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Salukis sign another All-American golfer

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Chris Barron   
Weekend Times

    There are two ways “minor” sports can excel at mid-major-level recruiting. Most of the great high school golfers either go to the power conferences or, if they are good enough, they just skate to the pros.
    The way for mid-majors to flourish is by recruiting transfers and international players.
    SIU’s head coach Justin Fetcho has obviously chosen the transfer route — kind of.
    In the fall, Fetcho signed former Stetson University star Dirk Kuehler, who graduated from Stetson after averaging 75 strokes per round.
Hunter York, a local All-American, was signed by Fetcho this past November.
    The Decatur native York also won the 1A level Illinois State Championship when he was in high school.
“I look for Hunter to step right in and make an immediate impact,” said Fetcho in November.
    But the best was yet to come for Fetcho’s recruiting efforts this spring. Just a few weeks ago, the Dawgs inked their second Junior College All-American, Oliver Meek.

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. 

Birth announcements for June 3

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5/3: Noof Faisal Albeedh of Carbondale, a daughter, Ladun; grandparents: Dr. Faisal Albeedh of Oman.
5/13: Haley and Benjamin Woolard of West Frankfort, a son, Asher and daughter, Locklyn; grandparents: Steve and Sandra Hosmon and Tom and Mary Beth Woolard of West Frankfort.
    Kylee and Brodie Blades of Marion, a daughter, Kensee.
5/14: Kelly and John Beyler of Makanda, a son, Archer; grandparents: Janice Wright of Murphysboro, Tom and Karen Howell of Murphysboro and Judy and Keith Beyler of Murphysboro.
5/15: Taryn and Bryce Williams of Marion, a son, Camdon; grandparents: Terry of West Frankfort and Leah and Gary Kent of Marion.
5/16: Barbara and Jeff Hanner of Valier, a daughter, Matilda; grandparents: Rita Wood of Culter, Ken and Janet Wood of West Frankfort, and Lennie and Diana Hanner of Valier.
    Blair and Kyle Vance of Eldorado, a son, Mathias; grandparents: Keith and Lisa Clayton of Eldorado and Guy and Connie Vance of Mount Vernon, Indiana.
    Tionna and James Morris of Royalton, a daughter, Ariella.

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

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City: FOIA costs add up quickly

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Freedom of Information Act requests filed with the city spiked dramatically in the weeks following the revelation that the police chief’s stolen gun had been used as the weapon in a murder, and the city attorney now charged with handling such requests to the Police Department says satisfying such requests came at notable expense to taxpayers and significant expenditure of city staff’s time.

New documents cast questions on CPD response to stolen gun leak

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A Carbondale Police Department staffer said to be under investigation in the wake of Chief Jody O’Guinn’s personal gun turning up as a murder weapon asked his superiors multiple times last year if he indeed was under investigation, only to get few details and conflicting answers, newly obtained documents show.


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