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100 years ago, Dec. 30, 1917

Sunday. No paper.

50 years ago, 1967

MATTOON -- Parents of the first infant born here in 1968 will not be charged for use of the delivery room. William A. Hurlburt, Mattoon Memorial Hospital administrator, said today that the free delivery room use will be the hospital's gift to the first baby of the new year... MATTOON -- The Mattoon Post Office has 65 postal savings accounts which have not yet been closed out by depositors to whom the accounts belong, Postmaster Leonard Finnegan announced today. More than a year ago, the postal savings account program was terminated by federal law. Finnegan pointed out that the accounts no longer earn interest. After June 30, account holders will have to correspond with the U.S. Treasury Department to close out their accounts... MATTOON -- Chicago Wendell Phillips defeated Chicago St. Mel 70-54 last night to win the championship of the eight-team Mattoon Holiday Basketball Tournament. Lawrenceville defeated Mattoon 66-58 for third place.

25 years ago, 1992

MATTOON -- U.S. Rep. Glenn Poshard will most likely have a regional office at Coles County Memorial Airport. Following a heated discussion, the airport authority board voted 3-2 to enter into a two-year contract with the U.S. Government Services Administration on behalf of Poshard, D-Marion. Board members Mel Lockard and J. Fred Parrish voted against the measure because, they said, there is office space available in Mattoon and Charleston, and because the board might be seen is being partisan. Board members Ken Hadwiger and Herb Brooks both spoke in favor of the arrangement calling for $400 a month rent… EFFINGHAM -- Park Communications of Ithaca, N.Y., announced yesterday it has purchased the Effingham Daily News newspaper. The 13,000-circulation newspaper had been owned by the Joseph McNaughton family for more than 40 years. Terms of the sale were not announced. Park Communications owns a number of newspapers, and radio and television stations. The company’s only other Illinois newspaper property is at Macomb.

100 years ago, Dec. 31, 1917

MATTOON -- Mattoon residents will pay a tax rate of $10.65 per $100 for the joy of living in this city. The rate in Charleston is $9.40. Almost anybody who is not wedded to the county seat would be glad to pay $1.25 more to live in Mattoon. Of course, Mattoon has to pay extra for our parks, our library and our garbage plant, because you have to pay a little extra for living in a city instead of a small town. Charleston does not have any parks and apparently, it costs nothing to keep up its library. So there you are... MATTOON -- Claude Vanlaningham and E.L. Coverstone, two of the Mattoon men in training at Camp Taylor, Ky., have been ordered transferred to the quartermaster mechanical repair shops in Washington, D.C., and will leave this week with others from the camp. Vanlaningham has been in Camp Taylor for several months. He was one of the Coles County boys who remained at Camp Taylor when the main part of the contingent was transferred to Camp Pike, near Little Rock, Ark. He has been serving as a bugler.

50 years ago, 1967

Sunday. No paper.

25 years ago, 1992

MATTOON -- The Coles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an apparent burglary at the Rural King store on Illinois Route 121 yesterday morning. According to a report, about $450 was taken from three cash registers. No merchandise appeared to be missing. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the store when an alarm was activated. The reporting officer discovered a hole in a wall near the southeast corner of the building… SPRINGFIELD -- New Year’s Day puts more than 150 new state laws into effect, including a ban on radar detectors for truckers cruising along on Illinois highways. First-time offenders face a $50 fine. Repeat offenders risk a $100 fine and seizure of the radar equipment. Truckers dispute the fact that trucks at high speeds pose the biggest danger to the driving public.

100 years ago, Jan. 1, 1918

MATTOON -- Four degrees below zero is the coldest temperature experienced in Mattoon so far this season, according to the records of Captain J. Withington, the local authority on weather. This temperature was recorded on Dec. 10, 11 days before winter arrived "officially." Captain Withington's records show the high for the month was 66 degrees on Dec. 1. The precipitation for December was low, 1 inch only. This was due to snowfall, the total being 10 inches... WASHINGTON -- The federal government set out today to find out all about you and your income. From now to March 1 it will be a most personally inquisitive government. All married persons who received in 2017 an income of $2,000, and $1,000 for a single person, are required to furnish this information to the internal revenue collector in their districts before March 1. One thousand or more relentless revenue agents will be behind procrastinators, prodding them.

50 years ago, 1968

New Year's Day. No paper.

25 years ago, 1993

New Year’s Day. No paper.

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