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100 years ago, April 7, 1918

Sunday. No paper.

50 years ago, 1968

Sunday. No paper.

25 years ago, 1993

CHARLESTON -- An 800-page document is on file at the Coles County clerk’s office, representing the first step in a several-year process to site a new landfill in the county. Carl and Edna Ball yesterday filed the application, along with the required $50,000 application fee, to construct the waste disposal facility in a 150-acre area near the two existing landfills on Illinois Route 316 on either side of the Loxa Road. The Balls, who in November sold their ERC Landfill to Laidlaw Waste Systems of Arlington Heights, said they want to open the new landfill in about five years, or roughly the time the Laidlaw facility should be full and have to close… MATTOON -- Plans for a fifth phase of the Rolling Greens subdivision were approved yesterday by the Mattoon City Council. Attorney Ralph Glenn said the fifth phase, which was included in the overall Rolling Greens subdivision plans 20 years ago, will finally be developed. The new phase will extend from the eighth fairway on the Mattoon Golf and Country Club course to Old State Road. Most of the lots will be for single-family residences, Glenn said, however, five lots will be eventually rezoned to R-3, multi-family residential, to accommodate duplexes or apartments.

100 years ago, April 8, 1918

MATTOON -- Owners of dogs, curs included, will be provided with metal licenses for the protection of their pets when they pay the tax assessed, according to Earl Menke, assessor for Mattoon Township. Untagged dogs are to be chased as unowned, or strays, and are to be disposed of by the poundmaster and others designated to rid the city of such. Male dogs are assessed at the rate of $1 a year. Female dogs are assessed at the rate of $3 a year. Certain other dogs are assessed at the rate of $2 a year. Mattoon has a large number of dogs which have never been reported to the assessors, according to statements by persons in a position to know. The Mattoon dogs are of various kinds, including pink-eyed lap dogs and cowardly curs that sneak out upon unsuspecting pedestrians... MATTOON -- Since the passage of the selective draft service act, Coles County has furnished a total of 523 men between the ages of 21 and 31 to the military. Class 1 still contains the names of 547 who are beingt held as men physically fit for service... NEOGA -- Dr. Julian Dow, aged 25, a son of E.R. Dow of neoga, who has been "somewhere in France" since the early fall of 1917, was killed in action on March 27, according to a telegram received by his father. Dr. Dow, who had a medical office in Arcola before enlisting, was in the Army's medical officers service corps. He had the rank of lieutenant and went with one of the first American expeditionary forces to France.

50 years ago, 1968

MATTOON -- Dr. Clifford Brown, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Mattoon, said today a proposed joint memorial service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was rejected by a group of "community leaders." Brown said he was told Friday that the proposed service was rejected because King was "too controversial." In a sermon broadcast on radio Sunday morning, Brown discussed the role of the Christian. "I'm afraid that we want to be religious, but we don't want to be Christian," the Methodist pastor said. The youth of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church will hold a memorial for King at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the church... MATTOON -- An estimated 150 men of Company A, the 66th Brigade of the Illinois National Guard, are on stand-by alert at the armory in Mattoon. The alert went into effect, according to Brig. Gen. Harold R. Patton, assistant adjutant general of Illinois, in the event the Guard unit were needed to deploy to any area of the state. Saturday marked the second day of violence in Chicago following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Brig. Gen. John Phipps of Mattoon is in Chicago in command of the 33rd Separate Infantry. Gen. Patton said Gen. Phipps is engaged in restoring peace and order and protecting life and property in Chicago.

25 years ago, 1993

CHARLESTON -- State funds for Eastern Illinois University would be trimmed to a 1.1 percent increase if Gov. Jim Edgar’s recommendations are improved. The Board of Governors office revealed this week that Edgar, an EIU alumnus, is recommending a 1.1 percent increase for his alma mater in fiscal year 1994. The Illinois Board of Higher education had recommended a 7.2 percent increase for EIU… MATTOON -- At a forum last night, the two candidates for mayor of Mattoon differed over support of 911 emergency service but agreed on most other topics. Candidate Charles Authenreith said he plans to attend all future information sessions on the proposed 911 system but he doesn’t think it is necessary for Mattoon. Authenreith said he knows little about the emergency telephone system adding he is disappointed that those working on the project have not distributed much information. Wanda Ferguson, the other candidate, said she wants to see the 911 system in Mattoon. She said anyone with children should welcome the emergency service.

100 years ago, April 9, 1918

MATTOON -- S.M. Katz, president of the Mattoon Merchants Association, has named most of the members of a committee which is to plan a state centennial celebration this fall instead of the annual homecoming and fall festival celebration. The proposed centennial celebration is being planned at the desire of Governor Lowden and other state officials. The Mattoon Merchants Association decided last week that it is the patriotic duty of Mattoon residents, the association members in particular, to plan such an event, celebrating Illinois' 100 years of statehood... WASHINGTON -- Transportation of American troops to France is proceeding at an accelerated rate. American, French and British reserves are pouring in daily to help check the German drive, Secretary Crowell states. Simultaneously with Hindenburg's offensive, the most stupendous propaganda offensive against France, Great Britain and the United States is now going on. The Germans' object is the splitting up of the countries and creating bad blood while persuading German troops that Britain and France are on the brink of collapse and that America is a total failure as a war power.

50 years ago, 1968

MATTOON -- A salary schedule for faculty at Lake Land College was adopted by the board of trustees last night. Ed Resch, board member from Casey and chairman of the finance committee, said the committee held a number of meetings with a faculty committee. The base salary for a faculty member with a master's degree is $7,200 a year. The base progresses through 13 steps to a top salary of $10,833. Lake Land President Virgil Judge said faculty have not yet approved the salary schedule... MATTOON -- The Mattoon Plan Commission last night voted against recommending to the city's board of zoning appeals the proposed rezoning of a 64-acre tract southeast of Mattoon. The commission, voting by secret ballot, cast a 5-4 vote against the proposal submitted by Suburban Trailway Parks of Mattoon. Suburban Trailways seeks the zoning change to alloow for the sale of mobile homes on the tract which is bordered by Interstate 57 and Old State Road south of the Mattoon Golf and Country Club. The Mattoon Golf and Country Club as well as 10 property owners in the area objected to the rezoning... MATTOON -- Miss Juanita Wager, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Wager of Mattoon, was recently sworn in to the U.S. Army at St. Louis. Pvt. Wager has the distinction of being the 100th Womens Army Corps enlistee from St. Louis this year. A resident of the Sullivan and Mattoon area, she has recently worked at John's Pharmacy in Sullivan and General Electric Co. in Mattoon. Pvt. Wager will go on to advanced training in the medical specialist field.

25 years ago, 1993

MATTOON -- High school students interested in working this summer will get an added boost from the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The Coles County IDES office has been selected as one of two in central Illinois to begin a program called Hire the Future, a placement service to help teens find summer employment. The local program will cover the towns of Mattoon, Charleston and Paris the first year, said Deborah Geier, the employment service manager, and Linda DeBolt, also involved with Hire the Future. Two area businesses already have offered jobs for students, Geier said. Walker’s grocers in Mattoon and Charleston, as well as R.K. Plastics in Paris both have offered five jobs each… CHARLESTON -- The Charleston High School Scholastic Bowl team won the Apollo Conference championship last weekend. The team won five of the six matches in which it competed. CHS coach Judy Chapman said this was the team’s first conference championship in the five years she has served as coach. Team members include Jackie Nees, Josh Roberts, Lella Cox, Chris Marlow, Pat Collins, Jon Kirk and Garrett Kirk.

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