Molly Hill, 16, of Carbondale, competes in a pole bending competition during the Illinois High School Rodeo Association’s Tri-State Rodeo March 30 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. Hill took seventh place in the pole bending competition. She has competed in rodeo since she was 12 years old.

Home-schooled high schooler ropes, rides

Click here to view the full gallery While other high school students get on the bus for school, Molly Hill scoops horse feed. Hill, 16, of Carbondale, said in a typical day her four horses eat breakfast before she does. She then works on her online schoolwork ... Continue Reading →

Petition for Pravin continues to grow

Calls for a special investigation into the death of SIU student Pravin Varughese are growing quickly. Lovely Varughese, Pravin’s mother, started the Justice for Pravin campaign as a means of finding out what happened to her son the night of his death. Pravin ... Continue Reading →
Left to right: Jaden Perryman, 8, Harrison Shields, 8 and Jamie Cochran, of Mount Vernon pose for a picture backstage Saturday before taking the stage during the Easter Parade Spring Fashion Show at University Mall. Cochran said the girls asked to use her phone to look at videos of models so they could practice once more before hitting the runway.

Students spring into fashion at University Mall

More than 150 white chairs surrounded a catwalk lined with flowers. Live piano music lured in curious spectators alongside anticipated guests, eager to see the latest fashion modeled by SIU students and mall shoppers of all ages. University Mall sponsored ... Continue Reading →
Ashani Hamilton, a junior from Brooklyn, N.Y. studying animal science, gets up close with Sheik, one of three camels featured in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Thursday at SIU Arena. Hamilton and his zoology class were given a behind-the-scenes look at how the animals are cared for during the circus’s tour, which performed five shows at the arena during the weekend. Hamilton said it was a great opportunity to ask unique questions about the mix of exotic and domestic animals. “We don’t have many opportunities like this, so this was pretty special,” he said.

Circus brings entertainment, education and protestors

As the circus traveled through Carbondale, it brought exotic animals, educational opportunities and activist protests alike. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus stopped at the university from Friday through Sunday as part of its “Super ... Continue Reading →

Three charged in Carbondale strip shooting

Carbondale Police have confirmed three arrests were made in response to the shooting of SIU student Dexter Lee. Darrion Jake of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Ternell Alritton of Carbondale and Robert E. Glass of Carbondale were taken to the Jackson County Jail ... Continue Reading →

Students protest educational debt

Roughly 20 years ago, an SIU student accepted her very first credit card just outside Faner Hall. Now at age 65, Rene Cook, of Carbondale, said she is still in debt after graduating in 1996 because of that longtime-regretted credit card, along with her ... Continue Reading →

Gramatik on Lowtemp, touring, stage production and must-see TV

The Slovenian-born Denis Jasarevic, also known as Gramatik, makes his Copper Dragon debut Thursday with support from fellow Lowtemp recording artists BRANX and Gibbz.  Gramatik is one of electronic music’s most versatile producers, mixing the likes ... Continue Reading →
Clifton Howell, owner of Bison Bluff Farm, feeds corn to a herd of bison Saturday. Howell, who runs the farm with his family, said he raises bison to provide a healthy alternative to red meat. The farm sits on 1,100 acres of family owned property east of Cobden.

Bison roam the hills of southern Illinois

Early afternoon on a warm day in southern Illinois, there is not a cloud in the sky. A man maneuvers his four-wheel off-road utility vehicle into the middle of a wide pasture and stops. As he steps out of the vehicle, his boots dig into the mud as he ... Continue Reading →

City Council increases refuse and recycling fee

Another tax increase is on the way for Carbondale residents.  The Carbondale City Council voted unanimously to approve an increase of just over two percent per year to the refuse and recycling fee. The increase raises the current fee from $14.30 to $14.60 ... Continue Reading →
Max Shackelton, 6, of Desoto, plays with a train set Tuesday at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders on campus. The center offers therapy sessions based on individual client needs including social interaction, problem solving and developing a daily routine. The center is a partner with The Autism Program of Illinois. April is Autism Awareness Month. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates one in 68 children is on the autism spectrum, which is defined as a group of brain development disorders.

Center challenges autism stigma

From the time Ryan Williams was told he would have to be institutionalized to his becoming a high-functioning college student, the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders has made an everlasting influence on his life. Williams, a 19-year-old freshman from ... Continue Reading →

Fuller Dome Home to be fully restored

Located at 407 S. Forest Ave., the dome is named after R. Buckminster Fuller, an SIU professor in the School of Art and Design for over 20 years. Fuller built the home in 1960 and designed the dome-shaped home as an answer to the housing crisis of the ... Continue Reading →

Toxicology report negative in Varughese case

The toxicology report for Pravin Varughese came back Wednesday with no signs of alcohol or drugs in his system. Varughese family attorney James Vachachira confirmed the Carbondale Police Department informed the mother of the toxicology report’s findings.  Varughese ... Continue Reading →

Dunn confirms little contact with both SIU chancellors

Incoming SIU President Randy Dunn has had little contact with the administration he will oversee, and will not make any critical changes to the university’s plans until settled. Dunn said his discussion with the chancellors has been brief and “fairly ... Continue Reading →

The Volunteers Behind the Politics

Behind every great man or woman running for political office are a large number of volunteers who spend their time promoting their candidate in hopes of a victory. The race for the 115 District seat in the Illinois House of Representatives has heated ... Continue Reading →

City to increase sales, hotel tax to tackle budget

Tourists and locals alike will see a tax increase as part of a plan to remedy the city’s nearly $1 million budget deficit. The Carbondale City Council voted to raise both the sales tax and hotel/motel tax as part of its plan to balance the budget. The ... Continue Reading →
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