Farmers to Family food box and will offer a special distribution of the boxes on Saturday, January 30 starting at 8:30 a.m. Families in need are encouraged to come out to claim a box. Families who have been serviced this month are still eligible.
Friday, January 29, 2021

Health Dept. announces vaccine clinic dates
The Christian County Public Health has scheduled first dose open and second dose closed vaccination clinics with the limited COVID vaccinations available to them in the month of February 2021. Residents of Christian County served by Christian County Public Health are eligible. Clinics will be as follows:
Friday, January 29, 2021

Courthouse
Friday, January 29, 2021

Seeking information on burglary in Taylorville
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.

Sometime between Friday, January 22, 2021 and Monday, January 25, 2021, person or persons unknown made entry into an apartment located at 220 East Franklin Street.  While inside, the unknown subject or subjects took a Playstation 4 and a 43” TV. There did not appear to be any damage made during entry. The total dollar amount of the theft is unknown at this time.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Everything pales in comparison
Justin Prom writes, “Jesus wants to show us that even the most powerful earthly relationship pales in comparison to the relationship you can have with God. When we do the will of God with love, we are not only serving God, but we become an important member of his family. The will of God is not anything grand and mysterious beyond our reach.”
Friday, January 29, 2021

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Health dept. issues vaccine advisory
The Christian County Public Health department has issued the following statement of observations and recommendations following this week’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic held Tuesday morning at the Christian Couunty Fairgrounds:
Thursday, January 28, 2021

Pana approves TIF plan for Locust St.
During its Monday meeting, members of the Pana City Council approved on first reading an ordinance to use up to $40,000 for the improvement in the 100 block of South Locust St. for Pana Family Dental. The plan calls for the building at 136 S. Locust to be demolished and prepare the site for the expansion of Pana Family Dental.

It has been reported once the building is demolished, the lot will be used for parking for dental customers until plans are finalized for the expansion.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Kincaid discusses water project at committee meeting
The Village of Kincaid held a committee meeting Monday night and discussed several topics.

Public Works Director Mark Wolfe brought up the subject of a potential water project in the Village. “The scope of the project involves locating and replacing transite lines. There is a line coming from the South Fork River Bridge to the tower. It needs to get replaced. We should also consider replacing the tower while we’re at it,” said Wolfe. Engineers will need to be hired and a plan made. The current water tower was erected in 1987 and was purchased used from another town. It has been patched and the inside re-coated several times. Wolfe indicated there are potential EPA loans available that might provide a 60-70% forgiveness rate.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Memorial Behavioral Health 'Living Room' fast access to mental health support
In order to help reduce the pressure on local hospital emergency departments, Memorial Behavioral Health has opened a center where adults experiencing emotional distress can go to for a safe and calming environment where they can get help.

Dubbed The Living Room, the center is at 710 N. Eighth St. in Springfield and is open from noon to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The entrance is at Eighth and Miller streets.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Driver Crashes Into Local Church Building Early This Morning
At approximately 2:18 a.m. this morning, Taylorville Police responded to a motor vehicle accident at  Davis Memorial Christian Church, 1500 W. Franklin Street. Upon arrival at the scene, TPD discovered a 2007 Volkswagen had struck the southwest corner of the church building that houses the pre-school room. Abigail H. Copley, age 20 of Taylorville was arrested and charged with no valid drivers license, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, illegal transportation of alcohol and failure to wear a seatbelt.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Memorial opens 2nd drive-thru lab and testing site
Memorial Health System has opened a second drive-thru lab and respiratory testing site in Springfield.

The second facility is at 320 E. Carpenter St., which is at the intersection of Fourth and Carpenter streets. Patients can drive into the one of the three bays at the testing site and receive their tests in their vehicles while protected from the winter weather.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Pana School Board discusses athletics, NPT status
Reports on the re-start of athletics and the situation with the Nokomis-Pana-Taylorville (NPT) Special Education Cooperative highlighted the Pana School Board meeting on Monday night, held in the Pana High School library. All seven members of the Board were present for the meeting.

Athletic Director Adam Haston presented members with guidelines which the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) and the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) have released for schools to return to play for junior high and high school sports. Most of the seasons will overlap and there are limits on the number of spectators who can attend the games/meets. On Jan. 25, junior high school volleyball and boys basketball and high school bowling began practice for seasons which begin on Feb. 2. Practice for high school boys and girls basketball, football, volleyball and boys soccer can start Feb. 15. Volleyball and soccer can begin games on Feb. 23, but no starting dates for basketball and football have been set by the IHSA. There is a meeting of the IHSA Board on Wednesday and those dates are expected to be set then.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Banner year for Christmas in the Park
With so many people cooped at home this past year due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Taylorville Park District’s annual Christmas in the Park was, evidently, a welcome reprieve for a lot of Taylorville residents.

The annual Christmas extravaganza drew its highest car count in the last nine years. Donations, too, were up significantly versus previous years.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Million-dollar ticket sold in Taylorville
Taylorville has a brand new millionaire, and he or she may not even know it yet.

