• AUSTIN PULLARA steps up from behind the plate to fire a throw down to first base during Thursday’s game. After Thursday’s loss to Minooka, Coal City was able to pick up two wins against Rock Island and Gardner-South Wilmington. They dropped a game to Morgan Park, but sit at .500 on the season (2-2).
    03/20/2018 - 5:49pm

  • HOME RUN! – Brock Bolser (right) congratulates Mark Youngquist with a helmet tap during Thursday night’s game against Pontiac. Youngquist recorded a two-run homer in the bottom of the third inning to hand Wilmington a 3-1 lead.
    03/20/2018 - 5:47pm

  • HANDOFF – Jackson Crater hands the baton to Reed-Custer’s anchor for the 4x800 relay team, Gabe Nagel. The 4x800 team came in second on Saturday with a time of 9:07.90.
    03/20/2018 - 5:46pm

  • LIZZIE EASTON picked up a second place in shot put during Coal City's first track meet of the season at the Comet Classic invite. Easton finished with a distance of 31' 2.75".
    03/20/2018 - 5:42pm

  • SAVED! – Rachel Wandless makes a last ditch effort to save a goal during Wilmington’s game against Reed-Custer on Wednesday. Wandless recorded 12 saves in goal, as the Wildcats dropped their first game of the season, 2-1.
    03/20/2018 - 5:36pm

  • LINING UP HER SHOT is Reed-Custer’s Marissa Escobedo, who finished with two goals during the Lady Comets 2-1 win over Wilmington last Wednesday. The Lady Comets are currently 1-1 on the season. Photo by Kerry Shelley.
    03/20/2018 - 5:33pm
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  • GOING TO STATE! – The Wilmington eighth grade volleyball team won the Sectional championship Monday night, defeating Calumet City, 25-19, 25-19, to secure a trip to the state tournament at Tolono Unity Junior High School. The Lady Wildcats will face Eureka in the opening round on Friday at 5:45 p.m. Lady Wildcats include: (front, from left) Jenna Jackson, Ryan Quigley, Anna Liaromatis, Leah Talley and Maddison Sommers. Back: Head coach Alexis Zouganelis, Jessica Benson, Kate McCann, Abbie Rampa, Alysha Fisher, Jessica Castle, Amelia Freis, Neve VanDuyne and assistant coach Kaley Ponton.
    03/13/2018 - 6:07pm
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  • THE COAL CITY Middle School wrestling program secured a third place state trophy this past weekend during the IESA State Finals. The Warriors were able to secure 98 team points from their 10 individuals that qualified, as they finished just behind Homer Glen (163) and Dekalb (135). Members of the team that participated at state are (front, from left) Creide Skubic, Landin Benson, Johnny Housman, Jacob Piatak and Brant Widlowski. Standing: Mataeo Blessing, Jack Poyner, Ashton Harvey and Zach Finch. Not pictured: Dylan Cronk.
    03/13/2018 - 6:02pm
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  • PAIR OF FIRSTS – Jaden Christian has gotten off to a hot start during the indoor portion of the track season. She picked up two firsts on Saturday in long jump and triple jump, finishing with distances of 16’ 7.5” and 35’ 4.5”, respectively. Photo by Brent Sumner.
    03/13/2018 - 5:59pm

  • FIRST PLACE JUMP – Alyssa Ohlund secured a top spot during her competition in high jump this past Saturday. The Wildcats competed at the Comet Classic Invite in Reed-Custer’s field house, where Ohlund earned a jump of 4’ 10”. Photo by Brent Sumner.
    03/13/2018 - 5:57pm
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Wilmington Region

Greg Ridenour, from Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s office; fire chief Tim Zlomie; State Senator Sue Rezin, 209-U Board of Education President Tim Cragg, Kaylee Gholson, from Senator Dick Durbin’s office; Sue Castanier, from Rep. David Welter’s office; Mayor Roy Strong; city administrator Scott Murphy; police chief Phil Arnold and superintendent Dr. Matt Swick met last week to discuss school safety and the need for state and federal laws and funds. Courtesy photo
03/20/2018 - 6:34pm
    The School District 209-U Board of Education was asked to approve a resolution supporting local control to develop student safety and protection plans — namely, to arm staff to protect students.     Larry Kaitschuck, a lifelong resident of...

Coal City Region

03/23/2018 - 11:00am
Coal City Fire Protection District personnel were dispatched at 9:43 a.m. for a reported structure fire at Urban Tile and Carpet, 60 S. Will Rd., in Diamond. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the eves of the building. Several...

Braidwood Region

03/21/2018 - 1:56pm
Custer Fire will collect more cash from taxpayers in an effort to save its fire department. On March 20, a total of 333 Custer Township voters headed to the polls, approving the referendum by a vote of 194 to 139. The referendum will allow the fire...

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