The varsity cheerleaders from Shepard High School took second place at the IHSA Sectional at Hinsdale South to qualify for the IHSA state finals. (supplied photos)

The varsity cheerleaders from Shepard High School took second place at the IHSA Sectional at Hinsdale South to qualify for the IHSA state finals. (supplied photos)

Shepard, Richards cheerleaders earn highest sectional scores

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The varsity cheerleaders from Richards High School took fifth place at the IHSA Sectional at Hinsdale South to qualify for the IHSA state finals.

The varsity cheerleaders from Shepard High School in Palos Heights on second place on Saturday at the IHSA Sectional tournament at Hinsdale South High School.  The team advanced to the IHSA state finals as a result.

Coached by Shepard graduate Felicia Marr, the Astros earned their highest score ever at a sectional tournament.   The team has enjoyed another tremendous season, winning first place in the Co-Ed Division at both the Andrew and Lincoln-Way East invitationals.  ​

The varsity cheerleaders from Richards High School in Oak Lawn won fifth place on Saturday at the IHSA Sectional tournament at Hinsdale South High School in the Large Varsity Division.  The team advanced to the IHSA state finals next weekend as a result.

Coached by Richards graduate Jessica Gall, the Bulldogs have produced a stellar season.  Her team took first place at the Andrew Invitational, second at the South Suburban Conference meet, and third at Joliet West.

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Olympic Silver Medalist Abbey Murphy was welcomed back to her home block on 92nd and Ridgeway Avenue in Evergreen Park Thursday night. She stands here alongside Evergreen Park Mayor Kelly Burke (left). (Photos by Kelly White)

Warm homecoming on cold, snowy night for Olympian Abbey Murphy

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Spread the loveBy Kelly White Streets lined with residents welcomed back USA Olympic Silver Medalist Abbey Murphy Thursday night to Evergreen Park. The Evergreen Park community has been cheering on 19-year-old Murphy as she and Team USA battled in the women’s hockey tournament at the Winter Olympics in Beijing. Countless residents have decorated their houses…

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St. Patrick’s Day parade dedicated to Officer Ella French

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Spread the loveHeroism, sacrifice to be honored By Tim Hadac A 29-year-old woman remembered as a hero and martyr among many—in Chicago and elsewhere—will be saluted at the Archer Avenue St. Patrick’s Day parade, set for Saturday, March 12. The late Chicago Police Officer Ella French, shot to death during a traffic stop near 63rd…

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Eight years later, an Eagle takes flight

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Spread the loveBy Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • joan.hadac@gmail.com Hi everyone. I want to tell you about the eight-year journey of one young man, which started in fourth grade at Kinzie School and ended just recently. His journey took him from Cub Scout Pack 3625 at Kinzie School through…

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A crazy fun day

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Spread the love Dahlia Walkosz and Olivia Lopez, fifth graders at St. Daniel the Prophet School, were among many having fun during Crazy Hat Day–part of St. Dan’s efforts to promote good spirit during this year’s Catholic Schools Week. Parents looking for a school for their children for the 2022-23 school year are invited to…

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Naz teacher earns Golden Apple nomination

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Palos Park Commissioner Nicole Milovich-Walters said she has found serving her community to be rewarding. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Analysis: Palos Park still looking for perfect commish candidate

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva There are a couple of ways people can perceive Palos Park’s Village Council going without a fifth commissioner for months. On the surface, it would appear to outsiders that the council is sitting on its hands. Or, it can look like the council has not found the right person yet.…

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Pandemic relief funds available for business, Gonzalez says

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Spread the loveFrom staff reports State Rep. Edgar Gonzalez Jr. (D-21st) is calling attention to a new round of Back to Business grants available to local businesses dealing with financial hardship related to the pandemic. “For years now, the COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for small business owners throughout Illinois, but they have largely…

John Jennings (left) is congratulated by Police Chief Ricardo Mancha after being named Bridgeview Fire Chief. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

Acting no more, Jennings named Bridgeview Fire Chief

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Spread the loveBy Steve Metsch After a year on the job, John Jennings can remove “acting” from his title. Jennings, 53, was officially named fire chief by the Bridgeview Village Board at its Feb. 16 meeting. The vote was unanimous. “I’m very proud to be the chief,” Jennings, 53, said. “I work with a bunch…

Shepard yoga students at the high school, 13049 S. Ridgeland Ave., Palos Heights, participated in Cardz for Kidz, a collection and distribution of uplifting cards to all ages of people across the globe. (Supplied photos)

Cardz for Kidz at Shepard High School

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Spread the loveBy Kelly White Yoga enhances connections among the mind, body and spirit. Shepard High School’s yoga students infused these spiritual teachings with their daily lives and passed along messages of peace, love and care to others. These students, ranging from sophomores to seniors, at the high school, 13049 S. Ridgeland Ave., Palos Heights,…

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10th La Grange Restaurant Week kicks off Friday

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Spread the loveBy Steve Metsch For the 10th straight year, folks are invited to visit old favorites and try unfamiliar places during the La Grange Restaurant Week. “It’s a healthy way of building the community, getting people to try new things,” said Zach Molokie, culinary director for Cloud 9 Hospitality, which owns Barrel House Social.…

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