• Courtesy Photo PARTICIPATION WAS STRONG for the youth basketball camp for students in grades 6-8. Campers who attended the Reed-Custer summer camp last week include (front, from left) Alex Biefeldt, Chandler Lowe, Collin Jankus, Lucas Thompson, Luca Trucano, Matt Wolf, Nolan Smith, Collin Monroe, Landon Robinson and Clayton Perkins. Second row: Landon Witvoet, Cameron Smith, Peyton Bradley, Landon Jankus, Owen Mack, Tyler Bobzin, Ben Lepper, Joe Stellano, Matt Geraux, Zach Cieslak and Nick Cielslak. Back row: Blake Sonquist, Conner Eggleston, Colin Fitzpatrick, Carter Truax, Connor Esparza, Jace Christian, Lucas Foote, Colin Esparza, Eli Nagle, Wes Shats, James Sheridan and Jacob McPherson.
    06/12/2018 - 3:25pm

  • CALEB LAGRANGE was a mainstay in the Reed-Custer batting order, grabbing honors as an I-8 All Conference selection for 2018.
    06/12/2018 - 3:21pm

  • A TEACHING MOMENT Veteran World Champion Robert Porter (bottom) teaches how to execute a move using Matteo Blessing as a volunteer during a Coaler wrestling camp on Thursday morning.
    06/12/2018 - 3:19pm

  • File photo by Pam Spreitzer PAYTON HUTCHINGS was named All Conference as a Coal City pitcher. As a sophomore, Hutchings pitched a perfect game, striking out 21 batters during an 11-0 victory over Beecher. He also threw a no-hitter against Manteno, striking out 16.
    06/12/2018 - 3:17pm

  • EMMA KREITZ excelled as a student-athlete, playing basketball for the Lady Cats while earning a 4.45 gpa.
    06/12/2018 - 3:13pm

  • Photos by Shawn Long GOING, GOING, GONE! Conner Dempsay smacks one out of the park during a home victory. As a junior, Dempsay made the I-8 All Conference team.
    06/12/2018 - 3:10pm

  • Photo by Pam Spreitzer COAL CITY’S Connor Best was clocked throwing 91 mph according to a tweet during the super sectional loss to St. Ignatius on Monday.
    06/05/2018 - 3:00pm

  • YOUNG TRACY JONES shows her energy and athleticism by jumping while hitting the ball during a two-day volleyball camp at Wilmington High School.
    06/05/2018 - 2:57pm
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  • Photo by Shawn Long ANNA LIAROMATIS shows how she calls a batter out on strikes, showcasing her creative umpire mechanics.
    05/29/2018 - 5:45pm

  • Photo by Pam Spreitzer REGIONAL CHAMPIONS - The Coalers won the Manteno regional Saturday, walking out to accept the regional plaque. They will square off against Illiana Christian (today) for a chance to play for the sectional championship on Saturday.
    05/29/2018 - 5:42pm

  • Courtesy Photo- JUST SHY OF ADVANCING - The Comet 4x800 relay team competed at state qualifier round Thursday in Charlston, IL and came up short (8:19.64) and needing (8:18.00) to qualify for the finals. Pictured from left to right: Nate Cornelio, alternate Dakota McCollum, Gabriel Nagel, Coach Kevin Dockemeyer, Shane Milburn and Jackson Crater.
    05/29/2018 - 5:39pm

  • Photo by Elaine Fisher WILMINGTON JUNIOR Autumn Switzer clears the bar at 4-11 feet Thursday during the preliminary round of the IHSA Class 1A state track meet in Charleston, IL.
    05/22/2018 - 4:32pm

Wilmington Region

INVITING FOR FISHERMEN - The dam abutment in Kankakee is friendly for fishermen with benchs, an overhead awning to protect from the rain and most importantly, railings that limit access to the water. Fishermen can cast below into the river, about a 15-foot drop. The dam wall is wheel chair accessible.
06/12/2018 - 6:19pm
    He knows what he wants to do will have to come in phases, but there’s a deadline looming and Mayor Roy Strong is trying to put together a robust first phase for improvements at the Kankakee River dam.     Strong has been focused on putting an...

Coal City Region

Photo by Bill Bomba/St. Juvin Post 1336 BOY SCOUT TROOP 466 Life Scout Christian Micetich, the son of Dr. John Micetich and Dr. Julie Webber-Micetich, presented his Eagle Scout project proposal to members of St. Juvin Post 1336 Veterans of Foreign Wars on Sunday, June 3. Micetich plans to complete upgrades to the Community Veterans Monument.
06/12/2018 - 5:14pm
Life Scout Christian Micetich of Troop 466 in Coal City outlined his proposal to add enhancements to the Community Veteran's Memorial located on the grounds of Coal City's historic school building at 305 E. Division. St.   Aspiring Eagle Scouts are...

Braidwood Region

06/12/2018 - 5:46pm
The city’s water treatment plant has all the salt it needs for the coming year. On May 22, the city council approved a salt purchase for the plant to soften Braidwood’s water. Commissioner Jim Hutton said the city received three bids, with Midwest...

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