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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...

Woodstock High School Evacuated Due to Gas Leak, Classes Canceled

Classes were canceled after a natural gas leak in a laboratory this morning led to students and staff at Woodstock High School being evacuated from the building. The evacuation...

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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...

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...

Woodstock to Have New Nature Area

MCCF donates 77 acres near 14 and Lily Pond Road Woodstock will soon add a new conservation area that features oak trees dating back to the 1830s. The 77-acre parcel, located near Highway 14 and Lily Pond Road, was purchased by the McHenry County Community Foundation...

WHS to Stage 2010 Graduate’s Work

Brendan Connell was so influenced by his theater experience at Woodstock High School that he pursued film directing in college. A desire to give back to the program that steered his career path has led him back to the stage at WHS to direct students who will perform...

Volleyball Teams Eye Post Season

Area volleyball teams are looking ahead to the final stretch of the 2017 season, adjusting course where necessary and setting sites on accomplishing year-end goals. “I’m particularly pleased and proud with the leadership our seniors have shown,” said Woodstock North...

Skyhawks Attack Thunder for a Loss

Woodstock North High School’s attempt to put a stop to the undefeated Johnsburg Skyhawks – currently in first place in the Kishwaukee River Conference – was unsuccessful, ending in a 41-7 loss. What the team lacked in touchdowns, it made up for with Thunder homecoming...

Lions Tame the Hurricanes

Marian Central Catholic High School may not have delivered a win to fans for homecoming, but the conference matchup didn’t disappoint when it came to excitement. The Hurricanes fell to St. Viator of Arlington Heights, their fourth consecutive loss, at a packed George...

Streaks Taken Down by Rockets

The Woodstock High School Blue Streaks lost a conference matchup against the Burlington Central Rockets in front of a home crowd Sept. 29 at Larry Dale Field. Both teams were looking for a win after coming off tough losses the week before, and the Rockets came up with...

D-200 Drawing up Plans to Close Dean

District officials say they won’t make mono- and dual-language schools Woodstock School District 200 will consider ways to close Dean Street Elementary School, but officials won’t move forward with a plan to separate schools by language program. School board members...

‘The Addams Family’ to Visit Opera House

WMTC to present creepy comedy Just in time for the Halloween season, the Woodstock Musical Theatre Company will bring the creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky characters from the Addams Family to life on stage by presenting “The Addams Family” at the Woodstock Opera...

New Owners Take Over ‘Groundhog Day’ House

The Cherry Tree Inn Bed & Breakfast is now open When George and Lori Miarecki visited Woodstock in June for former high school choral director Paul Rausch’s retirement gala, they had no idea the trip would change the direction of their life. A fan of bed and...

5k Aims to Close Gap in Early Diagnosis

An expected 2,000 runners and walkers will converge at Woodstock North High School to raise money for breast cancer screenings, exams, education and mammograms. Family Health Partnership Clinic will host the 17th annual Care4 Breast Cancer 5K at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct....

Golfers Finish Conference, Head to Regionals

The shortest of the fall sports seasons, boys and girls golf load their schedule early in the season to take advantage of the typically milder weather in August and September. All high school golf teams already have competed in their conference meets and will be...

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