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Yard and Garden: A big thank you to Sarah Bush Lincoln

The Coles County Master Gardeners could not be as effective and visible in this community without the support of Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Sys…

March 21, 2015 8:00 am(0)

Yard and Garden: A rose for your Valentine

Before I get into this week’s article just a reminder there are a few seats still available for our “Spring into Gardening Event” on Saturday,…

February 07, 2015 8:00 am(0)

Yard and Garden: Use seed catalogs to make garden even better

Have you received any seed catalogs lately? Boy, have I got a bunch! I must have received between two and three dozen! When you sign up for on…

February 07, 2015 8:00 am(0)
Slideshow: 5+ Easy/thoughtful hostess gifts

Slideshow: 5+ Easy/thoughtful hostess gifts

December 01, 2014 6:00 am Photos



Yard and Garden: Mums the word!

They are called garden mums, hardy mums, fall mums, chrysanthemums or their correct botanical name, Dendranthema x graldiflora. The taxonomist…

September 19, 2014 4:00 pm(0)

Calling all green thumbs: Lake Land College’s horticulture programs sprout viable career opportunities

MATTOON -- For Lake Land College horticulture alumnus Jonathon Eloe, opening Eloe Lawn and Landscaping in Shelbyville allowed him to turn his …

August 06, 2014 5:59 pm(0)

Illinois announces the launch of Homegrown by Heroes initiative

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois veterans soon will have the opportunity to leverage a national branding campaign to help market their farm products.

July 28, 2014 2:25 pm(0)

Yard and Garden: What's in and out (of fashion) in the garden

Every ten years or so there is a change in fashions, from clothing to interior decoration and even in garden design and plants. All of a sudde…

July 19, 2014 8:00 am(1)

Palmer amaranth field research tour set for July 30

URBANA -- The University of Illinois weed science program will hold a field tour and discussions on July 30 at the Palmer amaranth research si…

July 07, 2014 10:53 am(0)

Yard and Garden: How to prune your hydrangeas

Well, we were all fired up to get summer on and, on it came! It seemed like before we had too much rainfall and now we can use some for sure! …

June 20, 2014 6:01 pm(0)

Yard and Garden: Hammered Fern Workshop teaches about a new project to try

Realizing I was signed up to take a day trip with SBLHC AdvantAge 50 to attend a Hammered Fern Workshop, I got curious as to what a hammered f…

May 30, 2014 6:01 pm(0)

Area Senior Center Calendars

Week of June 2-6

May 29, 2014 10:20 am(0)

Enjoy the bounties of the season

URBANA - It’s that time of year when fresh garden produce is more readily available. Whether it comes from your own garden or the farmers mark…

May 28, 2014 3:38 pm(0)
Shelbyville man puts his CPR training into action and saves young boy

Shelbyville man puts his CPR training into action and saves young boy

An afternoon in Jemappes Park, near Mons, Belgium, nearly turned tragic for a family there when their young son, Mohammed, 4, fell into the la…

May 25, 2014 6:00 am Photos



Yard and Garden: Tough winter takes a toll on knock out roses

I have had several people ask me about the Knock-out Roses. It seems this past winter really took a toll on them.

May 23, 2014 11:41 am(0)

Farmers Market set June 7, vendors needed

CHARLESTON -- Steve and Julie Runyon are coordinating the new 18th Street Farmers Market on Saturdays, set to start June 7.

May 23, 2014 10:51 am(0)
Way Back When

Way Back When

May 22, 2014 5:44 pm(1)

ERBA accepting applications for school supply program

The Embarras River Basin Agency, Inc., also known as ERBA, will be taking applications for the CSBG School Supply Program from June 2 to July 15.

