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  • Suburban events Saturday being canceled due to snow Feb 1, 2014 8:09 AM
    With a major winter storm looming Friday night, many local events planned for Saturday were being canceled. Among the cancellations announced Friday afternoon were the IHSA cheerleading sectional competitions, which have been moved to the same time Sunday in Grayslake and Rolling Meadows.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in and around the Fox Valley aim to inspire Jan 14, 2014 3:28 PM
    A great leader deserves to be honored and remembered. Here’s where you can find Martin Luther King Jr. events in and around the Fox Valley.

  • W. Aurora High selling ‘Believe’ CD to support music programs Jan 14, 2014 1:40 PM
    West Aurora High School is now selling the CD “Believe” that combines talents of the school’s top choir and band with county music recording artist Ricky Lee. All proceeds from the sale of the $10 CD will be used to support the fine arts programs of West Aurora through the Christopher Patterson Memorial Foundation.

  • District 129 bands to perform winter concerts Dec 6, 2013 1:47 PM
    West Aurora Unit District 129 student musicians will perform in four winter concerts Dec. 9-12. All concerts will feature a mix of traditional band repertoire, as well as some holiday favorites.

  • Suburban vets full of emotion as Moving Wall nears Nov 3, 2013 11:16 PM
    “Brushed aside,” no more, Aurora veterans say this week's arrival of The Moving Wall will be a happy day of remembrance throughout the city.The wall, a three-fifths-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will rise Thursday morning in the practice soccer fields at West Aurora High School and remain in place through Veterans Day. Also on display will be the Illinois Fallen Heroes Traveling Memorial, a model of the World War II memorial and Aurora's Healing Field of Honor.

  • Veteran Luckinbill named W. Aurora H.S. parade grand marshal Sep 19, 2013 12:05 PM
    Military veteran Herschel Luckinbill is working tirelessly to make Aurora the most patriotic city in America come this November, but on Thursday, Sept. 26 he himself will be the center of attention as the grand marshal of the West Aurora High School Homecoming parade.

  • Images: Big Brother Winner Andy Herren Sep 19, 2013 4:42 PM
    Images of part-time College of DuPage professor — and now reality TV show winner — Andy Herren of the CBS show “Big Brother.” He bested 15 housemates in taking home the winning $500,000 prize.

  • Aurora native hopes participation won't 'jeopardize' COD job Sep 20, 2013 12:47 PM
    An Aurora native and part-time College of DuPage professor — and now reality TV show winner — says he can't wait to get back home after spending three months with strangers in a secluded house as part of the CBS show “Big Brother.” Andy Herren, 26, was announced winner Wednesday night of season 15, in perhaps the series' most controversial season yet.

  • Suburban school closings due to heat today Sep 10, 2013 1:00 PM
    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 in Naperville, St. Charles Unit District 303, West Aurora District 129 and Waukegan District 60 announced early dismissals or closings due to heat today.

  • Some schools sweating through heat wave without air conditioning Aug 27, 2013 5:30 AM
    With the heat index inching closer to 100 degrees this week, students in some suburban schools are trying to keep cool without the benefit of air conditioning in the classroom. “It is a bit of a distraction because you’re trying to get your school year going,” said Mary Pat Johnson, of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School in West Dundee. “But there’s nothing you can do.”

  • New principals, new starts in Fox Valley Aug 21, 2013 6:36 PM
    The leadership lineup was shuffled a bit for St. Charles schools, which opened Wednesday. Five schools got new principals. They are St. Charles North, with Audra Christenson; Haines Middle School, with Pam Jensen; Thompson Middle School, with Tim Loversky; Wredling Middle School, with Stephen Morrill; and Anderson Elementary, with Patricia Gonzalez.

  • D129 teachers start year with new contract Aug 20, 2013 4:18 PM
    West Aurora school district teachers will start classes Wednesday with a new contract. There's no increase in the base salary schedule, but teachers will have a voice in deciding how to allocate money for coaches and extracurricular sponsors at the middle and high schools.

  • Aurora Dist. 129 sex abuse lawsuit moving foward Jun 28, 2013 3:37 PM
    Attorneys for a girl who is suing Aurora School District 129 and two superintendents arguing they turned a blind eye to a high school band director’s inappropriate behavior with studednts may now review emails, district memos and schedule depositions of school employees.

  • District 129 settles scalding tea lawsuit Jun 27, 2013 4:54 PM
    West Aurora District 129 has settled a lawsuit filed by the parents of a preschool aged, special needs boy who was severely burned in November 2011 when he pulled a cup of hot tea, which was brought in to class by a teacher, onto his face. The settlement for the family and the boy, who is now 5, was ordered sealed and kept confidential by a judge at the request of the school district.

  • Explore your creative side at Canvas and Cocktails Night Jun 27, 2013 11:51 AM
    Kevin Kuster, owner of Creator Gallery in North Aurora, doesn’t want to just display art. He wants you to come in and create your own. The gallery, which had a soft opening in late January, has launched Canvas and Cocktails Night, an art class with a twist. Recent class themes have included Warhol and Wine, Michelangelo and Margaritas, and Rembrandt and Rum.

  • West Aurora Dist. 129 superintendent retiring next year Jun 19, 2013 7:44 PM
    The superintendent of West Aurora School District 129 is retiring at the end of the 2014 school year, according to a board of education announcement on the district website. Jim Rydland has been superintendent of District 129 since July 2005.

  • Fox Valley Academic Team honorable mentions Jun 7, 2013 10:32 AM
    2012-2013 Fox Valley academic team honorable mentions

  • 2012-2013 Fox Valley Academic Team Jun 7, 2013 9:17 AM
    Imagine getting straight A's in every class, all four years of high school. Now combine that with leadership, extracurriculars, and a desire to apply one's knowledge in a way that benefits others, and you've got the kind of student who gets named to the Daily Herald's 2012-13 Fox Valley Academic Team. "Success is not about how much money we make or how many square feet our houses are, but rather how many lives we can improve by helping others," writes Arjun Tambe of Illinois Math and Science Academy.

  • Fate of charter appeal uncertain May 29, 2013 11:49 AM
    When Governor Pat Quinn signed a one-year moratorium on the establishment of new virtual charter schools into law, suburban administrators expected an end to the appeal process currently under way for one such school. But that may not be the case. Attorneys on one side argue the commission has a legal responsibility to complete the appeal while those on the other side say the commission no longer has authority to approve the virtual charter school. A decision is expected this week.

  • No prosecution of District 129 officials in abuse case May 22, 2013 5:15 PM
    The Kane County state's attorney's office announced Wednesday that it will not seek to prosecute any West Aurora District 129 officials for not reporting suspected sexual abuse to state authorities. A former band director was sentenced to 12 years in prison last year after pleading guilty to sexually abusing two of his students.

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