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Krachum Student Leadership nominee

TAYLORVILLE — Congratulations to Madison Krachum, our Taylorville Junior High School Illinois Principals Association student leadership nominee. Madison represents the very best of our student body. She is kind and takes the time to encourage her peers and engage in meaningful ways with both students and staff. She is active in many organizations and is a leader…

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YMCA reaches $1M milestone

TAYLORVILLE — Christian County’s YMCA has reached yet another huge milestone. On Friday, April 12, Executive Director Bruce Blanshan received notification that the mark of $1,000,000 had been reached. The YMCA was targeting the end of the month to hit the goal but thanks to members of the community the milestone has been reached weeks…

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Berns signs with Belmont University

PANA — John Berns, Pana High School Senior, signed his departmental scholarship agreement to the Belmont University College of Music & Performing Art (CMPA) on April 16th, 2024.  Belmont University is a private Christian university in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee founded in 1890 by schoolteachers. The institution was incorporated in 1951 as Belmont College.…

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AFSCME learns about Coal Mine Museum

TAYLORVILLE — On Tuesday, April 9 the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Sub-chapter #87 Retirees held a Combined and Virtual Zoom meeting at the Taylorville Christian County Coal Mine Museum.  There were 19 members, 5 on zoom and 3 guests present. President David Spinner welcomed everyone and called the meeting to…

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708 Board denies monetary request from Association

Lucas Domonousky Breeze-Courier Writer TAYLORVILLE — The 708 Mental Health Board met on the second floor of the Courthouse in Taylorville on Tuesday, Apr. 16. Two members, Chairman Derek Page and Libby Carriker, were absent. The Board received a monetary request from the Christian County Mental Health Association. The request for over $33,450 was discussed.…

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Park Board Appoints New Rec Director and Office Administrator

Elizabeth Wood Breeze-Courier Writer TAYLORVILLE — The Manners Park Board held a special meeting Monday night in the park district office to discuss the approval of new employees, bids for the pool, and naming the skate park. At the beginning of the meeting, a motion was made to approve Jessica Franks as the new park…

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Montgomery picked as Prison Review Board chief

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has recently announced the appointment of James Montgomery, Taylorville, to serve as the Executive Director of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board (PRB), pending senate confirmation. James Montgomery has over 30 years of civil stewardship experience, and most recently served as the Director of Administrative Services with the Suffolk County…

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Officials salaries set by County Board

Lucas Domonousky Breeze-Courier Writer TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Courthouse hosted April’s full Christian County Board meeting Tuesday evening. Discussion centered around appointments made by Chairman Bryan Sharp, motions presented by committee chairmen and Solid Waste Department’s developing involvement with the Kincaid Ash Pond. One member, Vicki McMahon, was absent. Salaries for several county officials…

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Grains lower, Livestock higher

Wheat for May was off 2 cents at $5.4975 a bushel; May corn fell .50 cent at $4.31 a bushel, May oats was down 11.75 cents at $3.46 a bushel; while May soybeans lost 13.25 cents at $11.45 a bushel. Beef and pork were higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Apr. live cattle gained 1.20…

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Advocates renew push to tighten firearm laws aimed at protecting domestic violence victims

Advocates from the organization Moms Demand Action gather outside the Illinois State Capitol on Tuesday. They are urging lawmakers to pass legislation they believe will reduce gun violence. (Capitol News Illinois image by Andrew Campbell)   By COLE LONGCOR Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Advocates for stricter gun laws rallied at the state Capitol Tuesday…

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