• Andrew running back Cole Griffin carries the ball Aug. 16 during a practice drill. Jon DePaolis/22nd Century Media

    New coach plans to return Andrew to glory

    August 24, 2016 By Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter Sports, High School
    Adam Lewandowski knows the situation into which he is stepping. As the new head football coach at Andrew, Lewandowski, 37, takes over on the heels of back-to-back 3-6 seasons for the Thunderbolts. Back-to-back losing seasons are something that has not happened at Andrew since 2000-2001, but even those were both 4-5 marks.
  • Senior defensive end Mike Murphy (3) fights through a block in pursuit of senior quarterback Collin Friedsam (10), who surveys the field after a play-action fake Aug. 17 at Sandburg’s afternoon practice. Tim Carroll/22nd Century Media

    Eagles hope new coach, new QB, new defensive scheme breed results

    August 23, 2016 By Tim Carroll, Assistant Editor Sports, High School
    Change is sometimes a good thing, but not always. Sandburg High School’s football team, however, thinks the changes it has made since this past season are all for the better.
  • Therese Jaeger, 14, of Orland Park, races Aug. 13 during the Icebox Derby in Chicago. Photo submitted

    Hot sun powers Orland Parker’s cool ride at Chicago Icebox Derby

    August 22, 2016 By Bill Jones, Editor News
    Back in 2003, André 3000 and his duo known as Outkast posed the simple question, “What’s cooler than being cool?” The answer, of course, “Ice cold!” If that fact remains true in 2016, it makes Therese Jaeger the coolest teenager in Orland Park, by leaps and bound.
  • Lola Sonne, of Frankfort, grabs a welcome bag Saturday, Aug. 13, during Back on the Bus – A Back-to-School Expo at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

    Publisher 22nd Century Media’s annual back-to-school expo serves one and all

    August 18, 2016 By Lee Edwards, Freelance Reporter News
    Area children officially are now ready to head back to school. Publisher 22nd Century Media hosted its third annual Back on the Bus – A Back-To-School Expo to celebrate the start of a new school year with families at the Tinley Park Convention Center on Saturday, Aug. 13.
  • Orland Park Half Price Books staff members (left to right) Dan Fiorio and Wally Roche man the booth Saturday, Aug. 13, while Frank Bujan, of Homer Glen, looks at a comic at OPPL Con at the Orland Park Public Library. Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

    OPPL Con embraces pop culture characters

    August 17, 2016 By Amanda Del Buono, Freelance Reporter Life & Arts
    Seven-year-old Brian Klimek had a difficult decision to make on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 13: Spider-Man or Batman? It was a tough choice for many young boys in the area, as the Orland Park Public Library held OPPL Con. “He loves superheroes,” his mother Julie Klimek said. “He wanted to wear his costume.”