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Mattoon burglary, stolen vehicle charges dismissed because of ID issues
CHARLESTON -- Identification issues led to the dismissal of charges accusing a man of stealing from a Mattoon store and having a stolen vehicle, according to the case's prosecutor.
2 members of Charleston High School dance squad to perform in New Year’s parade in Italy
CHARLESTON -- Jayden Jensen and Jarrett Sims are understandably excited to be able to show off their dancing skills in a big city New Year's Day parade. The chance to see the Colosseum and other sights and experience more of the historic city of Rome are big bonus.
Route 316-Loxa Road DUI suspect now in custody
CHARLESTON -- A man accused of causing an accident that killed a rural Mattoon woman on Tuesday is now jailed facing a felony offense. James W. Miller, 56, of Terre Haute, Ind., was arrested on Thursday on a no-bond warrant, according to a news release from the Coles County Sheriff's Office.
Family, police continue search for answers in 2016 Charleston hit and run
CHARLESTON -- It has been more than two years since Cassandra Ramey, or "Cassy" to her family and friends, was struck in a hit-and-run accident on a rainy summer night, and yet, questions still remain and the family is left wondering.
CHS group conducts donation drive for HOPE
CHARLESTON -- Bags and boxes filled with household items, games and more covered a good part of the floor of the classroom at Charleston High School. They were donations that were going to the local organization that provides shelter for domestic violence victims and works on related issues.
'So full of life': Mattoon woman killed in 316-Loxa intersection crash remembered as kind, fierce
MATTOON -- Area residents may now "know" April Fisher as the victim of a fatal auto accident on Tuesday, but her loved ones want people to know more -- much more. "She was so kindhearted but she would be the first person to be like, 'I’m only 110 pounds soaking wet but I’m gonna kick your butt if yo
Estate donates to Wesley Foundation at Eastern Illinois University
CHARLESTON -- The Wesley Foundation at Eastern Illinois University was the beneficiary of a substantial donation from the June Krutza estate, according to a press release. The donation of $101,257.26 was formally presented by Mark Hudson and Terri Farley, representatives of the estate, and accepted
Coles County – Motion to Dismiss filed in Quo Warranto filled with misleading information
Coles County taxpayers filed a Quo Warranto action against Coles County and their contracted assessor as reported in this article. The suit was brought because the County contracted a person to do the job of the Supervisor of Assessments.
Snow, Rain Return After Dry Start To Week: Illinois Weather
The chance for snow and rain will return mid-week, after several days of dry and sunny weather. First, it will be dry and sunny on Monday and Tuesday, with temps near 40 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Charleston selects Christmas decoration winners
CHARLESTON -- The city has selected this year's Christmas decoration contest winners. Each year, a group of judges rates decorations entered into the city's Parks & Recreation Department’s Spirit of the Holidays outdoor decorating contest. This year, there were 10 entries.
For owners, newly open Charleston tea shop was in God's plan
CHARLESTON -- Lisa Patterson attributes a lot to God and prayer. This was no less the case when Patterson and her husband Greg decided to open up SweeTea'z, a tea shop, Saturday at 447 Lincoln Ave.
Area nonprofit groups offer holiday wish lists
During the holiday season, many people look for worthy causes to which they can contribute. The following list is of many area organizations and items, donations or volunteers they need. All could use donations not just during this season, but year round.
CHAMBER COLUMN: 2018 was a year to remember for the Charleston Chamber
The Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce staff and board of directors would like to wish everyone a wonderful & safe holiday season! All of us would like to especially thank our members for their continued support throughout 2018. We cannot wait to see what 2019 has to offer!
2 Mattoon men arrested on forgery charges
MATTOON -- Police officers recently arrested two Mattoon men on preliminary charges of forgery regarding their use of checks. A Mattoon Police Department press release reported that Cody J. Ackerman, 29, and Dakota L. Allen, 21, were arrested for this offense at 11:15 a.m. Monday while they were alr
Coles state's attorney appointed to judge position
CHARLESTON -- Coles County State's Attorney Brian Bower has been appointed to a judge's position and will begin his new duties Jan. 2. The circuit judges in the judicial circuit that includes Coles County chose Bower out of 12 applicants, according to Mitchell Shick, the county's chief judge.
Demo work on old Charleston structure set next week
CHARLESTON — An old building on Madison Avenue (Illinois Route 130) near Jefferson Elementary School is scheduled to meet its end next week, according to city officials. Alex Winkler, Charleston building code official, said demolition work is set to start Monday on the old building at 1019 Madison A
Woman killed by DUI driver
COLES COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) -- A woman was killed in a two-vehicle accident. It happened at the intersection of 900 North and 1100 East Tuesday. Authorities say when they arrived on scene, they found both vehicles in a field, heavily damaged.
Woman plans to change dangerous intersection
COLES COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) -- An intersection has been the scene of several crashes; the most recent killing a mother. The sheriff's office says the driver was drunk and texting. It happened at Route 316 and Loxa Road, near Charleston.
Forgery charge against Mattoon man dismissed
CHARLESTON — A witnesses changing his stories about the source of a counterfeit bill led to the dismissal of a forgery charge against a Mattoon man. Kenneth B. Currie, 50, whose address on record is 1816 Rudy Ave., had been accused of providing a counterfeit $20 bill to another person to use to make
Rural Mattoon woman dies in accident at Route 316 and Loxa Road
LOXA -- A 38-year-old local woman died Tuesday in a two-vehicle collision at Illinois Route 316 and Loxa Road northeast of Mattoon. Coles County Coroner Ed Schniers said April Fisher, 38, who lived on Lake Paradise Road in rural Mattoon, died when another vehicle hit her auto in the driver's side.