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Food Works aims to help established farms refine their operations

ANNA — Farming is hard — it’s not only physically taxing, but can also be difficult for the farmer to find themselves in the… Read more

Prep Baseball | Marion rolls to shutout win over Murphysboro

MURPHYSBORO — Marion opened its baseball season a lot like the softball team the day before in West Frankfort — with a big g… Read more

El Greco approved to sell beer and wine; owner hopes to open at end of March

CARBONDALE — El Greco isn’t open on The Strip yet, but when it does — hopefully by the end of March — beer and wine will be … Read more

Shawnee Forest's Snake Road closes today to protect endangered reptiles, amphibians during migration

HARRISBURG — Shawnee National Forest’s Snake Road is closing March 15 so that snakes and amphibians, some of them considered… Read more

This week's most-read stories


SIU Carbondale will no longer house students in the Towers

Chancellor Carlo Montemagno said that although declines in enrollment contributed to the decision, it was primarily propelled by efforts to increase student engagement. Read more


Rap icon Ice Cube is coming to Carbondale. Here are the details.

CARBONDALE — Rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, producer and media personality Ice Cube is coming to Southern Illinois Unive… Read more

Local News

Man dies after tree pins him down outside of Ava

A man is dead after a tree pinned him down just outside of Ava, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff'… Read more


2 Jackson County women sentenced on felony charges in scheme to defraud Medicaid system

One woman will serve 48 months probation and was ordered to pay more than $71,000 in restitution. The other will serve 24 months of probation and must pay more than $2,000 in restitution.  Read more


All you can seat: New Harrisburg KFC — set to open Thursday — one of largest in country

HARRISBURG — When a newly rebuilt KFC opens Thursday morning in Harrisburg, General Manager Valeria Mitchell will have some … Read more


Murder charges waived after Pinckneyville man charged in 2010 death of 15-year-old makes plea deal

PINCKNEYVILLE — During a Tuesday status hearing, the man who in 2016 was charged with murder in the 2010 death of a 15-year-… Read more

Local News

In Southern Illinois, Wednesday's National School Walkout on gun violence took many forms

SPARTA — At 10 a.m. Wednesday, students throughout the region stood in solidarity together — they walked out of class to ask… Read more

Local News

Opioid addiction: Who's responsible? How do addicts, doctors and providers move forward?

CARBONDALE — Jacob Dellinger was awakened by a police officer at about 12:40 a.m. on Sept. 8 outside of a Burger King in Mar… Read more


SIUC Faculty Senate president: Rumored low freshman enrollment numbers inaccurate

CARBONDALE — The president of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Faculty Senate says a rumor about next year’s antici… Read more


Carbondale officials planning Halloween-themed fall festival for downtown

CARBONDALE — The City of Carbondale, in partnership with the Carbondale Business Development Corporation, is discussing a fa… Read more

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Recent Videos

Video: Update on the bottle-fed baby otters at ZooMontana

Jeff the Nature Guy gives an update on the four baby otters at ZooMontana that are now three weeks old and gaining weight. Read more

Video: SIU bb coach Ken Henderson recaps win over Northern Illinois

SIU baseball coach Ken Henderson recaps his team's 4-0 win over Northern Illinois in the first game of a three-game weekend series Friday. … Read more