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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...
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Mercy Execs: Woodstock’s Paying for Centegra’s ‘Gamble’

CL hospital: ‘Rules that are not followed are no rules at all’ Mercyhealth executives have accused Centegra Health System of “abandoning” Woodstock and striving to eliminate...
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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...
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Housing Sales, Prices up in Woodstock Area

The housing market in Woodstock appears to be strengthening, according to property sales data and local real estate agents. Through the first six months of 2017, 208 single-family homes in 60098 sold at an average price of about $230,000, figures from the Multiple...

St. Mary School Welcomes New Principal

Sossong was assistant principal at Catholic school in Cary   St. Mary Catholic School in Woodstock welcomed Vincent Sossong as its new principal Aug. 1. Sossong earned his Bachelor of Arts in secondary education from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his...

Purple Heart Certificate Saved From Trash

Local business owner seeks to find veteran’s family, return papers   A file cabinet with an unknown history slated for the trash brought about an unexpected find by a local employee. The cabinet, which sat in the warehouse at Murphy’s Flooring at 2104 S. Eastwood...

High Schools Kick off Fall Sports Season

As school resumes this week, so does a new year of high school sports. Marian Central Catholic High School, Woodstock High School and Woodstock North High School kick off the fall 2017 sport season with girls tennis, swimming, volleyball and golf, and boys soccer,...

Distillery to Add Outdoor Service for Tour Groups

A local distillery plans to add outdoor service and tastings to its offerings. Wondertucky Distillery & Bottling Co., 315 E. South St., will be allowed to host outdoor seating and on-site consumption of its products after the City Council modified the distillery’s...

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....

Streaks XC Meet to Include Dedication

The Woodstock High School Blue Streaks cross-country team will kick off its competitive season and honor the legacy of alumni who have excelled in the sport with the annual Blue/White/Silver run at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Emricson Park. Alumni, former coaches,...

D-200, Marian, St. Mary Classes Begin Aug. 17

The end of summer for students in Woodstock is under a week away. Thursday, Aug. 17, is the first day back for all schools in Woodstock. Winter break for Woodstock School District 200 students will begin Dec. 23 and classes will resume Jan. 5. Marian Central Catholic...

Square Events Going to the Dogs

Bark-a-Paw-Looza returns Aug. 20 The dog days of summer may be coming to a close, but there is no shortage of activities benefitting animal welfare on the Square. Bark-a-Paw-Looza, a dog-friendly event featuring live music, vendors and raffles will take place Sunday,...

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...

Festival Brings Mozart to the Opera House

A 31-year-tradition of Mozart in Woodstock will continue at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, when the orchestra takes the stage for the final performance of the 2017 Midwest Mozart Festival at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St. The festival began with a performance...

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