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Spring Planting

For years the demand for corn was high and so were prices. But in recent years that has changed. News Watch's Jesse Guinn spoke with area farmers who agree the agricultural economy is once again shifting. Both Dailey and Newby say they've taken advantage of the weather and they say neighboring farmers have too. Newby says farmers typically prefer to have corn planted by May 20th. And they say ... READ MORE >>

Charleston Bar Hours Update

It's been five months since the Charleston City Council voted to pass an ordinance allowing local bars to extend closing hours until 2 a.m. With many Eastern Illinois University students graduating soon, or leaving town for summer, News Watch spoke with the community about how the ordinance has done so far. The ordinance is set to expire in August, but Rennels says if community reactions are p ... READ MORE >>

Lincoln Funeral Train in Charleston

David Klocke has built an impressive replica of President Abraham Lincoln's funeral train and it's come to a stop here in Charleston! The car is resting at the Coles County Fairgrounds and is open for the public and students to see and learn the story behind the recreation. ... READ MORE >>

EIU Bans Smoking On Campus

Starting July 1st, Illinois universities will no longer allow the use of tobacco or smoking products on college campuses. This means students, employees or visitors to Eastern Illinois University won't be able to smoke while on campus property. News Watch's Derrick Jackson spent the day on the grounds of Eastern getting reactions from those who will be affected by the new rules. ... READ MORE >>

Perry Farewell

Eastern Illinois University prepares to say goodbye to its president. Next month, Dr. William Perry will leave Eastern after serving as president for nearly eight years. Students, staff, and the community had the opportunity to say a few last words to the university's leader as the school year comes to an end. Perry assures students and staff, he won't be a stranger once his steps down as presi ... READ MORE >>