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Lauren Skiniotes grew up in a dance studio. She began before she entered elementary school, and it soon became a mainstay in her life throughout her childhood, studying at The Dance Studio Ltd. — first in New Lenox, then Homer Glen — under owner Marianne Kyler. But as Skiniotes was finishing her senior year in college last year, Kyler called her. She wanted to retire, and she asked Skiniotes to take the reins.
Thomas Czaja
Early in his playing career, Connor Ryan found himself on the B squad, unsure whether or not he’d ever make it as a baseball player. But on June 13, the Homer Glen native’s dreams were affirmed when he took his first step into the big leagues.
Erin Redmond
Orland Park native Ashley Jurjovec lived every day of her life to the fullest, according to the people who knew her best. Today, her memory lives on through her family and friends, as they work to raise funds and awareness for the rare heart condition that led to Ashley’s death — sudden and without symptoms — at the age of 31 on May 10, 2016.
Erin Redmond
A teen and young adult were killed when their vehicles collided in a head-on crash the evening of Saturday, Dec. 23, in Homer Glen, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office.
Thomas Czaja

A bat trapped July 6 by a Homer Glen man near the garage of his home in the 13000 block of West Little Creek Drive tested positive for rabies, according to a press release issued July 8 by the Will County Health Department. A second bat from the same garage was also discovered July 9 that tested positive for rabies.

The latest cases are reportedly the fourth and fifth rabid bats discovered in Will County so far this year.

Danielle Tabor

Write-in candidates earned the majority of Homer Glen's votes, with all 16 precincts reporting, in Homer Glen's Consolidated Primary Election Tuesday, Feb. 24, according to unofficial results from the Will County Clerk's Office. However, which write-ins exactly received those votes will remain unclear until tomorrow, Feb. 25, pending official counts.

Lauren Finkler

When Lockport Township High School baseball coach Andy Satunas wants to give an example of what work ethic will do, he does not have to look far.

All he has to do is mention one of Lockport’s former players.

That is 2012 Lockport graduate Josh Altmann, who was drafted by the Texas Rangers on June 10 in the 22nd round with the 648th pick of the Major League Baseball Draft.

Thomas Czaja
One of Tyler Cepkauskas, 4, favorite family activities is to draw monsters and snakes outside in chalk.
Brittany Kapa
Pete Pfeiffer would walk in a room and immediately make an impact. Yes, he was tall. Standing about 6-foot-4, he had a signature bright beard that could not be missed and helped earn him the nickname of “Red.”
Brittany Kapa

Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm, located at 13341 W. 151st St. in Homer Glen, will see an expansion after the family purchased additional land that was closed on Dec. 28, according to Jeremy Bengtson, a member of the family and part owner of the land.

The farm that guests were accustomed to for the annual fall festival was approximately 13 acres, Bengtson said in a phone interview with The Horizon Monday, Jan. 4. With the new property purchase, the family now has approximately 126 acres extending to Bell Road and encompassing the area around the farm. 

Thomas Czaja