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Hurt recognized for years at Carbondale PD
Williams named statewide Officer of the Year

Carbondale Police Department Sgt. Anthony Williams has been named the American Legion of Illinois Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. The selection was based upon his accomplishments during his 10-year career and his service to the community. The selection as Officer of the Year in Illinois affords Williams the opportunity to compete against officers from other states for the national award in 2012. Williams, who is assigned to the Investigations Bureau, is the supervisor of the Street Crimes Unit and adviser for the Carbondale Police Explorer Post 192.

Memorial Hospital receives new AED funding

Recent fundraising efforts by the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Auxiliary have resulted in the group being able to donate a $5,000 check to the hospital for the purchase of three automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The check was presented to Cindy Sims, SIH director of education, by Geri Pinski-Mohr, Auxiliary president. The AEDs will be the grab-and-go type and will be used by hospital staff to respond to cardiac emergencies in public areas such as lobbies, waiting rooms and the cafeteria. Pictured from left to right are Pinski-Mohr, Sims and Peggy Henson, volunteer services director.

Weisenberger sworn in to Carbondale PD

Brandon Weisenberger was sworn in by Mayor Joel Fritzler July 19 as a new officer with the Carbondale Police Department.

Champions emerge in CJS baseball - Pinto team finishes season with only one recorded loss

With a league record of 11 wins and one loss, the Woodard Wellness Group team won the Carbondale Junior Sports league championship in the Pinto Division June 23 at the Superblock in Carbondale. The team includes (front row, left to right) Austin Sterzer, Elias Jackson, Shinn Matsumoto, Jaden Jackson, (middle row) Cole Rushing, Tucker Middleton, Elijah Krawczykowski, Riley Dyer, Jackson Hicks, Phillip Johnson, (back row) head coach Keith Jackson, Theron Rushing, Richard Dyer and Ken Krawczykowski. Not pictured are Evan Ewing, Zain Alam. To learn more, visit

Thomas School receives book donation

Cordell Sutton digs into a book last Friday during an event at Thomas School in Carbondale. In the background, from left, are Jason Wooley, Javeonna Wooley and Megan Curtis. The children were on hand for a donation of books to the library made by the Black Alumni Group. The group, a constituency of the SIU Alumni Association, gathered last weekend in Carbondale for its 12th biennial reunion

San honored with DAR Americanism Medal

Photo by Geoffrey RitterChan San, left, owner of Hunan in Carbondale, shares a light moment July 18 with U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello at the Sen. Paul Simon Federal Building in Carbondale. Costello was on hand to honor San, who recently was awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution Americanism Medal. The award is given to a naturalized American citizen who has demonstrated leadership, patriotism and service in his or her community.

Carbondale students featured in ‘Peter Pan’

Carbondale students featured in ‘Peter Pan’Photo providedA number of students from Carbondale are featured in the 2011 All Southern High School Theater Project production of ‘Peter Pan,’ which closes out this year’s McLeod Summer Playhouse. The show runs July 28 to Aug. 1 at SIU’s McLeod Theater. Carbondale students include (front row, left to right) Shawn Veras, Amina Wilson, Hasanah Brown, Berget Borowitz, Noah Guyton, (middle row) Sabrina LeBlanc, Shelby Jones, Francesca Sanchez, Alexis Jones, Layton Guyton, (back row) Hanna Borowitz, Portia Goodin, Kyger Guyton, Jacob Gorecki, Aubrianna Rathunde, Ben Pellow and Emily Fink. Not pictured are Devin Flanagin, Chloe Baratta and Kallia Lawless