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Les O'Dell

Higher Education Reporter


Les covers higher education, business and faith issues. A three-degree graduate of SIU, he has written for The Southern since 2009, joining the newsroom staff in 2021. Contact him at or 618-351-5036.

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SIU alumnus Nathan Stooke is the CEO of Wisper; he's now expanding internet service to rural parts of Southern Illinois. Chris Parton, a Mario…

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Anna cannabis grower aeriz is hoping to fill up to 200 positions in the next few months and they are starting efforts with a two-day job fair this week at the Shawnee Community College Anna Extension Center on Tuesday and Saturday.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor Austin A. Lane visits with a group of new students and parents on a campus tour during new …

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