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Salukis sign another All-American golfer

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Chris Barron   
Weekend Times

    There are two ways “minor” sports can excel at mid-major-level recruiting. Most of the great high school golfers either go to the power conferences or, if they are good enough, they just skate to the pros.
    The way for mid-majors to flourish is by recruiting transfers and international players.
    SIU’s head coach Justin Fetcho has obviously chosen the transfer route — kind of.
    In the fall, Fetcho signed former Stetson University star Dirk Kuehler, who graduated from Stetson after averaging 75 strokes per round.
Hunter York, a local All-American, was signed by Fetcho this past November.
    The Decatur native York also won the 1A level Illinois State Championship when he was in high school.
“I look for Hunter to step right in and make an immediate impact,” said Fetcho in November.
    But the best was yet to come for Fetcho’s recruiting efforts this spring. Just a few weeks ago, the Dawgs inked their second Junior College All-American, Oliver Meek.

Making new plans: Major promoter and city cut ties

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Dustin Duncan
Weekend Times

    The city of Carbondale has been promoting a downtown street festival for the weekend prior to the eclipse with possible national music act as a headline, but it appears things won’t go as planned.
    Carbondale City Manager Gary Williams said Wednesday that Arizona-based promoter Danny Zelisko Presents and the city no longer have a contract together. He said the city had been waiting for a “number of months” for the promoter to make an announcement, and sometime in May, the promoter told the city it wasn’t going to be able to make it work for that particular weekend.
    “So we’re keeping our options open and exploring other opportunities at this time,” Williams said.
    The city manager said there were a combination of things that led to not being able to land a big name. Proximity could have been one of those factors, he said. 

Birth announcements for June 3

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5/3: Noof Faisal Albeedh of Carbondale, a daughter, Ladun; grandparents: Dr. Faisal Albeedh of Oman.
5/13: Haley and Benjamin Woolard of West Frankfort, a son, Asher and daughter, Locklyn; grandparents: Steve and Sandra Hosmon and Tom and Mary Beth Woolard of West Frankfort.
    Kylee and Brodie Blades of Marion, a daughter, Kensee.
5/14: Kelly and John Beyler of Makanda, a son, Archer; grandparents: Janice Wright of Murphysboro, Tom and Karen Howell of Murphysboro and Judy and Keith Beyler of Murphysboro.
5/15: Taryn and Bryce Williams of Marion, a son, Camdon; grandparents: Terry of West Frankfort and Leah and Gary Kent of Marion.
5/16: Barbara and Jeff Hanner of Valier, a daughter, Matilda; grandparents: Rita Wood of Culter, Ken and Janet Wood of West Frankfort, and Lennie and Diana Hanner of Valier.
    Blair and Kyle Vance of Eldorado, a son, Mathias; grandparents: Keith and Lisa Clayton of Eldorado and Guy and Connie Vance of Mount Vernon, Indiana.
    Tionna and James Morris of Royalton, a daughter, Ariella.

“Painful cuts” lead to about 80 layoffs at SIU: Interim chancellor says cuts were necessary to evolve as an institution

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Salukis find hope in comeback win over Leathernecks

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“This win is going to affect the team for the next few years,” said SIU WR Israel Lamprakes after SIU's 44-34 comeback victory over Western Illinois University at Saluki Stadium Saturday. “The next few years, everything is changing (for the program). It’s happening. It’s a blessing. It’s a beautiful thing.”

Herrin man arrested for moving drugs in Carbondale

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Kempfer, 50, was charged with delivery of cannabis, delivery of cocaine, possession with intent to deliver cannabis and possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.
During the course of the investigation, officers found about 90 grams of cannabis, and more than 400 grams of crystal methamphetamine inside the vehicle.

Who has the most at stake in a potential SIU strike?

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The administration. Labor problems roll uphill.
14% (3 votes)
The faculty. Academic freedom must be protected.
14% (3 votes)
Graduate assistants. They do the heavy lifting.
10% (2 votes)
Civil servants. They keep the campus going.
14% (3 votes)
The students. Will there be class next week or not?
48% (10 votes)
Total votes: 21

Power outage provokes late night student disturbance at SIU

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Reports of multiple injuries and scattered property damage are coming in today after a power outage sparked a rowdy student gathering outside dorms on the SIU campus last night. A power outage around 9:30 p.m. prompted more than 1,000 residents of Schneider, Mae Smith and Neely halls to assemble outside, leading to a disturbance that blocked off traffic to the east side of campus.

18-year-old arrested after deadly shooting in Carbondale

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A Carbondale man is dead, and another in custody, following a shooting early Sept. 14 on North Brush Street. Police say that about 1:55 a.m., they responded to a home in that street's 400 block following a report of gunshots. There they found 20-year-old Deaunta R. Spencer, who was transported to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale and later pronounced dead.

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