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Board Postpones Decision on Closing Dean

A proposal to close an elementary school was put on hold after board members asked for more information and community members pushed to keep the school open. Woodstock School...

Downtown Mural Officially Unveiled at Ribbon-Cutting

“Woodstock on Film and on the Stage” is complete After three months of painting, a mural highlighting Woodstock’s arts and entertainment heritage is complete. “Woodstock on Film...

City Nixes Landlord Registration Plan

A landlord registration program will not move forward as proposed after Mayor Brian Sager and members of the Woodstock City Council said they wouldn’t support it. More than 100...

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Woodstock Runs Strong at Conference Meet

Overcast skies and temperatures in the mid-60s were ideal weather conditions for the runners in the Kishwaukee River Conference Championship cross-country meet, hosted by Woodstock High School Oct. 14 at Emricson Park. Boys and girls teams from WHS and Woodstock North...

Thunder Shut out Streaks

North loses quarterback Mergl to serious injury “I’m heartbroken,” said Woodstock North High School head football coach Jeff Schroeder after his team’s 21-0 victory over the Woodstock Blue Streaks Oct. 13 at Larry Dale Field. The Thunder claimed the First National...

’Canes Top Dons, Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Facing a strong team that had only one loss on the season, Marian Central, the obvious underdog, needed a win to have a shot at postseason play. The Hurricanes delivered a thrilling victory in the final seconds of the game, defeating Niles Notre Dame 14-7 at George...

Board Postpones Decision on Closing Dean

A proposal to close an elementary school was put on hold after board members asked for more information and community members pushed to keep the school open. Woodstock School District 200 administrators presented the Board of Education with a plan Oct. 10 to close or...

St. Mary Invites Students’ Friends

The student body at Woodstock’s St. Mary Catholic School increased by nearly 50 on Oct. 6 when the school hosted Bring a Friend to School Day. Students invited neighbors, friends and relatives to join them for a special day featuring an abbreviated schedule of regular...

Debs Marker to Be Dedicated Oct. 21

A plaque for Eugene V. Debs, the influential labor leader who was imprisoned in Woodstock in 1895, will be dedicated during a ceremony Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House, 101 N. Johnson St. The marker from the Illinois State Historical...

Mystery Dinner, Book to Benefit Courthouse

Friends of the Old Courthouse is raising money for restoration Friends of the Old Courthouse will launch two fundraising efforts this month when they host a murder mystery dinner and take orders for a keepsake coffee table photo book. Tapping into the Halloween...

Farmers Market to Host Flavorful Fundraiser

The Woodstock Farmers Market will showcase food products offered by their vendors when they host a farm-to-table dinner, 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at Mia Passione, 228 Main St. All proceeds from the ticket cost of $50 per person will benefit the market’s Link assistance...

City Nixes Landlord Registration Plan

A landlord registration program will not move forward as proposed after Mayor Brian Sager and members of the Woodstock City Council said they wouldn’t support it. More than 100 people gathered at a City Council meeting Oct. 3, many of them to voice opposition to a...

North Scores a ‘W’ Against Rockets

Woodstock North High School bounced back from recent losses with a 17-7 victory over the Burlington-Central Rockets Oct. 6 in Hampshire. The Thunder are 4-1 in the Kishwaukee River Conference. Rain and wind throughout the evening was a factor in the game, often...

Skyhawks Stop the Streaks

The Woodstock Blue Streaks were defeated 42-20 by the Johnsburg Skyhawks Oct. 6 in Johnsburg The loss was the Streaks third, dropping them to 4-3, and 2-2 in the Kishwaukee River Conference. Head coach Tommy Thompson said the team’s biggest challenge going into the...

Marian Tops Carmel

Carmel Catholic was hunting for its first win of the season, and Marian Central was hoping to keep its playoff hopes alive when the teams met in Mundelein Oct. 6. The Hurricanes came through in the final minute of play to secure a 16-15 victory over the East Suburban...

H.S. Golfers Advance to Sectionals

All area high school golfers played in regional matches last week, with several golfers, boys and girls, advancing to sectionals. Marian girls The Marian girls team had a strong showing at the IHSA Class 2A Regional tournament Oct. 4, at Park Hills Golf Course in...

WHS on a Winning ‘Streak’

It’s been a perfect season so far for the Woodstock High School soccer team. As of Oct. 4, the Streaks have an overall record of 20-0, 11-0 against conference teams. Out of those 20 games, they’ve scored 73 goals and only allowed eight. Head coach Matt Warmbier says...

Authorities Investigating Death of 3-Year-Old

The recent death of a 3-year-old girl from Woodstock is being investigated by authorities. Police and emergency crews responded to the 500 block of Central Parkway in Woodstock at 10:48 a.m. Sept. 29, according to Woodstock Fire/Rescue District Chief Michael Hill. A...

Chocolate-Makers Trace Cacao Supply Trail

On a mission of exploration, confirmation and investigation, the owners of Woodstock’s Ethereal Confections completed a South American and a Caribbean trip this summer, visiting various cacao suppliers. “We want to guarantee that the people growing and harvesting the...

Board Approves $94.65 Million Budget

Woodstock School District 200’s new budget calls for small decreases over last year in revenues and expenditures, but state funding could go up slightly once a new formula kicks in. District 200 will spend $94.65 million in the 2017-18 fiscal year, a drop from the...

30 Years of Fall Fun

Thirty years ago, eight neighbors decided to share some of their talents with the community. Today, more than 10,000 visitors will wander the properties of 27 neighbors who open their homes and share their talents with an ever-expanding community during the 30th...

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