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Charleston High School welcomes new staff for the new year  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

A new school year is exciting for students and teachers, and this year there are new teachers for a variety of classes at Charleston High School. The teachers all ...

Charleston teacher receives grant for T-shirt press  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

The Illinois Education Association Foundation recently announced it has awarded a $500 grant to a member of Eastern Illinois Area Special Education.

'We raised the bar.' Charleston rings in new era with a win and one tradition that had nearly gone missing  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON — There they alighted from the bus, smiles wide, red shirts slicing through the dark, about to embark on something no one really knew how to do.

Other Coles County-area business news | Business |  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

Illinois EPA Awards $176000 in Section 319, Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grant to City of Charleston.

JG-TC high school football area stat leaders and conference standings  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

AREA FOOTBALL STAT LEADERS. RUSHING. Player;G;Att.;Yd.;TD;P/G. Brayden Doyle, Charleston;1;22;171;1;171.0. Ben Carroll, A-L-A-H; 1;5;154;2; 154.0.

Two foreign exchange students walk the halls of CHS this year  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

Charleston High School is proud to host Giulia Guidetti from Rome, Italy, and Walter Monteiro Ribeiro, Júnior from Santiago, Brazil, this school year.

Opening night for Mattoon and Charleston football brings enthusiasm from everywhere  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

It doesn't matter what happened last season, how many seniors departed, or how tough the schedule may be. The purity and buzz of that first Friday night trumps ...

New CHS band instructor John Wengerski knows how effective a good band director can be  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

Charleston High School has barely begun the year, and already, new and exciting changes abound. The CHS Marching Trojans, for one, have been the source ...

Meet the JG-TC Athletes of the Week  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

Each week the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier features some of the top performances of local high school athletes. Here are the Athletes of the week from Sept.

JG-TC Area results, Wednesday, August 28 | High-school  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

BOYS' GOLF. Sullivan wins triangular. MONTICELLO—Sullivan's Leyton Ellis took medal honors Wednesday as the Redskins won a triangular meet over ...

Charles Richard Cole | Obituaries |  Herald & Review

DECATUR — Charles Richard “Dick” Cole, 86, died Friday, August 16, 2019 in Decatur.

Charleston High School semester honors | Education  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- Second semester honors at Charleston High School have been announced.

Charleston High School student arrested for threats | Local |  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- A Charleston High School student was arrested Monday after police received information that he threatened other students.

Danny Allan Gamble | Obituaries |  Herald & Review

STONINGTON — Danny Allan Gamble, “Uncle Remus”, 73 of Stonington, died at 10:00 pm. Monday, August 19, 2019 in his residence.

Charleston school board approves emotional disabilities program for middle school  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON — Providing a "continuum" of services was the stated benefit of a special education program for middle school students with emotional ...

“Blue Jay Bus Bash” in Charleston, Mo.  KFVS

CHARLESTON, Mo. (KFVS) - The second annual “Blue Jay Bus Bash” took place in Charleston, Missouri on Friday, Aug. 9 at 1 p.m.. Faculty said they were into ...

Charleston school district moving to competency-based education  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- While a new teaching approach was fine with Charleston High School freshman Shannon Corray, she noticed some of her classmates had to ...

Charleston High School flag corps win state title  Journal Gazette / Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- It was a true team effort that helped bring a state championship to the Charleston High School flag corps.

The Charleston school board is voting on academic improvement plans tonight. Here's what to expect.  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- Plans for three schools to meet state academic requirements are set for approval during today's Charleston school board meeting.

JG-TC area results from Sept. 3 | High-school |  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

BASEBALL. Neoga 2, South Central 1. North Clay 14, WSS 1. GOLF. Arcola/Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammon 177, Casey-Westfield 181, Tri-County 201.

Rotary salutes the Top 10 students in CHS Class of 2019  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON — The top 10 academic students in the Charleston High School Class of 2019 were honored Tuesday at a luncheon hosted by the Charleston ...

Jefferson Elementary leaders honored by Rotary | Education |  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- Seven students have been selected as the recipients for this year's Jefferson Elementary School Leadership Awards.

JG-TC area results for Thursday, Sept. 5 | High-school |  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

GOLF. Arcola 183, Tri-County 215. Casey-Westfield 173, Flora 186. Sullivan 166, Teutopolis 213. Teutopolis girls 232, Sullivan girls 256. SOCCER. Blue Ridge ...

'Very crowded' Charleston High School science labs headed for upgrade  Journal Gazette / Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- Trying to clean a dissecting tray in a sink that's a fraction of the tray's size is just one of the obstacles science student Bernie Jackson says she.

2 members of Charleston High School dance squad to perform in New Year's parade in Italy  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- Jayden Jensen and Jarrett Sims are understandably excited to be able to show off their dancing skills in a big city New Year's Day parade.