May 22, 2014 3:32 pm(0)

Area Senior Center Calendars

Week of May 26-30

May 22, 2014 11:31 am(0)

What's Happening

Alpha Upsilon Sorority sets banquet, installation of officers

May 22, 2014 11:21 am(0)
Lions Club to dedicate water fountain

Lions Club to dedicate water fountain

At 10 a.m. Saturday at the Morton Park West Pavilion, the Charleston Lions will hold a dedication ceremony for the  Lion Drinking Fountain tha…

May 21, 2014 2:07 pm(0)
Margene's Dance Studio celebrates 45th anniversary

Margene's Dance Studio celebrates 45th anniversary

MATTOON -- Margene's Dance Studio opened Oct. 5, 1968. In celebration of this milestone, a performance called "Let's Hear it for the Girls" wi…

May 19, 2014 3:01 pm(0)

EIU School of Continuing Education sets upcoming events

Eastern Illinois University School of Continuing Education has scheduled its upcoming events for May-June.

May 17, 2014 7:00 pm(0)

Community Recycling Day Saturday in Charleston

CHARLESTON — Kick-start your spring cleaning while benefiting those in need by attending Sen. Dale Righter’s (R-Mattoon) community recycling e…

May 16, 2014 4:00 pm(0)

Yard and Garden: Aunt Jackie's rules for the would-be-gardeners

Like most local gardeners we have been busy assessing the damage from the cruelest winter in recent memory in order to decide what must be rep…

May 16, 2014 11:28 am(0)


LifeSpan Center offers fun for all ages

LifeSpan Center offers fun for all ages

The mission of your Coles County Council on Aging is to enhance the quality of life for older adults and people of all ages and abilities.

April 22, 2015 1:00 pm Photos



Public invited to take a “Walk Around the Block” on April 24 for downtown health fair

EFFINGHAM -- HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital and the Effingham Daily News are partnering to offer an event, Walk Around the Block, from 2…

April 22, 2015 9:33 am(0)
Stay active this summer at the Mattoon Y

Stay active this summer at the Mattoon Y

It’s time again for the Rocking Chair Softball League at the Y. This league is designed for men and women above age 40 and was created to prov…

April 22, 2015 5:30 am(0)



April 22, 2015 5:00 am(0)
LifeLinks hosting 2nd Annual Casino Night Fundraiser

LifeLinks hosting 2nd Annual Casino Night Fundraiser

MATTOON -- LifeLinks, a not for profit community mental health center serving Coles and surrounding counties in East Central Illinois since 19…

April 21, 2015 10:39 am(1)


Local residents earn degrees

April 21, 2015 3:00 am(0)
Facts for Families: Choosy eating: Just relax; it's probably normal

Facts for Families: Choosy eating: Just relax; it's probably normal

What's your greatest worry about your toddler's eating? Not trying new foods? Only wanting to eat certain foods over and over again (the "food…

April 21, 2015 1:00 am(1)


Senior Social Group set for Wednesday

April 21, 2015 12:00 am(0)
Birthday: Reeves -- 95th

Birthday: Reeves -- 95th

Reeves -- 95th

April 20, 2015 8:30 pm(0)

Thousands raised for health care scholarships

MATTOON -- The 31th Annual La Grande Soirée raised more than $24,000 in support of the SBL Guild scholarship program to help area students to …

April 20, 2015 11:51 am(0)

Lake Land College to host Auto Club Car Show and Stereo Competition

MATTOON -- The Lake Land College’s Auto Club Car Show, hosted by the Lake Land College Automotive Club, will be held Saturday on the college's…

April 17, 2015 11:24 am(0)
Kiwanis Club meets to elect new Lt. Governor

Kiwanis Club meets to elect new Lt. Governor

CHARLESTON -- The Kiwanis Division 26 Council met on March 21 at Lincoln Garden Restaurant in Charleston to recap club activities from the pas…

April 16, 2015 4:23 pm(0)

Mattoon High School third quarter honors announced

MATTOON -- Mattoon High School has announced third quarter honor roll honorees.

April 16, 2015 4:15 pm(0)

Heritage Woods celebrates Supportive Living Week

CHARLESTON -- Heritage Woods Assisted Lifestyle Community of Charleston will host a celebration of Supportive Living Week Monday through Frida…

April 16, 2015 9:18 am(0)

HOPE’s Childrens’ Program Fifth Annual Basket Binga scheduled

CHARLESTON -- Hope of East Central Illinois’s Longaberger Basket Binga will take place at the VFW in Charleston from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursday.

April 14, 2015 9:50 am(0)

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