With demolition of The Plaza comes promise of better things

          Evergreen Plaza Shopping Center’s walls started tumbling down last week, when demolition of the largely vacant landmark at 9500 S. Western Ave. began, in order to make way for a new retail development now in the planning stages. “It’s a sad day but a happy day too. We had to move forward with the project,”” said Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton, who watched as demolition equipment started tearing down... Read more


Jeff Vorva's Extra Point: No matter how …

Jeff Vorva's Extra Point: No matter how you size it up, elite is elite

Photo by Jeff Vorva Sandburg volleyball player Jake Hanes (middle) and wrestlers Rudy Yates (left) and Louie Hayes are now a part of the two percent of 8 million athletes who play high school sports and go on to a Division I college to participate in athletics.   Here is the cool thing about sports. No matter if you are 6-foot-10 or if you barely weigh 100 pounds, if you put in time and energy to be an... Read more

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‘Ted 2’ sequel should have stayed in hibernation The comedy “Ted 2” is an unneeded sequel to the film “Ted.” The first brought us Mark Wahlberg as John, along with Seth MacFarlane as Ted, his foul-mouthed Teddy bear of a best friend. This film picks up a little after the first film ended. We see the bear getting married to his sleazy fiancee, Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), at a wedding officiated by Sam... Read more


Relax and enjoy Thanksgiving Day


Thanksgiving is just one week away. That means this weekend we will be cleaning up the house because will be hosting the event. This is also a time of the year when you realize that the holiday season collides with each other. At least it seems that way. When you are a kid, you can’t wait for the next big event, which is Christmas. Time sort of stands still for youngsters... Read more