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YMC Groundbreaking

A new state of the art YMCA is coming to the small town of Toledo. Officials said the Y-M-C-A will be located on the courthouse square and will cost four million dollars. ... READ MORE >>

New Fire Trucks

It's been twenty years since a new fire truck has been parked at the Mattoon Fire Department. Last week, a new one arrived in town, just in time for the holidays. Mattoon Fire Chief Anthony Nichols said for the last four years he's been trying to secure grant money for a new vehicle, but at a cost of nearly a half million dollars, it was a long process! ... READ MORE >>

McQueen Honored

Angela McQueen was honored by the Illinois Education Association Thursday for her heroic response to the Mattoon student shooter. McQueen is finally speaking out about the incident, and sharing details about how she contributed to subduing the shooter. ... READ MORE >>

Mattoon Security

A Mattoon High school teacher who stepped in to subdue a shooter inside the school's cafeteria is talking about that frightening day for the first time. Officials say because of Math Teacher Angela McQueen's quick response only one student was injured during the shooting. Earlier today the Illinois Education Association released this interview with McQueen. McQueen was honored for her heroic eff ... READ MORE >>

Christmas Tree Shortage

This weekend many of us will be heading to the local tree farm to pick out our perfect Christmas tree. But in many parts of the country, there's a tree shortage. Arborists said it's because of drought conditions and disease. Here in central Illinois, farms still have plenty of trees, but one business owner said some varieties are hard to come by. ... READ MORE >>

Effingham Building Codes

Effingham residents and city council were hesitant to update building and fire safety codes, but now they'll be seeing changes at the start of the new year. Effingham Building Official Michelle Wilkins says the old codes were outdated and a change was long overdue.says the the Insurance Service Office of Commercial Risk Services considered the new fire and building safety codes when reassessing th ... READ MORE >>

Carle Ebola Treatment Center

Carle Foundation Hospital opens a unique center to handle highly infectious and potentially deadly diseases. The project took two and a half years to complete, and cost about a million dollars. It was funded by Carle Foundation Hospital and a federal grant. Senior Infection Preventionist Taffy Creviston says Carle stepped up to the plate when the Center for Disease Control and the Illinois Departm ... READ MORE >>

School Bus Cameras

Drivers passing school stop signs have been an issue in Tuscola, and that's why they decided to test out cameras on a few of their buses. The cost for the cameras are a thousand dollars if the bus already has the technology for the cameras to be installed, but cost 25 hundred dollars if they don't. As far as drivers, if they're caught violating a school bus stop arm, they face up to a 500 doll ... READ MORE >>

Marshall K9 Officer Remembered

Marshall Police Department honors the life of a retired K9 officer who lost her battle with cancer. K9 Officer Baya served as a police dog for eight years, four of them with the Marshall Police Department. Baya's replacement is a two-year-old Belgian Malinois named Chaos. Sanders says Chaos has a different personality, but knows he will make a remarkable dog. The Marshall Police Department hopes t ... READ MORE >>

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Salute to Norah Hadley

A memorial open house for Norah Hadley is scheduled for Saturday from three to six at the Black Box room in Dounda Fine Arts Center. Charleston Middle School Principal Tim Keefe says tonight's girls' basketball game is "teal out" in honor of Norah's favorite color, and asks anyone who is attending the game to wear teal colored clothing. ... READ MORE >>

Paris Fire

Firefighters suspect the incident this morning on Zimmerly Street was electrical, but they may never know for sure. Paris Fire Chief Brian Gates says the fire was extinguished after about two hours, and says the family is lucky they had someone looking out for them! ... READ MORE >>