top story editor's pick FROM THE ARCHIVES: Recognize these Charleston locations? Jul 31, 2020 Jul 31, 2020 0 A look back at history photos of the Charleston area. Lincoln Heritage Trail Foundation festival 1969: Abe Lincoln glances warily at his horse before mounting in Decatur. Stephen A. Douglas picks the easier way to travel, in the 1912 Ford depot hack of Jimmie Soules of Decatur. The two men were en route to Lincoln to promote the Lincoln Trail Festival. Jim Seed of Charleston portrayed Lincoln and Don Drake of Charleston portrayed Douglas. file photo Sesquicetennial Balloon fest 1985: Charlie Platt of Decatur, prepares to ascend over Charleston during the Sesquicentennial celebration. file photo Sesquicentennial 1985: Kevin Moore of Boonville, Mo., watches balloons fly over Charleston during the Sesquicentennial celebration. file photo Railroad 1986: Former rail passenger office, left, and freight warehouse on north edge of Charleston. file photo Moore Home State Memorial site 1980: Bill Kreuger makes Pizzelli cookies at hearthside of the Moore Home State Memorial site. file photo Lincoln Heritage Trail Foundation festival 1969: Abe Lincoln rides through Decatur. Lincoln was portrayed by Jim Seed, executive secretary of the Charleston Tourism Development Corp. He was en route to Lincoln to promote the Lincoln Trail Festival in Charleston. file photo Lafferty Nature Study Center wooden bridge 1971: Lafferty Nature Study Center has winding dirt paths, rustling leaves and wooden foot bridges towering over the small ribbon of a creek below. file photo Lafferty Nature Study Center 1971: The Center was named after the late Russell Lafferty, Charleston's city clerk from 1949-68. It's only about three acres but large enough to serve its function. It's a place for birds and squirrels and inquisitive children and tired adults who want to escape from the world of concrete. file photo Kickapoo Creek 1986: The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will hold a hearing in Mattoon to discuss possible pollution problems in the Kickapoo Creek. file photo Fall Festival 1982: Jerry Myerscough, left, and Ken Ott, signal victory for Diamond Lill in the turtle races during the Fall Festival on the square. file photo 0 comments Tags Look-back Evergreen Related to this collection Government and Politics Charleston council to vote on more business grants May 5, 2020 Requests for support for three more coronavirus business relief grants are set for votes by the Charleston City Council on Tuesday. Government and Politics Here are the Charleston roads that could be addressed in upcoming projects Aug 4, 2020 Funding measures for road construction projects are set for votes by the Charleston City Council during its meeting Tuesday. Local Website launches to help Coles County businesses with pandemic Aug 3, 2020 Coles County's economic development organization has launched a website to help county businesses and others deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Local Coles County Make-A-Wish convoy set for Saturday Aug 4, 2020 This year's Coles County Truck Convoy won't be open to the public, but organizers are still hoping for a public show of support. Local Revival City Doughnuts opens in Charleston Updated Aug 6, 2020 No matter what, Marschelle McCoy believes, there will always be some things that are true about doughnuts. Local Work on Coles County I-57 access road set to begin Wednesday 1 hr ago MATTOON — Work on the road accessing Coles County's northernmost Interstate 57 interchange is scheduled to begin Wednesday.