Vikings drafted by MLB choose college

Two outstanding members of the Vikings baseball team at Homewood-Flossmoor High School were offered contracts in the Major League Baseball draft in June.

But left-handed pitcher Kyle Salley and outfielder Zaid Walker passed on the offers and instead will play ball in college. Both can be drafted by MLB after their third year of college.

Homewood murals to get repairs, touch-ups

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Homewood's Richard Haas murals have, in spots, been deteriorating as aging brickwork underneath them crumbles. The village recently approved a project to get them repaired. | Southgate shopping center in Homewood will see a boost to the number of parking spots. | Flossmoor historian seeks to re-establish a veterans memorial. | Temple Anshe Sholom celebrates a big milestone.

Homewood’s Cancer Support Center celebrating 25 years of hope, help and healing

There was a time when a cancer patient and the doctor did what they could to fight through the tedious and exhausting battles of treatment and recovery. That changed 25 years ago when volunteers organized the Cancer Support Center in Homewood.

New street fair format a hit with artisans, patrons

From a patron's point of view, Homewood's first Artisan Street Fair was a cornucopia of creativity and ingenuity. 

Booths lined Martin Avenue and Hickory Road with "cool stuff" — that was the name of Allison Burnett's booth at the corner of Martin and Hickory — made of myriad materials: clay, wood, metal, fabric and paper.

Homewood fire protection rating upgraded, may affect insurance rates

Many Homewood home and business owners may see reduced insurance rates soon after the village’s fire response ratings were recently upgraded.
 
The Insurance Services Office (ISO)raised the village’s Public Protection Classification rating from Class 4 to Class 2 at the end of May. The ratings are based on a 10-class scale. Towns rated with a low number on the scale are expected to have better responses to fires. 
 

Signs showing safe spaces on display at businesses, homes

Safe spaces are emerging all around the Homewood-Flossmoor area. In the last week, nearly all the businesses in downtown Flossmoor have started displaying rainbow-colored signs with these words “Diverse … Inclusive … Accepting … Welcoming … Safe Space for Everyone.”

Weather service warns of weekend heat wave

The pleasant weather Thursday morning  bright and cool, with temperatures still in the upper 50s by 7 a.m. — will not last long. 

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat watch beginning Saturday and extending through Monday. The forecast calls for a "dangerous combination of high heat and humidity."

Prairie State graduate recognized for outstanding achievement

Omar Martinez of Homewood was recognized for his outstanding achievements during the Prairie State College graduation ceremonies May 19.

Schools bid farewell to retiring employees

As schools let out in early June, staffs in Homewood and Flossmoor said their good-byes to longtime friends who retired. The Chronicle is profiling a few of these staff members who have served students for decades.

Fun with metals at Homewood Science Center

 
Magnets, old screws and silverware.  
 
Kids got to play and design with old bits of metal, learn how metal is recycled and the properties of various metals at the Homewood Science Center’s “Metal Mania” Pop-Up Science Program on Saturday, June 9.
 

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