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A Dark Cloud over the Eclipse

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By Valeri DeCastris

Advancing age and innate audacity empower me to shamelessly question the presence of “the Emperor’s clothes” and to speak of the “elephant in the room” in various situations.  And so I will…as regards Carbondale Eclipse 2017.  Since the City of Carbondale has asked businesses for their impressions, here is my unsolicited citizen critique and some well-intended suggestions for an even more successful 2024 event.  And if you don’t like my opinions, don’t bark at me – do as Ozzie Osbourne did at totality - Bark at the Moon!

MARION VA UNDER INVESTIGATION: Congressional subcommittee looking into allegations of mismanagement

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By Holly Kee
hkee@bentoneveningNEWS.com

Less than a decade after a federal investigation into the Marion Veterans Affairs Medical Center resulted in wholesale changes to its surgical department, the Marion VA is again under investigation.

The Veterans Affairs Congressional Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee is looking into allegations made by whistleblowers and other informers from within the Marion facility — among them that radiology tests were misread and the mistakes were covered up; that employees who complained about what they considered mismanagement within the VA were bullied or in some cases reclassified or fired; that nepotism has figured into some hirings; and that in general the culture inside the VA is not transparent.

Centralia runs through Terriers 42-21

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Chris Barron
Carbondale Times

The Carbondale Terriers scored 21 points in the first half against the preseason South Seven Conference favorite Centralia Orphans. However, giving up 28 points in that same first half, isn’t the way to win conference games. 

Friday’s 42-21 loss again revolved around another talented quarterback. This time it was Javon Williams, who ran and passed for 357 of the Orphans’ 460 total yards and accounted for five of its six touchdowns. 

Nevertheless, Terrier Head Coach Bryan Lee was upbeat about his team’s defense — especially in the first half.

“It’s the best effort we have shown in the three years I’ve been at Carbondale,” Lee said. “Especially in the second quarter where we grabbed a lead.”

Ryan Neal named MVFC Defensive Player of the Week

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SIU football defensive back Ryan Neal was named Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Sunday evening. Neal led SIU to a 35-17 win at Southeast Missouri on Saturday night. 

Neal had an interception, a fumble recovery and a game-high eight tackles in the victory. He returned his interception 52 yards, and his fumble recovery set up an SIU touchdown. Neal led SIU’s defense, which held SEMO to 278 yards of total offense and less than four yards per play.

Neal is SIU’s first MVFC Player of the Week this season, and he is Southern’s first MVFC Defensive Player of the Week since Brandon Williams on Sept. 26, 2015. 

Special teams and defense lead to a Saluki win

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Chris Barron
Carbondale Times 

The 2015 away game against Southeast Missouri State and this past Saturday’s away game in the same stadium, both started off with a turnover by SIU. However, the reaction of those two teams was worlds apart.

In 2015, SIU emotionally folded after an interception by Mark Iannotti and went on to turn the ball over six more times (four fumbles, three interceptions in total) in a 27-24 loss to the Redhawks.

On Saturday, SIU’s Daquan Isom put the ball on the turf on his first carry. This time SIU’s veteran team just bowed its figurative football neck and scored the next 21 points — to basically win the game. Winning in Football, like any other sport, is a good part mental and emotional — not necessarily about who has the best talent.

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.

SIU slotted to play San Jose State in MVC/MWC challenge

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Chris Barron
Weekend Times

    Several online sources have confirmed that the SIU men’s basketball team will square off with Mountain West opponent San Jose State at SIU Arena at a time to be determined this coming season.
    It will be one of 10 MVC versus MWC Challenge games. Those games will be played at various venues late next fall and early winter.
    This conference series has been going on for the past few years, mainly to help the two mid-major leagues schedule at least one quality  non-conference team for the season. San Jose State finished this past season with a 14-16 record, but they played a solid schedule and will have many veterans returning for next season.
    The Spartans return Brandon Clarke, Ryan Welage and Terrell Brown as the young core of next year’s team. The top player for the Spartans is thes sophomore Clarke.
Clarke, a first team Mountain West player, was also a member of the Conference’s All-Defensive team. He averaged 17.3 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game. He also blocked a record 77 opponents’ shots as a rim protector.

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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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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