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Aurora, Illinois, shooter was 15-year employee of company, police say - live updates
A gunman opened fire inside an Illinois manufacturing company Friday, killing at least five civilians and wounding five police officers in the rampage, authorities said. Local police identified the gunman as 45-year-old Gary Martin, who died in a shootout with officers.
$250,000 Google grant goes to planned Coles County entrepreneur site
MATTOON -- Google announced Friday morning that it will award an additional $250,000 Google grant to renovate office space at the Mattoon mall for a planned Cross County Innovation Center that will provide startup space for entrepreneurs.
Charleston-Mattoon Christian Women's Connection plans luncheon
CHARLESTON -- The Charleston-Mattoon Christian Women's connection will hold a luncheon from noon to 1:30 Thursday,Feb. 28, at the LifeSpan Center, 11021 ECR 800 N, Charleston. The cost is $9, inclusive.
Mattoon man gets prison for having meth one month after earlier conviction
CHARLESTON -- A man was sentenced to prison when he admitted having methamphetamine about a month after pleading guilty to an earlier methamphetamine possession charge. Blake A. Hampton, 23, for whom court records list an address of 1009 Edgar Ave., Mattoon, pleaded guilty to the new charge that acc
Coles County Sheriff's Office handles two accidents
-- -- -- The vehicle driven by Megan R. Barnes, 25, of Charleston hit a utility pole and some shrubs at 560 Decker Springs Road at 1:47 p.m. Monday. Barnes was taken to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center and cited for improper use of an electronic communications device and improper lane use.
Illinois man being fired from job fatally shoots 5 workers
AURORA, Ill. (AP) - The frantic calls started pouring in at 1:24 p.m. A gunman was shooting people inside a sprawling manufacturing warehouse in Aurora, Illinois. Within four minutes, the first police officers rushed to the 29,000-square-foot building and were fired on immediately; one was struck ou
Coles County Real Estate Transactions
Agricultural, Charleston, pin 12-0-00476-000, $95,700, Kiefer Farm Trust to Gary A. Hinds, Vicky L. Hinds and Curt A. Hinds. 1811 Baker Drive, Charleston, $56,000, Debra K. Smitley and Robert E. Smitley to Ronald A. Pearcy and Tamara G. Pearcy.
Five killed as gunman opens fire at Illinois warehouse
AURORA, Ill. (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire on Friday at an Illinois manufacturing warehouse, apparently as he was being terminated from his job there, killing five fellow workers and wounding five police officers before he was slain by police, authorities said.
Charleston wins second straight regional, now 29-0
CLINTON — Charleston girls basketball team improved to 29-0 and won its second straight Class 3A regional championship Thursday 75-49 over Champaign Central. Charleston led 18-8 after the first quarter and increased it to 46-22 at the half.
Coles Co. woman charged for sexual misconduct with a minor
COLES COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - A Coles County woman is facing charges of sexual misconduct with a minor. 35-year-old Hilary Rawlings faces several charges of criminal sexual misconduct for alleged inappropriate behavior with someone underage.
Eastern Illinois University hosts youth Science Festival Showcase
CHARLESTON -- Children excitedly chattered as they awaited the "Fire & Ice" extreme science demonstration Friday morning at the Eastern Illinois University Science Festival Showcase.
Report details state action before 2017 toddler's death
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- State child welfare authorities received at least four calls about a child who later died of malnourishment, according to an Inspector General’s report.
Mattoon boys basketball overwhelmed in loss at Effingham
EFFINGHAM — Ryan Ghere paced along Mattoon’s sideline, head down, and brought his left hand to his forehead. He rubbed his fingers across the top of his eyebrow for a moment, perplexed by the play that just about summed up his team’s uncharacteristic night.
Plans uncertain for Mattoon's Payless ShoeSource
MATTOON -- Payless ShoeSource, Inc. plans to close all of its approximately 2,300 stores when it files for bankruptcy later this month, according to reports by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other news media.
New bill would make drivers pay by the mile in Illinois
One Illinois lawmaker is again seeking a tax on each mile vehicle owners drive instead of a gas tax. State Rep. Marcus Evans, D-Chicago, introduced House Bill 2864, which would create the per-mile road usage charge pilot program. Voluntary participants would pay a per-mile road usage charge is $0.02
Charleston High School flag corps win state title
CHARLESTON -- It was a true team effort that helped bring a state championship to the Charleston High School flag corps. Squad members and coach Angel Warman all credited the seven members working together and supporting one another for the championship at Saturday's Illinois Drill Team Association
$4 million Illinois lottery prize remains unclaimed
CHICAGO (WICS/WCCU) -- One lucky winner has just eight days left to claim a $4 million lottery prize. Illinois Lottery officials say the ticket was sold at a Chicago gas station on February 23, 2018.
CITY OF MATTOON: Bicycle Plan
City of Mattoon issued the following announcement on Feb. 14. At its meeting on February 5, the City Council approved a Bicycle Plan developed by a committee from the Mattoon in Motion initiative, with assistance from Ride Illinois and funding by The Lumpkin Family Foundation. This long-term plan pr
Bench trial set in Mattoon demolition debris public nuisance case
MATTOON -- A bench trial has been scheduled for a city public nuisance ordinance case regarding a west Broadway Avenue property that is filled with bricks and salvaged building materials.
Third quarter dooms Charleston boys
MAHOMET — For a half, Charleston was right there with Mahomet-Seymour in Friday's Apollo Conference boys basketball game, trailing just 28-24. However, the Bulldogs had a 14-2 run during a 3:34 stretch of the third quarter to go from up eight to up by 25. Mahomet-Seymour went on to win on their Seni