Murphysboro Looks to Add Streetlights

Shoemaker Drive in Murphysboro is one of the more traveled streets both by car and by foot, however the problem is that street lights are far and few between.

Mayor Will Stephens says that with two Jackson County Housing Authority communities on either end of the road, there is a lot of foot traffic and that causes a safety hazzard.

The Murphysboro City Council addressed the issue at the March 28 council meeting.

Anniversary of Easter Shooting

It has been a year since the fatal shooting at a house party on Easter that killed Carbondale musician Tim Beaty.

Beaty was asleep in the house next door when a bullet went through the wall and killed him.

One of the three men accused of firing guns at the party was in Jackson County Court yesterday.

Dwayne Dunn Jr. appeared in court yesterday and entered an open plea of guilty to unlawful discharge of a firearm. Dunn is said to have fired a gun into the air that endangered the safety of others at the party. His was not the gun that fired the bullet that killed Beaty.

Dunn’s plea was part of a plea bargain that would drop the second charge of unlawful use of a weapon.

Dunn faces up to three years in prison. His sentencing hearing is May 24 at 10:30 a.m.