One lucky shopper at Taylorville Food Center hit a second-place, $1 million jackpot in Saturday’s Powerball drawing, which had a grand prize of $20 million.

Taylorville Food Center co-owner Anita Hunt confirmed the news Tuesday morning. “Our lotto rep came yesterday and told us that we sold the million-dollar winner. It was pretty exciting for us, so I can’t imagine what it’s like for whoever purchased the ticket,” Hunt said. “I’m anxious to see who it was, but our rep didn’t indicate whether or not the person has even claimed it yet.”

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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Monday, January 25, 2021

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Monday, January 25, 2021

THS student earns Air Force Academy spot
TAYLORVILLE — Out of a nationwide pool of more than 9,700 applicants, only 1,200 students were accepted to United States Air Force Academy for the upcoming school year, and Taylorville High School’s Ben Thompson was one of them.
Saturday, January 23, 2021

Area student is awarded Butterfield scholarship
TAYLORVILLE — Hannah Binnion was awarded the 2020 John H. Butterfield Agri-Science and Nutrition Scholarship by the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Saturday, January 23, 2021

THS FFA member named runner-up in 2021 essay contest
TAYLORVILLE —Drew Mickey, a freshman at Taylorville High School was announced as  runner-up in 2021 Growmark Essay Contest. According to their website, Growmark is an agricultural cooperative serving the U.S. and Canada. They provide customers with products and services ranging from fuels to equipment to grain marketing assistance.
Saturday, January 23, 2021

Nurse receives healthcare careers grant from TMH Foundataion
TAYLORVILLE — Olivia Waterman, a staff nurse at Taylorville Memorial Hospital, is the recipient of the 2020 Healthcare Career Education Grant awarded annually through the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Saturday, January 23, 2021

Two teachers at Memorial School are honored
TAYLORVILLE — Mrs. Paula Brown and Mrs. Cara Thomas are in their first year as instructional coaches for grades K-4 and are having a big impact on staff and students.
Saturday, January 23, 2021

Students And Teachers Alike Focus On Staying Positive In A Pandemic World And Learning From It
KINCAID — Tasha Mohn has found her home at South Fork Jr. High School. She is the English/Language Arts teacher and in her fourth year there. To say last year has been challenging, as a teacher, might be an understatement. However, Tasha has found that her students at the junior high are eager to learn, despite COVID. The students and staff have a desire to do the things necessary to stay with in-person learning, including following all the social distancing guidelines.
Saturday, January 23, 2021

Meeting notices
Saturday, January 23, 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 Jan. 22, 2021:
Saturday, January 23, 2021

Taylorville native arranges music for inaugural
WASHINGTON, D. C. — Anyone who watched any part of the Inaugural festivities on Wednesday realizes there were thousands upon thousands of moving parts to pull off such a monumental task. This includes the music performed by the military bands which goes along with the pomp and circumstance.
Friday, January 22, 2021

Sentence reduced for remorseful defendant
TAYLORVILLE — A remorseful defendant, Tracy L. Stevens,  made an apology to Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley in Christian County Court Friday. The Judge did accept his apology and reduced the three-year sentence for criminal contempt of court charge to 90 days in the Christian County Jail.
Friday, January 22, 2021

Raising Awareness
Friday, January 22, 2021

Second local vaccine clinic on Tuesday
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Christian County Public Health will hold its second drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic, for people 65 years of age and older only, who are residents of Christian County . The clinic will be held at the Christian County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, January 26th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Again this week, the health department has approximately 300 vaccine doses available.
Friday, January 22, 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 Jan. 22, 2021:
Friday, January 22, 2021

Inmate who drops 'F-bomb' in court today gets three years
During a first appearance in court for Tracy L. Stevens, 24, of Taylorville on a charge of possession of meth five grams or less, the defendant’s belligerent outbursts garnered him a three-year sentence for criminal contempt of court.

Stevens appeared before Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley this morning and after the reading of the charges by the judge, the defendant erupted with several expletives about the case. Initially, Paisley found him in criminal contempt of court and he was sentenced to 14 days in the Christian County Jail. The defendant continued the outbursts and Judge Paisley tacked on an additional 30 days for a total of 44 days.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

PCH applies to become site for COVID vaccination
Pana Community Hospital reports that it has completed Phase 1A of the State of Illinois COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. At this time, employees at Pana Community Hospital, Quad County, Community Medical Clinic and Pana Medical Group who wanted to receive the vaccine have either had the first or first and second doses of the vaccine.

It is now time to move onto Phase 1B which includes people 65 and over and frontline essential workers. Included in the definition of essential workers are teachers, first responders, police, fire, postal, manufacturing, day care staff, grocery store staff, correctional workers and inmates, and many other groups.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Coroner investigating death of 12-yr.-old
Yesterday at 9:33 a.m., 911 received a call that a 12-year-old female was unresponsive and not breathing in her residence in the Taylorville. Emergency crews responded and requested the coroner’s office.  An autopsy was scheduled for today in Bloomington.
Thursday, January 21, 2021

SF schools expect additional stimulus aid
The South Fork Board of Education held a regular meeting on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high media center.

