DeKALB – According to one artist who attended the first meeting of a new art group last month, “the sky is the limit” as to what the group can do or how it will proceed – if it proceeds at all.
DeKALB – Chris May, owner of Proton Tattoo in DeKalb, beat out 28,000 applicants to land one of 16 spots on this season of “Ink Master.”
SYCAMORE – Three local Boy Scouts from Troop 2810 were recently awarded the Eagle Rank, the highest award achievable in Boy Scouts. Alex Handel, Brandon Nelson and Kevin Loitz are the first Eagle Scouts in Troop 2810, which was formed in 2010.
HINCKLEY – The teachers of Hinckley-Big Rock Elementary School were serious about encouraging their students to read – even if it meant getting soaked.
SYCAMORE – Truman’s Ridge, a Sycamore-based bluegrass band, has been nominated for the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards for its Celtic-influenced single “Heather’s Gate.” Talent from around the globe is nominated in more than 80 album, song, music video and design categories. This is the band’s first nomination, which they hope will lead to additional opportunities for radio and Internet play, and ultimately, interest from a record label.
SYCAMORE – Nate Petit has always been a big rugby fan. “When I was little, I used to go to the high school matches all the time,” the Sycamore eighth grader said.
DeKALB — Amanda Nelson, general manager of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, has been named the Illinois Council of Orchestras (ICO) sole recipient of a 2013 Honorable Mention Award, as a designation of a person who has made outstanding contributions to an orchestra in Illinois. The award was presented at the KSO’s spring concert May 4 by Brian Shilander, a member of the ICO Board.
SHABBONA – Corinne Wengelewski, agriculture teacher at Indian Creek High School for the past two years, was recently awarded the “Teachers Turn the Key” award through the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT).
DeKALB – The University of Illinois Extension DeKalb County Master Gardeners grabbed their shovels and fertilizer and teamed up to plant more than 50 containers in downtown DeKalb. The group annually collaborates with the City of DeKalb. Master Gardener Randy Moseley, who heads up the project with the help of city workers, said this year’s planting was delayed because of the threat of frost.
GENOA – The Genoa Lions had a successful Carnation Days fundraiser in April. Lion Flower Chairman Gene Bradford ordered about 200 dozen carnations from Everything Floral in Genoa, which sold them at pennies over cost so that the Lions Club could use the profits for local charities and scholarships. Bouquets of a dozen carnations were sold for $10 each.