• THE CHAMPIONS – Wilmington Mar Theatre’s, “All in Da Swing” won the Brimetime Softball Tournament after defeating Jason’s Mechanical, a team from Braidwood, in the finals 22-11. Players include (from left, kneeling) Tim Speziak, Austin Headrick, Steve Liaromatis, Sean Liaromatis and Trevor Delehanty. Standing are Luke Mann, RJ Van Duyne, Cale Brooks, Jeff Liaromatis and Loren Burkey. Not pictured is Cory Catalini.
    08/14/2018 - 4:28pm

  • BRIMETIME RUNNERS-UP - Jason’s Mechanical softball team from Braidwood took second place in the Brimetime Tourney after losing to All in Da Swing in the championship. Players include (kneeling from left) Tim Schott, Johnny Brissa, Nick Stewart and Duane Demichele. Standing are Jay Scheir, Derek Albin, Anthony Scaglione, Jeremy Loveland, Kyle Nacey and Chris Kuchar. Not pictured is Tyler Geiss.
    08/14/2018 - 4:26pm

  • Courtesy Photo PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION TODAY - Comet volleyball players participated in the Notre Dame Volleyball Camp in July. Reed-Custer coaches and players gain valuable insight into the game from coaches from Notre Dame and other colleges. While on campus the team got to visit the stairwell in the football stadium where players descend from the locker room to the field with the famed sign “Play like a champion today.” The experience was priceless and none of it could have happened without the support of the community who donated during their fundraisers. The Lady Comets expressed their thanks to Whitmore Ace Hardware and Berkot’s Super Foods for their generous donations of space and food. “Thank you so much for trusting the coaches with your daughters,” commented coach Kelly VanDuyne to their parents. “You should be very proud of all of them. They were the epitome of hardworking, classy young ladies. They represented the coaches, our school, all of you, and especially themselves, with dignity and pride.” Standing (front, from left) are Maggie Meyr and Alexa Cieslak. Second row are Danielle Cherry, Maddi Tiangco, Ashleigh Coster and Stephanie McGregor. Third row are Lauren Smith, Kaily Collins, Emma Ritze, Maddi Jo Bradley, Jenna Tiangco and Savannah Bruns. Fourth row are coach Patton, Taylor Toler, Mazie Meyr, Maddie McPherson, Meghan Faletti, Marissa Escobedo and Brodie Thompson. Last row are coach Van Duyne, coach Homerding, Hannah Coster and Brandy Ridgley.
    08/14/2018 - 4:23pm
  • 08/14/2018 - 4:20pm

  • FACE TO FACE - It was an exchange of face masking Sunday when Junior Varsity Miner Gavin Carpenter (7) locked up with Wilmington’s Kyle Farrell while running the ball. The JV Miners won the contest 12-0.
    08/14/2018 - 4:19pm
  • 08/14/2018 - 4:16pm

  • Courtesy Photo THIRD PLACE HONORS – The Coal City golf team placed third in the Indian Invite on Thursday night. Standing (from left) are Keegan Gagliardo, Cade Mueller, Matt Micewitz, Tyler Johnson and Mickey McDowell. Not in the picture but also placing was Cam Lander.
    08/14/2018 - 4:15pm
  • 08/14/2018 - 4:13pm
  • 08/14/2018 - 4:11pm

  • BREAKING AWAY for the Junior Varsity Bobcats is runningback Ryan Kettman.
    08/14/2018 - 4:10pm

  • Photos by Shawn Long GANG TACKLE - Dillon Homberg (4) races across the field to join teammate David Bond (25) for a tackle during the Youth Football Jamboree held at Reed-Custer.
    08/07/2018 - 3:12pm

  • Photo by Shawn Long REVERSING FIELDS Coal City Miner running back Kole Carpenter breaks right and puts his foot into the ground, reversing his path and taking it for a touchdown run during the Jamboree.
    08/07/2018 - 3:10pm

  • MATT MISEWICZ putts the ball during a Coal City match at Cinder Ridge last season. He is one of the senior leaders, with a 40 average, returning for the Coalers.
    08/07/2018 - 3:07pm

  • Photo by Shawn Long CLEARING A HOLE – Fullback Bryson Meents (22) blocks his man, making room for Shawn James (12) who has the ball.
    08/07/2018 - 3:03pm

  • File Photo by Brent Sumner RYAN WOODALL lines up his putt during Wilmington’s match against Coal City last season. He will be a huge part of the Wildcat’s golf team in 2018.
    08/07/2018 - 3:00pm

Wilmington Region

STRESS FROM A lack of rain, combined with an accelerated growing season, is turning some stands of corn brown already. Leaf curl, and undeveloped kernels suggest drought stress, which can be helped by just a little rain, if the stalks are still green.
08/14/2018 - 7:12pm
    It’s been hot and dry this spring and summer, and those conditions are taking their toll on lawn and crops, with no real relief in sight.     Southern Will and Kankakee counties are officially “abnormally dry,” the first phase of drought,...

Coal City Region

08/14/2018 - 5:27pm
It’s time for another Market Fresh on Broadway farmers market in Coal City.       The fourth market of the season is set for Saturday,  Aug. 18,  from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  at Campbell Memorial Park, 580 S. Broadway. The market is hosted by the village...

Braidwood Region

U.S. CONGRESSMAN ADAM Kinzinger makes an announcement on HR 1320 at Exelon’s Braidwood Station on Thursday, Aug. 9, alongside Site Vice President Marri Marchionda-Palmer. The proposed legislation would ease regulations placed on nuclear power plants by the NRC, by freezing fees at 2015 levels.
08/14/2018 - 6:31pm
U.S. Congressman Adam Kinzinger, R-16, is taking advantage of the August recess to tour the district and get the word out about initiatives he hopes to head up when Congress returns to session in the fall. On Aug. 9, Kinzinger made a stop at Exelon’...

What's Happening


Rich Miller covers Illinois politics in-depth every week

Make a new cocktail each Sunday with expert mixologist Brian Rung

Sandy Vasko's award-winning column on the area's rich history

Tonya Michalec reports the antique discoveries of The White Glove