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207-U Votes For Intention to Take $10.9M in Bonds

By Andrea Arens The Peotone School Board voted in favor of declaring an intention to issue $10.9M in working cash fund bonds. Only one board member, Tim Stoub, voted no. The funds will give the district the money necessary to replace the HVAC system at PES, build a baseball, softball, and soccer field complex at…

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Battle of the Books at the Board Meeting

By Andrea Arens Books were the topic for four individuals during public comment at the August 21 Peotone School Board meeting. Three of those four individuals were Peotone High School English teachers. The same subject of books was addressed back in May, when parent Mark Varboncoeur brought it to the attention of the board that…

Letter to the Editor

Letter to Ed: Chisausky

Dear Editor: I just watched the Peotone School Board meeting from August 21 and am horrified by what I saw. Multiple English teachers spoke about a situation at the school where books they have been teaching are now being challenged as inappropriate. Three of my children attended Peotone schools, and I always was pleased with…

The Peotone High School Class of 1963 met for their 60th reunion at Brian’s Place in Monee, on August 19. Classmates who were able to attend are: Backrow: Jerry Mueller, Charlie Denby, Stan Anderson, Roger Rainford, Ron Schubbe, Don Robbins, Lanny Russell, Lane Hafele, and Ron Clausing; middle row - Sandy Yunker Teske, Pat Paterson Piepinbrink, Jane Schroeder Smith, Joy Schroeder Jacobs, Diane Nieland Toepper, Holly Younker Maves, and Dean Lohrbach; seated - Laurel Sippel Baker, Norma Cann Lehnert, Carol Waldhauser Robbins, Mary Lou Krohn Issert, Lois Miller Hamilton, and Sandy Nagel Hafele. Members of other PHS classes were invited and several joined the group. The Class of 1963 was the first PHS senior class to fly to Washington, D.C., and New York City for their class trip. Previous classes had traveled by train. –Photo submitted.

Class of ’63 Holds 60th Year Reunion

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Notification of Purging Records – PHS Class of 2018

School records for the Peotone High School Class of 2018 will be purged beginning Monday, July 24. If you would like to retrieve information from your files, please leave a message on the high school voicemail (708-258-3236, ext. 1006). You may pick up the files in the office upon completion. Summer office hours are from…

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Peotone School Board Votes to End Summer Reading

By Andrea Arens At the last school board meeting in May, a parent addressed the board with concerns about the required summer reading for incoming freshman. The books referenced had violent and sexually suggestive themes. Of which, that parent, said 13- and 14-year-olds should not be required to read. Flash forward to this month’s meeting…

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PJHS Students Honored at Annual SkillsUSA Workforce Development Event

Career and technical students in Illinois earned national recognition and a medal at the 2023 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Atlanta, June 21-22. More than 6,000 students competed at the national showcase of career and technical education. The SkillsUSA Championships is the largest skill competition in the world and covers 1.79 million square feet, equivalent to…

Pictured are representatives of the Peotone FFA. –Photo submitted.

Peotone FFA Chapter Honored at State Convention

Members of the Peotone FFA chapter attended the 95th annual Illinois State FFA Convention June 13-15, along with more than 5,000 other FFA members, advisors, and guests. With a theme of “Electrify,” the three-day event annually recognizes achievements of Illinois FFA members, elects the major state officer team, and celebrates agriculture. During the convention, the…

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PHS Class of ’63 Holding 60th Reunion

The Peotone High School Class of 1963 will hold its 60th reunion on August 19. A casual get-together will be held at Brian’s Place in Monee, from 4 to 7 p.m. No reservations are necessary, with food and drinks on your own. Members of other PHS classes also are welcome to attend.

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PHS Announces Honor Rolls

Peotone High School recently announced students named to its honor rolls at the close of the school year. Congratulations to the following students! Superior Honor Roll, 4.0 and above Seniors: Yosef Abdeh, Kyle Gaidamavice, Julia Giese, William Graffeo, Cameron Greenquist, Aiden Hamm, Miles Heflin, Yailin Hernandez, Isabella Johnson, Madyson Kibelkis, Eris Lanclos, James Martin, Connor…

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Three More Threats After Board Approves Cameras

By Andrea Arens Two more similar threats were found on both Monday, May 15, and Tuesday, May 16, after one was found the previous week. Both said almost exactly the same thing and had the same handwriting, “Shooting May 24,” but they were at different schools. Monday night’s threat was found at Peotone Junior High,…

Pictured, at the ribbon cutter are, left to right: Bradley Oliver, Miles Heflin, Olivia Wagner, Yailin Hernandez, Danica Acton, and Paisley Land. –Photo submitted.

