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A trio of Lincoln-Way North seniors were on Tuesday, May 13, recognized as the inaugural group of Fernando J. Pavon Sunrise Scholarship recipients. 

The scholarship program, coordinated in part by the League of United Latin American Citizens, Frankfort Council #5005, was established to encourage Latino youth to pursue higher education and community involvement, said Rick Pavon, the brother of Fernando, whose January 2013 death and lifetime of inspiring accomplishments led to the scholarship program’s creation.

Will O'Brien

As the co-chair of the Mokena parks referendum, I would like to take this opportunity to clarify some misconceptions of a few issues surrounding the Mokena Community Park District referendum that will be on the ballot Nov. 4.

Danny Ciamprone

Jackson Bax is proof that dreams can come true.

Like thousands of high school basketball players, Bax has envisioned playing for a Division I college program, and on Nov. 15 he got that opportunity with the University of Wisconsin — which is coming off back-to-back Final Four appearances, including finishing as NCAA runner-up last season. 

When Bax stepped on the floor and played in the final minute of the Badgers’ 92-65 victory over visiting Siena College, it was a special moment.

Danny Ciamprone

In the classic fable, “The Tortoise and the Hare,” one of lessons learned is that slow and steady wins the race.

When it comes to giving back to the community though, the Knights of Columbus St. Mary Mokena Council 6993 go full throttle, as every year is an effort to give away as much as they can.

“We try to end the year broke,” said Joe Kral, director of the Mokena Knights. “What we spend is what we take in.”

Danny Ciamprone

Several years ago, when the Mokena Community Public Library contacted a company to transform their facility into a miniature golf course, the final bill was going to be nearly $2,000.

It gave Luke Surdel, director of high school services, and Wendy Asbridge, director of young adults at the Mokena Community Public Library, the idea to take the matter into their own hands.

Danny Ciamprone

On a rainy night in Frankfort, the Lincoln-Way East defense stormed through Stagg and terrorized the Chargers’ offensive line en route to a 50-0 rout Friday, Sept. 18, in Week 4.

Danny Ciamprone

Nov. 25

• Daniel Keenan, 29, of 3730 W. 113th St. in Chicago, was charged with having a suspended/revoked driver’s license and a windshield/window violation at Everett Lane and West 191st Street in Mokena after police reportedly ran the license plate and it cane back as a suspended driver.

Nov. 21

Danny Ciamprone

Thanks, Joe Spalla

Dear Editor,

Kudos to board of education member Joe Spalla for trying to restore/preserve the Mokena schools’ band program.

His attempt to bring back fourth-grade band is laudable. One of the reasons Mokena Junior High’s and Lincoln-Way East’s music programs have been so successful stems from the band rehearsing five days a week, starting in fourth grade.

Rebecca Susmarski

A significant religious figure in the Mokena community will depart for a new opportunity this month. 

Pastor John Morlan, the lead pastor at Grace Fellowship Church on LaPorte Road, will serve his last day on the job on Sunday, June 15. He has been involved with the nondenominational church for 22 years and has been lead pastor for eight. 

Rebecca Susmarski

Daniel J. Arteaga, 31, of 153 Foxglove Court in Romeoville, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and one count each of possession of cannabis over 30 grams, delivery or possession with intent to deliver, suspended/revoked driver’s license, operation of uninsured vehicle and speeding after he allegedly drove 45 mph in a 30 mph zone at the 11600 block of Francis Road in Mokena. Police reported that cannabis weighing 61.7 grams and cocaine weighing 18.4 grams was found in the car.

Amanda Jarzynski