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Schimpf, Bryant to hold senior fair

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Senior citizens from throughout the area will find a range of services and information available at the annual Senior Fair July 20 in Carbondale.

State Sen. Paul Schimpf, State Rep. Terri Bryant and Mayor Mike Henry will serve as hosts for the event, which will run from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Carbondale Civic Center, located at 200 S. Illinois Ave.

All interested senior citizens are invited to attend for information and demonstrations on quality-of-life issues. More than 50 area vendors will be in attendance to provide services to area seniors.

Reading Basebal: A Life Saved on the Roberto Clemente Bridge

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Pete Peterson

In late June, major league umpire John Tumpane, a 34 year-old Chicago native, was crossing the Roberto Clemente Bridge after an afternoon run and lunch. He was scheduled to umpire a game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Tampa Bay Rays at PNC Park that evening.

As he crossed the bridge, he noticed that a young woman had climbed over the railing and was looking down into the waters of the Allegheny river. When Tumpane stopped and asked what she was doing, she told him that she wanted to get a better look at the river. But it was clear to Tumpane that she was getting ready to jump from the bridge.

SIU psychologists test computer-based training interventions to combat anxiety, depression

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Andrea Hahn
SIU Media Service

Researchers at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Anxiety, Behavior and Cognition Research Laboratory are looking for a few worried people. 

Researchers Sarah J. Kertz, associate professor and director of the laboratory, and doctoral students Eva Harris, J. MacLaren Kelly and Keith Klein, are offering anxiety and depression intervention treatment in exchange for participation in a research project. They are conducting a four-week study to test the efficacy of computer-based training programs that might help people learn to control their anxiety. 

SIU agreement helps Kaskaskia students

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Andrea Hahn
SIU Media Service

An agreement between Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Kaskaskia College will streamline the path for Kaskaskia graduates to transfer into specific SIU programs.

The agreement, signed June 26 at Kaskaskia College in Centralia, allows Kaskaskia students who earned associate in applied science degrees in three select programs to transfer smoothly into bachelor degree programs at SIU Carbondale.

Students may transfer into the following SIU bachelor degree programs:

Guard play essential in Valley league play

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Chris Barron
Carbondale Times

The second half of the summer semester starts Monday and finally JUCO center recruit Kavion Pippen has arrived on campus. That’s good news to Saluki fans, who have looked with trepidation at this past year’s three big-man returnees and felt the roster needed another impact big besides Thik Bol.

But, though the Dawgs now have two guys (Bol and Pippen) who can defend SIU’s goal, it is fact-based, conventional wisdom that modern day basketball is guard-oriented.

Making new plans: Major promoter and city cut ties

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Dustin Duncan
Weekend Times

    The city of Carbondale has been promoting a downtown street festival for the weekend prior to the eclipse with possible national music act as a headline, but it appears things won’t go as planned.
    Carbondale City Manager Gary Williams said Wednesday that Arizona-based promoter Danny Zelisko Presents and the city no longer have a contract together. He said the city had been waiting for a “number of months” for the promoter to make an announcement, and sometime in May, the promoter told the city it wasn’t going to be able to make it work for that particular weekend.
    “So we’re keeping our options open and exploring other opportunities at this time,” Williams said.
    The city manager said there were a combination of things that led to not being able to land a big name. Proximity could have been one of those factors, he said. 

“Painful cuts” lead to about 80 layoffs at SIU: Interim chancellor says cuts were necessary to evolve as an institution

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Murphysboro to close a chapter of its history

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Ada McCarroll
Carbondale Times

    The building that once housed Murphysboro’s formerly booming business, The Brown Shoe Factory, is at its last straw.
    The Murphysboro City Council has filed a lawsuit against the owners of the building — Carl and Carol Hohman — for the ability to knock down a wall threatening to fall onto 19th Street if not safety demolished, according to Murphysboro Mayor Will Stephens. He said the city wants to also fence off the area around the building, but currently, it has no legal right to be on the property.
    “Were not trying to use eminent domain to take possession of the property,” Stephens said. “We just want to get in there and make it safe for those people around the building.”
    The building, built in 1907, has survived more than 100 years, including the distinction of being one of the few large industries in Murphysboro that came back after the 1925 tornado, according to Mike Jones of the Jackson County Historical Society.
    “[The Brown Show Factory] provided work until the end of the 1970s,” Jones said. “It was one of Murphysboro’s major employers.”

Amtrak train hits vehicle north of Carbondale: Carterville woman treated for non-life-threatening injuries

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 Dustin Duncan
Carbondale Times

A Carterville woman was taken to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after her vehicle was hit by an Amtrak train just north of Carbondale, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Marion boy to appear next month on Food Network: 6th grader participated in Kids BBQ Championship

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Josh Loyd, a sixth-grader at the junior high, said he started learning how to grill from his father, Anthony, as early as 5 years old. Thinking that he might be good enough to enter a competition, he, with help from his mother, DeShona, browsed the Internet and found the Kids' BBQ Championship competition advertised on the Food Network website.

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