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Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.

Ford Heights woman charged in Walmart arson

Bond set at $850,000 By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (January 24, 2022) – A Ford Heights woman has been arrested and charged related to an arson at Lansing's Walmart on Friday, January 7, Lansing Police said Monday. According to a Lansing Police Department press release, Heather Weeden, 46, was charged with aggravated...

Lansing heating centers now open ahead of extreme cold

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (January 24, 2022) – With frigid temperatures in the forecast for the coming days, the Village of Lansing has announced that heating centers have been activated throughout the village. Anyone in need of a heating center is asked to contact the Lansing Police Department to...

Boys Basketball wins in tight game Saturday

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (January 22, 2022) — In the last couple days, TF United competed in a swim meet, and the TFS Boys Basketball team added both a blowout loss and a close win to their record. Friday, January 21 TF United Swimming Opponent: TFS played both Argo and Tinley Park...

Longtime Lester Crawl teacher organizes car seat donation for families

Caring through car seats By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (January 20, 2022) – As pandemic concerns caused Lansing schools to limit in-person interactions as much as possible, Lester Crawl Primary Center started sending staff out to receive students from their vehicles, rather than having parents or guardians walk their children into...

Boys Basketball on four-game winning streak, Dance Team wins award

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (January 20, 2022) — Last weekend was a busy one for TF South sports, as the Boys Basketball team competed — successfully — at the MLK Rockford Shootout. The Dance Team also performed on both Saturday and Sunday. Swimming, bowling, and more basketball scores from...

Besse Shirt Lettering announces move to Schererville, IN

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (January 19, 2022) – Besse Shirt Lettering, currently located at 18058 Torrence Avenue in Lansing, has announced that it will move to Schererville, Indiana. The embroidery and clothing printing business has been in Lansing for over 50 years according to owner Jeff Besse, who took over...

District 158 and 171 receive perfect scores on safety inspections

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (January 18, 2022) – Both of Lansing's Elementary and Middle School districts received perfect scores on their annual Health/Life Safety Inspections this year. Sunnybrook District 171, which includes Nathan Hale Elementary and Heritage Middle School, received a perfect score on the annual state inspection, administered by the...

TF South sports teams resume play

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (January 15, 2022) — After a holiday break and COVID concerns disrupted the normal routines of TF South athletes, sports returned this week with many teams participating in games, matches, and tournaments. Unfortunately, the scores from TFS this week were largely losses. Wednesday, January 12 Girls Bowling Opponent:...

Video: Food drives, pantries, and generous spirits at Mt. Zion Ministries

by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (January 14, 2021) – Mt. Zion Ministries has continued to host its weekly food drives since starting the tradition earlier this year. On Wednesday, January 12, the ministry hosted an extended food giveaway due to Walmart being closed at the time. Josh and Melanie were on...

Lansing Walmart reopens with limited inventory and hours

Pharmacy and grocery sections among those open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (January 14, 2022) – One week after Lansing's Walmart closed due to an intentionally set fire, the store has reopened with limited inventory and hours. What's open? Walmart has put a large plastic curtain around...