A fourth-quarter strip sack Saturday on SIU quarterback Matt DeSomer by Youngstown State defensive end Justus Reed at the 2:44 mark sealed the 28-20 victory at Saluki Stadium for the penguins.
The acting director of Carbondale's Public Works Department for the past five months has been promoted to that department's full director, the city announced Wednesday morning. Sean C. Henry, who has been employed with the city since 2006, was selected out of 35 applicants for his engineering background and management skills, City Manager Allen Gill said in a release. Henry is a graduate of Carbondale Community High School and attended John A. Logan College.
Student enrollment at SIU is down 1.1 percent compared with last year, according to 10th-day numbers released Sept. 6 by the university. Despite that, the university is finding plenty of silver linings on which to focus. Fall enrollment at SIUC stands at 19,817, and on-campus undergraduate enrollment stands at 13,339. In graduate programs, new student enrollment stands at 554, or 10.5 percent fewer students than last year.
Labor rallies, collective bargaining drama and a venomous campus dialog have hung over SIU for the better part of a year, but whether any of this will result in the worst-case scenario — a labor strike by any or all of the university’s four Illinois Education Association-affiliated bargaining units — remains as uncertain as it was months ago. Those four unions all filed notices of intent to strike in April.
The Women's Center is planning its annual yard sale to benefit the children's Christmas Party. Every year, proceeds from this sale go toward presents and the costs of the holiday party for the children who have been in the center's programs. This year, the yard sale is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Gaia House, 913 S. Illinois Ave.
A recent graduate of Carbondale Community High School is among 10 Girl Scouts alumnae in the nation to be selected this year as a National Young Woman of Distinction. Dara Weaver-Holmes, the daughter of Dr. Doris Weaver and John Holmes and currently a sophomore at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, won her Girl Scout Gold Award with a 2010 project at CCHS to organize a job fair aimed at helping her peers prepare for their futures.
Starting Sept. 11, 2011— a decade after the terrorist atrocities struck the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field— Carbondale will observe the Eleven Days for Peace celebration. At 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, Osama Bahloul, imam of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, will speak as part of the Ralph Anderson Interfaith Dialogue at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship.
The Carbondale Terriers football squad is 1-1 for the 2011 season after falling Sept. 2 to Herrin in a 35-20 contest. Despite a valiant fourth-quarter effort that put two of three touchdowns on the board, the Terriers were unable to reverse an early-game run that saw Herrin dominate the game going into the half. Bryce Reno-Gibson led the Terriers in rushing with 111 yards on the night. The Terriers opened their season last week with a 24-14 win over Jackson County rival Murphysboro. See next week's issue of the Carbondale Times for more on the Herrin win and the coming Waterloo game.
The race to become Jackson County's first new state's attorney in almost two decades is off to an early start. Matt Chancey, who spent 23 years as a prosecutor with the Lake County state’s attorney’s office before relocating to the Fayette County state’s attorney’s office in 2007, announced Sept. 2 that he plans to run as a Democrat for Jackson County state's attorney in the November 2012 election. Chancey, a graduate of Murphysboro High School and SIU, is the first announced candidate in the race to replace sitting State's Attorney Mike Wepsiec, who now has held the office for almost 18 years. He announced in early August that he doesn't plan to run again.
Today, the college — with its state-of-the-art facilities — includes 667,000 square-feet of buildings located on 169 acres along Route 13 in Carterville between Marion and Carbondale. The college also has extension centers in West Frankfort and Du Quoin.
The Pauls girls staked out their corner of the gymnasium at John A. Logan College this past weekend at the annual Autumnfest celebration.