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Community work earns Jackie Speciale title of ‘Woman of the Year’

Jackie Speciale was named this year’s “Woman of the Year” award Monday night at the Woodstock Professional & Business Women’s annual presentation held in the Park in the Square.  The […]
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After being named 2021 Woman of the Year, Jackie Speciale receives a bouquet from Kim Keefe of the Woodstock Professional & Business Women. (Independent photo by Ken Farver)

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House infrastructure bill has Woodstock rail yard Engineering costs of $4 million to move the rail yard of Metra’s northwest line from Crystal Lake to Woodstock has made the first […]
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Second retirement for St. Mary’s Slatter

By Janet Dovidionews@thewoodstockindependent.com St. Mary physical education teacher Bob Slatter retired in May – for the second time.Slatter previously taught elementary and junior high PE in the Cary district for […]
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News, advertising earn 26 statewide awards for staff

Staff Report news@thewoodstockindependent.com Staff members of The Woodstock Independent have won 26 awards in a statewide contest sponsored by the Illinois Press Association. The newspaper won 17 awards in the news-editorial competition, […]
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In his 50 years as a real estate appraiser, Frank Harrison has seen a dramatic transformation in the tools of the trade and changes in property values in McHenry and nearby counties. (Independent photo by Tricia Carzoli)

Nothing ‘better’ came along: Frank Harrison marks 50 years as local real estate appraiser

When Woodstock resident Frank Harrison finished his undergraduate training at the University of Illinois and Milton College in 1971, he emerged with a bachelor’s degree in English and education. “About […]
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Six local track & field athletes compete at state

The track at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston radiated stifling heat for the IHSA 2A Boys Track & Field championships last Friday – enough that the start of the running […]
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Marian Central's Jeremy Kleburg offers a fellow pole vaulter, Woodstock North's Landan Creighton, a fist bump of encouragement after the WNHS freshman missed his final vault. (Independent photo by Sandy Kucharski)

Second retirement for St. Mary’s Slatter

By Janet Dovidionews@thewoodstockindependent.com St. Mary physical education teacher Bob Slatter retired in May – for the second time.Slatter previously taught elementary and junior high PE in the Cary district for […]
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Marian’s Carver alters retirement plan

By Janet Dovidionews@thewoodstockindependent.com Marian Central Catholic School staff and students bid farewell to physical education teacher Erin Carver, who retired after 30 years at the school.“Many students have been impacted […]
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