All posts by Ryan Wells
Editorial: Time for a change
As of Monday, Oct. 1, the Elburn Herald/Kaneland Publications Inc. will have a new home: the Elburn and Countryside Community Center.
- Posted September 28, 2012
Part of the elite
KHS girls XC team proves it belongs among top tier Kaneland—As hundreds of runners and spectators descended on Elburn Woods Saturday for the annual Kaneland Eddington Invitational, the Kaneland High School Lady Knight cross country team proved it...
- Posted September 20, 2012
Bringing their best
Boys XC team sets numerous personal records at Eddington Kaneland—Across the board, the KHS boys cross country team stepped up in a big way for one of the biggest races of the year, the annual Larry Eddington Invitation...
- Posted September 20, 2012
SG Trustee announces run for Village President
Geary plans to make communication a priority for the future Sugar Grove—Sugar Grove Village Trustee Kevin Geary announced this week that he will run for village president in 2013.
- Posted August 16, 2012
Editorial: Examples of ‘community’ abound
This part of the summer—when our local communities are on display to their residents, as well as those who live nearby through their festivals —are a perfect time to reflect on what it means to be a...
- Posted August 2, 2012
Editorial: Sugar Grove opened Pandora’s Box, and here are the results
The proposed Shodeen development in Elburn, referred to as Elburn Station, hit a roadblock Monday, and to be honest, that might not be a bad thing.
- Posted May 17, 2012
Editorial: ‘Be excellent to each other’
For years following the 9/11 tragedy, high-level government officials continued to remind the public to “stay vigilant” whenever they were asked what the general public can or should do while going about their daily lives.
- Posted May 3, 2012
Editorial: What does it mean to be a hometown newspaper?
It means many things, but the overriding aspect of the term is “service.” As a hometown newspaper, it is our responsibility to serve our communities by helping strengthen the many connections that exist in our communities—the connections...
- Posted March 8, 2012
Editorial: An appeal for communication, time
If nothing changes, the parking lot in downtown Elburn at the corner of Main (Route 47) and Shannon streets will close March 15.
- Posted March 2, 2012
Editorial: Let’s follow the Mallard Point example
At the end of January, we devoted this space to echoing the sentiments of many residents and leaders in the area by publicly urging Sugar Grove officials to return to the negotiating table to find a resolution...
- Posted February 24, 2012
Editorial: Sugar Grove officials, come back to the negotiating table
After years of their basements filling up with water due to stormwater runoff, the residents of the Mallard Point and Rolling Oaks subdivisions could see light at the end of the tunnel.
- Posted January 27, 2012
Editorial: Staffing changes allows us to offer more
Two weeks ago, we used this space to recap this past year at the Elburn Herald, as well as to introduce new Assistant Editor Keith Beebe. This week, we would like to announce the change in position of...
- Posted January 12, 2012
Editorial: A thank you and an introduction
I entered 2011 with a sense that it was going to be a life-changing year for me, one way or another. I had been discussing the idea of buying Kaneland Publications Inc.—and thereby the Elburn Herald—off and...
- Posted January 1, 2012
Change of course demonstrates effective governing
The Elburn Village Board changed course this week when it decided to postpone a move to place a home rule referendum before the voters during this spring’s election.
- Posted December 22, 2011
We hope to see you at the Stroll
For those of us at the Elburn Herald, the season starts a little bit later, when we turn our office into a life-sized Kandyland game, loosely based on the children’s Candyland board game.
- Posted December 1, 2011
Editorial: Time to engage
It has long been said that the time for citizens to impact their government is on election day, when they get to go to the polls and cast their vote, choosing who will represent them and their...
- Posted November 10, 2011
Editorial: It is time to go
Serving on local government boards is often a thankless “job.” Maybe there is a small stipend that helps cover a tiny percentage of the time spent helping serve the community—and maybe not—but even in the best of...
- Posted November 3, 2011
Editorial: Sugar Grove rightly goes back to square one
The village of Sugar Grove announced in early September that it intended to end its pursuit of the proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District that had turned into a point of contention among various taxing bodies in...
- Posted September 16, 2011
Editorial—Community: More important than ever before
With the economy struggling like it is, combined with the unique struggles of the newspaper industry in general, now does not the seem like the right time to get into the business.
- Posted September 9, 2011
Editorial: Second chance to make a good impression
The village of Sugar Grove held what turned into part one of at least a two-part public hearing regarding a proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District on Aug. 16.
- Posted August 25, 2011
Editorial: No reason, no re-election
Two weeks ago, the Sugar Grove Library Board surprised the community when it voted 4-2 to terminate the employment of 21-year Library Director Beverly Holmes Hughes.
- Posted August 4, 2011
Editorial: How to make all rules meaningless
If a government body chooses which rules and laws to enforce, that in effect makes all rules and laws meaningless. Selective enforcement means that any group of representatives can pick and choose what the laws are at...
- Posted July 14, 2011
Elburn resident claims assault by off-duty Sheriff’s Deputy
Elburn—An Elburn resident said he was assaulted Friday by an off-duty Kane County Sheriff’s Deputy, sparking an internal investigation by the department’s Office of Professional Standards.
- Posted June 17, 2011
Editorial: Why you generally do not see endorsements in our paper
With the April 5 election approaching, we have fielded numerous questions on who we plan to endorse, and in general, if we plan to endorse anyone.
- Posted March 24, 2011
Editorial: Help improve your community, join a Kaneland advisory committee
One of the measures of the strength in a community is how involved its members are in public activities. The Kaneland community is a community of communities, tying together numerous villages from Maple Park to Montgomery.
- Posted January 20, 2011
Editorial: Share 2011 with your hometown newspaper
Why read newspapers? With national newspaper readership on the decline, that is a question everyone related to the industry is trying to answer ...
- Posted December 30, 2010
Photo gallery: Kaneland 27, Vernon Hills 21
A pass to Tyler Callaghan with :10 to go in the game lofts the Knights into the semifinals versus defending state champion Montini Catholic. The Kaneland-Montini Catholic showdown is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m.
- Posted November 18, 2010
Kaneland confident in 34-7 playoff win
Maple Parkâ€”â€œConfidenceâ€ was the word on the lips of the Kaneland players as they exited Peterson Field Saturday night following their 34-7 victory over Crystal Lake Central in round 2 of the IHSA football playoffs.
- Posted November 11, 2010
Editorial: Information turns residents into voters
For those who pay attention to the national media, you well know how this yearâ€™s mid-term elections have been covered with far more rigor than any in recent memory.
- Posted October 21, 2010
Editorial: New program may help break cycle of violence
According to Mutual Ground, Community Crisis Center, by the time you finish reading this paragraph, someone in the U.S. will be abused by their partner.
- Posted October 14, 2010
Editorial: He inspired us all
The world lost some of its richness on Saturday, when news of Bruce Conleyâ€™s passing made its way through our communities. Whether directly or indirectly, anyone who lives or works in the area has been touched by his...
- Posted September 16, 2010
Editorial: Mangers represents the best of our communities
Chassidy Mangers, a Kaneland High School graduate, Elburn resident, and current student of Augustana College, represents the best of our communities and is an example of the type of â€œsmall-town valuesâ€ that are so hard to articulate...
- Posted August 19, 2010