PHS Agricultural Programs Open New Outdoor Classroom

The Peotone High School Agriculture Program and FFA Chapter held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 11, for the program’s new outdoor classroom on the southwest side of the high school. Students from the program, who worked to design and build the classroom, were on hand. The outdoor classroom has been a project of…

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Devils Lose to Wildcats

By Dennis Bowling Peotone Coach Kathy Barger changed the Blue Devils lineup and inserted sophomore Allie Werner into the setting position. With Warner running the offense, things just did not come together on September 19. Werner, had four kills, four service points, and 14 good sets, but area power Wilmington beat Peotone 25-12, 25-22 in…

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High School Volleyball Updates

Peotone: On Monday, September 18, Peotone traveled to Kankakee to face non-conference foe Bishop McNamara. Unfortunately, Bishop Mac had the upper hand, as all three matches resulted in losses, including the freshmen 14-25, 25-17, 8-15; sophomores 20-25, 18-25; and the varsity 20-25, 17-25. For the varsity, Mia Connolley had 2 kills and 1 block, Ashley…

Devils Lose to Wildcats

By Dennis Bowling Peotone coach Kathy Barger changed the Blue Devils lineup. Barger inserted sophomore Allie Werner into the setting position. With Warner running the offense, things just did not come together on September 19. Werner, had four kills, four service points, and 14 good sets. Area power Wilmington beat Peotone 25-12, 25-22 in a…

A memorial tribute to former Devil Alex Cardenas was held on field before the game. Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Devils Take Tough Loss to Wildcats, While Mourning One of Their Own

By Dennis Bowling Just hours after the services for former teammate Alex Cardenas, and after a memorial tribute on field, the Blue Devils had to put their hearts on hold and give the game their all. Cardenas passed away, suddenly and tragically, in a car accident last weekend. Cardenas was a four-year member of both…

Pictured is senior Devil Ashley Veltman when the Blue Devils faced Grant Park. –Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Devils Turned It Around with Win Against Dragons

By Dennis Bowling Peotone Coach Kathy Barger was not exactly pleased with the way the Blue Devils started their match against Grant Park, but she was pleased with the outcome on September 11. Peotone senior Ashley Veltman, a talented middle hitter, was able to find her hitting touch and had 12 kills, four service points,…

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Devils Beat the Bulldogs

By Dennis Bowling Peotone Coach Ryan Murray knows junior Abraham Horta, who has international playing experience, is a great leader. He also was very tough to defend on September 14. Horta, a highly touted forward, scored a team-high three goals, which included one picturesque goal in the second half of the contest, for a crucial…

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Weekly High School Golf Results

Peotone: On Tuesday, September 12, the Peotone Boys’ Golf Team had a conference match against Coal City at Cinder Ridge Golf Course. Coal City won with a tally of 168 to Peotone’s 178. Joe Hasse, from Peotone, was the Medalist carding a 39. The top three remaining scores for Peotone were Jake Eaheart – 43,…

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Devils Soccer Routs Reed-Custer, 11-2

By Coach Ryan Murray Coming into the game against Reed-Custer on Tuesday, September 5, we knew we had to seize the opportunity to get back on the right track after a difficult game versus Oak Forest. Our players knew the importance of this conference game and the momentum it would bring for our upcoming matches,…

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PHS Golf Senior Night

Michael Bettenhausen is the son of Courtney and Tom Bettenhausen and a 4-year member of the golf team. Michael’s favorite memory was talking and having fun at practice along with the annual trip to Culvers. After high school, Michael plans on attending Joliet Junior College studying and taking Ag Classes. Travis Bush is the son…

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Weekly Golf Tallies

Peotone: On Friday, September 1, Peotone and Kankakee met at Oak Springs Golf Course in St. Anne for a non-conference match. Peotone (182) fell to Kankakee (168). Medalist was Paul Azzerelli with a score of 38. Peotone four count scores were Jake Eaheart 41, Joe Hasse 42, Michael Bettenhausen 49, and Mason Early 50. On…

Devil #14 Ashley Veltman against the Panthers. Phot by Jim Piacentini.

Peotone Volleyball Takes Exciting Win Over Manteno

By Dennis Bowling Peotone sophomore Ella Stupegia, in the third and deciding game of a wild and exciting match with Manteno, wanted to defeat the highly touted Panthers, and with the aid of some magical serving moments, that made it all possible on August 29. Stupegia, a very talented libero, had 16 good passes and…

Devil Jayden Rodriguez (#4) against Sandwich on August 31st. Photo by Lori Lonard.

Devils Lose a Tough One to Sandwich

The Blue Devils football team traveled to Sandwich Thursday, August 31st to play, due to referee availability. Final score was 42-19. Jayden Rodriguez had 18 carries for 72 yds and 1 touchdown. Ruben Velasco was 15/27 for 278 yards passing and touchdowns. Chase Rivera had 2 touchdown receptions. Coach Apostolos Tsiamas said, “We weren’t disciplined…

College News

A total of 565 incoming freshmen received scholarships from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for the 2023-24 academic year, and…

Monmouth College’s Walker, Dorn Part of Chicago Bears Game Day Staff

Two members of the Chicago Bears game day staff used an internship at Monmouth College as a gateway to work…

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Dean’s/President’s List Ryan Marsh, of Monee – Green Garden Township and a member of the Peotone Class of 2022, is…

Local Students Begin Medical Training at SIU – Carbondale

A White Coat ceremony at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine celebrated the new students in the Class of 2027,…

USF Homecoming September 29-October 1

The University of St. Francis (USF) announced plans for this year’s Homecoming with events that take place on Friday, September…

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Dean’s/President’s List It is with great pleasure that Southern New Hampshire University congratulates the following students named to the summer…

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