• 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.

  • Pictured is Wei’s Great Wall’s sweet-and-sour chicken, with white rice. The chicken is lightly breaded and fried in vegetable oil, and the sweet-and-sour sauce includes chunks of pineapple and green pepper. (Meredith Dobes/22nd Century Media)

    Award-winning Wei’s Great Wall arrives in Orland Park

    August 22, 2014 By Meredith Dobes, Assistant Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

    Twenty years of success with a steady flow of orders at the original Wei’s Great Wall in Kankakee led to the restaurant’s expansion into Orland Park.