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Joyful bubbles, live entertainment lighten up Morton Park, despite weather

Joyful bubbles, live entertainment lighten up Morton Park, despite weather

Zoë Donovan, Staff Reporter

July 3, 2019

Family friendly activities and food vendors kicked off the Red, White and Blue Days in Morton Park on Wednesday amid the rainy weather. Most huddled under pavilions and umbrellas as they signed up for raffles and snacked on kettle corn and snow. The park smelled of rain and grass; from the pavilions...

FEATURE PHOTO: Conducting the Community Band

FEATURE PHOTO: Conducting the Community Band

Raine Zhu, Photographer

July 2, 2019

Director Ginger Stanfield conducts the Charleston Community Band as it performs “Pop Culture” and “The Beach Boys' Greatest Hits” in the Band Rehearsal Room of the Doudna Fine Arts Center Tuesday evening. The Band will meet on Thursday morning for the Red, White and Blue Days' Parade, which...

FEATURE PHOTO: Charleston Community Band patriotic salute

FEATURE PHOTO: Charleston Community Band patriotic salute

Raine Zhu, Photographer

June 27, 2019

Director Ginger Stanfield conducts the Charleston Community Band as it performs "Amazing Grace" at the Kiwanis Park Thursday evening. This was part of the band's patriotic salute; the band performed a number of patriotic songs and marches to kick off the Red, White and Blue Days.    

Community Band salute, bingo to kick off Red, White, Blue Days

Logan Raschke, Editor-in-Chief

June 25, 2019

As part of the Red, White and Blue Days celebration, people can attend the Community Band patriotic salute and Harold Hackett Memorial Bingo this week to begin the city's Independence Day festivities. Ginger Stanfield, director of the Community Band, said the band will perform a number of patriotic...

City Council to vote on FY18 to FY19 MFT funds

Staff Report

May 20, 2019

The Charleston City Council will vote on eight action items Tuesday night, one including a resolution appropriating $125,000 of motor fuel tax funds for FY18 to FY19. According to the final expenses for FY 18-19, the department budget in total was $670,331, but the final projection was $787,902. The difference betw...

Community celebrates with Fourth of July Parade

Community celebrates with Fourth of July Parade

Jordan Boyer, Editor-in-Chief

July 4, 2018

Members of the community came out, despite the intense heat, to watch the Fourth of July Parade Wednesday afternoon. As the fire truck horns started to ring through the air, children started to jump with excitement to see the many different parade floats and to get a bunch of free candy. Two bro...

Red White and Blue Days returns for 28th year

Jordan Boyer, Editor-in-Chief

June 21, 2018

The Red White and Blue Days festival returns to Charleston for its 28th year, and there are a number of events from June 28 to July 4. Betty Coffrin, a committee member for Red White and Blue Days, said in a email that this year's theme is, “Celebrating Illinois’ Bicentennial 1818-2018," they...

Slideshow: Charleston Fourth of July 2015

Slideshow: Charleston Fourth of July 2015

July 6, 2015

This was the 25th year of the Charleston, Ill. Red, White & Blue Days. These activities took place July 4, 2015 at Morton Park, including a Chalk-In hosted by the Coles County Arts Council, water hose open by the Charleston Fire Department, and the Fourth of July Parade.

1950s-inspired band to rock Fourth of July

1950s-inspired band to rock Fourth of July

Tony Komada, Online Editor

June 29, 2015

Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets, a '50s and '60s rock 'n' roll band based out of Champaign, is set to play at 2:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July at Morton Park for Charleston's Red, White and Blue Days. The band, which has been together since 1980, generally covers music titles from The Monkees, Elvi...

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