Latest news from The Southtown Star Online en-us Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:10:16 PDT Southtown Star logo 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ LWSRA team wins wheelchair softball World Series ]]> Lead story image

The Lincolnway Special Recreation Association Junior Hawks played like a veteran team and captured the National Wheelchair Softball Association World Series recently at Cubs Care Field at McFetridge Sports Center in Chicago, according to a press release from the association. After winning twice and losing twice on the first day of games, LWSRA was seeded No. 2 going into the second day, the release said. The Junior Hawks then beat the Nebraska Barrons 7-1 in the semifinals and the Minnesota Rolling Twins 1-0 in the championship game, the release said. Junior Hawks named to the All-Tournament Team were Thomas Duffy, … ]]> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 02:18:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ New Lenox, Will County police blotter ]]>

NEW LENOX DUI ARREST: Taylor Worrall, 19, 420 Livingston Drive, New Lenox, was charged with drunken driving, leaving the scene of an accident, improper lane use and no insurance after he allegedly struck a mailbox and a sign Aug. 22 in the 300 block of West Joliet Highway, police said. VEHICLE BURGLARY: A duffel bag was stolen from an unlocked vehicle Aug. 25 in the 2600 block of Bluestone Bay Drive. BURGLARY: Michael Ferreira, 23, 512 Livingston Drive, New Lenox, was charged with burglary after he allegedly stole cash Aug. 25 from a home in the 200 block of Foxhill … ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:24:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Brashinger: L-Way area park districts offer before- and after-school programs ]]> Lead story image

Local park district programs can go a long way to ease the concerns of parents who may have longer workdays than their children’s school days. Several park districts in the Lincoln-Way area offer parents an affordable solution to the problem of who will take care of their children while parents are commuting and working — and whether it will be done in a safe environment. The Frankfort Square Park District’s Before and After School Program, known as BAS, is in its sixth year of serving kindergarten through sixth-grade students attending Summit Hill School District 161. Cheryl Martin, superintendent of the … ]]> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 02:17:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ New Lenox, Will County police blotter ]]>

NEW LENOX CHECK FRAUD: Tytiana Hardmon, 24, of Calumet City, and Anthony Redman, 23, of Chicago, were charged with forgery, money laundering and fraud after they deposited a fraudulent check into an account at TCF Bank and withdrew money Aug. 8 from the ATM at the bank in the 2400 block of East U.S. 30, police said. VANDALISM: Jacob Strempel, 19, 705 Tanager Lane, New Lenox, and Joseph Grainger, 18, of Joliet, were charged with criminal damage to property after they damaged a mailbox Aug. 8 in the 2900 block of Gifford Place, police said. FORGERY: Hasan Rihan, 30, 2849 … ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:36:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ PSAT testing at L-Way schools set for Oct. 15 ]]>

The four Lincoln-Way high schools — Central, East, North and West — will administer the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) on Oct. 15 at each high school, according to a press release from Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are interested in taking the national exam should register in their school’s PPS office, the release said. “The PSAT is the qualifying test for National Merit Scholars during a student’s junior year. Juniors from around the nation take this test to compete for scholarship money,” Central Principal Steve Provis said in the release. “In addition, many … ]]> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 02:18:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ New Lenox Rebels capture Classic title ]]> Lead story image

Despite viruses and injuries, the New Lenox Rebels Red 11U baseball team was able to overcome it all and win the Memorial Day Classic tournament in New Lenox. The weekend didn’t start out great with the Rebels losing 12-2 to the Lockport Vipers after what manager Tom Strilko described as a “sloppy” game. “I reminded them that losing one game in pool play doesn’t mean the end and challenged them to come back (the next day) a different team,” Strilko said. The Rebels came out the next day and won two straight, including a tough 4-1 win in the quarterfinals … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:18:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Frankfort, Mokena police blotter ]]>

FRANKFORT SUSPENDED LICENSE: Michael Caria, 19, 10213 Cambridge Drive, Mokena, was charged with driving on a suspended license and speeding after he was stopped Aug. 5 at Scheer and Steger roads, police said. LICENSE SUSPENDED: Keith L. Wallace, 37, 7342 W. Woodlawn Drive, Frankfort, was charged with driving on a suspended license and without valid registration after a stop Aug. 6 in the 21000 block of LaGrange Road, police said. DUI ARREST: Daniel J. Hartnett, 21, 71 Pleasant Hill Court, Frankfort, was charged with drunken driving and leaving scene of an accident after a crash Aug. 8 in the 700 … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:16:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Two Lincoln-Way grads earn National Merit Scholarships ]]>

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. recently announced the final group of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners, according to a press release about the program. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who enrolled at their institution, it said. Lisa M. Meister, of Manhattan), a graduate of Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox, received a National Merit University of Alabama scholarship, the release said. Meister was undecided about her field of study. George F. Rung IV, of Mokena), a graduate of Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort, received a … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:18:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Brashinger: New vitamin shop opens in Mokena ]]> Lead story image

