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  • Tri-Cities police reports Dec 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Tyler R. Palmer, 20, of Sycamore, was charged with attempting to defraud a drug screening test, a felony, at 3:31 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Kane County Judicial Center, 37W777 Route 38, St. Charles, according to a sheriff’s report. Palmer admitted to bringing some of his older “clean” urine in a condom to the test after an administrator noticed the sample he provided was too cold.

     
  • Shannon D. Hill

    2nd lawsuit in fatal 2012 crash near Elgin Nov 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    A second lawsuit has been filed in response to a fatal rollover crash from September 2012 in which a 19-year-old from Elgin was charged with reckless homicide. Authorities say Shannon Hill was high on marijuana when he crashed a SUV, killing passenger Lawrence Echols and injuring Shandontre Smith of South Elgin. Smith has sued, seeking unspecified damages.

     
  • Shannon Hill

    Lawsuit filed in 2012 DUI crash that killed Elgin teen, injured another Sep 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Shannon Hill, 18, of Elgin, who is accused of being high on marijuana when he caused a crash in September 2012 that killed a passenger, Lawrence Echols. Also named in the lawsuit are Hill's guardian, Mattie Grant, and 2 J's Wine and Liquor, an Elgin store. The suit argues that: Hill is liable for wrongful death; Grant was negligent in letting him drive her vehicle; and Hill somehow got alcohol from the store.

     
  •  The top sides of a swamp oak leaves, left, and white oak leaves are much darker compared to their undersides. The underside of the swamp white oak leaves are also soft and fuzzy to the touch.

    Leaf peepers: Clues to help identify white oaks Aug 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    “There were many splendid oaks,” wrote John S. Wilcox in 1906, describing Kane County at the time of European settlement. These magnificent trees included white oaks, red oaks, black oaks and bur oaks. There were swamp white oaks and chinkapin oaks, Hill’s oaks and shingle oaks, too. Although oaks are in serious decline, these species can still be found in Kane County.

     
  • Burr Oak leaf at Dick Young Forest Preserve in Batavia.

    Find out why oaks are endangered and how to help preserve them Jul 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    The oak tree was once hailed as king of the forest. People called it magnificent, majestic and mighty. But that was then. Now, the oak no longer reigns supreme. As a group, oaks are in serious decline. As ecological communities, oak woodlands are imperiled.

     
  •  Jesse Frampton, 16, of Winnebago rinses Liberty, a 3-year-old Angus cow after checking in at the Kane County Fair. The fair opens Wednesday and runs through Sunday.

    Tigers, bull riding and pig races? Must be the Kane County Fair Jul 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    When Larry Breon of Batavia was growing up, he went to the Kane County Fair to show off his family’s cattle as part of the 4-H exhibition. “It was something you looked forward to all summer,” he said. “We weren’t in town a lot, so this was our big chance for getting around other kids.”

     
  • Shannon Hill

    Elgin teen charged with being high and causing 2012 fatal crash Mar 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for an 18-year-old from Elgin involved in a fatal crash in September 2012. Shannon Hill is accused of being high on marijuana and going at least 40 mph over the speed limit when he crashed in Burlington Township, killing Lawrence Echols, 17, of Elgin, according to police and court records.

     
  • Endorsements: Gorman, Kellenberger, Perry for Central Unit Dist. 301 schools Mar 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Daily Herald endorses Jeff Gorman, Jeffrey Kellenberger and Maggie Perry for the Central Unit Dist. 301 Board of Education.

     
  • Tri-Cities police reports Sep 25, 2012 12:00 AM
    Twelve unauthorized credit card charges, totaling $868, were made between noon Sept. 15 and noon Sept. 19 on the account of a resident of the 34W900 block of Stanton Drive near St. Charles, according to a sheriff’s report.

     
  • Investigation continues into fatal Kane County crash Sep 3, 2012 12:00 AM
    Police say it will be a few weeks before they wrap up their investigation of a Sunday morning crash in Kane County that killed one teen and seriously injured another, authorities said Monday. The one-car crash occurred about 12:50 a.m. Sunday in an area west of Burlington, killing 17-year-old Lawrence Echols of Elgin.

     
  • Tri-Cities police reports Aug 30, 2012 12:00 AM
    Robert G. Foster, 67, of Geneva, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court for DUI charges from the Kane County Sheriff's Department at 3:48 p.m. Tuesday, according to a police report.

