Friday, October 21, 2016

Haunted Carbondale

A pretty thorough look at Carbondale's iconic Hundley House and the 1928 murders, still unsolved, that left the building haunted.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Free Downtown Parking

At least for the foreseeable future. The city currently has no plans to make the recently installed parking lot where the Animal Cracks building stood at one time into a paid lot, making this almost the only place a driver can park downtown without having to put a quarter in the meter.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pumpkin Race

From Carbondale Main Street:

The Rotary Club of Carbondale Breakfast, together with Carbondale Main Street and the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, will host their Fourth Annual Carbondale Pumpkin Race on October 29, 2016. The Pumpkin Race will start at 2pm at the Mill Street Underpass in downtown Carbondale with registration beginning at 1pm.

Participation is free and racers of all ages can get help constructing their pumpkins through the Science Center on October 23rd from 12-2pm by calling 618-529-5431. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of race classes and categories for pumpkins that complete the course.

New elements have been added this year to keep the event fresh and exciting. 2016 Olympic hammer thrower and SIUC graduate, DeAnna Price will be wielding the Mallet-O-Justice and smashing any “Cheater Pumpkins” that don’t follow race regulations. Mayer Branding is hosting a special Grand Prix for more serious racers with a $20 entry fee and a $500 grand prize.

All race proceeds benefit Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale. More information can be found at We look forward to seeing you downtown!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Unofficial Halloween, the Aftermath

Took a drive through downtown Carbondale yesterday morning to see the results of the weekend's Unofficial Halloween revelries and they were surprisingly absent. No broken windows or other damage and little trash littering the ground.  I only saw one overflowing trash can in front of Stix, though there may have been more, as well as a few dozen Styrofoam containers littering the street there as well.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Unofficial Hallween

Walked through downtown Carbondale last night about 10 p.m.on the second night of Unofficial Halloween and was happy at the number of costumed folk I saw wandering S. Illinois Avenue, primarily between Mill and Cherry Streets. There was actually a line waiting to get into Stix but that was the most crowded spot I saw. Carbondale Police were out as well with cars parked on the Town Square, as well as further south on Illinois

Friday, October 14, 2016

Carbondale Zombie Walk

In case you happen to pass through Carbondale late tomorrow afternoon, the annual Carbondale Zombie Walk starts at Gaia House at the corner of University and Grand at 4 p.m. and slowly staggers its way to the Town Square.

By the way, Unoffical Halloween is scheduled for this weekend as well.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Birger's Pub License Transfer

Caught a few minutes of the LCC discussion regarding the transfer of the B2 liquor license from Shaun's Place to Birger's Pub last Tuesday night. Although the LCC approved the transfer, setting it up for final approval by the City Council, council members expressed some concern over the lack of information regarding operations of the Pub. Specifically, questions were raised about who would handle money at the Pub, were the bartender and manager the same and how would receipts be tracked.

Under the license, at least 51% of the revenue generated by the Pub mist come from liquor sales. A couple of council people wondered how the monies from liquor sales and video gaming would be tracked. The Birger's Pub representative pointed out that the video game terminals automatically transmitted their receipts to the state on a regular basis, so the city could request that information and compare total receipts to video gaming one. The transfer passed, with only two LCC members voting against.