If baseball really wants to shorten games, perhaps it should consider adopting other softball rules. Softball games, for example, are usually played in six innings, so reducing a baseball game from nine to six innings would, on average, shorten a baseball game by one hour and eliminate the need to stop serving beer after the seventh inning.
A Chicago man has pleaded guilty to threatening to bomb a handful of buildings on the SIU campus and kill 4,000 people. Maurice L. Wiggins, 23, pleaded guilty Nov. 17 in U.S. district court.
For the first time in more than five years, local family bakery, restaurant and catering service Cristaudo's is back under original family ownership. Established in 1977 in the Murdale Shopping Center, Cristaudo's was owned and operated by Lorenzo and Lucia Cristaudo for nearly three decades until it was turned over to Lorenzo's daughter Rachel in 2001. The Cristaudo family has proudly announced that as of Oct. 29, Cristaudo's Bakery is now back under original family ownership in a new location on North Illinois Avenue.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is conducting a state-level functional earthquake exercise this Tuesday through Thursday on the John A. Logan College campus to test plans for handling a catastrophic earthquake in Southern Illinois. The Community Health and Exercise Complex of John A. Logan College is serving as the command center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day of the exercise. More than 100 state and local agencies and emergency response organizations, including ones from Carbondale, are participating in the exercise.
A new committee formed by the Carbondale Elementary District 95 school board aims to comply with new state regulations regarding education reform and tenure. Senate Bill 7 requires schools throughout the state to place a heavier emphasis on how well teachers perform inside the classroom.
After-school reading program "I CAN READ!" of Southern Illinois will host “A Tribute to a Legend: Elbert Earl Simon, Sr. — His Legacy Lives On” from 6 p.m. to midnight Nov. 19 at the Elks Club. Funds raised by this event will continue Simon's mission for the program's students.
Farmers in Jackson County who suffered crop losses this year due to drought or excessive heat now qualify for disaster aid following an approval made last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
As the first week of veto session came to an end, Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, was appointed Republican Caucus chairman by House Republican Leader Tom Cross. “I am pleased Leader Cross chose me for the position,” Bost said in a release.
The Carbondale Elementary School District 95 School Board heard Oct. 27 that its policy committee continues to comb through its procedures to be sure that the ones put in place are the right “fit” for the board as a whole.
The Carbondale City Council will conduct a special meeting Nov. 4 to discuss applications received for the position of city manager. The meeting, set for 2 p.m. in the mayor’s conference room at the Carbondale Civic Center, is for the Council to review 12 finalists for the position and to decide which ones should be invited for interviews.
A 29-year-old Makanda man was arrested Monday in connection with a series of residential burglaries reported south of Carbondale. Investigators with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joshua B. Meacham and charged him with residential burglary and possession of stolen property.