• Knights receiver Nick Smith reaches for a catch Thursday, July 17. (Dave Krugley/22nd Century Media)

    Rigorous schedule part of prep for championship glory

    July 28, 2014 By Dave Owen, Staff Writer Sports, High School

    Lincoln-Way Central High School football coach Hud Venerable hasn’t produced a 214-81 career record and a 2006 state title by luck.

  • Sean Curran putts Wednesday, July 16, at Broken Arrow Golf Club in Lockport. (Tristan Zeier/22nd Century Media)

    Young golfer Sean Curran breaks tournament record

    July 25, 2014 By Meredith Dobes, Assistant Editor Sports, Youth

    The best score of 11-year-old Sean Curran’s golf career was one for the record books.

  • New Lenox Fire Protection District Fire Inspector James Brown demonstrates on a CPR dummy for students Friday, July 11, during the district’s Babysitting Academy. (Tristan Zeier/22nd Century Media)

    Students get certified in NL fire district’s baby-sitting course

    July 24, 2014 By Elissa Chudwin, Staff Writer News

    Boys and girls ages 11 to 16 watched Friday, July 11, as New Lenox Fire Protection District Fire Inspector and CPR Instructor James Brown demonstrated chest compressions and mouth-

  • American Legion Post Thomas Hartung 1977 Pig Roast and Rib Battle third-place winner Greg Vincent prepares his ribs for tasting Saturday, July 12. (Marybeth Sadlik/22nd Century Media)

    American Legion hosts first Pig Roast and Rib Battle

    July 22, 2014 By Marybeth Sadlik, Staff Writer Life & Arts

    For a long time, patrons of the American Legion Thomas Hartung Post 1977 would brag about their ribs. 

  • Pictured is the chicken oreganato ($23), one of 20 new items at the newly remodeled 94 Grille & Tavern. The bone-in chicken breast and legs are smothered in a zesty lemon and oreganato butter, and served alongside potato wedges. (Erik Schmidt/22nd Century Media)

    Don’t mess with 94 Grille & Tavern

    July 22, 2014 By Erik Schmidt, Assistant Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

    One time, because he felt like it, Bryan Sord built an entire 8,000-square foot restaurant from scratch in just 93 days.

  • Pictured are New Lenox resident Jason Verbeek’s miniature sculptures, displayed in his back yard at Illini Drive and Farmview Road. He turns a miniature into a full sculpture once someone expresses interest in buying one. (Meredith Dobes/22nd Century Media)

    New Lenox sculptor inspired to mesh metal with organic

    July 17, 2014 By Meredith Dobes, Assistant Editor Life & Arts

    Blending the organic with the industrial was a natural progression for Jason Verbeek, New Lenox resident and sculptor.