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Rockford Artist, Woodstock Designer Collaborate on Mural

Mark J. Adamany follows a maxim, adapted slightly from a fellow artist and cleaned up for print: “It’s only a bleeping mural.” The Rockford artist can’t take himself, or his work, too seriously. Not when he spends months and months painting in the scorching sun, or...

Benton Street Boardwalk Goes Over Estimate

Final costs for project total $61,000 A city-funded outdoor dining project ended up costing Woodstock over 20 percent more than estimated. Final expenses for the Benton Street Boardwalk totaled $61,115.52, according to Paul Christensen, Woodstock’s finance director....

Woodstock Men Recount Child Rescue at Park

Woodstock’s Octavio Ramirez had taken Aug. 11 off work to help his wife with a garage sale. Just the day before, Ramirez and his family had seen a man at Olson Play Park,  near his home, who was acting strangely. When they saw him again Friday, they kept a careful eye...

Council Members Differ on Tax Increase

Following a public hearing on the matter, city officials differ on whether or not to implement a home-rule sales tax in Woodstock — and if so, how much the city should charge. The City Council is considering increasing  Woodstock’s sales tax on general merchandise....

WL Church Exempt From Sign Ordinance, Court Rules

A local pastor who went to court rather than pay a fine for an alleged ordinance violation earned a victory over the village of Wonder Lake when a judge ruled she is exempt from following a municipal sign ordinance. The Rev. Janie Long of Wonder Lake Pentecostal...

Residents Weigh in on Sales Tax Increase

The condition of Woodstock’s infrastructure, taxes and business climate dominated discussion at a public hearing on a possible increase to the city’s sales tax. Opinion was divided during the Aug. 1 hearing before the City Council, which stretched for about an hour...

Memorializing Woodstock’s Forgotten Children

  In Oakland Cemetery, there is a plot, peaceful and undisturbed, wide open and unmarked. A hundred years ago, wooden crosses may have marked the spot, which sits behind the mausoleum, adjacent to rows of timeworn headstones. But today, there is nothing. It’s the...

Annexation Boundary Shifts for Woodstock, Bull Valley

Woodstock could gain acreage and Bull Valley could gain access to city water and sewer services under the terms of a deal approved by both municipalities last month. A 20-year boundary agreement between the city of Woodstock and the village of Bull Valley would allow...

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