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Schimpf, Bryant to hold senior fair

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Senior citizens from throughout the area will find a range of services and information available at the annual Senior Fair July 20 in Carbondale.

State Sen. Paul Schimpf, State Rep. Terri Bryant and Mayor Mike Henry will serve as hosts for the event, which will run from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Carbondale Civic Center, located at 200 S. Illinois Ave.

All interested senior citizens are invited to attend for information and demonstrations on quality-of-life issues. More than 50 area vendors will be in attendance to provide services to area seniors.

Reading Basebal: A Life Saved on the Roberto Clemente Bridge

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Pete Peterson

In late June, major league umpire John Tumpane, a 34 year-old Chicago native, was crossing the Roberto Clemente Bridge after an afternoon run and lunch. He was scheduled to umpire a game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Tampa Bay Rays at PNC Park that evening.

As he crossed the bridge, he noticed that a young woman had climbed over the railing and was looking down into the waters of the Allegheny river. When Tumpane stopped and asked what she was doing, she told him that she wanted to get a better look at the river. But it was clear to Tumpane that she was getting ready to jump from the bridge.

SIU psychologists test computer-based training interventions to combat anxiety, depression

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Andrea Hahn
SIU Media Service

Researchers at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Anxiety, Behavior and Cognition Research Laboratory are looking for a few worried people. 

Researchers Sarah J. Kertz, associate professor and director of the laboratory, and doctoral students Eva Harris, J. MacLaren Kelly and Keith Klein, are offering anxiety and depression intervention treatment in exchange for participation in a research project. They are conducting a four-week study to test the efficacy of computer-based training programs that might help people learn to control their anxiety. 

SIU agreement helps Kaskaskia students

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Andrea Hahn
SIU Media Service

An agreement between Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Kaskaskia College will streamline the path for Kaskaskia graduates to transfer into specific SIU programs.

The agreement, signed June 26 at Kaskaskia College in Centralia, allows Kaskaskia students who earned associate in applied science degrees in three select programs to transfer smoothly into bachelor degree programs at SIU Carbondale.

Students may transfer into the following SIU bachelor degree programs:

Guard play essential in Valley league play

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Chris Barron
Carbondale Times

The second half of the summer semester starts Monday and finally JUCO center recruit Kavion Pippen has arrived on campus. That’s good news to Saluki fans, who have looked with trepidation at this past year’s three big-man returnees and felt the roster needed another impact big besides Thik Bol.

But, though the Dawgs now have two guys (Bol and Pippen) who can defend SIU’s goal, it is fact-based, conventional wisdom that modern day basketball is guard-oriented.

Reading Baseball: Baseball Too Slow and Boring: Try Softball Rules

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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.

Park District hosts egg hunt

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Ryan Kolb
Carbondale Times


Evergreen Park in Carbondale was the site Saturday for several children and parents on the hunt for eggs.

The Carbondale Park District hosted in 10th annual Egg Hunt Extravaganza for the community. The hunt, which started in 2007, was meant to engage children and parents to participate in a widespread hunt for eggs, bragging rights, and of course, prizes for the top hunters. The district also had free raffles for attendees. 

Erin Dickson of the Carbondale Park District and organizer of the event said normally children wonder off on their own hunting for eggs as the parents enjoy watching with big smiles on their faces. Several parents at the park said they enjoy this event because it is way for their children to come together for fun, but also it encourages the community to get together at 

the park. 

Carbondale man sentenced eight years for home invasion

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Weekend Times

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. 


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