Churchill kids get the ‘inside scoop’ on their favorite book

Author Blue Balliett gave Churchill School students the “inside scoop” on how she wrote the internationally famous mystery book “Chasing Vermeer.” The guest author spoke to an assembly of third, fourth and fifth graders, then visited classrooms and enjoyed lunch with children at the Homewood school on Monday, April 8.

Spring snow

Snow in April isn't unheard of. It's just unwelcome. Maybe this will be the last spasm of the winter of 2018-2019.

Familes (including dogs) have fun collecting eggs in the park

Families braved chilly 44-degree weather on Saturday, April 13, to participate in the annual Lucky Egg Hunt and Lucky Dog Egg Hunt sponsored by the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District. 



Sweets and spirit mark baseball opening day


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Opening day of youth baseball is a Big Deal in Homewood and Flossmoor. The events — April 20 in Homewood and April 27 in Flossmoor — will begin with parades of teams marching through each village to show off their fine new uniforms and enthusiasm for the game. 

Library of Congress books donated to H-F High

  U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, center, shared with students
  some of the 100 books donated to Homewood-Flossmoor
  High School through the Library of Congress' Surplus
  Books Program. Kelly spent time on April 5 addressing

Two H-F High seniors selected Evans Scholars

Homewood-Flossmoor High School seniors Michael Grupp and Madelyn Fitzgerald have been selected Chick Evans Scholars by the Western Golf Association. The Evans Scholarship is valued at an estimated $120,000 over four years. It covers tuition and room and board. Grupp and Fitzgerald were among 20 scholarship winners this year based on four criteria: a strong caddie record, excellent academics,  demonstrated financial need and outstanding character.


Alleged Dollar Tree store robber arrested in Markham

Homewood police have arrested the man they believe was the offender in an armed robbery of the Dollar Tree store in Homewood on April 6. Jonathan Payne, 18, of Hazel Crest, was arrested on April 10 in Markham, according to Homewood police. He is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and two counts of armed robbery.


Homewood approves budget with $500K surplus

The Homewood village board approved a budget with a surplus of more than $500,000 at its April 9 meeting. The allocation for the 2019-2020 fiscal year includes an operating budget of $32,123,159 and a capital budget of $3,085,264. With expected revenues, that results in a surplus of $538,735. The budget can be amended, as necessary, throughout the year.

Manicured gardens burst with simple beauty

Just one look and you can see the planning that went into the garden areas around Chris Steiner’s Flossmoor home. Ornamental trees and leafy hostas line the walkway. Rows of perennial plants are abundant but well maintained.

H-F senior holds national record at California track and field meet

Homewood-Flossmoor High School senior Quinton Stringfellow set a new school record and holds a national wind-legal outdoor record in the long jump competition at the ASICS Mount Carmel Invitational in San Diego March 23.


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