Update: Severe thunderstorm watch issued for the area

UPDATED 11:40 p.m. Wednesday

The National Weather Service has canceled a severe thunderstorm warning for southern Champaign County, eastern Douglas County, northern Edgar County and southern Vermilion County and another one for northeastern Champaign County.

Report: 957,000 in Illinois eligible for health care credit

CHAMPAIGN — More than 957,000 people in Illinois will be eligible for tax credits to help pay for health coverage next year, according to a national health care consumers organization.

First Mid leaders get raises

MATTOON — The top management of First Mid-Illinois Bancshares got salary increases ranging from 3 percent to 10.8 percent last year, the company disclosed in its proxy statement this month.

But those five officers saw much larger percentage increases in total compensation, thanks to stock awards and incentive plans.

Winter storm watch issued for East Central Illinois

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for all of East Central Illinois except Ford and Iroquois counties from late Saturday through Monday morning.

Ford and Iroquois counties are under a separate winter storm watch from Sunday morning through Monday morning.

Snow accumulation of five to eight inches and wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour are expected.

Mattoon man dies from gunshot wound

MATTOON — The Coles County coroner's office says a preliminary autopsy report shows that a Mattoon man died of a single gunshot wound to the head Monday night at a local bar.

Coroner Ed Schniers says 33-year-old Benjamin Newton was shot around the bridge of the nose.

Police say Newton was found unresponsive at Toasters Pub at 1408 Broadway Avenue around 7:40 p.m. Monday.

Mattoon Arts Council to sponsor workshop

MATTOON — Urbana artist Deborah Fell will lead a workshop on business for artists from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23 at the Mattoon Area Family YMCA, 221 N. 16th St. The cost is $50 and will include lunch.

Consolidated reports 4Q profits

MATTOON — Consolidated Communications Holdings on Thursday reported net income of $2.23 million for the fourth quarter of 2012.

For shareholders, that translated to diluted earnings of 5 cents per share.

Truck driver injured in I-74 crash

UPDATED 6:20 p.m.

MANSFIELD — A 49-year-old truck driver from Mattoon was injured in a crash Thursday in Mansfield.

According to a state police release, Mark A. King was driving a semitrailer truck north on Piatt County Road 1300 E, approaching the Interstate 74 westbound entrance ramp at Milepost 166 at 10:26 a.m. Thursday.

Wisconsin college official named next president of Lake Land College

MATTOON — Lake Land College will get a new president this summer.

The college’s board of trustees voted unanimously on Wednesday to appoint Jonathan “Josh” Bullock as the college’s seventh president.

Bullock, vice president for strategic advancement at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, Wis., assumes his duties on July 1.

Two weather advisories issued for East Central Illinois

    The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Ford and Iroquois Counties from 3am Tuesday morning through midnight Tuesday night.
    Light snow is expected to develop Monday night and will become more widespread toward daybreak Tuesday.