• 09/28/2022 - 4:23pm
  • ON THE RUN after catching a pass from quarterback Ryder Meents (12) is Wilmington senior Hunter Hayes who finished Friday’s game with a 16-yard catch.
    Photo by Alyssa Ohlund

    09/28/2022 - 4:20pm
  • 09/28/2022 - 4:14pm
  • GOING TO STATE! The Reed-Custer Middle School A softball team won the sectional title on Saturday at Bishop McNamara School in Kankakee. The Lady Panthers now advance to state, playing on Friday at Champions Field in Normal. Team members include (from left, kneeling) Gracie Robinson, Amber Syc, Reese Brown, Caysie Esparza, Kamryn Wilkey and Peyton Landgraff. Standing are assistant coach Taylor Meents, head coach Lynn Zoltani, Kamrynn Skonetski, Sophie Moyers, Kirstin Klein, Taylor Bova, Brooklyn Gonzalez, Mackenzie Foote, Atiana Hood, Harlie Liebermann and helpers Addi Brown and Mya Beard.
    Courtesy photo

    09/20/2022 - 6:08pm
  • SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS after giving a second effort to gain a critical first down late in the game at Peotone Friday is Wilmington running back Kyle Farrell.
    Photo by Elaine Ohlund

    09/20/2022 - 6:05pm
  • ALL CONFERENCE GOLFERS (from left) included Coal City’s Dakota Clubb, Kylee Kennell and Emma Varnak on Monday.

    09/20/2022 - 5:57pm
  • THE COMET DEFENSE was relentless against Elmwood Park as defenders Nick Cieslak, Rex Pfeifer and Quy Nguyen sack the team's punter near his end zone. They will have to be just as fast this Friday at Arcola.

    08/30/2022 - 5:38pm
  • SENIOR BRADEN REILLY makes a move to avoid the approaching Morris defender Ryan Wolenczuk as he gains yardage in the Coaler’s season opener with neighboring Morris.

    08/30/2022 - 5:31pm
  • A BIG STOP late in the game was made by Ryan Nelson (25), Joel Greenridge (33) and Cade McCubbin against Marengo. While Wilmington’s defense is young with mostly juniors and sophomores, it is quick and will have to get to the ball against Lisle at home Friday.

    08/30/2022 - 5:17pm
  • THE REED-CUSTER Middle School seventh grade baseball team won the IVC conference title. Team members include (front, from left): Jagger Garcia, Kaiden Klein, Matt Kuban, Cole Yeates, Brayden Landgraf and Kenny Hopf. Back row: Coach Alex Bielfeldt, Josh Creger, Trent Boudreau, Reed Newbrough, Chase Isaac, Caedon Baumgartner, Damien Sanchez, Coach Evan Ehringer and Coach King.

    08/30/2022 - 5:14pm
  • THE 8tH GRADE LADYCAT sotball team won the IVC Championship on Saturday, beating Reed-Custer 7-4. Team members include (kneeling, from left) Aubree Jandura, Samantha Liaromatis, Keeley Walsh, Nina Egizio, Madisyn Rossow, Taryn Gilbert and Chesnee Geiss. Standing are Sophia Albright, Taylor Stickel, Taryn Talley, Aly Allgood, Autumn Lancaster, Ashlyn Warriner and Addison Billingsley.

    08/30/2022 - 5:10pm
  • THE WILMINGTON MIDDLE school B team ended the season with an overall record of 11-3 and conference champs. Pictured (front, from left): Alli Stallings, Lilly Govero, Kelsie Roeder, Emilie Strong, Natalie Strohm & Carsyn Hansen. Backrow (from left): Coach Floyd Combs, Taylor Tenn, Payton Govero, Peyton Adams, Madisen VanDuyne, Aubri Christiansen, Coach Kaitlyn O'Donnell & Coach Jack Skole.

    08/30/2022 - 5:07pm
  • Photo by Ann Gill
    CARRYING THE BALL for the JV Miners during Saturday’s game against Wilmington is Luca Chellino.

    08/16/2022 - 2:14pm
  • 08/16/2022 - 2:13pm
  • Photo by Angela Rose
    BREAKING FREE for a long touchdown run during Saturday’s youth football jamboree is Braidwood Jr. Comet varsity running back Jesse Tresouthick.

    08/16/2022 - 2:12pm

Wilmington Region

10/04/2022 - 4:24pm
Wilmington School District 209-U is one step closer to finally getting a fix for its broken A/C at Stevens Intermediate School. In September, the board of education approved plans to move ahead with Precision Controls, a company the district has...

Coal City Region

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THE COAL CITY Community Unit Education Association—the local teachers union—began a new program this year to recognize the district’s outstanding teachers. The Star Teacher program provide union members with an opportunity to celebrate their colleagues and feature them in the annual homecoming parade. This year’s Star Teachers are [from left]: Jackie Larson, middle school; Katie Ludes, elementary school; Kim Haab, early childhood center, and Amy Gaffigan, intermediate school. High school staff member Sara Anderson is not pictured as she was busy with other parade assignments as co-sponsor of the Student Council.

10/04/2022 - 5:05pm
Some might say teachers in the Unit 1 School District are out of this world, and when it comes to lighting up education there are a few that shine bright among their peers. In recognition of all they do for their students and the school community,...

Braidwood Region

GOLF CARTS ARE parked at Old Smokey City Park during Summerfest in July. The golf cart ordinance has received a lot of attention this year, most recently as one member of the public asked the city to consider adding UTVs to the list of vehicles that can be included in the ordinance. Free Press file photo.

10/04/2022 - 4:32pm
The issue of golf carts on city streets returned to city leaders in Braidwood once again, after another resident of the community came to council with questions. Christopher Wietting approached the city council during their regular meeting on Sept....

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