CHS performances of 'The Music Man' begin Wednesday  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- Masquerading band instructor Harold Hill's exploits in River City will once again take to the stage with the Charleston High School ...

Agreement reached on new contract for Charleston teachers  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- Negotiations have led to a tentative agreement on a new contract for Charleston School District teachers.

10th Run/Walk for the Fallen set for Saturday in Charleston  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- The 10th annual Run/Walk for the Fallen of Illinois will be held on Saturday at Charleston High School's Trojan Hill. The event, set for 7 a.m.-1 ...

Obituary: Fred Ferrell (7/29/19)  Standard-Democrat

CHARLESTON, Mo. — Frederick Hughes Ferrell, 78, died July 26, 2019. Born Feb. 24, 1941, in Charleston, son of Delmar and Dona Ferrell of Charleston, ...

Charleston Middle School students research Freedom Summer | Education  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- For Eden Shain, it was an interesting learning experience but still seemed "weird."

Obituary: Robbie Leffler (8/13/19)  Standard-Democrat

CHARLESTON, Mo. — Robert “Robbie” Oliver Leffler, 56, died Aug. 12, 2019. Born Dec. 12, 1962, in Sikeston, son of Ruth Ann Wicker Leffler Dooley of ...

Everyday Hero: Michael Minner  KFVS

As an art teacher at Charleston High School, Minner knows a thing or two about creating something from nothing.

Coles County schools among those confronting teacher shortage  Journal Gazette / Times-Courier

MATTOON – It has been a plight schools in Coles County and other neighboring counties have voiced for several years now: the shortage of teachers in Illinois ...

Obituary: Dorothy Renaud (3/26/19)  Standard-Democrat

TEXAS BEND COMMUNITY, Mo. — Dorothy Howlett Renaud, age 90, a resident of the Texas Bend Community in Mississippi County, died Monday, March 25, ...

Rotary exchange student tells Charleston club about his home country  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- Philip Holmstrom of Sweden is this school year's Rotary Youth Exchange student in Charleston.

Fields Church in Mattoon opening location in Charleston | Faith and Values  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- The Fields Church in Mattoon plans to open a new location in Charleston to offer its weekend services and children's programming to more of ...

Illinois high school football conferences to be a thing of the past in 2021  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

BLOOMINGTON — In a drastic change to high school football in the state, Illinois High School Association member schools approved a plan to eliminate football ...

School work: Districts tackle projects large and small  Standard-Democrat

SIKESTON — It is sun and fun for students during the summer, but for school personnel there is work to do. Sikeston R-6 School District is focused on one ...

CHS PRESS: CHS Presents "The Music Man" | Lifestyles  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

This year, the spring musical is Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man." Junior Chase Bosler, who is playing the roles of a school board member and a salesman, ...

Lady Trojans set sights on sectionals again | High-school  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- The Charleston girls' basketball team got a taste of the sectional round of the IHSA Class 3A playoffs last year.

Charleston's Robert Rardin signs to golf at Illinois-Springfield  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON – Robert Rardin had his mind made up. He was going to golf at Franklin College in Indiana, and it was, essentially, finalized.

JG-TC area results, August 26 | High-school  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

BASEBALL. Teutopolis 5, WSS 1. GOLF. John Macek Invitational at the University of Illinois Orange Course, hosted by Champaign Centennial. 1. Morton 321, 2.

Charleston Papa John's closing; First step in plan to consolidate Coles County locations  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- The Papa John's Pizza location on Lincoln Avenue will be closing within a week as part of plan to consolidate with the Mattoon space at a ...

BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Charleston defeats Newton | High School Basketball  Herald & Review

CHARLESTON – It's semester exams week at Charleston High School.

Coles Together hears about school competency-based education plans  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON — Members of Coles County's economic development organization heard on Tuesday how local schools are taking a new approach to help ...

Local schools set dates for high school graduation  Standard-Democrat

SIKESTON — Members of the class of 2019 will begin receiving their high school diplomas in less than a month as several area high schools will graduate their ...

10th annual event honors fallen Illinois service members  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- The annual Run/Walk for the Fallen of Illinois was able to mark its 10th year on Saturday despite a thunderstorm cutting short the 2019 event.

Charleston is butterfly capital of Illinois, according to one group  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- The Urban Butterfly Initiative, a locally-based community *service* organization, has designated Charleston as the butterfly capital of Illinois.

Charleston, Mattoon residents named as 2019 Jefferson Award winners  Journal Gazette / Times-Courier

MATTOON — Local examples of volunteerism and other contributions to the community will again be recognized with the annual Jefferson Awards for public ...

Education Outreach Program offering students unique STEM opportunities  United States Army

Many high school juniors spend the summer before their senior year with friends or classmates they may not see often following graduation. But, 18-year-old ...

