Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Benches Replaced

The benches on either side of the railman statue on the Town Square that the city removed last fall to keep people from sleeping on them have been reinstalled. Apparently the advent of colder weather convinced the people who were occupying them to move along and the city returned them, though I really doubt anyone will use them until warmer weather in the spring.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Bully Juice Vapor Is

.... now the Vape Shop. It would appear that Bully Juice Vapor sold out to the Vape Shop as there is now a second Vape Shop in the University Plaza strip mall in downtown Carbondale, where Bully Juice used to be. This puts two vape stores, Chuckin Clouds and the Vape Shop within a block of one another. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Lights Fantastic 2

From the city:

CARBONDALE – The 26th Annual Lights Fantastic Parade returns to downtown Carbondale on Saturday, December 3.
The parade will begin promptly at 6 p.m. along Mill Street and will travel north on Illinois Avenue to Town Square.
Parade goers are encouraged to arrive early to avoid road closures and detours along Illinois State Highway 13 and U.S. Highway 51 from 5-8 p.m.
West Bus Service will provide rides to the parade from Murdale Shopping Center and the Main Entrance of University Mall. Buses will pick up passengers every 15 minutes between 4:30-6 p.m. Buses will return passengers following the parade.
For a complete list of detours and road closures, visit the Carbondale Lights Fantastic Parade Facebook page or the City’s website:

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Lights Fantastic

Carbondale's annual Lights Fantastic parade takes place this Saturday starting at 6 p.m. Downtown parking on S. Illinois will start closing up about 3 p.m. and detours around downtown will start at 5 p.m. There will be several pre-parade events from 4 to 6 p.m. as well

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Downtown Cameras

Looks as if we will have either a little more security or a little less privacy downtown.  Take your pick. Looks as if they will be installed along South Illinois with the first few going in between College and Cherry Streets, which make sense as most recent activity that has involved police action has taken place in that stretch. from the press release:

The City of Carbondale is installing security cameras downtown as part of a multi-phase safety project. 
The first phase includes cameras that will be placed between College and Cherry Streets with additional phases that will extend along Illinois Avenue. 
“The City of Carbondale continues its focus on revitalizing downtown, and enhancing the experience for our residents and visitors is a major part of that effort.  Improving safety and ensuring that downtown visitors feel safe is fundamental to our revitalization strategy,” said Carbondale City Manager Gary Williams.

Broken Window at Regions

The window at Regions was apparently broken at the same time as the graffiti but was covered with black paper at the time. From what I have heard, it was caused by someone flinging a brick through the window hard enough to send it across the lobby.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Two More City Council Candidates

As of 4 p.m. today 2 more candidates had filed for the open city council seats including one time city manager (I assume) Jeff Doherty:

"The period for filing nominating petitions for three City Council positions ended today at 5:00 p.m. Listed below are the five candidates who have filed for City Council Member. An “L” next to the name of the first three candidates indicates that those candidates will be involved in the Lottery for Ballot Placement to be held on Monday, December 5, at 4:00 p.m. in the City Clerk’s Office.

L - Jessica Bradshaw, 1113 W. Walkup Ave.
          L - Lee M. Fronabarger, 1140 Morningside Dr.
          L - Carolin Harvey, 109 South Tower Road
          4 - Tobias Merriman, 1200 W. Chautauqua Street
          5 - Jeff Doherty, 2918 W. Kent Drive"