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Ben Draper is the web editor for the Elburn Herald. You can reach him at, or by calling (630) 365-6446, ext. 104.

New beginnings at Northside

Thursday, Jan. 5 marked the Grand Opening of Northside Pub at 117 N. Main St. in Elburn. Pictured are Village President Dave Anderson, owner Dale Pinion, Jessica Pinion, Hanna Jacobsen, owner Tracey Jacobsen, Gage Jacobsen, Chamber of Commerce member Joe Smitherman and Chamber of Commerce Office Administrator Cindy Gurke. Photo by Ben Draper

Photo gallery: Kaneland 20, Rochelle 14 (IHSA Quarterfinal)

Kaneland senior Quinn Buschbacher (22) makes a one-handed catch against Rochelle Saturday. Buschbacher had four catches for 76 yards, and a six-yard touchdown run. RB Jesse Balluff and QB Drew David also had rushing touchdowns. The Knights improved to 12-0 with a 20-14 victory over the host Hubs. Kaneland defeated Rochelle in week 5 of the regular season 35-14. The Knights are set to host the two-time defending 5A state champion Montini Broncos. This will be a rematch of last year’s semi-finals, which saw the Broncos defeat the Knights 27-14.
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Photo gallery: Kaneland 8, Warterloo 2 (State Baseball)

JOLIET, Ill—Kaneland’s Bobby Thorson (right) pitched a complete game, while also getting two hits (including a triple) as the Knights rolled Waterloo 8-2 at Joliet’s Silver Cross Field Friday. Kaneland will now play Oak Forest (27-7-1) for the state championship. The game is set for approximately 11 a.m. Saturday at Silver Cross Field (the 3rd place game starts at 9 a.m., and the championship game will follow).

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Photo gallery: Class of 2011

The 2011 graduates of Kaneland High School were all smiles as they received their diplomas at NIU’s Convocation Center in DeKalb. Speeches, a slideshow and the new location highlighted the Class of 2011 Kaneland High School graduation ceremony, held Sunday. The KHS Class of 2011 graduated 286 students.
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Photo Gallery: Holiday sockball fight

It was students versus a few brave teachers at the fifth annual McDole Elementary School Sockball Fight, held last Friday. Fourth grade students donated over 500 pairs of socks to the Hesed House in Aurora. The sockball fight took the place of the usual holiday parties held in the classrooms.
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Sept. 17 police blotter

The following reports were obtained from local police departments. The individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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• Gabriel Coyomani-Cielo, 41, of the 1600 block of Dearborn Avenue, Aurora, was arrested at 8:56 a.m. Sept. 1 for driving with a suspended license, unlawful display of license plates and operating an uninsured vehicle. Sugar Grove police stopped the GMC Suburban Coyomani-Cielo was driving after running the plates and having them come back as registered to a 1997 Honda. A court date was set for Oct. 1.

• A resident of the 300 block of Sutton Court, Sugar Grove, reported Sept. 3 that two unauthorized charges had been made to his debit card. The two charges, both in the amount of $39.95, were made in July and August 2010, from Spanish Fork, Utah.

• Enrique G. Gonzalez, 26, of the 500 block of High Street, Aurora, was arrested for driving with no valid license and speeding in a school zone at 2:45 p.m. Sept. 3. A Oct. 1 court date was scheduled.

• Thomas Zarate, 19, of the 1800 block of Lilac Lane, Aurora, was issued five citations after a traffic stop in Sugar Grove Sept. 4 shortly after 4 p.m. Zarate was cited for speeding in excess of 55 mph, driving while his license was suspended, improper display of a license plate, no valid registration and operating an uninsured vehicle after he was stopped on Galena Boulevard. A court date was set for Oct. 15.

• Keith J. Li Fonti, 39, of the 2500 block of Daisy Lane, Crest Hill, Ill., was arrested at 7:39 a.m. on Sept. 7 after Sugar Grove police pulled him over for having no insurance on the registered license plates. Li Fonti was charged with operating a vehicle when the registration was suspended for no insurance, driving while his license was suspended and operating an uninsured vehicle. A court date of Oct. 15 was scheduled.

• Jeffery P. Megenhardt, 24, of the 300 block of Evanslawn Avenue, Aurora, was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after the motorcycle he was operating left the road on Merrill Road in Sugar Grove at 9:26 a.m. Sept. 7. Megenhardt was transported to Mercy Center in Aurora.

• Joshua Schmitz, 20, of the 1500 block of Oswego Road, Naperville, Ill., was charged with disobeying a traffic control signal after an accident at Galena road and Route 47 at 4:44 p.m. on Sept. 13. No one was reported injured in the accident.

• Nicholas J. Seidelman, 18, of the first block of Marnel Road, Montgomery, was charged at 5 p.m. on Sept. 14 with driving an uninsured vehicle after the vehicle he was driving struck a vehicle ahead of him that was yielding to an emergency vehicle on Route 47. The initial impact caused the second car to hit another vehicle. No one was reported injured in the accident.