Charleston's Brad Tammen and a lifetime on the field of dreams  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

In many ways, baseball is the tie that binds Tammen's life, which at times, he says, has felt like a movie – and has even intertwined with a couple popular.

Garrett takes over as Charleston's athletic director | High-school  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON — The Charleston school district was in a bit of a bind. It was almost August and Charleston High School didn't have an athletic director for the ...

Coles County Truck Convoy to help Make-A-Wish Illinois  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

MATTOON — A convoy of more than 100 big trucks will travel from Charleston to Mattoon and back Saturday afternoon to help raise money for granting wishes ...

North-South Football Classic to air Saturday on WCHS-TV  WVAH

The best senior football players in the state of West Virginia will take the field Saturday in the annual WCHS-TV/FOX 11 North-South All-Star Football Classic.

Obituary: Donna Halstead (1/11/19)  Standard-Democrat

CHARLESTON, Mo. — Donna Lee Bryant Halstead, 71, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. Born May 3, 1947, at the ...

Kevin Lee Barnes | Obituaries  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- Kevin Lee Barnes, age 50 of Charleston, left his earthly body on Monday, August 5, 2019. Visitation will be held from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on ...

Charleston's Keagan Brady overcomes doubt to sign with Lake Land College baseball  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

Keagan Brady remembers a time last summer where questions arose about his chances of continuing his baseball career past high school. The Charleston ...

Donna Jean McDevitt | Obituaries  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON — Donna Jean McDevitt, age 66 of rural Charleston, passed away on Monday, June 10, 2019 and is now in a better place. A visitation will be ...

CHS PRESS: CHS participates in Academic Challenge regional competition  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

The Academic Challenge regional competition was held on Friday, February 1, 2019 at Lake Land College. At this challenge, students from the surrounding ...

Charleston basketball movie premieres: 'The Bluejay Experience'  KFVS

Thursday night was all about getting to be the first to see "The Blue Jay Experience". It was truly a red carpet event starting with a premiere party at Isle Casino in ...

Jo Ann Cooley | Obituaries  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- Jo Ann Cooley, age 91 of Charleston, went to her Heavenly Home on Friday, August 2, 2019. The Memorial *Service*, honoring and celebrating ...

Richard Lee Sherman | Obituaries  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- Richard Lee Sherman, age 75 of Charleston, passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. The Graveside ...

Jefferson Elementary holds annual geography bee | Announcements  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- Jefferson Elementary School on Charleston recently held its annual geography bee. There were eight students who represented their ...

Jeffery Eugene Cougill | Obituaries  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- Jeffery Eugene Cougill, age 64 of Charleston, went to walk with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 while at Carle Foundation ...

"A gut-wrenching decision": Lawyer-Richie Florist in Charleston to close after 70-plus years  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- It is nothing new. Those at Lawyer-Richie Florist have seen orders from a son to his mother before. The multi-generational business has ...

For Charleston's Dayton Black, flying planes and pole vaulting go hand in hand  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON — One of Dayton Black's college endeavors runs in his family. Another is decidedly a foreign concept to his entire family and all his friends.

Alice Shawver | Obituaries  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- Alice Shawver, age 94 of Charleston, passed away on May 9, 2019 while in Ft. Myers, Florida.

CHAMBER COLUMN: Third annual 'Tour de Charleston' to be held in June  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

Our 3rd Annual Tour de Charleston, sponsored by 1st Fed of Central Illinois, is right around the corner on Saturday, June 1st. We are so thrilled that this year we.

Obituary: Jerris Crosier (5/29/19)  Standard-Democrat

EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. — Jerris Ann Brumley Crosier, 71, died May 28, 2019, at her home in East Prairie. Born Oct. 28, 1947, in Cairo, Ill., daughter of the late ...

SIREN REPORT | Local  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

Charleston police. Vehicles driven by Hunter E. Levingston of Mattoon and Christopher A. Ingle of Charleston were involved in an accident at the intersection of ...

Charleston trio signs with EIU golf | Eastern  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON — Ben Lanman, Preston Smith and Keegan Gowin were all part of a special senior class for the Charleston boys' golf team along with Robert ...

Reporter barred from Coles County court hearing regarding juvenile accused of making threats  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- A teen accused of threatening other students in December was in Coles County court for a hearing Friday, but a JG-TC reporter was ejected ...

2019 Spirit of America: Blair Moran: 'It's a team effort and I'm just part of a team'  Southeast Missourian

Even though Veteran James Blair Moran will be receiving the Southeast Missourian Spirit of America Award on Thursday, he's dedicating the recognition to ...

