• KEN ALLEN poses in front of a picture of Daryl Boston during his trip to a Chicago White Sox game earlier this month. Little did he know, he would meet Boston after being honored as “Hero of the Game” during his 85th birthday. Courtesy photo.
    07/18/2017 - 6:36pm

  • JADEN CHRISTIAN qualified for the National Junior Olympics after securing a second place during the Illinois-Indiana Regional in Dekalb. Christian jumped a personal best in long jump for second with a distance of 18’ 4.5”. She also took third in triple jump (36’ 6.25”). Courtesy photo.
    07/18/2017 - 6:35pm

  • ALMOST DONE – The home side bleachers at Coal City’s Dzuris Athletic Stadium were one step closer to completion this past week, as workers put final touches on the aluminum stands. Coal City is hoping the new building just north of the stands will also be completed by the first football game. Photo by Brent Sumner.
    07/18/2017 - 6:34pm

  • RECORD LIFT – Matt Baumeister set a new record for the 150-200 lb. weight class, as he finished the squat event with 520 lbs. Baumeister wound up coming in second place in the team standings with a total of 1,190. Photo by Brent Sumner.
    07/18/2017 - 6:32pm

  • MARK WOLF watches his defense work during the 7v7 competition held at Reed-Custer this past Saturday. Photo by Brent Sumner.
    07/18/2017 - 6:31pm

  • COAL CITY varsity softball coach, Stephanie Harmon, works with a camper on Monday during a drill that focused on bunting. Photo by Brent Sumner.
    07/18/2017 - 6:29pm

  • BRAIDWOOD RESIDENT, Austin Nacey, will be heading to the World Games for the first time in his gymnastics career. He qualified by earning a first place finish in tumbling during the USA Gymnastics Championships. Photo courtesy of US Gymnastics.
    07/11/2017 - 5:18pm

  • BRING IT IN – The Coal City varsity football players form a huddle with the youth athletes attending camp on Tuesday. The Coalers held the camp through this week, with it coming to a conclusion on Friday. Photo by Brent Sumner.
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  • IT TOOK LONGER than expected, but by this year’s Wildcat football season, Jeff Reents stadium will have newly refurbished bleachers. The project consisted of a full overhaul to the grandstands, including replacing concrete, redoing the handrails, new paint and protective coating. The cost for the project was $340,000.
    07/03/2017 - 6:56pm

  • GIRLS SOCCER COACH Mike Kostbade led the youth camp through the week. Kostbade’s focus of the camp was to get the kids having fun by handing out “camp cash”, and creating fun games for the participants. Photo by Brent Sumner.
    07/03/2017 - 6:55pm

  • REED-CUSTER’S varsity volleyball players, including Gabi Perez (left) were in attendance for the middle school camp, giving the younger athletes plenty of tips on hitting the ball. Photo by Brent Sumner.
    07/03/2017 - 6:54pm

Wilmington Region

07/21/2017 - 10:36am
You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity! Archaeologists from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago are continuing their work at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie on an archaeological dig site, hoping to unearth clues to...

Coal City Region

07/18/2017 - 7:40pm
    Locally grown produce, baked goods, jams, prepackaged meals, homemade soaps and handcrafted items are just a few of the items available at Coal City’s farmers market — Market Fresh on Broadway.     The market opens for its second season on...

Braidwood Region

07/18/2017 - 6:54pm
It was four days of fun, food, rides, and entertainment, but the annual celebration known as the Braidwood Lions Summerfest has once again come and gone. The festival wrapped up Sunday night with the annual fireworks display, sponsored by Exelon....

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