No reported injuries when shots fired in Homewood early Saturday

Homewood police are investigating a report of shots fired at White Castle, 18250 S. Halsted St. early Saturday.

Police said the incident occurred shortly after 5:45 a.m. During an incident in the restaurant's drive-thru lane, a man exited a vehicle and fired a gun. No injuries were reported.

The man then fled the scene in a black four-door vehicle, possibly a Volkswagen.

Police activity near Heather Hill School leads to brief lockdown

Charges are pending against a man after he attempted to elude a Flossmoor police officer in the vicinity of Heather Hill School on Friday morning.
 
The incident triggered a Code Yellow lockdown at the school for less than a half hour, Flossmoor police said in an email community alert.
 

Ride for free on Metra this weekend

Metra is offering free rides this weekend in an effort to encourage ridership throughout the year.

For the first time in its history, Metra will offer free rides for an entire weekend, Feb. 16 and 17, in an effort to boost weekend ridership and give its riders and area residents a pat on the back for coping with last week’s extreme cold.  

Homewood approves funding for emergency stormwater improvements

The Homewood village board approved emergency funding for improvements to failures in stormwater infrastructure improvements at its Feb. 12 meeting. Workers recently found two critical failures in the stormwater system, which public works officials said in village documents could result in “severe flooding” if not repaired. 
 
 

Supervisory role has Homewood’s Barbara Dawkins shaping new lawyers

Barbara Dawkins doesn’t know anything about baseball. She loves Homewood, though, so she signed up to volunteer as B-league president of Homewood Baseball for the 2019 season. Dawkins’ true specialty is law, and after 20 years of litigation, she is now a supervisor of the Juvenile Justice Division of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, where she supervises all suburban juvenile prosecutions.

H-F wins seventh straight against Stagg

Seniors Issac Stanback and Trace Williams pressure Chargers guard Roy Huddleston in the third quarter. (Donald Crocker/H-F Chronicle)
  Seniors Issac Stanback and
  Trace Williams pressure
  Chargers guard Roy Huddleston
  in the third quarter.
 
  (Donald Crocker/H-F Chronicle)
 
Homewood-Flossmoor’s Vikings overpowered Stagg 60-37 to win the 10th out of their past 11 games. H-F faced a couple of hard fouls by Stagg, but H-F led the Chargers 27-19 after a chippy first half. Stagg, which ran a smaller lineup, had no chance compared to the height of the Vikings.

Improvements made, tax incentive approved for Homewood property

The Homewood Village Board approved a Class 8 tax designation Tuesday for a Shell gas station and strip mall at the intersection of Ridge Road and Halsted Street after delaying the move last month. The incentive was on the agenda at the board’s Jan. 22 meeting. Trustee Jay Heiferman raised the idea then of asking the business owner, listed on the renewal application as Waseem Ahmed, to make improvements to the property before the board renewed the measure.
 

You Matter 2 founder Destiny Watson’s outreach impacts peers, community

Nearly five years after founding You Matter 2, a service organization at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Destiny Watson is still passionate about helping to improve the lives of others. Watson, now a junior at the University of Dayton, recently traveled to the Central American nation of El Salvador as part of her human rights studies. The experience, she said, was “eye-opening.” 

 

Two from H-F’s early days are remembered in named spaces

Long before naming rights for buildings and facilities were a thing, Homewood-Flossmoor High School dedicated spaces in the South Building to two special people. For years, every major performance, presentation and awards ceremony has been in the Mall Auditorium named for Calvin Mall, a student who died in 1963.  The District 233 school board honored William T. Burghardt, the first athletic director at H-F, by naming the gym in his honor. 
 

H-F Superintendent Mansfield chooses education for career of a lifetime

Homewood-Flossmoor High School Superintendent Von Mansfield knows his five years in the National Football League stand out on his résumé, but it’s his 30 years in education that have been the career he’s cherished. He grew up with four brothers and a single mom in a housing project in Milwaukee and rode the bus to the Milwaukee University School, a private school far removed from his neighborhood. 

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