PARIS – Roscoe Martin, 30, employed as a lineman for the Wabash Valley Telephone Co., and brother of Jesse Martin of Mattoon, met a horrific death last night in one of the strangest accidents ever here. Martin, driving a car, was arriving in town after completing work on a telephone line near Paris. He met a team of horses, attached to a cart, which was fleeing. The horses, coming at full speed, separated as they approached the automobile, one of the animals going to the passenger side of the car, the other animal to the driver’s side. However, the wagon’s tongue was rammed into Martin’s body. Martin expired, the terrible shock being more than he could bear… CHARLESTON — The Big Four and Clover Leaf Railroads have begun installing their wigwag crossing signals at Fifth and Sixth Streets in Charleston. There is one signal for each railroad at the crossing on Fifth and one for both routes on Sixth. When an eastbound train on the Big Four reaches the State Street crossing, the Fifth Street bell will begin to wiggle. The westbound train on the same route, when it reaches 14th Street, will trigger the same mechanism, and Clover Leaf trains will have much the same starting device.

CHARLESTON — The opening of a new manufacturing plant in Charleston was one of many highlights listed by Pullman Co. officials for its Trailmobile truck-trailer manufacturing division in 1971. Thomas A. Micali, president of the Trailmobile division, the opening of the Charleston plant was “probably the most important event of the year.” He said the Charleston plant is conveniently located in the heart of the Midwest market. The plant opened in September and has already delivered several hundred quality trailers to major carriers in the Midwest. Trailmobile also opened a finance and rental company, opened a sales and service facility in Dallas, acquired a new producer in Europe and saw the Canadian kit subsidiary have its best year ever… MATTOON – Jim Bell received the Outstanding Senior Award last night at the High School Future Farmers of America Mattoon Banquet. The award was presented to Bell by Dr. Elmer Goetz, who made the presentation on behalf of the Mattoon Rotary Club. Steve Bell received the “Green Hand Award” as an outstanding first-year member of the FFA chapter. Jonelle Pardieck received an Appreciation Award for her efforts on behalf of the Chapter as Queen Mattoon FFA. Vernon Gwaltney is a high school FFA counselor and John Newby is the local FFA chapter president. Paxton’s Dennis Dazey, the FFA State Chairman, was the guest speaker.

CHARLESTON — To celebrate the long-term success of McDonald’s restaurants in the fast-food industry, Ralph and Jeanne Foley are taking their Coles County customers back in time with 1955-themed decor and menu. The Foleys, Owners of Coles County McDonald’s since 1990, decided to take customers back to the restaurants origins. McDonald’s first character, “Speedee”, adorns some packaging and employee t-shirts. The music played over the restaurant speakers is not that of Madonna or Bruce Springsteen, but that of the Beach Boys, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis. Triple-ply milkshakes, a 55-cent Big Mac and 55-cent sundaes, on Sundays only, are also back… MATTOON – The Lincolnland Visiting Nurse Association Board of Directors recently approved a new membership structure. company that combines four Lincolnland companies into one, known as LVNA. As one company, LVNA will continue to offer the same programs: home care, palliative care, private service, intravenous therapy and adult day care. The council also elected officers: John McGarvey, Arcola, president; Mike Boyd, Mattoon, Vice President; and Janet Grove, Mattoon, secretary. New board directors include David Clausing and Dewey Yaeger, both of Mattoon, and James Ritchey of Casey.