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Shooters show up for Marian fundraiser

Fundraiser anchored by 3-point shootout raises money for ALS research. As the Marian Central Catholic High School and Crystal Lake South High School girls basketball teams...
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Woodstock Moose Lodge Turns 100

Moose to celebrate with gala/fundraiser Jan. 25 The Woodstock Moose Lodge 1329 received its charter Jan. 25, 1918, and will mark its 100th year as a fraternal and community...
Preschool fair

Preschool Fair to offer one-stop shopping

Parents interested in local preschool offerings will have a convenient opportunity to look at several options at the Preschool Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at...

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Shooters show up for Marian fundraiser

Fundraiser anchored by 3-point shootout raises money for ALS research. As the Marian Central Catholic High School and Crystal Lake South High School girls basketball teams prepared to battle Jan. 12, a moment before tip-off pushed team allegiance, standings and...

Woodstock Moose Lodge Turns 100

Moose to celebrate with gala/fundraiser Jan. 25 The Woodstock Moose Lodge 1329 received its charter Jan. 25, 1918, and will mark its 100th year as a fraternal and community service organization with a gala anniversary celebration and fundraiser at the lodge  Saturday,...

Pet of the Week “Soxx”

The Woodstock Independent Pet Of The Week 9-year-old male gray and white DHL This handsome 18 pound big fellow was abandoned at a stable. He started out as a very scared cat, and became a cat that loves being brushed and getting head scratches. He has formed some...

Pet of the Week “Ash”

The Woodstock Independent Pet Of The Week 10-year-old male beagle mix To see this pet or others or to volunteer to help walk dogs, call the shelter at This handsome senior gentleman came from a kill shelter. He loves his walks and is patiently waiting to share his...

Marian student finds sport in skating

The 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics are just 31 days away, and 17-year-old Marian Central Catholic High School senior Sarah Hogan will have her eyes on Bradie Tennell. Hogan trained with Tennell, who secured her Olympic spot for Team U.S.A. with her first-place win at...

Architectural photos document Chicago history

Richard Cahan and Michael Williams will be the featured presenters for the January edition of the Woodstock Fine Arts Association’s Creative Living Series at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St. Cahan and Williams co-authored “Richard Nickel/Dangerous Years:...

St. Mary students test S.T.E.M. skills

A week after several Marian Central Catholic High School engineering students visited St. Mary Catholic School, the St. Mary students were tasked with putting what they learned to the test. Each class was challenged to create the tallest Christmas tree they could...

Pet of the Week “Kitty & Paxil”

The Woodstock Independent Pet Of The Week 12-year-old male and female cats They were adopted from Helping Paws as kittens and returned years later due to guardian issues. They are very bonded, and you can find them cuddling in beds, grooming and kneading on each...

Pet of the Week “Nora”

The Woodstock Independent Pet Of The Week “Nora” 2-year-old female hound mix This cute girl came heartworm positive from a kill shelter. She successfully completed the long terrible treatment (that could have been prevented with a monthly preventative). She is good...

Marian wrestlers dominate the mats

The Marian Central Catholic High School wrestling team holds an 11th-place Illinois Matmen ranking for the IHSA Class 2A division, including three players ranking in the top six of their respective weight classes. Senior Luke Silva (160 pounds) holds the top spot in...

Habitat dedicates home for Woodstock family

“Welcome home, Niki,” Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County Family Services Coordinator Kathy Haupt said during the Habitat For Humanity home dedication Dec. 16. “My goal was to get into this house before Christmas. This is a dream come true,” Nicole Woodcock said...

New computer, phone shop opens

Woodstock residents have a new place to turn to for their computer and smartphone needs. The Mac Station, 100 N. Benton St., opened its doors Dec. 6, repairing phones, tablets and computers as well as selling computers. “We saw Woodstock as a great business...

A long way from home for the holidays

Exchange students from all over the world travel far and wide for the experience of a lifetime, but no matter how enriching the experience is, it’s still tough to be away from home during the holidays. Rotary exchange student Camila Herrera is spending the holidays...

Former WHS teacher pens second mystery

Drawing on her long history as an educator, retired Woodstock teacher Caryl Dierksen recently published her second book, a fictional murder mystery about a young English teacher set in the 1970s. “Teaching Mysteries 201: The Strike” is set in 1972 in Hancock High...

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