Southern Illinois prepares for a large crowd for the solar eclipse

Eclipse | Jackson County | Crab Orchard

By CARLY DICK cdick@thesouthern.com Feb 8, 2024 Updated Feb 8, 2024 The countdown to the total solar eclipse is on, and businesses in the region are preparing for the thousands of people who will travel to the area. Southern Illinois will be directly in the path of totality — the best visibility for the eclipse. […]

Murphysboro’s Small Town Scoop dishes out relief from the heat

Murphysboro | Small Town Scoop | Jackson County

Les O’Dell The Southern Aug 24, 2023 Mandy Pfeaster might be the only person in Southern Illinois who actually likes the hot weather of recent weeks. No one can blame her. After all, it is good for business – the ice cream business. “Summer is definitely my favorite,” said the owner of Small Town Scoop, […]