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The Mokena Fire Protection District (MFPD) responded to a residential structure fire at about 3:53 a.m. Friday, July 18 in the 1900 block of Anna Street.

Three minutes after notification, fire crews arrived on the scene and determined the fire originated in the basement of the home where the fire was contained, according to a news release from MFPD.

The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire and no one was injured. An estimate on damage caused was not available at this time.

Danielle Tabor

Momentum is heading in more than the right direction for the Mokena Marketplace, which as of Monday, Oct. 27, will officially welcome a new occupant to the Village in an area currently ripe with business and development.

Rebecca Susmarski

“More happiness.”

That was the term that Lincoln-Way North girls’ volleyball senior middle hitter Valen Manns used last week.

She had good reason too, as she helped lead the Phoenix to the championship of the summer league playoffs on Thursday, July 31, at Palos Courts in Palos Heights.  

Rebecca Susmarski

The newly opened Velocity All Sports has come a long way in just a few months since Village approval – going from 50,000 empty square feet to now housing hundreds of athletes on any given night with state of the art equipment.

“It’s been fantastic,” said co-owner Cindy See of the Mokena sports complex. “We’re getting booked heavily, club coaches and owners are coming in and booking a lot of the space.”

Rebecca Susmarski

Ladies and gentleman of Mokena, start your engines. Indoor go-karts could be coming to town.
Developers at Autobahn Indoor Speedway want a two-track, 65,000-square-foot racing business up and running inside the Ligo building at 9100 W. 191st St. by June or July.
The plan was first publicly detailed Monday, Jan. 20, during a Village Board work session.

Will O'Brien

Even though it may be time to put down the gardening gear with fall weather in full swing, that hasn’t stopped a pair of flower pots from taking home this year’s championship as winners of The Mokena Messenger’s Halloween costume contest.

Leah and Kara Zaker of Mokena won this year’s contest with their flower pot costumes, which showed off creativity, originality and, above all else, embodied the Halloween spirit.

There were several great entries this year, and all submissions may be viewed on Page 27 of this issue.

Rebecca Susmarski

Feb. 2

• Kaitlin Hallahan, 20, of 19534 S. 115th Ave. in Mokena, was charged with domestic battery, illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor and criminal damage to property at 19534 S. 115th Ave. after a physical dispute with family members.

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Rebecca Susmarski

June 16

Shawn M. Roe, 35, of Mokena, was arrested at 5:20 p.m. after police observed him walking in front of his residence in the 11200 block of Wexford Drive and from prior contact with the subject knew there was an existing warrant for his arrest through the Will County Sheriff’s Office, police said. His court date is July 9 in Will County.

Rebecca Susmarski

The Mokena teachers’ union expressed “extreme disappointment” with the current progress of contract negotiations during a July 14 meeting of the Mokena Elementary School District 159 Board of Education. 

About 30 members of the Mokena Teachers Association (MTA) filled the spectators’ seats as MTA co-president Cathy Lark spoke for the union in front of the six board members present (member Patrick Markham was absent). The MTA currently has more than 100 members.

Lark said contract negotiations began in early 2014. 

Rebecca Susmarski

Pictured is the sun setting over Main Park’s Field 2 on Saturday, May 24, during the Mokena Blast’s Memorial Day weekend softball tournament. The three-day competition featured 38 teams who played 91 games. 

Mokena-gram producer Jean Lachat blogs at spiritofthesoulphotography.wordpress.com

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