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Charleston Fire Academy

The Charleston Fire Department hosted a mini fire academy where the participants were strictly members of the city council and city staff. After being taken out of their normal environment, the Charleston city staff donned firefighting gear and went into the flames. Fire Chief Steve Bennett says the simulation was the department's way of showing the staff just how difficult it is to do this job. ... READ MORE >>

Election 101

Election Day is only 14 days away, and voters who haven't made plans to head to the polls can still vote absentee. Voters can still request a ballot as long as it is turned in by election day November 8th said Edgar County clerk August Griffin. To request a ballot you can call your local county clerk and ask for one, or come in said Griffin. ... READ MORE >>

EIU Homecoming

Its homecoming weekend and alumni are making their way back to campus to see old friends, and the restaurants they loved most. Restaurant owners in Charleston are preparing for this busy weekend by prepping days before. I have to start getting my meats and drinks ready three days’ ahead said Antonio Poblano manager of Los Portillos. Homecoming week is a chance for me to see old faces come back a ... READ MORE >>

EIU Memorial For Tyler Behnke

More than one hundred people attended a memorial for an Eastern Illinois University student who died at a fraternity house last Monday. The service was a chance for loved ones to say goodbye. Eastern Illinois' community paid their respects to Tyler Behnke, 19, who died October 10th. Mike Behnke, Tyler's father, says his son was simply gone too soon. Behnke's cause of death still hasn't been determ ... READ MORE >>

Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail Updates

The Charleston to Mattoon Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail is one of the 33 projects across the state that will see major improvements. The Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program says the work is needed and will help improve the quality of life for residents. The Charleston to Mattoon Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail that is 12.1 miles of nothing but gravel, nature and fresh air will soon see improv ... READ MORE >>