Tattoo artist faces tribulations, tested love

Though she never took his last name, Starla Long and Richard “Ozzy” Suddeth are unmistakingly husband and wife. Suddeth opened one of Carbondale’s first tattoo parlors in 1988. Originally from East St. Louis, he is now 50 years old and looking for ... Continue Reading →

Pride Picnic celebrates diversity and affirmation

The Church of the Good Shepherd in Carbondale held its fourth annual Pride Picnic Sunday with the sunshine as its ally and acceptance as its plight. “For the last two years it’s rained, and we’ve had to have the event inside,” said Will Davis, ... Continue Reading →

Plummer talks jobs at Pizza and Politics

For Illinois’ 12th congressional district, Democratic leadership has been the running trend since 1988. In the midst of a race against William Enyart, D-Belleville, and Paula Bradshaw, I-Carbondale, Jason Plummer visited the Paul Simon Public Policy ... Continue Reading →

Students eligible and encouraged to run for City Council

table, td, th { border:1px solid black; vertical-align:middle; padding:10px; } td { padding:15px; } From water flowing through a tap to a well-lit street at night, the Carbondale City Council has a constant effect on student life at SIU. With information ... Continue Reading →

Candidate talks politics over pizza

For Belleville attorney William Enyart, the party has just begun. Enyart, D-Belleville, is a former Illinois National Guard Commander and SIU law alumnus. The nominee for Illinois’ 12th Congressional District spoke Thursday during Pizza and Politics ... Continue Reading →

Democratic congressional nominee Enyart visits campus, kicks off Pizza and Politics

The Democratic nominee for Illinois’ 12th Congressional District will visit the campus today for Pizza and Politics. Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, will be the first of three candidates to visit the lobby of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. David ... Continue Reading →

City finalizes investment on public water infrastructure

At the Wall and Grand Street intersection, below the surface, two million gallons of water lie in subterenean storage tanks. “These are old tanks past their useful life’’ Carbondale City Manager Kevin Baity said. ‘‘They need to be replaced and ... Continue Reading →

Early debate tests candidates’ skills

Three untested candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives will introduce themselves to Illinois’ 12th Congressional District tonight in the first of three scheduled debates. But with the election more than two months away, it’s unclear how many ... Continue Reading →

Winston beats heat

As a night of karaoke and dollar drink specials comes to an end, fuddled customers flock towards Winston’s Bagel cart on a torrid Tuesday night. Winston Mezo, originally of Herrin, may be the most popular insomniac in Carbondale. His persistence on ... Continue Reading →

Secondary Modern releases fifth album tonight at Hangar 9

When the sunset concert’s crowd clears, Secondary Modern will take the stage at Hangar 9  tonight for the release of their self titled fifth album. Brothers David and Danny Brown, both from Marion, along with Matt McGuire, from Herrin, make up the ... Continue Reading →

Region heats up, dries out

Several months of above-average temperatures and below-average rainfall has left southern Illinois scorched and eager for rain as drought and hotter weather look to continue through July. The region has been in a drought since late May. The drought status ... Continue Reading →

First McLeod Summer Playhouse performance opens tonight

The play that inspired the 1989 film with Julia Roberts and Dolly Parton will come to life at the McLeod Summer Playhouse’s first performance of the season. “Steel Magnolias” will be the first of four performances set to take the stage at the playhouse, ... Continue Reading →

Southern Illinois Music Festival brings variety of tunes to region

Between the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to the shores of Rend Lake, the Southern Illinois Music Festival brings world-class orchestras and internationally recognized soloists to civic centers, libraries and other venues throughout the area for its eighth ... Continue Reading →

Base Camp kicks off summer hikes into the Shawnee and beyond

High above the Mississippi River floodplain and 15 minutes southeast of Murphysboro, a limestone overhang dubbed Inspiration Point juts atop the LaRue Pine Hills in the Shawnee National Forest. SIU’s Base Camp had its most recent outing for a sunset ... Continue Reading →
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