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SIU must stay focused against Indiana State

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Last year, the Sycamores came into Saluki Stadium stumbling, but then proceeded to beat the Dawgs 22-14. Saluki head coach Nick Hill wants no part of that same scenario this time around in Terre Haute.

Hinson: "We are in it to win it"

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Upbeat Saluki men’s basketball Coach Barry Hinson was super optimistic about his team’s upcoming year.

Man arrested in armed robbery

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Arthur Eckles, 43, of Calumet City has been charged with armed robbery.

Fire Department shows off new wheels

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On Wednesday, members of the fire department, city government and residents participated in a ceremonious “wet-down” of the truck and were given towels with a commemorative date on it to remember the occasion.

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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