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Late turnover fuels Saluki home loss at home

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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.

Salukis drop road contest at UAB

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The Southern Illinois women’s basketball dropped a 76-66 road decision to the University of Alabama-Birmingham Blazers Monday night.

The Swamp Tigers last Carbondale show to be played at The Varsity

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One of the most popular bands in the region will be no more after December, and their last public solo show in Carbondale — and the penultimate public solo performance in Southern Illinois — is scheduled at The Varsity on Saturday, Nov. 18.

JALC celebrates 50th anniversary

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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.

Art, Wine, Blues and good music on tap for Riverside Park

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Dakota Holden
Carbondale Times 

The Murphysboro Art, Wine, and Blues Festival is coming Saturday, September 9, featuring many musicians, vendors, and artists. One of the featured performers of the night is blues artist, Samantha Fish. The band joining Samantha (guitar/vocals) is composed of, Kenny Tudrick (drums), Chris Alexander (bass), Phil Breen (Keyboard), Travis Blotsky (saxophone), and Mark Levron (Trumpet). 

The festival gets kicked off at noon at Riverside Park in Murphysboro.  

The Times had the pleasure of talking with Samantha about her success and her path to the spotlight. Samantha Fish is a singer/guitarist originally from Kansas City, Missouri. Inspired by her dad’s talent, she took music in at a young age. 

“I started playing guitar when I was 15,” Fish said. “My dad and his friends all played. When I picked up the guitar, it was a natural thing to do. I never would have thought I’d been a front person because I was so shy. Music gave me a means and outlet to communicate and come out of my shell.” 

Southern Illinoisans pitch in to help displaced Texans of all kinds

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HOLLY KEE
hkee@bentoneveningnews.com

The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey may have devastated Texas but is has also brought out the Texas-sized humanity in many from Southern Illinois.

Just a few days after the devastating hurricane hit, a group of volunteers from the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief left from the parking lot of the Johnston City Dairy Queen in vehicle loaded with supplies.

Don and Jan Kragness of Johnston City, no strangers to dropping everything and leaving on short notice to help others, are two of 10 that are spending time in a Dallas relocation center this week.

“We’ll be helping with child care,” said Jan, noting that all the members are trained and certified child care experts.  

Women for Change to take to the streets of Carbondale

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Nathan Colombo 
Carbondale Times 

Saturday, Sept. 9 will mark the six-month anniversary of the event that saw the formation of Women for Change Carbondale. Now, realigning their name with its purpose, they have adopted the name Women for Change, Unity in the Community.

“The name of our group is Women for Change, Unity in the Community. We expanded it,” said Organization Founder Ginger Rye. “We don’t ever want to lose our focus on what we’re doing and why we’re doing what we’re doing.”

Saturday is also the date of the organization’s “Big Event,” a march through the Northeast neighborhood of Carbondale, and a coming together of the Carbondale community at Attucks Park. 

“Under the Big Event is the Unity March and the celebration in the park,” said Rye. “The theme is Unity in the Community.”

Bella Sofia Threads makes a move to family environment

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Colleen Frease
Carbondale Times

With a new location and a new attitude, Bella Sofia Threads owners Brittany and Jacob Cook are ready to take on the Carbondale business world. 

Bella Sofia Threads is a children’s store located in the Murdale Shopping Center. It’s a modern boutique providing a wide array of children’s clothes to families shopping for their children in Southern Illinois. 

Brittany and her husband Jacob Cook opened Bella Sofia Threads two years ago in September 2015. The store originally was in downtown Carbondale and recently moved to Murdale. The Cooks loved being in downtown Carbondale, but moving to Murdale has allowed the store to become part of the Murdale Shopping Center’s family atmosphere, Brittany said. 

“I love being in Murdale,” Brittany Cook said. “Families are shopping at the Co-Op, running into True Value, there is a neighborhood right behind the shopping center. “

New Kahala turns 25 in September A new generation set to take over operations

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Nathan Colombo
Carbondale Times

Will and Jeff Lo have been working at their parents’ restaurant for much of their lives. When their parents Sen and Chun opened New Kahala Chinese Cuisine in 1992, Will was nine and Jeff was 16.

