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After losing her 20-year-old sister to cancer six years ago, Carlee Koerner entered a “very dark place” emotionally — until someone pulled her back into the light. 

“Rachelle really took me and shook me up a little bit and said, ‘You’re missing life. You’re letting everything pass you by,’” Koerner said. “[She] helped me find my own ‘street of dreams‘ — my own path in life.”

Rebecca Susmarski

When a little boy at AutoZone stared at Michael Assefa’s prosthetic running blade recently, Assefa responded by lifting the blade and saying “It’s cool, isn’t it? Just like Iron Man!”

The positive response is characteristic of the 21-year-old Lincoln-Way East alum. Assefa lost the lower part of his left leg in an accident, but during the past three years, has risen to become one of 31 representatives from the United States in the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports World Games.  

Plans to build a Panda Express near the intersection of Wolf Road and Lincoln Highway are headed back to the drawing board after Village trustees strongly objected to blueprints of the project presented by an architecture firm on Monday, April 21, during a work session at Village Hall.

“I think it would be a disservice to the residents and businesses in the area to put in a business like that,” Trustee George Metanias said. “It needs to match what’s around, which is nothing like this. I cannot and will not support a plan like this.”

Will O'Brien

Ellen Duda, a Central student, was chosen as this week’s Standout Student for her academic excellence.

What is one essential you must have when studying and why?

I always have music playing in the background, whether it’s Beyoncé, TWENTY ØNE PILØTS or The Lumineers.

What do you like to do when not in school or studying?

When not in school, I play golf, binge-watch Netflix, go rollerblading or spend some time with my best friends. 

Tim Carroll
When Frankfort resident Rachel McCurdy started looking to buy “big girl” clothes for her oldest daughter, Chloe (6 at the time), she said she could not find anything that she would want her child to wear.
Amanda Jarzynski
The Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Board of Education left a school closure as the only optional solution to its financial issues following discussion at its Thursday, July 16 meeting.
Meredith Dobes
John and Aimee Willis have a bit of an atypical dream. It is not to buy an island, own a hot tub or become billionaires.
Tim Carroll
Along with the usual business of approving the previous meeting’s minutes, reviewing district bills and hearing reports from administrators, the Mokena School District 159 Board of Education welcomed a new face to the group at Wednesday night’s meeting.
Tim Carroll

James Andresen

Age: 37

Occupation: Insurance agent

Elected Political Experience: Four years as Mokena School District 159 board member

Tim Carroll
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include Wyllie's arraignment hearing. Former Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 superintendent Lawrence Wyllie, who served from 1989-2013, has been indicted on fraud charges, according to a press release issued Thursday, Sept. 14, by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.
Bill Jones

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