Zion-Benton News staff
Local author Sandy Dickson has expanded the framework of her writing which now includes a published novel, 'Return to Home.' For years she has written poetry, short stories and of course, feature stories for the Zion-Benton News.
"Return to Home” is a mystery story written from a Christian perspective. "Although there are spiritual elements, the plot line is strong enough to keep a reader interested," she said. "But I also address problems that arise from the marriage of a Christian and a non-Christian."
The main characters are a real estate salesman from Savannah, Ga., and his wife who works in a dental office as the book begins.
Eight years ago on Mother's Day a horrific crime was committed in Zion in the murder of two young girls at Beulah Park. Laura Hobbs, 8, and Krystal Tobias, 9, were stabbed and beaten to death. They were second-graders at Beulah Park School.
For five years Jerry Hobbs, the father of one of the victims, was held in jail to face first degree murder charges. Hobbs was released from jail in 2010 following a DNA match to Jorge Torrez and that found on his daughter, followed by an investigation.
Jorge Torrez was finally indicted in Lake County May 5, 2012, with 18 counts of first degree murder for the murders of Laura Hobbs and Krystal Tobias that took place May 9, 2005. At the time of the murders, Torrez lived in Zion and was the friend on one of Krystal's brothers. He will eventually face trial on Lake County for these murders, according to Lake County States Attorney Michael Nerheim. ... More
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The Kiwanis Club of Zion-Benton presents flowers to mothers living in local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. See more details in this weeks Zion-Benton News.
Winners of the Mama's Run, Kuniaki Ota and Morgan Jacquette, are pictured with Mother Goose. See complete story in this weeks Zion Benton News.
West students win reading awards. See details in this weeks Zion-Benton News.
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