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Late turnover fuels Saluki home loss at home

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A fourth-quarter strip sack Saturday on SIU quarterback Matt DeSomer by Youngstown State defensive end Justus Reed at the 2:44 mark sealed the 28-20 victory at Saluki Stadium for the penguins.

Salukis drop road contest at UAB

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The Southern Illinois women’s basketball dropped a 76-66 road decision to the University of Alabama-Birmingham Blazers Monday night.

The Swamp Tigers last Carbondale show to be played at The Varsity

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One of the most popular bands in the region will be no more after December, and their last public solo show in Carbondale — and the penultimate public solo performance in Southern Illinois — is scheduled at The Varsity on Saturday, Nov. 18.

JALC celebrates 50th anniversary

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Today, the college — with its state-of-the-art facilities — includes 667,000 square-feet of buildings located on 169 acres along Route 13 in Carterville between Marion and Carbondale. The college also has extension centers in West Frankfort and Du Quoin.

Man charged with arson in house fire

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A Carbondale man has been arrested in connection to a structure fire at 523 E. Burke St., according to Carbondale Police Department.
Keelan Bush, 46, has been charged with aggravated arson and has been incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail.
At about 5:10 a.m., on Monday, officers arrived at the Burke Street home to find the back boor in flames. The occupants of the residence were alerted and able to exit out of the house without injury.
As the investigation continued, officers arrested Bush, who is an acquaintance of a resident of the home. That person’s identity has not been released.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the police at 618 457-3200 or the Carbondale/SIU Crime Stoppers 618-549-2677.

Man charged with attempted murder

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A Carbondale man has been arrested in connection to a stabbing occurring this past Sunday, according to the Carbondale Police Department.
Nathan Bowles, 36, has been charged with aggravated battery and attempted murder, police say. He is incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail.
At about 4:25 p.m. on Sunday, officers were called to the 400 block of East Sycamore Street for a report of a male being stabbed. Police found one individual with serious stab wounds who was taken o the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.
The investigation revealed Bowles stabbed the victim following a dispute. The victim, whose name has not been released, remains hospitalized for treatment of life-threatening injuries.
The investigation into this incident is continuing.
Anybody who has information about this incident is encouraged to call the police department at 618-457-3200 or Crime Stoppers at 618-549-2677.

SIU still gearing up for season opener

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Chris Barron
Carbondale Times

SIU head football coach Nick Hill will battle several foes in the next two weeks.
There is the upcoming opener with Mississippi Valley State University on Sept. 9 at Saluki Stadium. But there are other things about such a late start to the season that are problematic.
“With this practice (Saturday) it is the conclusion to fall training camp,” Hill said. “Now with school started, we fight a different type of animal. Players have to deal with school schedules, classes and we (coaches) have to deal with all that and also bringing in new players.”
There is also the fact the coaching staff has its season opener coming up in 9 days.
“We haven’t yet seen MVSU,” Hill said. “But we caught a break on that. They play North Dakota State this coming Saturday, so we will get to really game plan them then.”
Meanwhile, this past Saturday’s action at Saluki Stadium was more like a first week of practice in August.
“We’re trying to keep everyone healthy, so there was no full contact,” Hill said.

Big plays lead Terriers past Murphysboro

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Chris Barron
Carbondale Times

Carbondale Terriers Bryan Lee’s new spread offense was a little cranky during Friday’s 21-6 win over their Jackson County rival, the Murphysboro Red Devils.
The spread is viewed by many as an offensive pepper-upper, but if it isn’t done correctly, it leads to a lot of three and outs. The latter situation occurred frequently for the Terriers (1-0) Friday. In the first half, Murphysboro’s Wing-T offense obtained just as many first downs as the throwing offense of the Terriers. Carbondale and Murphysboro both had an anemic six first downs in the first two quarters and about 100 offensive yards each.
Lee choose to install the spread because if the team has athletes who can run fast and catch the ball in space, mismatches tend to happen.
Carbondale did that a few times in this close game, and when they did, it led to scores. Carbondale went ahead 7-0 on a 11-yard run at the beginning of the second quarter by Courtney Hunter.

