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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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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...

Wonder Lake Man Injured in Late-Night Stabbing

A Wonder Lake man was rushed to the hospital with a stab wound late Saturday night. At 11:07 p.m. Nov. 25, crews from the Wonder Lake Fire Protection District were dispatched to the 2800 block of Walnut Drive. Personnel from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office also...

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...

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...

Bed and Breakfast Plans Rile Neighbors

Neighbors opposed to plans to host events at a bed and breakfast on Fremont Street turned up in droves to voice their concerns to the Woodstock City Council Nov. 7. The standing room-only council meeting stretched until after midnight, with residents expressing...

WHS, WNHS Swimmers Make Waves at FVC Meet

The girls on the Woodstock High School/Woodstock North High School co-op swim team knew they would be swimming upstream as they headed into the Fox Valley Conference championship meet Nov. 4, but they ended the day with their heads above water, logging in an...

Roadwork Wraps up in Bull Valley

Nearly 6 miles of roads were resurfaced this summer and fall A major road construction project in the village of Bull Valley is nearing completion. The construction, which began in August, included resurfacing Crystal Springs and Bull Valley roads from Valley Hill...

Marian AD Price Will Coach Boys Hoops Again

A familiar face will return to Landers Pavilion when the Marian Central boys basketball season begins. Curtis Price will return to his role as coach of the varsity Hurricanes. Price coached for nine years before he was hired as the school’s athletic director in 2016,...

Boys Running Group Takes off at Mary Endres

A boys running program at Mary Endres Elementary School is teaching kids about more than athleticism and fitness — it’s promoting teamwork, confidence and more. Let Me Run is in its third season at MEES, with 21 fourth- and fifth-grade boys taking part in the...

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