Now, as the family prepares to celebrate 25 years of business in September, Will and Jeff are committing to providing the same food service their parents mandated for New Kahala for the past two and a half decades.

Before becoming a restaurant-centric family, father Sen Lo immigrated to United States in the early 1980s as an apprentice working with textile. Due to limited work in that industry, Sen Lo began work in a restaurant in New York City.

“He found a job at a kitchen. He started washing dishes, started to learn to cook, and a few years later mom came over from Taiwan and then started waitressing,” Will Lo said. 

New Kahala turns 25 in September A new generation set to take over operations

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Nathan Colombo
Carbondale Times

Will and Jeff Lo have been working at their parents’ restaurant for much of their lives. When their parents Sen and Chun opened New Kahala Chinese Cuisine in 1992, Will was nine and Jeff was 16.

Now, as the family prepares to celebrate 25 years of business in September, Will and Jeff are committing to providing the same food service their parents mandated for New Kahala for the past two and a half decades.

Before becoming a restaurant-centric family, father Sen Lo immigrated to United States in the early 1980s as an apprentice working with textile. Due to limited work in that industry, Sen Lo began work in a restaurant in New York City.

“He found a job at a kitchen. He started washing dishes, started to learn to cook, and a few years later mom came over from Taiwan and then started waitressing,” Will Lo said. 

Annabelle: Creation ***

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Bryan Miller
Nightlife

If it seemed like the whole point of the Conjuring spinoff Annabelle was to explain the creation of the titular spooky doll…it was. 

But what is the story behind that story, the origin of the inception of the creation of the beginning, as it were? That’s the question nobody asked, but director David Sandberg and Annabelle writer Gary Dauberman go ahead and answer it anyway in the definitively titled Annabelle: Creation.

The result is a kinda-fun, medium-scary movie that leans heavily on the competent execution of familiar horror tropes to be an okay version of exactly what it purports to be. That’s not a ringing endorsement of a piece of art, but in terms of both capitalism and pulp entertainment, it counts as a square deal.

Carbondale’s own blues legend Big Larry dies at 80 Friends and fellow artists recount stories from his life

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Leah Williams 
Nightlife

Martin “Big Larry” Allbritton — Carbondale’s own blues legend — died early Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, at Memorial Hospital. He was 80 years old. 

Allbritton was a drummer for Bobby “Blue” Band and performed with Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows before coming to Southern Illinois and playing for decades in venues throughout the region. Allbritton told the Nightlife in 2012, when he was honored with his own Big Larry Day in Carbondale proclamation, that he never felt that he had to stick with one genre.

“Blues is the roots of all music,” he said at the time. “Country, rock… music is music. I have done all kinds. Anything that felt right at the time, I did it.”

Will Stephens, mayor of Murphysboro and radio host on WXAN and WDBX and Murphysboro Mayor said he first met Allbritton nearly 20 years ago.

“I was working at Kroger, when someone pointed him out to me and said that guy is a blues man,” Stephens said. “He then came by the radio station, and from there, I just wanted to help him book shows.”

That chance encounter grew into a business relationship and a friendship.

Katherine Cramer to visit SIU for discussion about public opinion

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Leah Williams
Nightlife

A well-known political science professor from the University of Wisconsin Madison is coming to Southern Illinois University to talk about public opinion. 

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute’s Morton-Kenney Public Affairs Lecture in the Student Center Ballroom B.

Cramer, who is the director of the Mogridge Center for Public Service and a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the college, will present a discussion on public opinion with an immersive focus where she invites herself into the conversations of different groups of people in hopes of learning how they understand public affairs.

Cramer said she first became interested in public opinion while she was growing up and having dinner conversation about current events with her parents. 

“I have probably been interested in public opinion my whole life,” Cramer said.

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