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It plays in one of the toughest conferences in the state, and it typically deals with a loaded Class 7A playoff field. But year after year, the Lincoln-Way East football team finds a way to contend for a SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue title and make the playoffs.

In fact, in school history the Griffins have never failed to advance to the postseason. It has a state title (2005) to its name and a runner-up trophy (2012).

Danny Ciamprone

A Mokena man was allegedly charged with domestic battery resulting from two incidents in three days.

Justin Rafacz, 33, of 11208 First St., in Mokena, was charged first from an incident stemming from a June 2 incident at 11208 First St., in Mokena, after police responded to a domestic disturbance in progress.

After further investigation, the victim informed police that her tooth was broken after a fight broke out.

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Since last summer, Mokena has mourned the loss of its hometown hero, Pvt. Aaron Toppen, but with a plethora of community support, fundraisers and special events, his spirit will remain strong in a community that still wears blue with pride, and admires the yellow ribbons tied along Townline Road, later named Aaron Toppen Memorial Drive, in his honor.

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Laura Quinlan’s dreams are about to become reality.

The New Lenox mother of four’s Simply Rose Boutique, located off 191st Street in Mokena, will host a grand opening on May 3-4, marking the culmination of a half-year’s worth of work Quinlan hopes will result in a sophisticated shopping experience customers of all ages will find worthy of revisiting time and time again.

“I am so excited,” a beaming Quinlan said during a recent interview. “This is a dream come true for me; a bucket list item, you know. 

A Bourbonnais woman was charged with retail theft April 6 after attempting to steal five packages of ribs and fleeing from a Mokena store.

Amber Zummallen, 26, of 1325 N. Arthur Burch, in Bourbonnais, was later located by police hiding under a semi-trailer at 11305 W. Lincoln Highway in Mokena. The suspect allegedly tried to steal several packages of ribs, and after being apprehended by police, stated she had stole 10 packages of bacon approximately one week prior from the same location.

April 6

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Three individuals were reportedly charged after police received a tip that a possible drug transaction could be taking place in the area of Lincoln Highway and Wolf Road in Mokena.

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Frankfort Fusion Gold finished their 2014 season in Overland Park, Kansas, at the USSSA Fastpitch World Series where they took fifth place. 

Their record was 7-2-0.  

Frankfort Fusion Gold started their new season in Mokena at the PGF Regional Qualifier hosted by Blue Wave where they were named the champions. The girls have been playing together for several years and continue to progress at each level.  

Rebecca Susmarski

The annual outdoor flea market for the Mokena Community Park District will take place from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, May 24, at The Oaks east soccer field, 10847 W. La Porte Road, in Mokena.

Guests can enjoy the day selling, buying and swapping everything from fresh produce to new and used crafts, clothing, tools and more. Concessions will also be available.

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Having left her glass slippers at home, Mokena princess-in-training Adrianna Villarreal made do with white sparkly dance shoes. 

Villarreal, along with her father, Jose, were among the royal subjects who attended the Mokena Community Park District’s Cinderella Ball held April 18 at the District Recreation Program Center in Mokena.

“He’s a pretty good dancer,” Villarreal said of her father’s performance on the dance floor. 

Danny Ciamprone

There has been an “Xplosion” of talent in the Lincoln-Way area when it comes to youth talent on the court.

The Xplosion, a nonprofit youth basketball organization, is now entering its 10th winter season with both boys and girls teams throughout the Lincoln-Way area.

It all started with a simple idea by a trio of parents  – Bill Hayes, Frank Toland and Jay Layman – to start a Lincoln-Way District 210 feeder program.

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