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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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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...

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...

Boys Basketball Begins with Hoops for Healing

Marian Central Catholic High School, Woodstock High School and Woodstock North High School boys basketball teams will kick off their seasons in a tournament that has encourage sportsmanship and supports cancer awareness and fundraising. They will play in the annual...

Streaks Football Coach Thompson Steps Down

WHS begins search for new head coach After three years of heading up the Woodstock High School varsity football team, Tommy Thompson announced his resignation as head coach of the Blue Streaks. Thompson cited a desire to spend more time with his family as the reason...

Hurricanes’ Ride Ends with Loss to Sterling

The Marian Central Catholic High School football team lost 22-10 to Sterling High School Nov. 11 in an IHSA Class 5A quarterfinal match-up. A strong defensive effort by the Hurricanes (7-5) kept the Sterling Golden Warriors (12-0) at bay in the first half, but the...

Local Inventor Creates HSN Kitchen Gadget

Woodstock’s Ania Gifford had encountered a common problem in the kitchen so often she just knew it needed a solution. When she couldn’t find the answer anywhere, she decided to solve it herself. Gifford is the inventor of the Egg Stripper, a handheld device which...

Kids Explore With Google Expeditions

Augmented reality brings dinos and more to elementary classes Woodstock students recently had their chance to get up close and personal with a dinosaur. Students in Pre-K through fifth grade immersed themselves in more than just dinosaurs — there were planets,...

Lighting of the Square, Full of Activities

At precisely 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, the flip of a switch will light thousands of twinkling lights, officially kicking off the beginning of the holiday season in Woodstock. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m. Thousands are expected to gather to...

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