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Littleford Retirment

Charleston School District Superintendent Jim Littleford is weeks away from retiring after nine years on the job. I spoke with Littleford and he says even after forty-one years in the education field, he's not ready to give up just yet. He said he's looking at a job as an interim superintendent for a smaller district. Todd In other local news tonight ... Charleston School District Superintend ... READ MORE >>

Tarble Arts Center Groundbreaking

Today's groundbreaking marked the first step at adding on to the Tarble Arts Center. An architect and community members explore the impact and purpose of a bigger building. ... READ MORE >>

Effingham County Storm Damage

The National Weather Service says straight line winds caused the damage in Effingham County over the weekend. Lifelong Dieterich resident Brian Hartke returned home Sunday to find his machine shed in pieces all over the field he grew up farming. "Mainly tin and debris from the roofs and things from our other place next door from the machine shed I think, limbs and what have you," said Hartke. ... READ MORE >>

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Remembering Byron Edingburg

It's been five days since the shooting in Charleston on 7th street that claimed the life of an Eastern Illinois University student. Byron Edingburg was fatally shot Saturday morning on 7th Street in Charleston at a house party. His friend Jaccari Brown said he was always a people person and he was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time. Edingbur was planning on joining the Peace Corps ... READ MORE >>

All-Abilities Playground - Paris, IL

A new playground is coming to Paris! Board members and city residents say the all-abilities playground will benefit everyone in the community by allowing park and playground access for people of all abilities. 04-19-17 ... READ MORE >>

Charleston Fatal Shooting

News of a fatal shooting near campus is shocking the Eastern Illinois University community, and students are mourning the loss of one of their peers. Officials say 23-year-old Byron Edingburg was fatally shot Saturday morning at a house party on 7th Street. Student Selena Castillo says she was in the bathroom at the party when she heard two gunshots, which she would later find out claimed the lif ... READ MORE >>

Trail Rescue

Charleston rescue crews run a practice drill ... that's a FIRST for first responders. Charleston firefighters got to take part in a unique type of rescue training, and News Watch's Jesse Guinn got to help, experiencing it from the victim's point of view. ... READ MORE >>

PADS New Location

After a three year long relocation process Mattoon Area Public Action to Deliver Shelter has a new home! Today PADS directors and workers broke ground at the new location at 1812 Western Avenue in Mattoon. Executive Director Michael Stopka says if it wasn't from the help from Victoria Kull for donating the location and the community this wouldn't be possible. ... READ MORE >>

EIU Hires Matt Bollant

Matt Bollant's career at the University of Illinois ended after four losing seasons and a lawsuit filed by some of his former players. That lawsuit ended up with the allegations against him being unfounded, and now Eastern Illinois University’s Athletic Director Tom Michael said he's ready for Bollant to take Eastern's women's basketball program in a new direction. "Matts interest, desire and p ... READ MORE >>

Illinois Teacher Shortage

If passed, Senate Bill 1123 would allow future teachers to receive a teaching license through a minimum grade point average of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale in their core education classes. Illinois State Senator Dale Righter said, Illinois is in a teacher shortage crisis, and that's why he's sponsoring Senate Bill 1123. "First of all, let's not limit ourselves like we have in the last several years to t ... READ MORE >>

Coles County Reassessment

The last time a property tax Reassessment was done on commercial and industrial businesses in Coles County was in 2001. Supervisor of Assessment Karen Biddle launched the project shortly after taking office and says it was long overdue. Several business owners are not happy about the reassessment. Several people who attended the meeting also questioned the qualifications of the property apprai ... READ MORE >>