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08/16/12 5-year-old Batavia girl is already quite the quilter
By Sammi King - The recent Quilt and Textile Show produced some amazing talent, one of whom was only five years old. Tiny Nicole Magerkurth visited the quilt show two years ago and was so taken by the show that she wanted to make a quilt. "I went to Prairie... FULL STORY
07/11/12 Batavia grad forms all-male singing group
By Sammi King - Batavians are taking their talents on the road. Talented TJ Breen, who graduated from Batavia High School in 2008, has joined up with 10 fellow singers from Indiana University to start "Gentleman's Rule," an all male group that plans to tour this... FULL STORY
05/31/12 Batavia celebrates its 'music man'
By Sammi King - More than 1,200 people filled the Batavia High School gym to honor one who has given our community one of its greatest gifts -- the gift of music. Like Meredith Willson's popular music teacher in the musical "The Music Man," John Heath has... FULL STORY
05/30/12 Batavia author's book relives Northwoods memories
By Sammi King - For many of us who grew up in the Chicago suburbs, Wisconsin was the place where we spent the vacations of our youth. These were carefree days filled with the sounds of screen doors slamming shut, the feeling of sand between our toes and the warmth... FULL STORY
05/07/12 Batavia orchestra students earn state honors
By Sammi King - Every year, more than 15,000 students in Illinois spend extra hours practicing difficult music for the Illinois Music Educators Association district competition. Only the top musicians make it to state. This year,... FULL STORY
02/22/12 World War II wedding gown gets new life - again
By Sammi King - When Cay and Gene Voiland of Batavia married on Feb. 19, 1946, Cay's wedding dress was a rarity for a World War II era bride. It was made of silk from Gene's parachute. Cay never guessed it would be taken out of storage to be used again, twice. FULL STORY
01/18/12 Batavia thespians have 'Great Expectations'
By Sammi King - When Batavia High School sophomore Kelsey Skomer took on the role of Belle in last fall's successful production of "Beauty and the Beast," she knew that the role would be challenging. Now she faces another challenge taking on the... FULL STORY
12/21/11 Kids put own spin on Christmas pageant
By Sammi King - It was the miracle of miracles. Baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Unfortunately, at the time, Mary and Joseph weren't there for the blessed event. They were still riding on a donkey looking for a room. Church Christmas pageants are always full of... FULL STORY
12/06/11 Sing along with 'Messiah' in Batavia
By Sammi King - You can sing, or you can just listen. Either way, you will likely be inspired by the majesty of the "Hallelujah Chorus" when S.T.A.G.E. of Batavia presents Handel's do-it-yourself "Messiah" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre,... FULL STORY
11/25/11 Do-it-yourself "Messiah" comes to Batavia Fine Arts Centre
Submitted by Sammi King - Featuring the latest in sound engineering, the new Batavia Fine Arts Centre auditorium is acoustically tuned with sound panels that can change for music and/or the spoken voice. Batavia's theater support group, STAGE, will show how great the sound... FULL STORY
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