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Dial-A-Ride to Expand Service Area

Users of a local public transit service will have more destination options when an intergovernmental agreement kicks in expanding McHenry County Dial-A-Ride. The village of...

Council Approves Contract for Opera House Carpet

The Woodstock Opera House will get a facelift next year when a project to replace the carpeting in the historic building gets underway. The Woodstock City Council approved a...

TLC Takes Over Bull Valley Fen and Meadow

A nature area in Bull Valley is now under the stewardship of a new organization. The Land Conservancy of McHenry County, a nonprofit which preserves and restores land throughout...

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Dial-A-Ride to Expand Service Area

Users of a local public transit service will have more destination options when an intergovernmental agreement kicks in expanding McHenry County Dial-A-Ride. The village of Richmond and the townships of Richmond and Chemung are slated to become part of the bus system,...

Bowling Co-Op Focuses on Playoff Bid

The Woodstock North High School and Woodstock High School boys co-op bowling team started its 2017 season undefeated. Head coach Ed Zurawski is proud of the team’s enthusiasm which has been important as the squad graduated five players from the 2016 season. “It’s a...

‘The Nutcracker’ Ballet Offers Holiday Magic

The dancers of the Judith Svalander Dance Theatre will bring the magic of the holiday season to Woodstock when they present “The Nutcracker,” on the Opera House stage Dec. 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17. This is the 25th year the dance company has presented this production of...

TLC Takes Over Bull Valley Fen and Meadow

A nature area in Bull Valley is now under the stewardship of a new organization. The Land Conservancy of McHenry County, a nonprofit which preserves and restores land throughout the county, became the new owner of the Boloria Fen and Sedge Meadow Nature Preserve in...

Teams Take the Court for ’17 Hoops Season

All three girls basketball teams have at least five games under their belt this season, each starting out with Thanksgiving weekend tournaments. Marian Central Catholic and Woodstock North high schools traveled to Elgin to compete in the Harvest Christian Academy...

Stickney House Foundation to Host Open House

Visitors will have an opportunity to visit the historic Stickney House in Bull Valley during the Victorian Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at 1904 Cherry Valley Road. “Everyone is welcome,” said Stickney House Foundation President Nicole Horn. “It’s a...

City OKs Co-Working Study

A university will look into how the city-owned Old Courthouse could be used as a co-working space. The Woodstock City Council approved a contract for the first phase of a feasibility study to be conducted by Northern Illinois University’s Center for Governmental...

Hurricanes Wrestlers Start Season With Tournament Win

Marian Central wrestlers kicked off their 2017-18 season with a tournament title. The Hurricanes went 7-0 at the Carmel Corsair Holiday Team Tournament at Carmel in Mundelein with wins over Lake Forest (47-21), St. Patrick (76-6), Carmel (65-6), Waukegan (59-18),...

North Coach’s Quirky Routines Reflect Life Lessons

With the weather getting colder, it might be a good thing that the football season is over because even in the most frigid weather, Woodstock North High School’s head varsity football coach Jeff Schroeder wears shorts. Born in Orland Park, he grew up in a blue collar...

Parrish’s ‘Thrill Ride’ to Preview on Big Screen

A homegrown, Woodstock-based family movie will premiere in theaters Friday, Dec. 1, but “Thrill Ride” is so much more than a local film making it to the big screen. The story, inspired by 10-year-old Mason Parrish who lost his battle with cancer in 2011, honors his...

Wonder Lake Man Injured in Late-Night Stabbing

A Wonder Lake man was rushed to the hospital with a stab wound late Saturday night. At 11:07 p.m. Nov. 25, crews from the Wonder Lake Fire Protection District were dispatched to the 2800 block of Walnut Drive. Personnel from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office also...

Square Lights up for Holiday Season

A record-setting crowd of revellers descended on the Woodstock Square on a mild evening to ring in the holiday season at the annual Lighting of the Square Nov. 24. About 5,000 people attended the event, according to an estimate from the city of Woodstock. That’s a...

Ladies Nite out to Offer VIP Experience

A VIP experience is the newest option for Ladies Nite Out participants on the Woodstock Square this holiday season. Now in its 14th year, the free, ladies-only event returns from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, on the Square. This year, the theme is Hollywood VIP. A...

District 200 Determines 2017 Property Tax Levy

Tax levy and rate drop, property values expected to rise to $810 million Taxable values for properties in Woodstock School District 200 are again expected to rise this year. District officials estimate the equalized assessed value of properties within the district’s...

BV Barn Makeover Benefits Vets

The week preceding Veterans Day, Bull Valley Equestrian Center underwent a makeover intended to benefit the veterans program it hosts, but the project proved to touch the hearts of everyone who helped. Patti Gruber leases the facility where she runs a horse training...

Grocery Store Has New Owner

  An independent grocery store is under new management after a Woodstock man purchased the business. Armando Escutia bought Shop Fresh Market, 330 N. Eastwood Drive, in early September, less than a year and a half after the grocery store opened in May 2016. Before...

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