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Jacob Bucknam, the owner of Soil Grown, tends to CBD plants inside a tented greenhouse Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. “We grow and harvest and sell our own CBD flowers. This is just one of the beginning phases of it. We’ve had the place since February but COVID
affected us pretty hard as far as getting the doors open. We didn’t really open the doors until July and ya know we’re just now starting to see an uptick in sales as people are finding out we’re here,” Bucknam said.

Photo of the Day: Local CBD

By James Allen, Staff Photographer
November 15, 2020
Chris Wissmann (middle) teaches a Karate demonstration with students, Rossana Lausell (left) and Isaac Lausell (Right) at the Southern Illinois Unity Coalition’s Stop the Violence event held at Attucks Park Saturday, October 24, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. “We came out to support Sensei Wissmann which is one of our two Karate teachers at the park district. I started with Shotokan, which I still practice with Sensei Everheart at SIU but with Sensei Wissmann I’ve been training for a year and a half,” Issac Lausell said.

Gallery: Stop the Violence

By James Allen, Staff Photographer
October 24, 2020
Spirit Halloween employees Mayra Vicente (left) and Addison Morell (right) fold shirts together Thursday,
October 22, 2020 in Carbondale, Ill. Both new employees, Vicente and Morell work closely
together to learn the ropes. “It’s amazing. It was an online thing, I was just here after school and saw the advertisement... This is my first year,” Morell said. Spirit Halloween is now open at the University Mall in Carbondale from Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday 9am-11pm, Thursdays from 8 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Photo of the Day: 8 days until Halloween

By James Allen, Staff Photographer
October 23, 2020
Jared Bilak emcees Hangar 9’s weekly trivia night Thursday, October 14, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. Patrons form teams to answer a series of trivia questions in an effort to win cash prizes and other awards. Each game consists of 6 rounds with 10 questions each. “I’ve only been here for trivia once or twice, but I think it’s a blast. I don’t get into the competitive aspect so much, I like to just sit and sip my drink, keep to myself and see how many questions I can get right,” bar patron Steven James said.

Photo of the Day: Hangar 9 Trivia Night

By James Allen, Staff Photographer
October 15, 2020
Doug McDonald, the owner of Phoenix Cycles, repairs a bike tire on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Carbondale,
ILL. “We sell Giant bicycles. You know, we’ve got three bicycle stores in a block radius! So, we’re selling the three major brands of bicycles all on one corner here in Carbondale. So it gives
the customer a lot of choices,” McDonald said.

Photo of the Day: Phoenix Cycles

By James Allen, Staff Photographer
October 1, 2020
Steven Batteau of Carbondale browses comic book short rows at Campus Comic’s Mini Con III
on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Carbondale, IL. “This is the best kept shopping secret in
Carbondale, I swear; and it’s not just Campus. Hemp n Stuff, Plaza Records, this whole
shopping center is underrated,” Batteau said.

Photo of the Day: Campus Comic’s Mini-Con III

By James Allen, Staff Photographer
September 26, 2020
Owner of Sam’s Cafe, Yaser Ibrahim, welcomes customers to his restaurant Thursday, September 17, 2020 in Carbondale, Illinois. Ibrahim has been in business for 29 years. “It’s just not the same anymore ... Carbondale, you know. I used to get airline tickets. My friends would say, ‘Where are you going.’ I’d say, ‘Carbondale,’ and they would say ‘Oh, O.K.’ Now I say ‘Carbondale and they say ‘where,” Ibrahim said.

Photo of the Day: Sam’s Cafe

By James Allen, Staff Photographer
September 17, 2020
Bilal Houmadi is cooking up hotdogs, italian beef, steak burgers and more food truck style meals over on East Grand Avenue right here in Carbondale! Bilal operates his food truck with
his family in addition to pursuing his own artistic endeavors which can be found on Instagram
Aug. 26, 2020.

Photo of the Day: Food Trucks and Art

By James Allen, Staff Photographer
August 26, 2020
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