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Firefighters battle a barn that is completely engulfed in fire July 1 in the 1600 block of South Rose Farm Road.
Rural fires present unique challenges to Woodstock Fire Rescue District By Tricia Carzolinews@the woodstockindependent.com  Rural fires in Woodstock have made the news lately. The Woodstock Fire/Rescue District (WFRD) responded to […] Subscribe or Login to continue reading this quality article by The Woodstock Independent …
Still time to weigh in on 20-year plan
Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing set for Aug. 6 meeting By Eileen Millardnews@the woodstockindependent.com  Woodstock’s multi-year process to craft the city’s vision going forward for the next 20 years will conclude […] Subscribe or Login to continue reading this quality article by The Woodstock Independent …
By the Dozen opens its third location in former Swiss Maid Bakery By Susan W. Murray news@thewoodstockindependent.com The first customers simply could not wait for By the Dozen to officially […] Subscribe or Login to continue reading this quality article by The Woodstock Independent …
Independent PHOTO by Ken FarverRiders, walkers, and supporters gather around the Square for instructions and spoken word prior to the Ride/Walk to Leave a Light On June 14. The event […] Subscribe or Login to continue reading this quality article by The Woodstock Independent …
Nick Domek lands two-year job at FOCUS.
By Janet Dovidio news@thewoodstockindependent.com ​Woodstock resident Nick Domek is pursuing an unusual career path following his 2024 college graduation. He will be a lay missionary for FOCUS (Fellow…
Boy Scout Troop 159 members prepare to leave for Camp Phillips. 
Back row: From left: Assistant Scoutmaster Michael Smyk, Scoutmaster Matt Petrik, Aaron C., Kayden P., Ben C., Brennan S. 
Front row:  Patrick P., Harrison K., and Gracyn P.




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Boy Scouts from Troop 159 get busy over the summer By Janet Dovidio news@thewoodstockindependent.com  Summer months provide time and good weather for local Boy Scout troops to participate in many [&he…
Marian teacher puts faith in students on wedding day By Amanda Burrnews@thewoodstockindependent.com Here comes the bride!  Marian Central’s theology teacher, Kristina Riedelsperger-Nelson, invited Mar…
By Janet Dovidionews@thewoodstockindependent.com Many local elementary school students are currently enjoying a summer camp program operated by District 200. Kids Club is an after-school program at al…
Jazz on the Square musicians, including Colleen Gilmartin, jam June 21 at State Left Café. 
The monthly jazz night is held on the third Friday of each month at 8 p.m.

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Amanda Burr
Take a peek at the monthly Jazz on the Square at Stage Left Café By Amanda Burr news@thewoodstockindependent.com On June 21, Stage Left Cafe came aliv…
Illinois Commerce Commission Chair Doug Scott presides over a commission meeting in Chicago in late January. (Capitol News Illinois photo by Andrew Adams)
 By ANDREW ADAMSCapitol News Illinoisaadams@capitolnewsillinois.com CHICAGO — State regulators are again considering massive electric utility spending plans that would affect the state’s climate goals – and 5.4 million electric customers’ […] Subscribe or Login to continue reading this quality article by The Woodstock Independent…
Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza – the state’s chief financial officer – is swarmed by reporters for her reaction to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposed budget moments after leaving the House of Representatives chambers. (Capitol News Illinois photo by Andrew Adams)
By ALEX ABBEDUTO, COLE LONGCOR  and JERRY NOWICKICapitol News Illinoisnews@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The annual process of negotiating the state budget kicked off Wednesday with Gov. J.B. Pritzker proposing a $52.7 […] Subscribe or Login to continue reading this quality article by The Woodstock Independent …

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Henry Patel, left, and his son, Nishank, opened Alfredo’s Pizza and Pasta in April, the second location for the restaurant.
Alfredo’s Pizza and Pasta opened on N. Seminary in April By Susan W. Murraynews@thewoodstockindependent.com When Nishank Patel was a student at Northern Illinois University, his part-time job was answ…
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Lifelong Woodstock resident Mark Piekos takes over as the executive directory of the McHenry County Economic Development Corp.
The McHenry County Economic Development Corp. has chosen lifelong Woodstock resident Mark Piekos as its new executive director. Piekos, 36, has served since 2021 as manager of the Illinois Small [&hel…
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Kate Pollack’s four children pay close attention as Mom tells manager Brianna Simpson their selections. From left, Oliver, age 8; Max, age 4; and Henry, age 5. Kate holds Ellie, age 2.
By the Dozen opens its third location in former Swiss Maid Bakery By Susan W. Murray news@thewoodstockindependent.com The first customers simply could not wait for By the Dozen to officially …

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