Les O'dell, Southern Illinoisan

Les O'dell

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Recent articles by Les:

The Wallflowers to perform in Marion on April 22

Grammy Award winning rock band The Wallflowers will be in concert Saturday, April 22 in Marion. → Read More

Column | More or Les: An ode to shopping carts

Ever stop to think about shopping carts? Their history and design is fascinating. → Read More

Carbondale restaurateur 'Tippy' Cook dies

Carbondale restaurateur William Orlando Cook, better known throughout the region as “Tippy” has died. → Read More

Business spotlight | Herrin gaming lounge truly is unique

Unique Geek Gaming Lounge in Herrin is part retail store, part arcade and part gathering place. → Read More

The SIU Saluki officially joins the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum

There’s a new dog in town – and it is sure to garner the attention of Saluki fans and bobblehead collectors. → Read More

Column | More or Les: Looking for descriptions to count on

Some, several, handful, few. Do any of us really know what these words mean? I'm willing to make some suggestions. → Read More

Holiday sales a mixed bag for Southern Illinois retailers

Across the region, business owners report a mixed bag of sales during the biggest shopping season of the year. → Read More

Christmas day stabbing kills Christopher man

Illinois State Police are investigating the Christmas day stabbing death of Jeffery Brown, 37 of Christopher. → Read More

Column | More or Les: Christmas wishes and New Years aspirations

I’d like to take a moment to share my wishes for Southern Illinois both for Christmas and 2023. → Read More

Wintery weather wallops Southern Illinois

Schools, businesses close as the region was hammered by gusty winds, temperatures below zero and snow storms on Thursday. → Read More

Speakers for the 2023 SIU TED talk event announced

Organizers of the 2023 TEDxSIUC program have unveiled a diverse group of speakers for the March event. → Read More

Column | More or Les: Finding the perfect gift

Trying to find the absolutely perfect gift for one of the most important people on the Christmas shopping list. → Read More

Opinion | More or Les: A traditional thanksgiving

My family is going to have a traditional family Thanksgiving. Well, traditional at least for us. → Read More

Strike at Carbondale Elementary School District No. 95 averted

A potential teachers' strike in Carbondale has been averted. → Read More

Local experts discuss how short-form media consumption has changed the way we post videos

“If I were to give one piece of advice, it would be to never turn your camera sideways again.” → Read More

Southern Illinois Election Results

"I am very blessed to have the opportunity and I am obviously very excited," said Hickam → Read More

Opinion | More or Les: An open letter to secretary of state candidates

While I don't even know who is running for Illinois secretary of state, I do have a couple of suggestions for them. → Read More

Opinion | More or Les: I am 'Tea'd' off

Nothing divides our nation more than the conflict between unsweet tea lovers and sweet tea enthusiasts. → Read More

SIU presents posthumous degree to Chicago Fire captain

Officials from SIU awarded a posthumous degree to a Chicago firefighter Friday during a special ceremony Friday. → Read More

Opinion | More or Les: Here's some advice

While I'm no advice columnist, I do have plenty of "wisdom" to share. → Read More