Wilmington Region

TRAINS CONTINUALLY BLOCK the crossing at Lorenzo Road, and the BNSF is proposing constructing an overpass to eliminate the obstruction.

01/14/2020 - 7:04pm
Wilmington Township Road Commissioner Bill Weidling remembers former mayor Marty Orr saying, “there’s going to be a bridge there one day.” Current Mayor Roy Strong told the City Council last week that that “one day” is coming. Strong and city...

Coal City Region

Photo by Ann Gill
THE UNIT 1 Board of Education took a moment at the start of its January meeting to recognize the dedicated service of its secretary Karen Vota. After 15.5 years in the position and 32.5 with the school district, Vota retired on Monday, Jan. 13. In honor of her years of dedicated service to the Board of Education, superintendent Dr. Kent Bugg and board president Ken P. Miller presented her with a plaque on Jan. 8, her final meeting as the board’s secretary.

01/14/2020 - 5:28pm
Karen Vota wasn’t looking for a career when she applied for a part-time position at Coal City Elementary School, but in her words it, “has been the best career anyone could have hoped for.” Vota started with the Unit 1 School District in 1987 as a...

Braidwood Region

Photo by Jennifer Glascock
THE BRAIDWOOD PARK District is looking forward to a productive year of completing projects in Old Smokey City Park such as finish re-paving walking paths, completing an insulation project in Lions Pavilion and possibly putting new siding on the Old Smokey Community Building.

01/14/2020 - 5:33pm
Although it may be small, the Braidwood Park District is still aiming upward in 2020. The district hopes to complete upgrades and finish ongoing projects to its existing buildings and facilities. “A lot of what we hope to do focuses on the...

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