• 01/11/2022 - 3:30pm
  • 01/11/2022 - 3:29pm
  • Photo by Shawn Long
    COAST-TO-COAST–Wilmington’s Kaitlyn O’Donnell picks off an errant Blue Devil pass and takes it back to the hoop for two points during Thursday’s competitive game with Peotone.

    01/11/2022 - 3:28pm
  • Photo by Shawn Long
    HEATING UP–Reed-Custer’s Lucas Foote drains a three from the corner, the first of four in a row he made midway through the second quarter of Friday’s game with Coal City. Foote finished with 17 points and five threes.

    01/11/2022 - 3:27pm
  • Courtesy Photo
    THE COMET MATMEN wrestled well on Friday and Saturday during the Princeton Invitational (PIT) as they placed seven and earned third place as a team trailing only Vandalia (140) and Dakota (183.5).

    01/11/2022 - 3:25pm
  • Photo by Shawn Long
    THAT’S MY BALL–Lady Coaler Molly Stiles fights for a loose ball with Peotone’s Marrisa Velasco during Monday’s home game.

    01/11/2022 - 3:24pm
  • Photo by Shawn Long
    BIG BLOCK–Coal City’s Carter Garrelts (21) leaps up to reject a Reed-Custer layup during Friday’s away game.

    01/11/2022 - 3:23pm
  • FOURTH AT PIT-The Wrestling Coalers did an excellent over the weekend during the 58th Annual Lyle King PIT tournament as they placed seven wrestlers and place fourth as a team with 136 points trailing only Reed-Custer (136.5), Vandalia (140) and Dakota (183.5) in an event that took place in Princeton, Illinois. The wrestling Coalers include: (from left) coach Mark Masters, Culan Lindemuth, Buddy Widlowski, Joey Breneman, Zach Finch, Jack Poyner, Landin Benson, coach Jim Looper, Mataeo Blessing, Jake Piatak, coach Nick O’Bert and Braiden Young.

    01/11/2022 - 3:21pm
  • Photo by Shawn Long
    LINING UP A THREE during Monday’s game is Wilmington’s Clara Smith.

    01/04/2022 - 4:05pm
  • Photo by Alyssa Ohlund
    THE FACE-OFF–Wilmington’s Hunter Hayes and Reed-Custer’s Rex Pfeifer face-off during their match a few weeks ago. Both wrestlers performed well during ABE’s Rumble as Hayes went 6-2 while Pfeifer had a 7-2 record during the event that was held at the Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield.

    01/04/2022 - 4:04pm
  • Photo by Shawn Long
    FLYING IN for two points is Coal City’s Mackenzie Henline who led with 13 points during a 41-35 win over Reed-Custer.

    01/04/2022 - 4:03pm
  • Photo by Alyssa Ohlund
    SPOTLESS AT ABE’S–Reed-Custer’s Ryan Tribble was one of two Comets who dominated during ABE’s Rumble that was held on Wednesday and Thursday as he picked up nine wins, including a big win over the fifth ranked wrestler at 138 pounds. He is pictured during a recent meet at Wilmington.

    01/04/2022 - 4:02pm
  • Photo by Shawn Long
    COAL CITY’S Jack Poyner applies pressure on a Streator opponent when they battled a few weeks ago. Poyner did well in his spot starts during ABE’s Rumble which was held at The Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield as he had a 3-1 record including a win where he knocked off a state honorable mention.

    01/04/2022 - 4:00pm
  • Photo by Shawn Long
    SPLITTING THE GREEN SEA–Reed-Custer’s Caelan Cole goes up for a lay up between two Coal City defenders during Monday’s game.

    01/04/2022 - 3:59pm
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Wilmington Region

WILMINGTON’S NEW CITY administrator Jeannine Smith is sworn in by Mayor Ben Dietz during the Jan. 4 regular meeting of the City Council. Photo by Marney Simon.

01/10/2022 - 6:50pm
The Wilmington City Council has made some updates to the city code as the new year begins, regarding appointed officers, how they are hired, and how they’ll serve their terms. During the final council meeting of 2021 on Dec. 21, aldermen approved an...

Coal City Region

01/14/2022 - 12:50pm
Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan, along with the Braidwood Police Department and Illinois State Police are investigating a traffic crash that claimed the life of a 36-year-old Braidwood man. Callahan reports that on Thursday, Jan. 13 at...

Braidwood Region

A FREIGHT TRAIN is seen stopped in front of a Braidwood crossing in this 2017 file photo. The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking public comments on the state's rail system project.

01/10/2022 - 6:21pm
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is hosting a virtual public hearing through Jan. 21 as part of an ongoing study assessing the state’s rail system to help identify potential improvements and solutions. The event will provide an...

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