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Luigi's Italian Ristorante opens in downtown Mattoon

MATTOON -- The new Luigi's Italian Ristorante is offering fresh-made pasta, pizza, and more in downtown Mattoon. Brothers Eddie and Massimo Elezi, both originally from Venice, Italy, opened their restaurant on Saturday at 1610 Broadway Ave., a storefront that was previously home to Bidwell's. They a


Mattoon library to host youth chess activity

MATTOON (JG-TC) -- The Mattoon Public Library's youth chess club is scheduled to meet from 10-11 a.m. Saturday in the second-floor activity room at the library, 1600 Charleston Ave. The club is open to youths ages second through eighth grade. More information is available by calling the library at 2


No boil order in effect now in Mattoon

MATTOON (JG-TC) -- A boil order for a portion of the city ended early this morning, and none of Mattoon now is under any boil order. Mike Johnson, Public Works assistant superintendent, noted this morning that tests on water in a section of the west side of town were good in the wake of a water main


Glancing Back: Dec. 16-18

Click on the button below to set up your account or log in if you already have one. 100 years ago, Dec. 16, 1917 Sunday. No paper. 50 years ago, 1967 MATTOON -- Joseph W. Schilling of Mattoon was the successful bidder Friday when offers to purchase the 40 acres of land immediately north of the site


A 37-year-old mystery solved: Reopening case led to confession in Airtight Bridge murder

CHARLESTON -- Christina Stephen described it as "historical." It was a crime that happened years ago but something she always heard about, almost legendary with ghost stories going along with the grisly truth. Stephen helped finally solve it, but she credited her colleagues, her predecessor and, lar


Music part of Salvation Army kettle campaign

MATTOON -- The Salvation Army of Coles and Cumberland Counties' annual Red Kettle fundraising campaign is heralded every Christmas season by the sound of ringing hand bells at local stores. The bell ringers have been joined this year by student singers and musicians as the Salvation Army incorporate


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Scully joins Heller, Holmes and Associates

MATTOON -- Conrad Scully has joined the Mattoon law firm of Heller, Holmes & Associates, P.C. as an associate. He graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in May, 2017. While in law school, Scully was a Notes & Comments editor for the Illinois Law Review and was also a peer


Parkinson aims to make unauthorized student transcript changes illegal

As the grading scandal at Trezevant High School continues to unfold, state Rep. Antonio Parkinson, D-Memphis, wants to make sure it never happens again. He plans to do that by making what happened at Trezevant-more than 1,000 unauthorized changes to students' transcripts-a crime. The improper chang

MEMPHIS COMMERCIAL APPEAL - 2017-12-16 19:48:16

Woman calls police after she says someone popped her Santa inflatable

A Jonesboro woman called police after she said she heard a loud bang and then found her Santa inflatable popped. A Jonesboro woman called police after she said she heard a loud bang and then found her Santa inflatable popped. Nearly 200 school districts in Arkansas have been approved to start the ne

KAIT 8 - 2017-12-15 16:38:24

23 arrested in Arkansas drug bust

Twenty-three people were arrested in an Arkansas drug bust. The bust happened Wednesday, Dec. 13. Investigators from various Arkansas law enforcement agencies teamed up to execute the arrest warrants in Jonesboro, Paragould, Trumann, and Marked Tree. In addition to arrests, the investigation resulte


Multi-agency drug bust leads to several arrests

Several law enforcement agencies took part in a multi-county drug bust. Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said in a news release Thursday the Second Judicial District Drug Task Force, Jonesboro Police Department, Craighead County Sheriff's Office, Paragould Police Departm


Junior Indians fall short in tourney semi-finals

Marked Tree's BJ Marshall goes in for a score during the Junior Indians' game with Gosnell in the Gerald Jennings Tournament in Lepanto last Thursday. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey) Marked Tree led at the end of the first three quarters but a Gosnell basket with 12 seconds left in the game gave the Junio


Arkansas lawmakers OK rules for expanded guns measure

A guitarist and singer from Cotton Plant, who served as a role model for several area musicians who later became famous, was recently nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A guitarist and singer from Cotton Plant, who served as a role model for several area musicians who later became famous

KAIT 8 - 2017-12-15 19:05:18

Arkansan Rosetta Tharpe Makes Rock Hall of Fame

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - An Arkansas native who was on the front lines when rock and roll music was born is being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the Class of 2018. Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973), who was born in Cotton Plant (Woodruff County) began blazing a trail in American music du


WATCH LIVE: Thomas Fire Santa Barbara community town hall meeting at 4 p.m.

View of the Thomas Fire burning in Toro Canyon. (Ryder Christ / KEYT.com) SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - We will bring you continued updates on the Thomas Fire burning in Santa Barbara County. Sign up for county emergency alerts at http://awareandprepare.org Thomas Fire officials will once again hol

KEYT - 2017-12-15 23:43:54

Mandatory Evacuations for Parts of City of Santa Barbara

All residents east of State Route 154 (aka San Marcos Pass) above Highway 192/Foothill Road are being told to "leave now" by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. This area now joins the mandatory evacuations from Mission Canyon to Montecito, where the mandatory evacuation order was also expan

SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT - 2017-12-16 16:49:27

MTD Santa Barbara Mobilizes City Buses to Shuttle Eastside Evacuees to Shelters

As the Thomas Fire continues to burn above Westmont College, Spanish-speaking city workers are informing Eastside residents about evacuating orders in areas east of Salinas Street and north of Highway 101. There are buses taking Eastside residents to the shelter located at UCSB. According to commun

SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT - 2017-12-16 21:20:41

Cal Fire issues red flag warning for much of California

Cal Fire has issued a red flag warning for much of California this weekend; though San Luis Obispo County was not included, both Monterey and Santa Barbara counties were. A swath of the central Sierra Nevada and several counties in Northern California were also put on alert. "Conditions are extremel

SAN LUIS OBISPO TRIBUNE - 2017-12-15 21:38:00

Thomas Fire is 35 percent contained, but weekend winds pose a threat

Racing to get ahead of a worrisome weather forecast, firefighters Thursday night were continuing their multipronged attack on the Thomas Fire in the canyons behind Montecito, even as they mourned the death of a fellow firefighter who was fatally injured earlier in the day. San Diego Fire Engineer Co

SAN LUIS OBISPO TRIBUNE - 2017-12-15 16:04:00