Lights, Camera, Graves

As independent film “Dig Two Graves” crew members embark on a brisk southern Illinois morning along the secluded Tunnel Hill Trail, director Hunter Adams instructs the crew on the day’s tasks. Shortly after the crew eats an eggs, rice, black beans ... Continue Reading →

Beane family basketball

Freshman guard Anthony Beane Jr. plays in a pick-up game Monday with the rest of the SIU basketball team at the SIU Arena. Before signing with SIU, Beane Jr. was committed to Illinois State University where his father, Anthony Beane Sr., was an assistant. ... Continue Reading →

Rainy day brings relief from heat

Jerry Bolen and his daughter Hailey Bolen, both of Carbondale, walk to Kroger grocery store Monday in Carbondale.  Bolen said Hailey wanted to walk.  “She loves the rain,” he said.  According to the National Weather Service website, there is a ... Continue Reading →

Water level continues to drop

Shari Sweeney, of Carbondale, helps move a tomato trellis at her Greenridge Farm. Sweeney waters her organic vegetables from a nearby pond, but because of the drought the water level is well below average. Because fish and turtles live in the pond, Sweeney ... Continue Reading →

A walk through the northeast side

When the neighborhood on the northeast side of Carbondale is mentioned it is often in a negative connotation. Though there certainly is a fair share of negativity in the neighborhood, residents say it is just like any other. Places of worship dot the ... Continue Reading →

New community church

Gordon O’Neal, a member of Olivet Freewill Baptist Church, helps hang trusses Tuesday at the new church site off of Marion Street in Carbondale. O’Neal is helping build the church with Builders for Christ, a missionary group based in Georgia. Paul ... Continue Reading →

Middle schooler embraces tennis talent

Arina Martin, a seventh-grader from Makanda, waits to serve Tuesday during private lessons at the SIU Tennis Courts. Martin receives lessons from SIU women’s tennis coach Audra Nothwehr. Martin will travel to Kalamazoo, Mich., this weekend to compete ... Continue Reading →

Kicking the season off at sunset

Chris Cohen, a junior at Carbondale Community High School, and Elizabeth Shappard, a recent CCHS graduate, laugh Thursday as Cohen tries to figure out the fourth member of The Beatles during the first Sunset Concert of the summer at Shryock Auditorium. ... Continue Reading →

Above all else … Believe

Walter “Starchild,” of Carbondale, takes a smoke break Wednesday behind a downtown storefront. “Starchild” said he has been homeless for 17 years and learned many things through his experience.  He said honesty and ambition should be important ... Continue Reading →

McCall wins title in hammer throw, women’s team places 14th overall

Senior thrower Jeneva McCall laughs while posing for a portrait May 9 at the SIU Track and Field Complex. McCall won the NCAA title in the hammer throw and placed third in the shot put Thursday and Friday at Drake University.  Photo by Steve Matzker ... Continue Reading →

Searching for Signal at Superman Celebration

Derek Pryor, of St. Louis, checks his phone Saturday during the 34th annual Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Ill.  People from across the country came dressed as their favorite characters, including Superwoman, Popeye and Anakin Skywalker.  – Steve ... Continue Reading →

Summer Starts at the Spillway

Ben Johnsey, of Oakdale, hangs out with his brother’s dog, Smokey, Monday at Kinkaid Lake Spillway in Murphysboro.  Johnsey’s mom, Barb Harnagel, said it was their first time at the lake this year.  “We don’t make it up here often,” she said. Photo ... Continue Reading →

Serritella taken in fourth round of MLB Draft by Phillies

Junior first baseman Chris Serritella was drafted Tuesday in the fourth round, 158th overall, by the Philadelphia Phillies. Serritella has until July 13 to sign with the Phillies, and if he choses to accept, his career at SIU with a .367 batting average ... Continue Reading →

 A day to remember

Don Skouby, of De Soto, prays Monday during the Memorial Day service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Carbondale. Skouby, an army veteran, along with other members of the VFW Teeter-Watson-Carter Post 2605, raised the flag during the ceremony and provided a 21-gun ... Continue Reading →

Passing on the gift

Braedon Hurst, right, of Buncombe, hangs out with his grandpa Lonnie Dunn, left, and grandma Judy Dunn, center, Monday at the Dunn’s home in Buncombe. Lonnie Dunn said he is trying to teach Braedon guitar chords but his grandson would rather strum it.  ... Continue Reading →
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