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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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Woodstock Men Recount Child Rescue at Park

Woodstock’s Octavio Ramirez had taken Aug. 11 off work to help his wife with a garage sale. Just the day before, Ramirez and his family had seen a man at Olson Play Park,  near...
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WL Church Exempt From Sign Ordinance, Court Rules

A local pastor who went to court rather than pay a fine for an alleged ordinance violation earned a victory over the village of Wonder Lake when a judge ruled she is exempt from...
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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...

Workshop Explores Science for Young Minds

A group of early childhood educators gave up a day of summer break to gain a better understanding of how to introduce science-based concepts to preschoolers. Bill Donato, a retired Woodstock High School science teacher who now serves as director of the McHenry County...

Outdoor Dining Opens on Benton Street

Benton Street Boardwalk was paid for with city TIF funds An outdoor dining project funded by the city of Woodstock has opened just off the Square. The Benton Street Boardwalk, a series of wooden platforms that allows some downtown restaurants to host al fresco dining,...

Fair to Kick It Country With Sawyer Brown

There’s no better venue for live country music on a summer night in the Midwest than a county fair. Woodstock will deliver at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, when country music band and veteran recording stars Sawyer Brown perform at the McHenry County Fair, 11900 Country Club...

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