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One time, because he felt like it, Bryan Sord built an entire 8,000-square foot restaurant from scratch in just 93 days.

For an encore, he remodeled half of his Orland Park eatery – 94 West – in a blistering week and a half.

No, this is not a man to be trifled with.

“I don’t [mess] around,” Sord said. “We redid the floors and everything. I’m pretty good.”

Meredith Dobes

According to a police report from the Will County Sheriff’s Office, Jacob M. Roede, 19, of 13154 W. Stonewood Drive in Homer Glen, was charged with resisting a police officer on June 14 at Enzo’s Pizzeria at 13001 W. 143rd St. in Homer Glen.

June 13


• Jose Francisco Escamilla, 47, of 3750 Jonathan Simpson Drive in Joliet, was allegedly cited for driving at W. 151st St. and Arboretum Drive while his license was suspended.

June 10

Amanda Jarzynski

Newly elected Village officials had their cake and ate it too at a special board meeting called on April 29, when Mayor George Yukich, Trustee Beth Rodgers, Trustee Carlo Caprio and Village Clerk Ann Holtz were all sworn in to their new posts.

Christina Neitzke-Troike, the other newly elected trustee, was not sworn in at the meeting because she wanted to wait until her last meeting as trustee with Homer Township, which will be May 11, according to Yukich. She will be sworn in at the Village Board meeting on May 13.

Thomas Czaja

While some choose winter as the ideal time to travel to tropical locales, where they can catch some sun and peace of mind, Homer Glen native Angela Domenico has a different approach. 

Indeed, the 22-year-old was proudly sporting her bikini on Saturday, Jan. 31, but she didn’t have sand beneath her toes or a fruity drink in hand; instead, she was faced with the powdery white landscape of St. Germain, Wisconsin, where the Knockers Pizza Company Bikini Run and other related activities were held.

Lauren Finkler

When Gene Benes was young, his father had a workshop in his basement. There, Benes learned how to use hand tools and craft wood into a variety of items. 

Benes grew up to become an accountant, but a bit of downtime rekindled his passion for woodworking. Eventually, Benes, a Homer Glen resident, became the owner of Pens by Gene, through which he has been crafting and selling handmade pens for about 15 years. 

How it all began

Meredith Dobes

‘Time for a new outlook’ 

Dear Editor,

I would like to address the comments attributed to Mayor [Jim Daley] in the Jan. 8 [Homer Horizon] article “No shortage of write-ins on Homer Glen election ballot,” as well as his comments in a Dec. 24 Southtown Star article (“Ballot battle leads to Feb. 24 primary election in Homer Glen”), in which Daley said none of the write-in candidates have any interest in being on the ballot.

Thomas Czaja
People entering the real estate market in Lockport will now have a fresh, new option for their home search following the grand opening of Realtopia Real Estate last week.
Jacquelyn Schlabach
Homer Glen resident Robert Szajkovics has decorated the exterior of his home and property once again with a multi-colored, dazzling display of Christmas lights and figures.
Jacquelyn Schlabach

Six people were injured after a bus and vehicle collided Thursday, April 28, near the intersection of Victoria Crossing Drive and Cedar Road in Lockport.

Roughly 40 students were on a Homer Community Consolidated School District 33C bus when the crash occurred, according to Lockport Deputy Police Chief Ron Huff. The bus was on Victoria Crossing Drive at approximately 2:20 p.m., when a vehicle failed to yield and pulled out in front of the bus, Huff said.

The bus reportedly then struck the car and went into the ditch.

Thomas Czaja

With one year of business in the books, CrossFit Homer Glen business owners Bridget Ahlfield and her husband, Luke, had cause to celebrate.

On Saturday, Jan. 17, the couple and about 75 customers and acquaintances did just that, marking the anniversary with a formal gathering at the gym, located at 12632 W. 159th St., with food, a disc jockey, a photo booth and more.

Since opening on Jan. 15, 2014, Bridget said her clientele has continued to blossom, and today the gym boasts approximately 94 clients, she said.

Thomas Czaja

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