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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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Dustin Duncan
Carbondale Times

 

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. 

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.

Science Café series brings inquiry to the masses

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Geology, the development of inventions and how mutant mice can provide clues about aging will be the topics up for discussion at the fall 2011 Science Café series, which aims to present scientific ideas and concepts in casual, conversational settings. The events, which all begin at 7 p.m., are hosted by the Science Center of Southern Illinois, located at the University Mall in Carbondale.

Campus Habitat a no-show at appeals hearing

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Campus Habitat faces an uncertain future in Carbondale after its representatives failed to show up at a second hearing before the city’s Building Board of Appeals Monday afternoon and the company failed to satisfy some conditions laid out by that board at an initial hearing last month. Now, inspections will begin again this week at some of the New York-based housing provider’s Carbondale facilities.

Parents, staff put it all on the table at CES 95 FACTS suppers

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Parrish School was a hub of activity hours after school had ended for the day. About 30 parents, teachers, community members and district personnel gathered in the school’s cafeteria Monday, Sept. 12 for the Family and Community Town Supper, the third such event held this fall by District 95 administrators. A fourth is set for next Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Carbondale Middle School.

McDonald’s offers healthier Happy Meals promotion in September

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Nine Southern Illinois McDonald’s restaurants operate by Short Enterprises, including the Carbondale Murdale location, will offer a healthier version of the popular Happy Meal by default to customers through the month of September. Instead of automatically giving fries and soda in each happy meal, children will receive apple dippers and white milk, and parents will have to specifically ask for the higher calorie options.

'SlutWalk' meant to address sexual violence against women

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Participants are being encouraged to dress in their most provocative and sexually empowering attire to protest sexual violence against women in an event being called "SlutWalk Carbondale." The event, planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, is in response to a Toronto police representative’s comment that, “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order to not be victimized."

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.

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