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Missing girl reunited with family

Sincearae Dotson holds her daughter Patrice on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 outside Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.

By Isabel Miller, Photo and Multimedia Editor

June 11, 2019

“Up until a few hours ago, I was losing my mind. I was literally losing my mind,” said Sincearae Dotson.

Carbondale community searches for missing seven-year-old

Patrice's grandmother Barbra Dotson shows emotion on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 on the corner of Rawlings Street and Cherry Street. Dotson came from Chicago to help look for her youngest grandchild

By Isabel Miller, Photography and Multimedia Editor

June 11, 2019

Patrice's grandmother Barbra Dotson came from Chicago to look for her youngest grandchild. "Take her to the police station, the hospital, take her anywhere just leave her there. You don't have to give your name or nothing. Just give my grandbaby back," Dotson said.

Photo of the day: Castles and Dragons

9-year-old Naomi Neeley, five-year-old Samson Neeley and seven-year-old Ruth Neeley pet Gwen the bearded dragon on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Jeremy Rochman Memorial Park. The children are visiting from Indiana.

June 2, 2019

9-year-old Naomi Neeley, five-year-old Samson Neeley and seven-year-old Ruth Neeley pet bearded dragon Gwen on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Jeremy Rochman Memorial Park. The children are visiting from Indiana. "We usually take [Gwen] everywhere," Gwen's owner, Portia Dunn said.

Gallery: Carbondale Pride celebrates 50 years since Stonewall

Faim Lee Jewls, also known as Julie Socorro, leads the march on Saturday, June 1, 2019 during Carbondale's second annual Pride March from Gaia House to Town Square Pavilion.

June 1, 2019

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. During this year's Pride Parade community members gathered to celebrate the past and future of the LGBTQ+ community.

Gallery: Memorial Day in Carbondale

A member of the Carbondale Fire and Police Honor Guard carries the American flag on Monday, May 27, 2019 during the Carbondale Memorial Day Service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Carbondale, Illinois.

May 27, 2019

Community members gathered during Carbondale's Memorial Day Service was held in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Gallery: Spring 2019 Commencement

Academy Award nominee, Emmy Award-winning actress Melissa McCarthy receives an honorary doctorate of performing arts degree from Interim Chancellor John Dunn on Saturday, May 11, 2019 during the 2019 commencement inside the SIU Arena.

May 11, 2019

Southern Illinois University held spring commencement ceremonies at the SIU Arena on Saturday.

Gallery: Whatever floats your boat

Ten-year-old Kyla Ford and eight-year-old Kurt Junior, from Carbondale paddle their boat on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Campus Lake during the Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta.

April 27, 2019

The 45th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta left some boats more wet than others.

Photo of the day: Running with red, white and blue

Joe Gomez of Cobden runs through the finish line, on Friday April 26, 2019, at Turley Park during the Neighborhood Co-Op Feed your Neighbor 5K. Gomez has been running competitions like this for 30 years, his longest Lee race was a 50K. Gomez says he runs support everyone in the community.

April 26, 2019

Joe Gomez runs with the team Red, White and Blue. "It's an organization started by a veteran. It's all inclusive, anybody can join. It's about enriching people's lives saying that we are more alike than we are different. And everyone has something to offer to their fellow man and woman in terms of positivity," Gomez said.

Gallery: Prom Boutique gives away dresses, looks to make event ‘unforgettable’

Olivia Krammer, from West Frankfort, shows a dress to her friends on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at the Carbondale Civic Center during a prom dress giveaway hosted by the Prom Boutique.  Krammer came to the event with her school.

By Isabel Miller, Photography and Video Editor

April 1, 2019

The Prom Boutique gave away dresses to girls from southern Illinois in attempts to "ensure any girl in the southern Illinois area who wants to attend her prom has a magical experience," according to event organizers.

Pretty in pink: Pageant gives children a chance to shine

Two-year-old Aniyah Mchenry, of Carbondale, reacts on Saturday, March 23, 2019 during the Under The Sea Pageant at the University Mall.

By Elizabeth Biernacki, Staff Reporter

March 28, 2019

“Calling it a beauty pageant is a little bit deceptive because beauty doesn’t mean necessarily physical beauty,” Linda Ellis, director of the pageant, said. “There’s a lot of different types of beauty; there’s beauty from within, there’s growth and the beauty that comes from that growth.”

Gallery: STEM Scouts

Cub scout Maxwell DeNeal, 9, of Cambria, laughs during a demonstration on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at the SIU STEM University event in the Neckers science building.

By Corrin Hunt, Staff Photographer

February 16, 2019

Boy Scouts flocked to SIU today to earn merit badges and learn about STEM opportunities SIU offers. The badges the Scouts could earn ranged from horsemanship to architecture.

Gallery: Valentine’s Day in Southern Illinois

Stacy Bowles, owner of Buds 2 Blooms in Marion, goes back to the cooler to grab some flowers for a Valentine's Day arrangement on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.

By Jodee Harmon and Carson Vanbuskirk

February 12, 2019

Valentine's Day has come to Southern Illinois yet another year. The holiday, filled with flowers, love and sweets has made it's home in the region.

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