• Riders take off on the 1001 Nachts ride Saturday, July 26, at Proud American Days. (Marybeth Sadlik/22nd Century Media)

    Families flock to activities of Proud American Days

    July 29, 2014 By Meredith Dobes, Assistant Editor News

    Children waited anxiously, holding on to their parents’ hands in the ticket line.

  • 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.