Mattoon High School shooter gets juvenile prison, 25-year adult sentence possible with violations  Journal Gazette / Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- Saying he hoped it was a sentence "you never serve," a judge Thursday made a 25-year term in adult prison possible for Josiah Lyons.

Health issue cause of death for man found behind Mattoon bar  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

MATTOON -- The death of an Arcola man who was found deceased Friday evening behind a business in Mattoon has been attributed to natural causes.

Green Wave have big trip to Taylorville | High-school |  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

MATTOON -- Just like last week, and the week before it and the week before that, Friday's game will be another key step in determining the Apollo Conference ...

Charleston softball wins first-ever outright Apollo Conference title  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON — The Charleston softball team has been close to winning the Apollo Conference title the past couple of seasons, but each year, Mattoon or ...

Charleston 8th-graders volunteer in local community service projects  Journal Gazette / Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- The work Charleston Middle School students took part in Tuesday was as much a statement on the up-and-coming generation as it was a ...

Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce has new president  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- The president and CEO position at the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce has remained vacant for several months, but the search for a ...

Charleston softball's Emily Price carrying the pitching load and cruising through opposing lineups  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

Price has thrown all 20 innings of Charleston's playoff run so far, and there are no thoughts of ending that streak or any signs of fatigue.

Keefe named Charleston Middle School principal | News |  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- The school board voted Wednesday evening to transfer Charleston High School Assistant Principal Tim Keefe to the Charleston ...

Charleston boys come from behind to repeat at Class 2A boys state golf tournament  Herald & Review

NORMAL — Winning a second straight Class 2A title wasn't going to be as easy as last year for the Charleston boys golf team.

IHSA learned of Mattoon High School girls basketball's scheduling error Monday  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

MATTOON -- The top Illinois High School Association girls basketball official said Wednesday that the association learned of Mattoon's excess regular-season ...

Eastern Illinois football signs 23 players for 2019 in late signing period dominated by in-state talent  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

The Panthers hauled in 18 of their 26 total signees from Illinois.

An afternoon at the high jump, track and field's friendliest event that formed a Mattoon-Charleston bond  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON – Sarah Flight and Mariah Ball descended from the podium, medals draped around their necks signifying personal-best state meet performances ...

Charleston Public Library to hold adult winter reading program  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- Join the Charleston Carnegie Public Library for its upcoming adult winter read program, "Blizzard of Books."

Eastern Illinois University Choral Ensembles to present Valentine's Day-themed concert  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- The Eastern Illinois University Department of Music is set to present "Before the Dawn" on Sunday at 4 p.m..

Joseph D. Denton | Obituaries  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

SHELBYVILLE — Joseph D. Denton, 50, of Shelbyville, IL, passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

Trojans set sights on making the playoffs | High-school  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON — The Charleston football team took a step back last year. Two seasons ago the Trojans went 3-6, picking up the most wins in the program than ...

Charleston boys golf look to defend state title  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON — The goal for the Charleston High School boys golf team shouldn't be too hard to figure out this season.

Dorothy Maxine Skinlo | Obituaries  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- Dorothy Maxine Skinlo, 86, of Mattoon, formerly of Charleston, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2019 at SBLHC. Her memorial *service* will be ...

Coles County real estate transactions | Local  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

Farmland, Charleston, PIN 12-0-00237-000, $808000, Brenda J. Holmes to Molly B. HolmesFarmland, Charleston, PIN 08-0-00202-000, $808000, Brenda J.

Dale Richard McMillan | Obituaries  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON – Dale Richard McMillan, 89, of Charleston, passed on to his Heavenly home Monday May 20, 2019 at his home with his family at his side.

Trojans lose 2-1 to Bulldogs | High-school  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- Even though the Charleston boys' soccer team was coming off a 1-0 win over Lincoln, coach Josh Garrett thought the team could play better ...

AREA GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Shae Littleford is more than the scouting report  Herald & Review

CHARLESTON — Shae Littleford hears the words. She hears the barking from the bleachers as parents and fans implore opposing players to notice the obvious ...

Decatur restaurateur buys Pagliacci's in Mattoon, plans to open cafe there  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

MATTOON -- The owner of a Decatur restaurant has purchased the former Pagliacci's property and plans to open a cafe there by late summer.

Trojans add a coach, ready for successful season  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON — The Charleston cross country team will sort of be under different leadership this season.

Lady Trojans make improvements from last season | High-school  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON — Last year was a bit of a rebuilding year for the Charleston girls tennis team. That experience should pay off this year, according to first-year ...

CHS drill team qualifies for state | Local  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- The Charleston High School Winter Guard Drill Team has qualified for the Illinois Drill Team Association state finals.

Charleston Family Practice welcomes new pediatrician | Local  Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

CHARLESTON -- Mary Harvey, MD, considers it a privilege and a joy to care for children.

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