Norman Smith, of Murphysboro, attaches a tarp to an outdoor kennel to shield the wind Wednesday at St. Francis Care in Murphysboro. Smith has
worked for two years and has helped prepare for the cold seasons. The shelter currently houses 110 animals, mostly cats and dogs. The tarp helps block
the wind to prevent the dogs from getting ill.
Marissa Novel • Daily Egyptian

Shelters adjust care for cold weather

As temperatures decrease, different animal shelters in the southern Illinois area have their own way of handling new animals. Of the more than 7 million companion pets that enter shelters each year, 20 percent are adopted and 20 percent are euthanized, ... Continue Reading →

Rauner declares victory in Illinois governor race

Republican challenger Bruce Rauner claimed victory Tuesday night in the Illinois governor race as voters ended a dozen years of one-party Democratic rule following a vicious campaign that set records for campaign fundraising. “This is your ... Continue Reading →
Herbie (right) and a friend play in the offices at St.
Francis Care Tuesday. St Francis Care offers several breeds of
both dogs and cats for adoption. The facility is open Monday
through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m.
to noon. It is located next to the Country club just south of
the Murphysboro Wal-Mart
JAKE HAINES · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Volunteers have their day

Just up the road in Murphysboro, Shannon Sarillo has been helping to make animals’ lives easier for the last two years. “I had been volunteering for a few months at the shelter before noticing a ‘Help Wanted’ sign up outside the shelter,” she ... Continue Reading →
Jason Paliatka, of La Grange Park, samples a piece of brisket Saturday at the 26th Annual Barbecue Cook-off in Murphysboro. Paliatka
is a member of Beer and Smoking BBQ in Las Vegas, a group of Chicagoans who enter barbecue competitions for fun. “This is our third
competition,” team leader Alan Brouilette said. “We are absolute greenhorns.”
Lewis Marien | THE WEEKENDER

Competition brings passion, fun to barbequing

The air is filled with the smell of various spices and smoked meat that would make anyone’s mouth water for some delectable barbecue. But this isn’t your average backyard cook-out, this is the 26th annual Murphysboro Praise the Lard Barbecue Competition. The ... Continue Reading →

Animal shelters shed light on kill and no-kill difference

Both kill and no-kill animal shelters play a role in keeping stray animals off of the streets, but the differences between the two can often be more than the names imply. Christy Anderson, director of Wright-Way no-kill animal shelter, said even though ... Continue Reading →

Murphysboro game store doesn’t play around

Video games aren’t young anymore. They’re more than the pixelated pictures of the past, more than two sticks and a ball and even more than a turtle-tossing plumber searching for a princess. Despite this and a strong monopoly on the gaming ... Continue Reading →

Apple fest shows little change

An experienced carnival worker said despite tough economic times, Murphysboro’s Apple Festival remains largely unchanged. Kathy Swyear, carnival co-owner from New Athens, said the festival has not grown or downsized in the 25 years her business has ... Continue Reading →

Visual arts school brings color to Murphysboro

After years of educational experience and a love for many different forms of art, one Murphysboro woman will open a school geared toward the betterment of both young and old artisans. Rachel Malcolm-Ensor came into the art game later than most others. ... Continue Reading →

Alumnus brings music to assisted care centers

Residents of assisted care living centers received a special visit from a nationally known artist. SIU Alumnus and marimba musician Kevin Lucas is performing his annual “Operation Give Hope” tour at five local nursing homes and assisted living centers ... Continue Reading →

Fishers compete to lower carp population

Competitors in an upcoming carp fishing tournament won’t have to abide by normal catch-and-release rules. The inaugural Carp-A-Thon, will try to bring local fishermen together in a competitive format to take the intrusive species out of southern ... Continue Reading →

Summer shows to highlight Murphysboro band shell

A series of concerts this summer could raise the profile of Murphysboro’s Riverside Park band shell. Jeff Carver, of Murphysboro, said he’s getting back in the entertainment business after a decade-long hiatus so he and his wife, Frances, can put ... Continue Reading →

Forest filled with sounds of music, partying

Dubstep and rock and roll joined the usual sounds of the Shawnee National Forest during the weekend. The first Soundz of the Forest Music Fest was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, south of Murphysboro and featured two stages, 40 musical performers and ... Continue Reading →

Newcomers to news

Mike Eichholz, left, of Murphysboro, pretends to put on a newscast Saturday with his sons Carson, center, and Caden, right, at the Science Center in Carbondale.  To simulate a real newscast, children may put on a suit jacket, read the prompts and see ... Continue Reading →

Giant City Stables caters to young riders

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Local bands perform, share aspirations at Hangar 9

The lights were dimmed, the music was loud and the crowd was as eager as the three bands that performed Saturday night at Hangar 9. The Heat Tape, Owls and Crows and Troubadour Dali played for an audience that grew more packed as the night went on. The ... Continue Reading →
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