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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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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...

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...

Wrestlers Prep for the New Season

Wrestlers throughout the area have been hard at work getting ready for the winter 2017-18 season. Meets will begin this week for wrestlers from Marian Central Catholic High School, Woodstock High School and Woodstock North High School. WNHS is the first to hit the...

Tune Into a Holiday Classic With Live Radio Play

WMTC to stage ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Audiences looking to enjoy one of the most iconic holiday stories of all time can experience it in a whole new way when Woodstock Musical Theatre Company presents “It’s a Wonderful Life” as a live radio play. “I think it’s a great...

CCH Has New Fundraiser on Tap

Local businesses have long partnered with Christmas Clearing House by providing places for volunteers to collect donations. This year, they’re helping out in a new way, selling products to benefit the holiday charity. Public House of Woodstock, 101 N. Johnson St.,...

State Board Approves Hospital Changes

Centegra Health System can move forward with plans to permanently discontinue some services at its Woodstock hospital after receiving approval from a state board. At a meeting Nov. 14 in Bolingbrook, the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board approved an...

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