Superintendent Chris Clark told the Board that looking at the next round of stimulus money from the government, the school district could expect to get an additional $300,000 on top of the aide they had received previously. While Clark said that was a good thing, he warned directly afterwards that the state was looking at anywhere from 5-10% budget cuts in the general funds, where the schools draw most of their state aide money from. He said he would be keeping a close eye on the state budget, but told the Board he felt the district was currently in a comfortable financial state.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

LLCC events for prospective students
Prospective students are invited to virtual events in February, March and April to learn more about the many transfer and career program options and how to get started at Lincoln Land Community College. The events will culminate with a Campus Cruise on April 21.

Virtual information sessions on transfer programs will be held Friday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Tuesday, March 23, 3 and 6 p.m.; and Wednesday, April 14, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Aldermen split over negotiation on city lien
Aldermen were divided 4-4 at Tuesday night’s Taylorville City Council meeting regarding the prospect of negotiating a city lien on a property located in the 1400 block of West Adams Street.

Andy Goodall, who works for the City of Taylorville as the HBO officer, recently purchased the property. The lien in question was placed on the property after the previous home owners failed to pay outstanding water bills. Even with the sale of a property, a lien remains connected to the property and not the previous owner of the property, which means that Goodall inherited the lien when he made the purchase.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

With malice toward none: Lincoln's second inaugural stands the test of time
Few Presidents have ever made a shorter inauguration speech. And none have ever said more.

 The Second Inaugural Address of Abraham Lincoln in March 1865 is considered by some his greatest oration – even ahead of the Gettysburg Address.  The normally reticent Lincoln said that his Second Inaugural would “wear as well as – perhaps better than – anything I have produced.”

 “It’s certainly one of his greatest speeches,” said Kathryn Harris, who retired as director of library services at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Ill. in 2015.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

IRS Criminal Investigation warns Illinois taxpayers about new wave of COVID scams
The Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) is warning Illinois taxpayers about a new wave of COVID-19-related scams as the agency delivers the second round of Economic Impact Payments.

In the last several months, IRS-CI has seen a variety of Economic Impact Payment (EIP) scams and other financial schemes designed to steal money and personal information from taxpayers. Criminals are taking advantage of the second round of Economic Impact Payments – as well as the approaching filing season – to trick honest taxpayers out of their hard-earned money.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Puccetti, Specha and Graham seated on County Board
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Board is now at full strength after the appointment of three new members on Tuesday night. Chairman Matt Wells appointed Dave Puccetti for Board District Two and Mike Specha and Bev Graham for Board District Three. All of the appointments were unanimously approved by the Board.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Memorial eases visitor restrictions at all five hospitals
As the number of COVID-19 inpatients decreases and the state lifts mitigation efforts in central Illinois, Memorial Health System is easing some visitor restrictions at its five hospitals on Jan. 20.

Those hospitals – Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Decatur Memorial Hospital, Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville and Taylorville Memorial Hospital – will allow one visitor at a time for adult inpatients between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Officers manage traffic control in huge vaccine turnout
Hundreds of Christian County residents may have spent the night in their cars Monday night. According to Christian County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Scott Woods, residents started lining up before 6:00 p.m. Monday evening in hopes of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine this  morning.

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

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

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

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

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

Monday, January 18, 2021

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

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

Monday, January 18, 2021

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Monday, January 18, 2021

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

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

Saturday, January 16, 2021

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

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

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

Saturday, January 16, 2021

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

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

Saturday, January 16, 2021

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

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

Saturday, January 16, 2021

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

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

Saturday, January 16, 2021

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

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

Saturday, January 16, 2021

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

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

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

Friday, January 15, 2021

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

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

Friday, January 15, 2021

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

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

Friday, January 15, 2021

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

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

Friday, January 15, 2021

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

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

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

Friday, January 15, 2021

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

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

Friday, January 15, 2021

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

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

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

Friday, January 15, 2021

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Friday, January 15, 2021

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

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

Friday, January 15, 2021

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

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

Friday, January 15, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, January 14, 2021

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

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

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

Thursday, January 14, 2021

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

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

Thursday, January 14, 2021

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

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

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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

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

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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

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

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

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

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

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

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Republicans announce township candidates
The Christian County Republican party made the following announement today after the  Republican Party Caucus held on December 1, 2020.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Edinburg raw water line project inching forward
The Village of Edinburg held a regular meeting on Monday, January 11. 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the community building and via teleconference to adhere to the social distancing guidelines put in place by the governor.

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

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

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Monday, January 11, 2021

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Good Will Continues
Saturday, January 9, 2021

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

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

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

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

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Friday, January 8, 2021

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Friday, January 8, 2021

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

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

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

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

Thursday, January 7, 2021

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

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

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

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

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

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

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

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

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

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

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

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

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

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

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

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Monday, January 4, 2021

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

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







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