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Lyft launches in Carbondale at noon on Thursday

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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.

Fatal traffic crash kills 7-year-old

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At about 3:30 p.m., the sheriff's office received a report of a head-on traffic crash on Union School Road, near Skidmore Road, in rural Ava.

Carbondale man sentenced to five years for burglary

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A Carbondale man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to burglary charges, Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr announced Friday.

Timothy Hubbert, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of residential burglary Thursday and was sentenced to five years in prison. 

Carr said on Jan. 31, 2016, a residence in the 500 block of Mill Street in Carbondale was burglarized. Officers with the Carbondale Police Department determined the perpetrator entered through an unlocked window. Carr said the fingerprints officers found were determined to be Hubbert’s after being analyzed by the Illinois 
State Police. 

After his release, Hubbert will serve two years of mandatory supervised release and be placed in the Illinois Impact Incarceration Program through the Department of Corrections.  

Carbondale man sentenced eight years for home invasion

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A Carbondale man pleaded guilty to a home invasion charge in December, and was formally sentenced in Jackson County Court on Wednesday, according to Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr on Thursday. 

Shahere Lark, 20, was sentenced to eight years in prison for the charge of home invasion, a Class X felony. 

Carr said on July 9, officers from the Carbondale Police Department responded to a report of a home invasion at an apartment on East College Street. The victim reported he was asleep in his living room when he awoke to see a black male standing in his doorway. 

The victim began yelling at the suspect to leave when another man came down the stairs, holding a handgun and pointing it at the victim. The second man demanded the victim’s wallet. The two men then ran from the residence after taking $20 from the wallet. Carr said the handgun was later determined to be a BB gun. 

Murphysboro man sentenced five years

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A Murphysboro man was sentenced to prison Thursday on battery charges stemming from a domestic violence dispute in May, according to Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr. 

Tyrone Webb, 36, was sentenced to serve five years in prison after being found guilty by a Jackson County Jury in December for a charges of aggravated domestic battery, a Class 2 felony, aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony, and domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor. 

Carr said on May 9, deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department received a walk-in report from Webb’s girlfriend, who lived with him at the time of the incident. She reported that over the past three days, she had been repeatedly beaten by Webb, and wasn’t allowed to leave the residence. In addition to receiving punches and kicks to her head and body, she was also cut on her leg with a razor blade by Webb, causing her to need medical treatment. 

Rainbow Cafe fundraiser planned for Sept. 17 at Co-op

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The Rainbow Café and Neighborhood Co-op Grocery will team up to raise funds for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) youth in the area with a fundraiser car wash from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 in the Co-op parking lot. The Rainbow Café serves as a social and support group for high school-age GLBT youth in Southern Illinois. The organization welcomes those youth who are questioning their orientation and youth members' heterosexual friends.

Ribbon cutting planned for Sept. 16 at Mayer Networks

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The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce will cut a ribbon for Mayer Networks at an event from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. Included in the day’s events will be food, drinks, a bounce house for kids and a dunk tank. There also will be raffles for an HP TouchPad tablet, a free month of offsite backups, a free month of a client’s service level agreement and a 19-inch LCD monitor.

Look Up: Lunar lamentations

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A new fright fest showing in movie theaters, “Apollo 18,” shows what it says is the real reason Americans never returned to the Moon. This writer has yet to see the film, which opened last week, but the trailers tell the story: Astronauts land on the Moon, they find something else there, and it proceeds to terrorize their bodies. Shaky cameras capture the action. Of course, there was no Apollo 18 mission.

Study estimates SIU’s annual economic impact at $2.3 billion

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A new study released by SIU says the university contributes about $2.3 billion in economic activity to the Illinois economy each year. The study examines SIU’s annual, or short-term impact, long-term impact and overall impact on the Illinois economy. It also estimates the annual impact in 23 counties in Southern Illinois and nine counties in central Illinois for the period July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010.

Non-traditional students get acclimated to Carbondale

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After years of raising her four children in Chicagoland, Carla Childs is ready to make Carbondale her permanent home. A self-described “SIU stalker,” Childs said she is starting to reap the fruits of her laborious years in community college spent getting ready to transfer to her dream university. Since hearing about SIU and Carbondale from an SIU alum adviser at her community college years ago, she was waiting for the moment she and her children could call Carbondale home.

SEMO scuffle 'a little glimpse' at this year's Saluki football

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No. 17-ranked Southern Illinois was unstoppable by land and by air during a 38-10 win over Southeast Missouri State Saturday, Sept. 3 in the season opener for both schools. The Salukis (1-0) compiled 240 yards rushing and 254 yards passing, nearly doubling up the Redhawks (0-1) in total yardage. A year after SEMO rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit to stun SIU, 24-21, there was never any hint of an upset brewing in the hot, humid air of Houck Stadium. On the second play from scrimmage, Saluki tailback Steve Strother broke a 62-yard touchdown run down the right sideline. While Strother totaled 100 yards combined rushing and receiving, Iowa transfer Jewel Hampton was equally effective out of the Saluki backfield. Playing in his first game in more than a year because of a knee injury, Hampton pounded the ball between the tackles for 64 yards and three touchdowns. "I think we gave a little glimpse of the type of season we can have," SIU coach Dale Lennon said.

Area girls place at Illinois State Junior Horse Show

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A handful of local girls were among the winners in July at the 2011 Illinois State Junior Horse Show in Springfield. Candice Hill of Carbondale (third from left) won the pole bending championship for pony or horse (15- to 18-year-olds) and placed sixth in the barrel race. Virginia Smith of Murphysboro (fourth from left) won the English/Western trail class championship (15- to 18-year-olds). More than 500 participants from across the state competed this year.

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Grant from lottery sales funds veterans’ services at SIU

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SIU will receive about $81,000 from the proceeds of scratch-off lottery ticket sales to help veterans at the university and in greater Carbondale. This is the fourth consecutive year SIU is receiving the grant, which comes from the Illinois Veterans’ Cash Grant program. The university has received $334,245 over four years to provide services for student veterans. The Veterans Cash Lottery, a $2 scratch-off lottery game started in February 2006, funds the program.

SIU Alumni Association announces organizational restructuring

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Organizational changes within the SIU Alumni Association will provide the unit with greater personnel flexibility and optimum use of resources. The restructuring plan has the approval of Chancellor Rita Cheng and the Association's Executive Committee. In addition, for the first time in many years, all SIU Alumni Association personnel will work from Colyer Hall, 1235 Douglas Drive, as the satellite office in the Student Center closed earlier this month as part of the fiscal initiative.

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