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Survey urges recreation options, better streets as priorities for federal funds

Woodstock residents responding to an online survey suggested two primary uses for the city’s $3.4 million in federal pandemic-relief funds: more and better recreational facilities, and street improvements. Council members […]
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Woodstock residents prioritized improved streets and more and better recreation options in a survey about how to spend $3.4 million in pandemic-relief funds from the federal government. (Independent file photo)

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Art for history’s sake: Contest invites works that reflect county’s historical structures, landscapes

Staff Report news@thewoodstockindependent.com The deadline has been extended and the fee reduced for the 2021-22 art contest sponsored by the McHenry County Historical Society & Museum in Union. Entries for […]
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‘Realization of an idea’: Woodstock Square has unique collection of decorations this holiday

Staff Report news@thewoodstockindependent.com Two small children took turns posing inside the kid-sized wood locomotive in front of M.D. Trains on Cass Street as their mother took their picture. That kind […]
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Illinois Gov. J.B .Pritzker says he is "cautiously optimistic" the recent COVID-19 surge is now declining. The governor gave a virtual update Wednesday in Chicago. (Photo by Blueroomstream.com)

Latest COVID-19 surge has likely peaked, governor says

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday that…

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Ashley Marulli displays a wedding dress at her new shop, Betty & Beau, which is doing business at 121 E. Calhoun St., replace the Bespoke Event Lounge she opened in that space in August. (Independent photo by Ken Farver)

Something new for local brides: Betty & Beau bridal boutique opens this week

Woodstock women who have celebrated their silver or golden wedding anniversaries might tell how they shopped at Hogan’s on Benton Street, Lady’s Choice in the Harding Real Estate complex on […]
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The schoolhouse beat: Police officers look to build relationships with D-200 students

New school resource officers are now patrolling the hallways of Woodstock and Woodstock North high schools. Officers Lucas Schmidt and Spenser Svehla began their new assignments in January, replacing Detective […]
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Woodstock Police Department officer Spenser Svehla greets students at Woodstock High School, where he has been school resource officer since Jan. 3. (Independent photo by Tricia Carzoli)

D200 Foundation awards $17,500 in grants

After a pause due to the uncertainty of school activity during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Woodstock District 200 Education Foundation has resumed awarding Impact Grants to […]
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