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As Hospital Winds Down Inpatient Care, City Looks at Options

As Centegra Health System moves forward with a plan to suspend inpatient care at its hospital in Woodstock, Mayor Brian Sager said the city is hopeful a full-service hospital...
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Rockford Artist, Woodstock Designer Collaborate on Mural

Mark J. Adamany follows a maxim, adapted slightly from a fellow artist and cleaned up for print: “It’s only a bleeping mural.” The Rockford artist can’t take himself, or his...
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Mercy Execs: Woodstock’s Paying for Centegra’s ‘Gamble’

CL hospital: ‘Rules that are not followed are no rules at all’ Mercyhealth executives have accused Centegra Health System of “abandoning” Woodstock and striving to eliminate...
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Purple Heart Certificate Saved From Trash

Local business owner seeks to find veteran’s family, return papers   A file cabinet with an unknown history slated for the trash brought about an unexpected find by a local employee. The cabinet, which sat in the warehouse at Murphy’s Flooring at 2104 S. Eastwood...

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...

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...

McHenry County Fair Adds Attractions

The McHenry County Fair kicked off the evening of Aug. 1, adding an extra half day to its schedule this year. Last year, about 60,000 people attended the fair, but with this year’s extended run, organizers are hoping to draw 70,000 to 75,000, according to Katie...

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