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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

Vigil held in response to Charlottesville attack

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Nathan Colombo 
Carbondale Times

Residents from Carbondale did their part Sunday to speak out against violence happening throughout the country and specifically the incidents from Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

A vigil was organized at Gaia House in conjunction with the Women United Network. Local officials, as well as members of the community, gathered in support of the victims and in opposition to white supremacist ideology. 

Mayor Mike Henry was first to speak in support of the vigil.

“This is what Carbondale is about,” Henry said. “Getting together and letting people know that we’re a community that embraces diversity. We’re an inclusive community. We have to speak out on things like this, even when they’re very, very far from us.”

Emily Kircher, a community member, spoke to the crowd about what the vigil meant to those who gathered.

“We stand here today to say that we do not accept this violence, this hatred, and we will not be terrorized by white nationalist bullies,” she said. 

Nathan Colombo
Nathan Colombo

Where to park or get a ride in Carbondale

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Dustin Duncan
Carbondale Times

With thousands of people expected to flood into Carbondale this weekend, one burning question remains — where is everybody going to park? 

Two Jackson County Mass Transit buses will each make two trips per hour from designated locations. The buses will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday through Monday. The Jackson County Mass Transit buses will be from the Civic Center and the SIU Student Center only. 

Shuttles will be available for those wanting to park on the outskirts of town and ride into the main entertainment venues in Carbondale. The parking lots for the shuttle transportation are at Carbondale Community High School, 1301 E. Walnut St., University Mall 1237 E. Main St., and Oakland Cemetery, corner of Oakland Avenue and Ready Mix Road. The city said riders will be able to use the service for $5 if paying cash per vehicle. The price will be $7 if using a credit or debit card. This route will run from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. 

City to try open container ordinance during eclipse

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In hopes to create more of a festival-like atmosphere this weekend, downtown Carbondale will allow individuals to move within a certain boundary with open alcohol containers. 

From Friday to Monday, alcoholic beverages purchased from a licensed liquor establishment downtown may be possessed in plastic containers between Jackson and Mill Streets, and University Avenue and Washington Street from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

The city says coolers and outside beverages will not be allowed. When purchasing an alcohol beverage within an establishment and you want to take it outside, simply ask an employee if they will pour your drink in a plastic cup and you’re free to wander outside. There will be signs posted to tell individuals where alcohol is permitted. 

Rutherford event Sept. 13 a chance to shake hands, find cash

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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 men's, women's basketball release 2011-12 schedules

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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.

Henry named director of Carbondale Public Works Department

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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.

SIU enrollment falls 1.1 percent for fall 2011

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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.

Months after the threat surfaced, a strike at SIU remains an uncertainty

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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.

Women's Center yard sale set for Sept. 24

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The Women's Center is planning its annual yard sale to benefit the children's Christmas Party. Every year, proceeds from this sale go toward presents and the costs of the holiday party for the children who have been in the center's programs. This year, the yard sale is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Gaia House, 913 S. Illinois Ave.

Carbondale girl receives national Girl Scouts honor

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A recent graduate of Carbondale Community High School is among 10 Girl Scouts alumnae in the nation to be selected this year as a National Young Woman of Distinction. Dara Weaver-Holmes, the daughter of Dr. Doris Weaver and John Holmes and currently a sophomore at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, won her Girl Scout Gold Award with a 2010 project at CCHS to organize a job fair aimed at helping her peers prepare for their futures.

Eleven days of events in Carbondale to reflect on legacy of 9/11

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Starting Sept. 11, 2011— a decade after the terrorist atrocities struck the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field— Carbondale will observe the Eleven Days for Peace celebration. At 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, Osama Bahloul, imam of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, will speak as part of the Ralph Anderson Interfaith Dialogue at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship.

Terriers fall to Herrin 35-20

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The Carbondale Terriers football squad is 1-1 for the 2011 season after falling Sept. 2 to Herrin in a 35-20 contest. Despite a valiant fourth-quarter effort that put two of three touchdowns on the board, the Terriers were unable to reverse an early-game run that saw Herrin dominate the game going into the half. Bryce Reno-Gibson led the Terriers in rushing with 111 yards on the night. The Terriers opened their season last week with a 24-14 win over Jackson County rival Murphysboro. See next week's issue of the Carbondale Times for more on the Herrin win and the coming Waterloo game.

Candidate announces 2012 run for state's attorney

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The race to become Jackson County's first new state's attorney in almost two decades is off to an early start. Matt Chancey, who spent 23 years as a prosecutor with the Lake County state’s attorney’s office before relocating to the Fayette County state’s attorney’s office in 2007, announced Sept. 2 that he plans to run as a Democrat for Jackson County state's attorney in the November 2012 election. Chancey, a graduate of Murphysboro High School and SIU, is the first announced candidate in the race to replace sitting State's Attorney Mike Wepsiec, who now has held the office for almost 18 years. He announced in early August that he doesn't plan to run again.

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