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Six hurt in Montgomery shooting

MONTGOMERY — Six people were shot early Sunday in the garage of a house at Jackson and Waubansia streets here. Five were taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center or Cadence Mercy Center, both in Aurora, according to a press release from Montgomery police. A sixth was …

IMSA students work on projects with local labs, universities


AURORA — Since the beginning of the school year, 17-year-old Vikram Anjur has spent his Wednesdays not in a classroom at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy but doing experiments at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia. Anjur, a junior who hails from Aurora, and …

Event in North Aurora shines light on problem of sexual assault


Mutual Ground held its annual Shine a Light on Sexual Violence awareness event recently at the North Aurora Police Department headquarters to cast a light on a crime that “exists in the darkness,” because so many incidents are not reported. Michelle Meyer, executive director of …

Aurora YWCA making impressive comeback


Over the course of so many years working in this newsroom, I’ve written plenty of stories about the local YWCA, including its extensive Week Without Violence campaign held each October since 1995, as well as its prestigious Women of Distinction luncheon that annually honored the …

Fox Valley high schools team heads to world robotics event


Twenty-five area high school students will compete in the prestigious For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics World Finals next weekend in St. Louis. Team 2451 “PWNAGE” recently won the FIRST Midwest Regional Competition and secured a spot among the brightest to advance …

College Basketball: Stay at UConn or go pro? Ryan Boatright facing ‘a big decision’


Playing point guard for NCAA men’s basketball champion Connecticut requires Ryan Boatright to make snap decisions at both ends of the floor during a game. They’ve become second nature for the small but lightning quick junior from East Aurora. The next one, though, won’t be so easy. Will he stay in Storrs for his senior year or will he go pro?

Manning gets 25 years in prison for St. Charles murder


Arthur Manning spoke softly Wednesday as he, once again, placed the blame for Naromi Mannery’s death on Mannery himself. Manning couched his finger-pointing with shades of remorse, saying he could have handled things better during a 2008 fight outside a St. Charles home where he …

One dead in kayak accident in Geneva


GENEVA — One man died in a kayak accident on the Fox River in Geneva, water rescue officials confirmed on site Saturday evening. Geneva Fire Lt. Ted Sciaky said a kayak carrying two young men was too close to the Fox River dam near Route …

Boatright comes home to Aurora to celebrate NCAA Championship win


AURORA — East Aurora’s own is home and celebrating his NCAA Championship win in style.

To the tune of McFadden and Whitehead’s “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now,” University of Connecticut guard and Aurora native Ryan Boatright was greeted by cheers from hundreds at the Paramount …

Compelled to go back


Eugene “JJ” Schmidt of St. Charles recalled that he still has a mix of feelings about last year’s Boston Marathon.

“My mantra continues to be the switch from a day of elated feelings to one of numbness, one where there was mental confusion on how …

Tammy Hartje: I still get emotional about it


In 2013, Tammy Hartje of St. Charles was just a few hundred yards from completing her first Boston Marathon, when one bomb, then another detonated.

“It’s affected me a little more now. I still get emotional about it,” Hartje said of that day.

Hartje said …

Erin Sarris: ‘I knew something was wrong’


Erin Sarris crossed the finish line about 25 minutes before the first bomb exploded. It was the third marathon completed by the Naperville resident, a sales associate at the Naperville Running Company. Her husband Louis, also a runner, was there as a spectator.

Sarris, 42, …

Sarah Scanlin: I’m not going to worry about other people doing stupid things


Last year, East Aurora teacher Sarah Scanlin ran her first Boston Marathon. The race was a milestone for the avid runner, who has pursued the sport since the age of 8. Ten minutes after she crossed the finish line, however, the milestone memory was crushed. …

Nothing deters us


Before chaos ensued, Karin Sheehy of Elgin recalled that the 2013 Boston Marathon was a beautiful day, perfect for running.

“I was very pleased with my best Boston finish yet,” she said. “After the explosions, I remember how, for all the chaos that was going …

Mandy Ziegler-Youker: Running to show support


Mandy Ziegler-Youker of St. Charles ran her first Boston Marathon in 2006 and will be back on the course Monday for her second.

Of 2013, she said, “I remember one of my coworkers [at Fermilab in Batavia], a fellow runner, calling me and telling me …

‘I have to put all the pieces together’

When Aurora resident Abby Omerza thinks about running last year’s Boston Marathon, her emotions are still mixed.

“It’s really hard to put into words,” Omerza said Wednesday. “Most of what I remember was just what a wonderful day it was. It was so beautiful, all …