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Anticipating a larger audience than usual Thursday, May 14, the Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 Board of Education moved its meeting to the Lincoln-Way Central auditorium.

The topic on most peoples’ minds was the persistent rumors over whether the district’s financial woes would cause it to shutter one of its four high schools.

Superintendent Dr. R. Scott Tingley presented information at the meeting to not only the board members but also the public, in hopes of “laying the groundwork” for the discussion.

Danny Ciamprone

March 16

• Aaron Riha, 20, of 11434 Wexford Drive in Mokena, was charged with improper lane usage, driving without lights and possession of a controlled substance at 104th Avenue and Marley Lane in Mokena after police observed the driver operating the vehicle without headlights. Upon further investigation, police discovered an assortment of pills weighing 4.7 grams.

Danny Ciamprone

Oct. 21

• Steven Higgins, 55, of 19403 S. Wolf Road in Orland Park, was charged with driving on a suspended/revoked driver’s license and speeding at Wolf Road and Boyer Court in Mokena after police reported the driver to be traveling at a high rate of speed.

Danny Ciamprone

“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
A pair of racers enjoy the Autobahn Indoor Speedway facility in Maryland.

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

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

Pictured is an early evening shot of the Ebert Farm Service grain elevator on Front Street. Chester D. Ebert, who ran Ebert Farm Service for almost 40 years, died in mid-April at the age of 95. Photo by Jean Lachat/22nd Century Media

Editor’s Note: Mokena-gram is a new feature that will appear in The Messenger’s Life & Arts section each week (see a full explanation on Page 19). Professional photographer, Mokena resident and frequent Messenger contributor Jean Lachat is the woman behind Mokena-gram’s lens.

Plans to develop a pair of subdivisions in Mokena are moving ahead.
A development known as Ginger Creek, featuring 38 upscale lots on 38 acres along the 19300 block of Townline Road, could soon get final approval from the Village Board, said Alan Zordan, Mokena’s director of economic and community development.
Ginger Creek is being developed by Huguelet Homes, a firm with a longstanding presence in the local area and track record of successful developments. Huguelet Homes representatives have stated they’d like to break ground by spring, Zordan

Will O'Brien

Mary Lou Cioffi remembers exactly what her son Nick did when a drunk driver hit their car two years ago.

“The one thing I remember as I sat in the car ... a jacket was taken and put over me, because I heard Nick say, ‘put that over her, I don’t want her to go into shock,’” said Mary Lou, of Mokena. “He used his first aid training.”

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.

Feb. 1

Rebecca Susmarski