Right before the holidays, we were excited to receive two checks – from Innovative Staff Solutions and from Joe & Sheila Dively – that enabled us to hire writers to cover the three regional basketball tournaments and which will provide more coverage over the next two months.

We will post corporate logos and individual names of sponsors on the right side of the website. If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact us at ColesCountySports@gmail.com.

Since the Coles County Clash football game between Mattoon and Charleston in early September, we have published more than 160 stories on the website, which has attracted more than 26,000 reads — a number that grows each week. Last weekend, we had more than 1,100 reads on two consecutive days. We have published at least three times that many stories on our Facebook page, where nearly 1,300 active readers follow us.

We cover games, we celebrate when students sign college letters of intent, we post photos of youth league teams. We even write features when we have time. During this new year, we expect to deliver podcasts as well.

We remain humbled by the readership and by this financial support.

Thank you.