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NEWLY SWORN IN WPD Sergeant Samantha Sullivan has her badge pinned on by her father. Sullivan makes history in the WPD as the department’s first female sergeant. Photo by Marney Simon.

05/11/2021 - 5:08pm
The Wilmington Police Department has promoted three of its officers to a new rank. On May 4, Kristopher Hopper, Daniel Brimer, and Samantha Sullivan were each officially promoted to Sergeant with the WPD. Police Chief Phil Arnold said the promotions...

Coal City Region

Photo by Ann Gill
COAL CITY HIGH School seniors are preparing for the pomp and circumstance of commencement. The class of 2021 will be recognized and receive diplomas during a 2 p.m. ceremony on Sunday, May 16 at the high school. The top 10 percent of the graduating class will be honored during the ceremony. At the top of the class academically are [from left, row one]: Meghan Onsen, valedictorian Alexander Gernenz and Skyler Wickiser. Row two; Abby Jackman, Griffin Johnson, Madison Holcomb, Connor Gass, Zoe Smith and Alexander Hanley. Row three: Levi Counterman, Harley Felker, Daniel Cueller, Natalie Teague, Joseph Piatak and Keegan Smith. Not pictured Kelly Van Der Karr, Carmella Barkley and Hannah Shirkey.

05/11/2021 - 4:57pm
It’s been a unique and challenging year for everyone, but as Alexander Gernenz points out, we all have the ability to succeed. “Success is setting yourself a goal, big or small, and being able to preserver and accomplish it no matter how you get...

Braidwood Region

HEAD OF THE CLASS — Twelve members of the RCHS Class of 2021 were named as Illinois State Scholars. The list was released in April. State Scholars are recognized for their superior academic achievement. State scholars rank in approximately the top 10% of high school seniors from 676 schools across the state. Photo provided.

05/11/2021 - 4:58pm
Reed-Custer High School is home to 12 Illinois State Scholars. The academic recognition recently announced by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). “In a year when students and families across the state and the nation have face...

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