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Central Illinois farmer-veteran cultivating more than crops

ALI PRESTON FarmWeek   Two years of active duty as an infantryman in Germany laid the foundation for the resilience that would later define Brad Dearing’s approach to farming. From being “out in the field” in all elements, pivoting at a moment’s notice and doing things you didn’t necessarily want to do but had to,…

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Illinois universities rolling out wide range of new programs

PHYLLIS COULTER FarmWeek  Research projects in agricultural programs at Illinois universities this year are as obscure as how bees react to a solar eclipse and as practical as breeding new crops for new markets. At the same time, several schools are rolling out an equally diverse variety of new facilities and programs. They vary from…

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Taylorville FFA Public Speaking

On January 30th, Taylorville FFA members competed in the Section 16 public speaking contest. There are three different categories members can compete in creed, extemporaneous speaking, and prepared public speaking. Members can either recite the FFA creed, draw topics, and then write speeches on those topics for extemporaneous speaking or memorize a six to eight…

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IDOT repairing potholes across the state

ILLINOIS — The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is advising the public that maintenance crews are out patrolling and repairing potholes on state highways and interstates across the state. Drivers will need to slow down, use caution and move over for workers. Non-emergency patching operations usually take place during nonpeak travel periods and often require…

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UWCC Members collect books for donation

UWCC Members with Books for DonationAt the December meeting the members of University Women of Christian County brought new books for donation.  This activity was to fulfill a community activity to promote education for young people.  These books were for reading at the kindergarten through second grade level.  The books were donated to North Elementary…

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6th grade students interview author Bob Welch

TAYLORVILLE — Sixth grade students in Mrs. Cathy Schaeffer’s class interviewed author Bob Welch during a Google Meet on Wednesday, February 21. Schaeffer has been reading Welch’s book, “52 Little Lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life” aloud to her students as part of her religion curriculum. The book draws inspiration from scenes from the movie,…

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More sanctions coming over Navalny

By ZEKE MILLER and FATIMA HUSSEIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday it is preparing additional “major sanctions” on Russia in response to opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s death last week in an Arctic penal colony. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the sanctions, on the eve of the two-year anniversary of…

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Taylorville Council honors several groups

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville City Council held a meeting last night on the second floor of the Taylorville Municipal Building. The meeting opened with the acknowledgment of the Taylorville High School Girls Bowling Team, which had reached the state finals for the first time in 20 years. The girls had a record of 11-0 in…

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County Board breezes through agenda

Lucas Domonousky Breeze-Courier Writer TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Board held their monthly gathering on the second floor of the Courthouse on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Throughout the 51-minute meeting, members heard the Health Board’s annual report, information regarding insurance and worked to approve agenda items brought forth from the three committees. There were two members…

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