The service launches at noon Thursday, meaning residents will be able to request a ride through Lyft by using their mobile device. Users will have to download the application, sign up and then request a ride.
Marilyn Ross, summer school superintendent for the District 95 Math and Reading Academy, said participating students were ready and willing to accept the expectations given to them during the academic term.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Department will conduct a probe into the circumstances surrounding the theft last summer of Carbondale Police Chief Jody O'Guinn's personal gun.
In a surprising turn, Carbondale Police this afternoon say the handgun used to kill Deaunta Spencer earlier this week may be the same weapon stolen from Police Chief Jody O'Guinn in June.
Despair over an ex-girlfriend is apparently what led a Chicago man to allegedly threaten the deaths of 4,000 people on the SIU campus and the bombing of a handful of university buildings late last month.
Roof repairs to Carbondale's new Public Safety Center are expected to begin this week, according to a city release Tuesday afternoon. The repairs come about five months after the building was damaged.
Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford will hold a community networking event from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the SIU Student Center — and many attendees could walk away with more cash than they came in with. The event is a promotion for the treasurer's Cash Dash program, which takes unclaimed property businesses and banks legally are required to turn over to the treasurer's office — inactive checking accounts, unpaid wages, bill overpayments and paid-up insurance policies — and returns it to the rightful owners.
SIU released its 2011-12 men's and women's basketball schedules this morning, unveiling a slate that features 16 home games for the men and 14 for the women this season. Men's basketball will open the season with four of their first six regular-season games at home. Included in those games are matchups with traditional rivals St. Louis Nov. 15 and Western Kentucky Dec. 7. The men also begin a new home-and-home series with SIUE when they host the Cougars Dec. 19.
The acting director of Carbondale's Public Works Department for the past five months has been promoted to that department's full director, the city announced Wednesday morning. Sean C. Henry, who has been employed with the city since 2006, was selected out of 35 applicants for his engineering background and management skills, City Manager Allen Gill said in a release. Henry is a graduate of Carbondale Community High School and attended John A. Logan College.
Student enrollment at SIU is down 1.1 percent compared with last year, according to 10th-day numbers released Sept. 6 by the university. Despite that, the university is finding plenty of silver linings on which to focus. Fall enrollment at SIUC stands at 19,817, and on-campus undergraduate enrollment stands at 13,339. In graduate programs, new student enrollment stands at 554, or 10.5 percent fewer students than last year.
Labor rallies, collective bargaining drama and a venomous campus dialog have hung over SIU for the better part of a year, but whether any of this will result in the worst-case scenario — a labor strike by any or all of the university’s four Illinois Education Association-affiliated bargaining units — remains as uncertain as it was months ago. Those four unions all filed notices of intent to strike in April.