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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.

East St. Louis man killed in Carbondale shooting Saturday

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A Saturday shooting resulted in the death an East St. Louis man, according to the Carbondale Police Department. 

The victim has been identified as Tony Johnson, 35, police said. 

At about 2:41 a.m., on Saturday, Carbondale officers responded to the 700 block of East College Street in reference to a shooting. 

Upon arrival, officers found Johnson with a fatal gunshot wound. 

Police said the suspect in this case is described as a heavyset black male with a beard, wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt, and a hat. 

Authorities said the investigation is still currently active as of Tuesday. 

Durbin at Marion VA: Waiting for investigations to finish

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Holly Kee

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Tuesday he is waiting for reports from two internal offices of Veterans Affairs, to decide how or if to proceed over allegations of mismanagement at the Marion VA Medical Center.

Durbin met with four employees of the Marion VA Tuesday morning.

Optometrist to challenge Terri Bryant for State Rep. seat

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Local optometrist Paul Jacobs announced last week he would challenge incumbent Terri Bryant in the 115th District for state representative in the Republican primary in April, according to a news release by Jacobs. 

He said in the release that career politicians have disregarded the wishes of taxpayers and have voted to raise state income taxes 32 percent, which is now taking hundreds of dollars away from the average family in southern Illinois.

“Our families already pay the highest property taxes in the nation, which gives them the highest overall tax burden in the nation, and now we will have to pay even more,” Jacobs’ release said. “Southern Illinois needs a principled conservative leader who will listen to and support our taxpayers and stand against the Chicago political machine.”

No Bones About It: A story of love and barbecue

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Leah Williams

A local production is about to get saucy — with barbecue sauce that is.

The Jackson County Stage Company presents “No Bones About It,” a comedy about finding love in the highly competitive barbecue cooking competition. The musical opens on Friday, Oct. 13, and continues on Saturday, Oct. 14, and Sunday, Oct. 15. A second chance to see the show will also occur next week with shows on Oct. 19, 20, 21 and 22.

The Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. while the Sunday matinee performances start at 2 p.m.

The premise of the play is what might happen when two star-crossed lovers try to negotiate their relationship around their feuding food-loving families.

A snake walk on Snake Road

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Dylan Homoya
Carbondale Times

Every year in the spring and fall, LaRue Road in Wolf Lake, closes for the bi-annual snake migration. 

The closing of the road was enacted by the Illinois Forest Service in 1972 to stop locals from purposely driving down LaRue during spring and fall to see how many snakes they could run over and kill.

Since then, March 15 through May 15, and Sept. 1 through Oct. 30 the road is completely closed. Throughout the past few years, the Friends of Shawnee National Forest has held a snake walk. The purpose of these walks is to show and educate the public about the diverse types of wildlife right in our backyard. 

Songwriter Tim Crosby and friends take Varsity stage Friday

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Dustin Duncan
Carbondale Times

Tim Crosby has spent the past three years playing anytime and anywhere, averaging about 100 shows the past two years alone. Playing solo, with his trio or with his full band, the Lightning Strikes, Crosby can always be found performing his all-original Americana/country rock music somewhere in Southern Illinois, central Illinois, Kentucky or Missouri.

But it’s shows like the one at The Varsity Center this month that mean the most to the Southern Illinois-based songwriter and performer.

“The Varsity is a real gem, a true listening environment, which is something songwriters are dying to do,” Crosby said, referring to the Carbondale theater and art center. “I play a lot of shows, but at wineries and bars, people aren’t necessarily paying attention to you. Having the opportunity for my songs to be actually heard is a really exciting thing for me.”



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