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Visitation, funeral services set for Rennels

Staff Report

June 26, 2015

Services for Larry Rennels, the mayor of Charleston who died Thursday morning at age 67, have been set. Family, friends and community members may attend a visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 28 at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston. Funeral services honoring Rennels’ life...

Mayor of Charleston dies Thursday morning

Charleston Mayor Larry Rennels displays the next year's fiscal budget at the conclusion of the City Council meeting on April 21 at City Hall.  Rennels died Thursday morning.

Stephanie Markham, Editor-in-Chief

June 25, 2015

Editor's Note: This story has been updated as of 9 p.m. 6/25/15. Charleston Mayor Larry Rennels died at about 7 a.m. Thursday at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon. He was 67. Coles County Coroner Ed Schniers said the results of an autopsy performed Thursday would be available in four ...

City Council approves subdivision development

Stephanie Markham, Editor-in-Chief

June 17, 2015

The Charleston City Council unanimously approved plans for Luxury Homes to build a subdivision called “20 Acre Woods” just west of Charleston on Tuesday. The city’s expenses will be $17,550 for water and $1,300 for materials, and the developer will be responsible for construction costs. The...

City Council approves Harrison Avenue renovations

Sydney Edwards, Staff Reporter

June 2, 2015

The Charleston City Council voted Tuesday in favor of buying $6,531.66 in land from property owners on Harrison Avenue so the street can be widened. Buying portions of the owners’ land will allow the city to move the sidewalks further onto their properties when the street is widened. Council...

City Council to vote on street maintenance bids

Stephanie Markham, Editor-in-Chief

June 1, 2015

The Charleston City Council will vote Tuesday on funding for general street maintenance throughout the year and buying portions of property on Harrison Avenue so the roads can be renovated. Mayor Larry Rennels said every year the city seeks the lowest bids for street maintenance and locks them in...

Local government reform resolution fails City Council

Community members gather before the Charleston City Council began. The final vote for the

Stephanie Markham, Editor-in-Chief

May 19, 2015

The Charleston City Council voted 3-2 against the "Supporting Local Government Relief and Reform" resolution Tuesday after rescinding and revising the original version in previous meetings. Community members in attendance applauded when the resolution failed to pass after Mayor Larry Renne...

City Council to vote on revised local government resolution

Stephanie Markham, Editor-in-Chief

May 18, 2015

The Charleston City Council will vote Tuesday on a revised resolution called “Supporting Local Government Relief and Reform” and eight ordinances for funding local business renovations. The resolution, originally titled “Supporting Local Government Empowerment and Reform,” passed on April 7 and was meant to show the city’s support for some of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plans to create local ri...

Council takes steps to buy police vehicle

Amanda Wilkinson, Online Editor

July 1, 2014

The Charleston City Council approved the waiving of the bidding process to purchase a squad car for the police department and awarded bids for general maintenance materials and seal coat Tuesday. The council voted to waive the bidding process so a vehicle that meets the department's needs can be purchased. Mayor...

City Council to vote on purchase of police squad car

Blake Warman, Staff Reporter

June 30, 2014

The Charleston City Council will discuss the purchase of a new squad car for the city's police department, the resurfacing of Reynolds Drive and the purchase of general street maintenance materials. Pilson Auto Center, a local vendor, plans to provide a squad car with an amount equal to or lower than...

City Council approves equipment, vehicle purchases

Blake Warman, Staff Reporter

June 17, 2014

The Charleston city council approved a loan for $275,000 for the purchase of various pieces of equipment and vehicles for the upcoming year. Mayor Larry Rennels said a loan was obtained through First Financial Bank will last for a period of five years and will have an annual interest rate of 1.77...

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