• Pictured is “The Joker” — Audrey Pearson’s favorite piece, inspired by an obsession she had with the character and a piece of art she saw online. (Photo submitted)

    West student-athlete takes artistic hobby to the street

    August 18, 2014 By Meredith Dobes, Assistant Editor Life & Arts

    Aside from the colorful stains on her palms and under her fingernails, there isn’t much about Audrey Pearson’s sporty exterior that would lead anyone to believe she spends hours in

  • New Lenox Mustangs team member Matt Herman (middle) runs with others Tuesday, Aug. 5. (Tristan Zeier/22nd Century Media)

    New Lenox youth football, cheer celebrate 50 years

    August 18, 2014 By Dave Owen, Staff Writer Sports, Youth

    Ron “Papa” Schaper’s inspiration in the early 1960s began a 50-year gift to the budding football stars of New Lenox.

  • Ed Nemec, managing partner of Dancing Marlin in Frankfort, talks with 22nd Century Media Hometown Advantage members and guests during a cooking demonstration Wednesday, Aug. 13. Members of the online program are invited to exclusive local events. (Heather Warthen/22nd Century Media)

    Restaurant offers Hometown Advantage members culinary trip

    August 20, 2014 By Staff Report Life & Arts

    Hometown Advantage members learned how to recreate a refreshing summer salad with one of the summer season’s hottest ingredients — heirloom tomatoes — Wednesday, Aug.

  • Sara Taylor (middle) rides with others along Old Plank Road Trail Saturday, Aug. 16, for the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association’s fifth Bike the Trail fundraiser. (Tristan Zeier/22nd Century Media)

    Bike the Trail event raises funds for LWSRA programming

    August 19, 2014 By Dan Irons, Staff Writer Sports

    Despite the threat of inclement weather and a dimly lit sky, nothing seemed to deter the spirits of a cavalcade of bicyclists who arrived at Breidert Green Saturday, Aug.

  • U.S. Army 1st Lt. Joshua Kellbach (right to left) — with his daughter Claire and his wife Rachel — walks through the flag line at his welcome home celebration, held Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Tom Hartung American Legion Post 1977 in New Lenox. (Felicitas Cortez/22nd Century Media)

    Army lieutenant returns home to celebration in his honor

    August 21, 2014 By Felicitas Cortez, Staff Writer News

    When 1st Lt. Joshua Kellbach went out to celebrate his homecoming with his wife and daughter, little did he know nearly 100 people would join them for dinner.