Thursday, March 15, 2018

Temporary Train Schedule

Message from the city:

Illini Train 392 will operate 30 minutes later at all Amtrak stations on the route beginning March 22. Saturday and Sunday routes will operate as normal. Work is expected to be complete by May 4.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

SIUC Towers Closing

SIUC has announced plans to close the east side towers this summer and move all residents there to Thompson Point. I assume this will not include the new apartments built on the north side of E. Grand a couple of years ago but still, that means the university expects a significant drop in on-campus residency, if all the students from that area will fit into the Thompson Point complex

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Toys R. Us

Toys R Us announced they are closing some 200 locations and may declare bankruptcy. As of yesterday, employees at the Marion TRU had no idea if the store was on the list to close.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Meet The Mayor (and Chancellor)

If you want the opportunity to buttonhole the Mayor about the downtown beautification program or Carbondale sales taxes or to ask the Chancellor about the plan to end departments at SIUC, here is your opportunity:

The City of Carbondale and the Southern Illinois University Student Center are happy to bring back “Meet the Mayor and Chancellor” on campus. 
Carbondale Mayor John “Mike” Henry and SIU Chancellor Carlo Montemagno will be at Starbucks, located on the first floor of the Student Center, on March 16 from 11 a.m. to noon.
This is an opportunity for students and members of the community to talk to the Mayor and Chancellor over coffee.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Hundley House

From what I have heard, Hundley House did not sell at February's foreclosure sale. Apparently the bank wants to recoup as much of the mortgage money as possible, which is in excess of $300,000. The bank will probably finish negotiating the terms of the foreclosure and, once it is finalized, put the place back out on the market to get whatever it can for it, starting close to the total and working down. Given that property taxes run around $9000 annually on the place, I think it will have to come down significantly before it sells.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

New Construction

As was noted in the comments to Monday's post, there is significant renovation going on at buildings on both ends of town. The long closed Doctor Donuts building at the corner of New Era and Hwy 13 is getting worked on as is the old Veach Short Stop at the other end of town behind University Mall.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Kevin Lucas

Just received this press release from local musician Kevin Lucas:

"Africa" by Kevin Lucas just won a 'Silver Medal' in the 2018 Global Music Awards in the "Instrumentalist" category.  The GMA's receive thousands of submissions worldwide every year.  This is Kevin's 43rd music industry award or nomination from 9 different organizations since 2014.  Along with the new award, this is Kevin's first with a new name and concept reinventing himself as an artist called "The Kevin Lucas Experience".   The song is a remake of the 1980s mega hit by Toto, arranged by Kevin Lucas and Jeff Moore, Professor of Percussion and Dean of Fine Arts at University of Central Florida in Orlando.  The remake features international celebrity flute player Wouter Kellerman. Wouter is a Grammy Award Winner and Number 1 Billboard Artist.  The song and music video were produced on 3 continents: Africa, India, and North America.  The video was filmed at Misunderstudio in Murphysboro, IL by Dan Johnson and in South Africa.  Africa was mixed by Grammy Award Winning producer Ricky Kej in India, and also by Mike Lesceslius at Misunderstudio.  The song also features Dave Gross from Seattle (Hammond B3, synthesizer, and percussion), Jerome Lawrence from Maryland (bass), and Alek Razdan from Massachusetts (saxophone).  The Carbondale Science Center let Kevin use their PVC pipe marimba made by SIU School of Engineering students for the video and song.

"I am extremely proud of everybody involved in this project, especially all of the local artists.  It really says a lot for what we have here in Southern Illinois! Wouter Kellerman was also just added to the video and its so amazing having footage of him in South Africa edited with local Misunderstudio footage.  This was a very complex and exciting project that was integrated internationally", said Lucas.  Kevin also said "The name change was recommended by my great friend, music artist, and attorney Valerie Giglio from Boston.  She thought the new name really fits what I currently do both live and in the studio.  And I also feel that 'Africa' is also a reinvention of myself as an artist.  It is so different than anything I have ever done.  It has really surprised people!"  Kevin will also be doing another local homeless benefit concert for the Carbondale Good Samaritan House in late April, so stay tuned for upcoming information!