• Bryce Bartczak (front) prepares to throw the first pitch with a little help from his dad, Paul, Friday, June 24, at a Joliet Slammers game. Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

    Young cancer survivor throws first pitch at Relay For Life kickoff ball game

    June 27, 2016 By Meredith Dobes, Editor Life & Arts
    Five-year-old Bryce Bartczak has already experienced more struggles and triumphs than some people go through in 50 years.
  • Orthopedic surgeons Dr. Robert Daley (left) and Dr. Paul Trksak (middle) are joined by Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis June 21 at Lincoln-Way West High School to unveil Silver Cross Hospital’s new Mako System for hip and partial knee procedures. Photo submitted

    Pro Football Hall of Famer helps unveil Silver Cross’ new Mako System

    June 29, 2016 By Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter News
    Jerome Bettis knows about pain.
  • Joe Hendrickson (left) discusses his woodworking with Janet Surges Saturday, June 25, during the Old Campground Festival at United Methodist Church. Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century Media

    United Methodist Church’s annual craft fair keeps with tradition

    June 27, 2016 By Amanda Del Buono, Freelance Reporter News
    For more than 180 years, United Methodist Church of New Lenox has been a part of the community. Located at the top of a hill behind a forested campground, the church showed its continued involvement with its community this past weekend when it hosted its 41st annual Old Campground Festival.
  • Sam Tidaback, a 2012 graduate of Providence Catholic High School and former catcher for the University of North Georgia, was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 21st round of the MLB Draft. University of North Georgia

    Chicago Cubs draft Provi alumnus in 21st round

    June 27, 2016 By James Sanchez, Assistant Editor Sports
    Sam Tidaback spent numerous days out at Wrigley Field watching the Chicago Cubs play from the stands, but now, there is a chance that he could be part of his favorite team on the field.
  • The homemade ravioli is a crowd favorite at Sayvor Grill and Custom Catering during its themed dinner nights. James Sanchez/22nd Century Media

    Feeding veterans and families at Frankfort’s Sayvor Grill

    June 27, 2016 By James Sanchez, Assistant Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out
    Chef Lisa O’Brien said there is a perception that local VFWs are exclusively for veterans. She is looking to change that.