DQ opening day: Ice cream and ice cream weather arrive together

The line of people waiting for ice cream went down the block much of the afternoon as area residents welcomed the traditional sign of spring in Homewood — the opening of Dairy Quen at Ridge Road and Gladville Avenue.

District 161 recognizes students for chess, geography, spelling achievements

Flossmoor School District 161 this week honored students who excelled at chess, geography and spelling. The students were recognized for their achievements during Monday’s Board of Education meeting.


Homewood firefighters honored for 3 Outstanding Calls

The Village of Homewood honored 10 firefighters Tuesday at the board of trustees meeting for efforts above the call of duty in the past year and a half.

Musical 'Annie Jr.' being presented by Hart Drama Club

Depression-era Little Orphan Annie will find a happy ending when the Hart Drama Club stages the musical “Annie Jr.” on March 19, 20 and 21 at James Hart Junior High. 

Help for gardeners is at hand: Green Thumb Saturdays starts up March 14

Green Thumb Saturdays series is back. The Homewood Tree Committee is again hosting its series of gardening presentations starting Saturday, March 14. The series runs through Oct. 10.

James Hart girls volleyball team headed for state tournament

James Hart seventh grade volleyball team poses with
the trophy from their win on Monday, March 9, at
Parker Middle School in Flossmoor. Back row, from left,

PARCC off to good start in District 161, superintendent says

PARCC-wise, it’s “so far, so good” in Flossmoor School District 161. Students in grades three through five started taking the new state-mandated exam on Feb. 25 and testing, so far, has gone smoothly, Superintendent Craig Doster said at Monday’s Board of Education meeting.

Budget reductions trim District 161 teaching posts, may cut 9 bus routes

Four retiring teachers will not be replaced in Flossmoor District 161 next year and nine bus routes may face the budget ax as school officials look to the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Zoning amendments pave the way for Portillo's development in Homewood (UPDATED)

Homewood trustees paved the way Tuesday for the much-anticipated development of a Portillo's restaurant on the southwest corner of Halsted and 175th streets. (Story updated at 3:09 p.m. March 11)

Early American music featured in March 24 Homewood Library Program

"Music from the Backyard & Front Porch," a show featuring American songs performed by Lauren Pelon using a wide array of instruments, will be presented at 6 p.m. March 24 at the Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway. 


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