Police investigating two shootings from weekend

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The Carbondale Police department is investigating two different incidents involving firearms this past weekend.
First, at about 10:07 p.m. on Aug. 25, police responded to the 500 block of South Ash Street in reference to shots fired. Officers found one individual with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The victim was taken to the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale for treatment. That person’s name was not released.
Police say there are no suspects in custody as of Monday, and this appears to be an isolated incident and is not related to SIU.
Next, at about 5:04 a.m. on Sunday, responded to a residence in the 200 block of East Oak Street due to a report of a home invasion that just occurred.
Officers learned two masked suspects entered the residence displaying firearms and demanded money from the victim. One suspect was described as a black male in his early 20s, about five feet, eight inches tall, with a slender build and about 150 pounds.
The second suspect was described as a black male, also in his early 20s, about the same height, with a medium build and weighing about 150 pounds.

Saluki Family Weekend has several activities

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Christi Mathis
SIU Media Service

Saluki Family Weekend, a time for fun and making great memories, is set for Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at Southern Illinois University.
The weekend’s activities include campus tours, a craft sale, an outdoor movie, crafts, rock-climbing, photo opportunities, a brunch, a 5K race, tailgating, football and much more. “It’s Good to be a Saluki” is a fitting theme for this year’s fun-filled celebration.
Family weekend registration is set for 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 29 at Saluki Stadium and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 30 at the Student Center. Check in, regardless of whether you’ve registered in advance, and pick up pre-ordered T-shirts and football game tickets.
Catch a free outdoor showing of “Despicable Me 3,” a family friendly movie, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 29 in Saluki Stadium. Or, anyone age seven or older may enjoy climbing the Student Recreation Center’s rock wall for free. The wall will be available from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 29 and 2-4 p.m. Sept. 30.

Annual church giveaway Sept. 2

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Colleen Frease
Carbondale Times

Fall is a time for yard sale signs to be seen all over town as people take advantage of the cool weather. But how many people give things  others truly need away without charging any money?
The Carbondale Church of Christ will be hosting its annual Community Giveaway Day from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, at this Saturday, Sept. 2 at 1805 W. Sycamore St.
The church has been hosting this giveaway for more than 20 years.
Throughout the years, they collect household goods and kitchen items. For Community Giveaway Day, people can come and take what they need. There is no charge, people are just asked to not take more than they need and be mindful of others.
For a family that cannot afford dishes or silverware, this is an opportunity to get items that will make a difference in their everyday living.

Businesses look to benefit from streetscape project

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Nathan Colombo 
Carbondale Times

The first phase of the downtown streetscape project is set to be ready in time to welcome visitors from all over the world. New street lamps cool the space with white LED lighting at night, trees and plants brighten up the days, and restaurants have stretched their sidewalk cafes to the sidewalk walls that line the streets.

Jason Buehner, owner of The Printing Plant, hopes the temporary struggle businesses faced during construction will be offset when commerce begins to pick back up.

“During the construction time it definitely hurt business because people didn’t want to come downtown because it was a big mess,” he said. “The light at the end of the tunnel is that it should be good for business, because somebody has to take the initiative to get downtown going in the right direction.”

Buehner, who recently expanded his business along South Illinois Avenue, sees this as possible catalyst for stakeholders in downtown to reinvest in their own properties.

Nathan Colombo
Nathan Colombo

SIU grad creates app for the eclipse

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Dustin Duncan
Carbondale Times 


Cell towers may go down this weekend, but an SIU alum has developed a mobile application to help visitors and residents get around Carbondale without service. 

Jeremy Packer, founder of Packer Labs, launched the SI Eclipse app Monday.  The application was sponsored by SIU’s Research Park and it doesn’t need an Internet connect to work. 

The app, Packer says, is a useful tool for visitors that will provide information about events, businesses and services in the region. Additionally, Packer says the app will be able to communicate with visitors via push notifications, something he says he is not aware of in other tools available to visitors.

“When cellphone reception is available, which is hopefully all or most of the time, we’ll utilize the app to push notifications to visitors with general information or emergency announcements,” Packer said. “If cellphone connections fail during eclipse weekend, we won’t be able to send out notifications, but people will still be able to use the map and information provided through the offline capabilities we’ve created.”        

Dustin Duncan
Dustin Duncan


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