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Lattice Completes Video Visitation Installation at Coles County Jail
Mon, 09 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0700

Lattice Incorporated recently completed an installation of its NetVisit Video Visitation platform at the Coles County Jail in Charleston, Illinois. Prior to the installation, Lattice was the Inmate Phone ...

The dog no one owned but everyone loved
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:44:15 -0800

Nearly 50 years since Blackie's passing, a grave marker along an Illinois road serves as a reminder of the impact a dog can have

Nonprofit's medical marijuana license challenged in court
Mon, 09 Mar 2015 22:07:43 -0700

CHICAGO (AP) - An unusual legal case is brewing in central Illinois over whether a tax-exempt organization should be able to grow medical marijuana. Attorney Sean Britton filed a petition Friday in Coles County Circuit Court. It seeks the court's permission to file a lawsuit against Shelby County Community Services, ...

Proposed State Cuts to Hit Higher Education Hard
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:37:18 -0700

Charleston - Illinois' financial struggles are well known according to Mattoon state senator Dale Righter.

EXCHANGE: EIU students take preservation field trip
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:44:26 -0700

MATTOON, Ill. (AP) - Some people might look at the Richard Roytek home and simply see a door, windows and a chimney stretching up from the ground through the roof and beyond. But the Roytek home was the subject of some meticulous research Wednesday afternoon as students from Eastern Illinois ...

Illinois hands out marijuana permits despite lawsuits
Thu, 12 Mar 2015 04:26:23 -0700

CHICAGO (AP) - The Illinois Department of Agriculture is handing out permits to medical marijuana growers, even as a new lawsuit adds momentum to the cause of failed applicants who'd like a court review. Growers have months of construction ahead, including installation of security systems, before they can plant, but ...

1st-half defense, 2nd-half offense carry EIU
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 01:13:05 -0800

EDITOR'S NOTE: Bill Duey is a Mattoon native who moved away and then came back to town. He is a resident of Mattoon and is on the faculty at C…

The loyal dog no one owned but everyone loved
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:24:29 -0800

In 1978, CBS News correspondent Charles Kuralt stumbled upon a gravestone in an unusual location in Coles County Illinois. As Kuralt would report for the “CBS Evening News,” a dog named Blackie had been buried there years earlier after capturing the hearts of the community.

Classroom Coles County: Day No. 4
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:51:52 -0800

EDITOR'S NOTE: Bill Duey is a Mattoon native who moved away and then came back to town. He is a resident of Mattoon and is on the faculty at C…

State OKs cancer center in Coles County
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 22:47:52 -0700

MATTOON — State regulators have approved plans by Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center to build a new free-standing regional cancer center. The hospital said the approval by the Illinois Health Facility and Services Review Board Tuesday means construction will start next month on the 21,000-square-foot, $15.8 million facility. read more