Carbondale leaders have approved a change to the city’s food and beverage tax – a revision from a controversial decision earlier this year.

Jennifer Fuller, WSIU

Carbondale's Super Splash Park is set to open at the end of this month, and leaders who've helped it become a reality say they're thankful that the community and the region didn't give up hope.

Preparing For The Great Cardboard Boat Regatta

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An annual tradition returns to Carbondale for the 43rd year.

The Great Cardboard Boat Regatta takes place on April 30th.

The mother of an SIU student who was found dead in early 2014 says she wants Carbondale city leaders to help answer questions that remain from his case.

A group calling itself the May 2 Strike Committee is calling on all SIU-Carbondale students to strike on that first Monday in May.


A senior at SIU-Carbondale says there is a growing concern about student safety after a pair of recent shootings near the campus.

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Another suspect in the March 27th shooting on West Walnut Street in Carbondale has surrendered to authorities.

Carbondale Police say 21–year–old Travis Tyler turned himself in Monday at the Jackson County Jail in Murphysboro.

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The suspect in a shooting at the Evolve Apartment Complex in Carbondale is how being charged in the deadly shooting last Sunday on West Walnut Street.

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A Carbondale man is being sought for the shooting at the Evolve Apartment Complex.

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Authorities have identified their primary suspects in Sunday morning's shooting on West Walnut Street in Carbondale.

Carbondale Police are investigating another shooting - this time at the Evolve apartment complex on South Illinois Avenue.

Carbondale Police have arrested a man they believe is connected to a deadly shooting early Sunday morning.

Officers say 21-year-old Dwayne Dunn of St. Louis has been taken into custody and charged with reckless discharge of a firearm. The police department is attempting to locate two others, who are believed to be the primary suspects. 

Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Hybrid OR
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Memorial Hospital of Carbondale gave a sneak peek at their state of the art Hybrid OR Tuesday.

They will start using the hybrid OR at the end of the month.

This is part of their 52 million dollar expansion they started in the fall of 2014.


Polar Bear is one of Carbondale's biggest party weekend's of the year.    It occurred this past weekend and local hospital officials say the number of ER visits related to the Polar Bear event were up 50% over last year.

The Emergency Department at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale says at least 30-individuals were treated for injuries associated with Polar Bear activities.  Hospital officials say they saw an increase in the number of alcohol-related incidents as well as incidents of assault.


Community leaders, realtors and city staff will discuss housing in Carbondale during a meeting this weekend.

Carbondale Study Circles, Neighborhood Action Group's annual Neighborhood Alliance Meeting will focus on issues regarding the City's housing market and stock.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim Carbondale City Manager about the upcoming town hall meeting focusing on unifying the community through events and initiatives.

Authorities have identified the two 18-year-old victims in a fatal crash along Route 13 in Carbondale Saturday night.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Human Relations Commission Chair Jerrold Henrich and Vice Chair Fr. Joseph Brown.

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The Carbondale Park District needs to raise around $300,000 to finish the Super Splash Park Outdoor Aquatic Center.

District executive director Kathy Renfro says she will request the park board allow her to issue a line of credit from a local bank and then secure the credit through a bond sale. She says they would also hold fundraisers to raise the money.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews SIUC Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell.

Carbondale has a new Fire Chief.

Interim City Manager Gary Williams named Ted Lomax the new Chief on Friday.

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Carbondale's city council has approved a new, amended contract for Police Chief Jeff Grubbs - just a few weeks after he was named to the post.

Jennifer Fuller, WSIU

Carbondale Community Arts opens its new headquarters this weekend in Carbondale. The building, at 304 West Walnut, used to house Carbondale's public library. Now, it's an open space with plenty of natural light, and for leaders in the organization now - the opportunities are nearly endless.

The Carbondale City Council will vote on an amended contract for Chief of Police Jeff Grubbs.

The City of Carbondale has named Gary Williams as its interim City Manager.

Williams currently serves as assistant city manager for economic development.  He has been with the city for a little more than four years.

After two nights of closed session meetings, the Carbondale City Council and Mayor Mike Henry will continue to evaluate candidates for the interim city manager's position.

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Carbondale City Manager Kevin Baity is stepping down.

City officials announced his resignation Thursday morning, saying it is a mutual decision that is in the best interest of the City of Carbondale.

Carbondale bars and other establishments that serve alcohol are going to be able to offer happy hour specials for the first time in over 25 years.

Carbondale is another step closer to having a new Police Chief.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Fr. Joseph Brown about his role in the upcoming film screening and discussion of "Against All The Odds."