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Charleston Mourns Loss of Mayor

Thursday, 25 June 2015

CHARLESTON -  Charleston residents are mourning the loss of their mayor. 

City officials announced that Mayor Larry Rennels died today. Details, including funeral arrangements, are pending and  will be available at a later time.

Rennels was elected mayor in 2013 after serving on the City Council since 1997.

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Farmers Dealing with Lots of Rain

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Farmers in Illinois are struggling because recent heavy rains are keeping them from fieldwork and preventing them from planting.

Monte and Susan Van Dyke, who live along the Effingham-Clay county line, say they will have to replant 300 acres of soybeans.

Susan Van Dyke says areas of their fields are so flooded that they're almost like little lakes, complete with geese swi ... READ MORE >>

Woman Accused of Hitting Man with Bat

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Mattoon police say a woman is facing charges after hitting a man with a baseball bat.

Police say on Monday they arrested 27-year-old Jessie Reynolds in the 100 block of North Division Street.

Reynolds is charged with domestic battery.

Authorities say the victim was taken to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon.

Reynolds remains in the Coles Cou ...

U of I Med School Named

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The new medical school planned at the University of Illinois' flagship campus will keep its name.

And the plan to name the school after a local hospital might not be the last time a piece of the university is named for a private entity.

A campus Academic Senate board on Monday endorsed the Carle Illinois College of Medicine name.

Carle Foundation hospital is co ...