Advisory committee talks business

While perusing downtown, one can get a drink, a bite to eat or hear a local band. However, community members believe downtown could have more to offer. More than 30 community members attended the third of eight Downtown Advisory Committee meetings, specializing ... Continue Reading →

Downtown Advisory Committee to hold meeting on transportation

Whether by foot, bicycle or bus, Carbondale residents need to get around, and some think the process could be easier. Downtown traffic and alternative transportation will be discussed at the second Downtown Advisory Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday ... 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 →

Council to discuss university’s future

SIU Board of Trustees may be abolished The Carbondale City Council may oppose a split between SIU Edwardsville and SIU Carbondale. The group will vote tonight to approve a resolution against a bill that would abolish the SIU Board of Trustees and establish ... Continue Reading →

Council, citizens torn over panhandlers

After an hour-long debate on the issue of panhandlers, council members passed a revised ordinance that was created to push panhandlers away from businesses on the strip. The new ordinance makes it illegal for panhandlers to be active on any publicly owned ... Continue Reading →

CarbondALE celebrates suds on the Strip

The first CarbondALE Microbrew and Music Fest will kick off family weekend Saturday at Hangar 9. Leah Stover, Carbondale Main Street lead event coordinator, said the beer-inspired bash is a way to promote the area’s growing microbrew and craft brew ... Continue Reading →

Friday Night Fair grows in second year of operation

While the upbeat tunes of the Giant City Slickers made people dance together in the heart of Carbondale, the Carbondale Main Street Executive Director Meghan Cole explained how the Friday Night Fair’s creation was intended to revitalize the city’s ... Continue Reading →

A coffee shop with charity on the menu

Beyond the cozy interior, warm drinks and calming atmosphere, Vintage Soul is a shop that offers more than meets eye. Located on Illinois Avenue, it is Carbondale’s first store to offer fair-trade coffee — coffee that is purchased directly from the ... Continue Reading →
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