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Jackson County court records for May 24

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5/22: Morgan Harper, 26, of Lexington, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to theft, a Class 2 felony. He was given five years in prison with 30 days credit for time served. He was also fined more than $10,000.
    Kenneth Howder, xxx, of xxxx, pleaded guilty to forgery, a Class 3 felony and possession of methamphetamine, also a Class 3 felony. He was given 24 months of probation, 100 hours of public service, ordered to undergo drug treatment and fined $1,430.
5/22: Reva Warnsman, 32, of Harrisburg, pleaded guilty to driving under drugs, a Class A misdemeanor. She was given 12 months probation, 50 hours of public service and fined an undisclosed amount.

Obituaries for May 24

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Roland Richard Edward Keim, 82, passed away on Friday, May 19, 2017.
    Roland was born in Columbia on Aug. 13, 1934 to Richard and Louise (Kannewurf) Keim. He married Ruth Raeber on July 2, 1955. They were married 49 and a half years before her death in 2005.
    Ronald is survived by his three sons, Thomas (Susan) Keim of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, David (Kim) Keim of Carbondale and Douglas (Kimberly) Keim of Tunnel Hill; a sister, Marian (Roger) Hoffmann of Plainfield; eight grandchildren: Brian (Becky) Keim of Ste. Genevieve, Rachel Keim (fiancé Michael McDaniel) of Ste. Genevieve, Sarah (Dereck) Thomas of Benton, Emily Keim of Carbondale, Justin (Myra) Rogowski of Marion, Andrew (Rachelle) Keim of Marion, Brandon (Emilie) Rogowski of Herrin and Brittany (Jason) Robertson of Goreville.
Also surviving are 10 great-grandchildren: Kaden Rogowski, Devon Rogowski, Audrey Rogowski, Lydia Rogowski, Kolten Rogowski, Kaylee Keim, Cole Keim, Elizabeth Rogowski, Olivia Rogowski, Harper Robertson and Baby Thomas (due in December). He is also survived by a very dear friend and companion, Virginia Smith of Carbondale.

SIU Police Blotter

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5/13: Non-SIU student Ethan Lind, 18, of Carbondale, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol at South Wall and East Grand at about 1:18 a.m. on Saturday, May 13. He posted bond of $300 and was released.
5/15: Jerry Rea, 49, of Herrin was arrested at Schendier Hall for theft of $500 and under at about 2:29 p.m., on Saturday, May 13. The item was reported as SIU tools. He posted bond of $150 and was released.
5/18: SIU student Jamie Stagner, 31, of Carbondale, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane usage and a motor vehicle accident, at about 10:08 on Thursday, May 18 in the Saluki Loop Drive. He posted his Illinois driver’s license, plus bond of $100 and was released.

The Greatest Pitcher in St. Louis Baseball History

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If you ask St. Louis baseball fans to name the greatest pitcher in Cardinals history, you’ll likely get a divided opinion. Most will tell you it was Bob Gibson, but those who prefer the legend to the man will tell you it was Dizzy Dean.

Sunday morning shooting leads to arrest in Carbondale

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    An Olmsted man was arrested Sunday morning for his alleged involvement in a shooting.
    Devante Taylor, 24, has been charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and no valid Illinois Firearms’ Owner Identification card.
    At about 12:48 a.m. on Sunday, officers with the Carbondale Police Department were dispatched to the 300 block of South Crestview Lane for a report of a shooting. 
    When officers arrived, they learned a suspect left a vehicle and began shooting in the direction of multiple people standing outside a residence before driving away.
    A description of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle was given to surrounding law enforcement agencies. Later, Carbondale Police was notified a vehicle and suspect matching the description was stopped in Williamson County.
    During the investigation, Taylor was arrested, charged and incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail.

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.


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.

New SIU logo a no-go for some

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At the beginning of a new semester, three little letters are getting a lot of attention on the SIU campus. Those letters, laid out in a maroon Palatino font and highlighted in white, represent the most visible part of Chancellor Rita Cheng’s new $1.5 million marketing strategy for the university, but their simplicity belies the intense reaction that has come from some corners of a campus still grappling with fiscal woes and labor strife. Cheng, focused on increasing SIU enrollment, said last month the new logo and marketing strategies “will pay big dividends going forward” as she attempts to bolster sagging student numbers.


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