Zion-Benton News

Stories from the January 29, 2015 Issue


BP to clear Bull Creek

By Ginny Skweres
Zion-Benton News staff 

Beach Park trustees approved a bid to have the log jams, debris and vegetation removed from Bull Creek which meanders through parts of the village. This was the second time the village sought bids since the first attempt brought in bids much higher than anticipated.

TGF Enterprises in Libertyville agreed to do the work beginning in the end of January or the beginning of February. It must be completed by March 3. They approved spending no more than $18,000 and a grant will pay for $8,000 of the cost.

Small brush will be burned in place and logs will be moved to higher ground. Residents are free to use the logs for fire wood. The work is expected to take five and a half days. This is expected to abate the flooding in some areas. More...

Goodwin takes gold in Aspen
X Games SnoCross Adaptive

By Mona Shannon

Zion-Benton News staff 

Local snocross competitor Garrett Goodwin completed a set of medals winning gold in the SnoCross Adaptive at the XGames held in Aspen, Colorado last weekend. Goodwin had captured a bronze medal in 2013 and a silver in 2015. He took the gold this year with a time of 6:25.099.

The snocross adaptive event is just one race, so it’s all or nothing. Goodwin said he was more prepared for the event this year. “I had more time over the holidays to prepare. I had a good starting point and it felt more comfortable.”
He said it felt different going into the games this year. “I’m not sure why. I didn’t know if it was good different or bad different.”

Goodwin started racing snowmobiles at age 5. His father won the World Championship in 1991 and his uncle started Goodwin Performance, a snowmobile shop in Zion. “I grew up with it and just fell in love with it,” he said. He said his mother was a bit worried when he started racing at such a young age but said she recognized his passion and love for the sport. More...

Photo of the Week

A Barbie dream prize

Delainey, age 4, couldn't be happier as she inspects her new Barbie collection. The collection was a prize won in the silent auction at the Zion Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner held last Saturday. Delainey had accompanied her mother, LaNette Van Haverbeke, Zion Area Chamber of Commerce vice president, to the dinner.


Game Day

Cook up some snacks for the big game.

School News

The Zion Central Middle School Spelling Bee for 2015 was held in the ZCMS Learning Center Jan. 15. Eighteen students participated and two will be moving on to the regional spelling bee on Feb. 25. Congratulations to runner-up Hasaan Holton and champion Amanii Montgomery.


The Zee Bee girls lost to Mundelein 44-42 in overtime Friday night.