     
  • Glenn Swanson

    Officials in 31 suburban townships get automatic raisesAug 29, 2012 12:00 AM
    While most American workers have spent the past four years getting by with stagnating wages, or making even less than in years before, a segment of government employees is doing just fine. Elected officials in 31 suburban townships combined to make $661,387 more this year than they did in 2009. In many cases, they gave themselves the raises -- and they're getting ready to do it again.

     
  • Tri-Cities police reports Aug 24, 2012 12:00 AM
    Gregory Schmitt, 23, of the 48W600 block of Whispering Oaks Road near Burlington, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane use and illegal transportation of alcohol after a traffic stop at 8:19 p.m. Monday at Meredith and Winters road near Maple Park, according to a sheriff's report.

     
  • Tri-Cities police reports Aug 23, 2012 12:00 AM
    George E. Ghawi, 36, of St. Charles, was charged with disorderly conduct at 1 p.m. Aug. 14 at Delnor Hospital, 300 S. Randall Road, according to a police report.

     
  •  Sheep judge Dan Spilde of Stoughton, Wis., looks at the teeth of a Dorper Hair sheep held by Josh Koukol of Pingree Grove during the second day of the Kane County Fair on July 19. Koukol was helping show sheep for Stephanie and Dennis Larson of Woodstock. Stephanie is behind Koukol.

    Blue Ribbon Sale a big hit with Kane 4-H’ers Aug 1, 2012 12:00 AM
    The annual Kane County Fair's 4-H Blue Ribbon Sale was held July 22 as the culmination of the event. Approximately 21 cattle, 47 hogs, 25 sheep, and 36 miscellaneous items were sold at this year's auction. Numerous businesses, community organizations and individual families turned out to support the Kane County 4-H program through the annual auction.

     
  • The garden of Jean Pechtel at 597 N. Lyle Ave., Elgin, will be featured in the Elgin Area American Association of University Women's garden walk, set for Saturday, June 23.

    From blank slate to lush oasis: How an artist created a gardenJun 20, 2012 12:00 AM
    Jean Pechtel of west Elgin created a lush, colorful garden from a blank slate. Her garden will be featured on the Elgin AAUW's Fox Valley Garden Walk Saturday, June 23. "Starting with a nearly blank slate was an exciting project for me. It began with an existing brick patio, sloping away to a large expanse of lawn surrounded by a fence," Pechtel writes.

     
  •  A waterfall is featured at a previous year’s Fox Valley Garden Walk. This year’s walk will showcase seven gardens on Elgin’s west side.

    7 west side Elgin gardens showcased in garden walk Jun 20, 2012 12:00 AM
    The Elgin area American Association of University Women will showcase seven of Elgin's finest gardens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23, on the west side of town. This biennial event gives people the opportunity to see beautiful arrangements and ask questions about gardening.

     
  • Kane County has spent over $17 million of referendum moneyApr 27, 2012 12:00 AM
    Kane County Forest Preserve officials have now spent more than half the $30 million in additional dollars taxpayers gave the district a year ago. The latest land purchase of 137 acres near the Burlington Forest Preserve in Sycamore connects some existing preserves and creates recreational areas extending out to the far northwestern border of the county. This purchase cost $1.146 million.

     
  •  Atop Holy Hill, First United Methodist Church (front right) is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year with a variety of programs.

    Elgin church celebrates 175th anniversary Feb 14, 2012 12:00 AM
    It is one of the most well-known sites in Elgin. Atop Holy Hill, the First United Methodist Church on Highland Avenue has become a landmark in the city’s rich history, its intricate iron steeple rising high above the Elgin skyline. This year, the church will celebrate 175 years as a congregation. A yearlong celebration kicks off with an interfaith service Sunday, Feb. 19.

     
  •  Tiny mounds of snow sit atop the remains of wildflowers as the sun sets at Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve in Elburn. The area had a slight dusting of snow earlier in the day before the sun broke through.

    Winter solstice marks the longest night of the year Dec 10, 2011 12:00 AM
    The sun sets early these days, and mornings are cold and dark. But that’s soon to change. At half past midnight on Thursday, Dec. 22, the sun will begin its return. Known as the winter solstice, this event is the annual turning point from ever-increasing darkness to steadily increasing light.

     
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