H-F board takes advantage of state law allowing fund transfers

The District 233 school board agreed Tuesday, May 17, to transfer more than $12.4 million within its budget to take advantage of a state rule that will expire July 1.

The Illinois School Code gives school districts three years to transfer money from the transportation fund. That window closes in seven weeks, said Ken Parchem, the district’s business manager. There is no guarantee the deadline will be extended.

Morin Award presented to Willow’s Stephanie Hess

Homewood District 153 presented the Jerry Morin Educational Excellence Award to Stephanie Hess, a school psychologist at Willow School. The award is presented to a teacher or staff member who has shown outstanding commitment to student achievement.

Suspect in custody following second robbery at Southgate Minimart

A second robbery at the Southgate Minimart in Homewood ended Thursday with a car crash and the arrest of a suspect.

Homewood police said an employee at the store, located at 18747 Dixie Highway, followed the suspect after the robbery and contacted the police.

The male suspect, pursued by police, struck another vehicle at Flossmoor Road and Western Avenue. The driver of the second car and a single occupant in that vehicle were taken to a local hospital, police said.

Flossmoor honors longtime police and fire official

Flossmoor village board members this week honored a former resident for years of service to the community.

At Monday's village board meeting, John J. Armellino Jr. shook hands with Mayor Paul Braun and received a plaque in appreciation of his elected and appointed positions in the Flossmoor dating back to 1991.

Armellino, a former village trustee, served more than 18 years as a commissioner on Flossmoor’s Police and Fire Board.

New park budget makes room for Lions pool improvements

Homewood-Flossmoor Park District board members Tuesday approved a $16 million budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year and honored long-time board member Sue Bertram for her service.

Community gives Chronicle a hand in delivering 25,000 papers

Community residents who distribute the H-F Chronicle are about to deliver their 25,000th paper with the May edition. With more than 5,000 copies printed monthly, a team of 15 volunteers will distribute the paper to over 50 locations in Homewood and Flossmoor.

Flossmoor gives final OK to New Hope apartment complex

After a series of meetings over the last six months, Flossmoor village board members Monday gave final approval to a plan to develop apartments for developmentally disabled adults.

Those Who Excel nominees lauded for contributions to District 161

Flossmoor School District 161 last week saluted nominees for the annual Those Who Excel awards, sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The nominees were announced and applauded at District 161’s May 9 board of education meeting.

Homewood residents urged to get vehicle stickers before deadline

Village officials are reminding Homewood residents that time is running out to puchase vehicle stickers. 

Stickers must be displayed on vehicles by May 31, according to a notice in the summer edition of the Village Key. 

Starting June 1, a $25 late fee is added to the $30 sticker fee for three- and four-wheel vehicles. The sticker fee for disabled veterans is $2 and for residents age 65 or older is $5. Replacement stickers are $5.

H-F High presents scholastic honors to 60 graduates

Homewood-Flossmoor High School honored 60 top graduates at a ceremony May 9 presenting them with scholastic pins for having earned straight A’s this year, as well as for being named to the honor roll multiple times.

Criteria for being named to the honor roll are: High Honors – students were enrolled in at least five classes and achieved grades of all A’s. Honors – students were enrolled in at least five classes and received at least two A’s and no grade lower than a B.


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