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Council Approves Contract for Opera House Carpet

The Woodstock Opera House will get a facelift next year when a project to replace the carpeting in the historic building gets underway. The Woodstock City Council approved a $39,250 contract Nov. 21 with Pennsylvania-based Bloomsburg Carpet Industries to make...

City OKs Co-Working Study

A university will look into how the city-owned Old Courthouse could be used as a co-working space. The Woodstock City Council approved a contract for the first phase of a feasibility study to be conducted by Northern Illinois University’s Center for Governmental...

Square Lights up for Holiday Season

A record-setting crowd of revellers descended on the Woodstock Square on a mild evening to ring in the holiday season at the annual Lighting of the Square Nov. 24. About 5,000 people attended the event, according to an estimate from the city of Woodstock. That’s a...

Salsa Night Will Raise Money for Pageant Contestants

A Hispanic business group is hosting a fundraiser to raise money for the Miss Woodstock Scholarship Pageant, and the public is invited. Hispanic Connections Woodstock will hold its first-ever Salsa Night with Hispanic Connections from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at...

Irving Avenue Slated for New Truck Weight Restrictions

The city of Woodstock was expected to enact weight restrictions on Irving Avenue after holding a public hearing on the proposal. The city-led Pavement Management Task Force, which examines the condition and maintenance of Woodstock’s streets, recommended certain...

CCH Has New Fundraiser on Tap

Local businesses have long partnered with Christmas Clearing House by providing places for volunteers to collect donations. This year, they’re helping out in a new way, selling products to benefit the holiday charity. Public House of Woodstock, 101 N. Johnson St.,...

State Board Approves Hospital Changes

Centegra Health System can move forward with plans to permanently discontinue some services at its Woodstock hospital after receiving approval from a state board. At a meeting Nov. 14 in Bolingbrook, the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board approved an...

Bed and Breakfast Plans Rile Neighbors

Neighbors opposed to plans to host events at a bed and breakfast on Fremont Street turned up in droves to voice their concerns to the Woodstock City Council Nov. 7. The standing room-only council meeting stretched until after midnight, with residents expressing...

Health Facilities Board Hearing Set for Nov. 14

IHFSRB will vote on Centegra application A state regulatory board’s vote on cuts to inpatient services at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock will take place this month. At a meeting Tuesday, Nov. 14, the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board will consider...

City Council Expands Park Ordinance

City officials say amendment is tied to homelessness issue A new amendment to Woodstock’s City Code could be used to regulate the activities of people who are homeless and others who use public amenities such as benches or picnic tables for extended periods of time....

City OKs Work at Homeless Assistance Center

The city of Woodstock will use grant money to pay for a new bathroom in the Old Firehouse Assistance Center despite worries from officials over bad behavior near the property. The center at 120 W. South St. provides services and assistance to people who are homeless....

Debs Historical Marker Unveiled on Square

A historical marker commemorating labor leader Eugene Debs’ imprisonment in Woodstock was unveiled to a crowd of about 50 during a presentation Oct. 21 at the Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House, 101 N. Johnson St. “When I think of Debs, I think of forgiveness,” said...

Thousands Brave Wind and Rain for Breast Cancer 5K

Lousy weather couldn’t dampen spirits at the Care4 Breast Cancer 5K Oct. 15. More than a thousand runners and walkers were joined by hundreds of volunteers at the annual race, which started and finished at Woodstock North High School, winding its way through...

City Council Will Stream Its Meetings

Woodstock City Council meetings soon will be available to watch online. Beginning this winter, each of the council’s twice-monthly meetings will be livestreamed and archived to the city’s website. The City Council approved a contract Oct. 3 with web video company...

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