Valhalla Vitamins in Mokena takes its name from the final resting place of ancient Norsemen, a utopia-like haven for heroes that promises a never-ending supply of nourishment, according to the recently opened nutrition store’s owners. “People come in here and feel a part of something different,” owner Nate Shaughnessy, 22, said about the shop, 19829 LaGrange Road, that’s decorated with Viking images created by his mother, Carla Dreher. Shaughnessy said although the images give the shop “personality,” what he and his marketing director and partner Dave Schroer, 25, believe is most important is that they “specialize in just making people … ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:19:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ New Lenox, Will County police blotter ]]>

NEW LENOX SUSPENDED LICENSE: Adrian Irvin, 25, 912 Lake St., New Lenox, was charged with driving on a suspended license after a stop July 28 in the 100 block of East U.S. 30, police said. RETAIL THEFT: Dearick Farr, 53, of Joliet, was charged with retail theft, driving on a suspended license, improper use of registration and no insurance after police received a complaint about a man urinating in public July 28 outside the Walgreens store in the 400 block of Nelson Road, police said. They said Farr had left the parking lot when police arrived but was stopped minutes … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:16:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ SD 157C faces budget deficit ]]>

Frankfort School District 157C will have a projected $500,000 deficit in its operating budget for the 2014-15 school year, according to a news release from the district. The District 157C board recently approved a budget calling for operating expenses of $31.1 million and revenues of $30.6 million. The district plans to use about $500,000 of its $28 million in reserves to make up the difference, according to the release. The budget reflects continued cost-cutting measures and flat revenues, with cuts in state funding and a lower equalized assessed valuation, officials said in the release. School officials will continue to take … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:18:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Frankfort, Mokena police blotter ]]>

FRANKFORT VEHICLE BURGLARY: Items were stolen July 26 from a vehicle in the 8100 block of Sauk Trail. SUSPENDED LICENSE: Courtney P. Alexander, 36, 36 Willow Road, Matteson, was charged with driving on a suspended license and using a cellphone while driving after a stop July 27 at U.S. 30 and LaGrange Road, police said. LICENSE SUSPENDED: Dontae E. Frazier, 24, 12814 Paulina, Calumet Park, was charged with driving on a suspended license and speeding after a July 29 stop at U.S. 30 and Woodbridge Drive, police said. WARRANT ARREST: Brian J. Frainey, 25, 8648 Saddlebred Court, Frankfort, was arrested … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:48:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chiropractor trading services for food pantry donations ]]> Lead story image

New Horizons Family Chiropractic’s fundraiser to help the Frankfort Food Pantry stock up on supplies for the start of the school year runs through Aug. 14, according to a release about the program. New patients can get a chiropractic exam, computerized nerve scans, consultation, full spinal X-rays and a complete report showing how people can be helped with their health concerns. The normal cost is $275, but through Aug. 14, it is being offered for a $50 donation to the food pantry or $50 in nonperishable food items, the release said. According to the release, the food pantry needs baby … ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:02:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Frankfort, Mokena police blotter ]]>

FRANKFORT SUSPENDED LICENSE: Kanyla Wilson, 31, 22425 Lakeshore Drive, Richton Park, was charged with driving on a suspended license and illegal use of an electronic after a stop July 10 in the 19800 block of LaGrange Road, police said. DUI ARREST: Mario McKinney, 34, 22611 Ridgeway Ave., Richton Park, was charged with drunken driving and improper lane use after a July 13 stop at Steger and Wolf roads, police said. VANDALISM: Several mailboxes were damaged July 14 in the 1000 block of Prestwick Drive. DRUG CHARGES: Omar Villa, 25, and Lauren R. Craig, 35, both of Aurora, were charged with … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:40:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ New Lenox, Will County police blotter ]]>

NEW LENOX RETAIL THEFT: Joseph Lionello, 41, of Joliet, was charged with retail theft after he stole goods July 6 from Wal-Mart in the 500 block of East U.S. 30, police said. BIKE THEFT: A bicycle was stolen July 8 in the 2600 block of Martin Court. VEHICLE BURGLARY: Cash was stolen July 9 from an unlocked vehicle in the 200 block of West Wood Street. SIGNS STOLEN: Five “no boating” signs were stolen July 10 from a pond in the Horizon Meadows subdivision, Foxwood and Stacey drives. VEHICLE BURGLARY: A backpack containing a laptop computer and personal items was … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:52:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Brashinger: Manhattan teen competes for title of Miss Illinois USA ]]> Lead story image

Miss Manhattan, Kaley Albrecht, 18, is a finalist in the Miss Illinois USA contest, which will determine the state’s representative in the Miss USA contest. Albrecht obviously hopes she will be named Miss Illinois USA but said participating in the first leg of the competition already fulfills a childhood dream. “When I was really little, I would always watch the Miss USA pageant,” she said. “I wanted to be one of the pretty girls in the pretty dresses on stage when I grew up.” Albrecht said her mother, Tammi, told her, “if that’s what you want, work for it,” so … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:14:14 -0500