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<p>Chris Barr gets ready to slice up a pecan pie made from her mother's recipe. | Judy Buchenot~For Sun-Times Media</p>

Texas style make bbq sauce, pecan pie better

<p>Naperville Mayor George Pradel</p>

Mayor Pradel to get Chamber Lifetime Achievement Award

The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce has announces that Mayor A. George Pradel will receive its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Smashing Pumpkins founder Billy Corgan regularly performs and mixes with fans at his tea shop, Madame ZuZu's, in Highland Park. | Tim Boyle/For Sun-Times Media

Billy Corgan talks new music, new book and PAWS

Smashing Pumpkins founder Billy Corgan is a busy man. Not only is he recording two new Pumpkins records, but he’s also a quarter of the way through a sprawling spiritual memoir...

<p>Emmanuel B. Awuah &nbsp;| &nbsp;Courtesy of College of DuPage</p>

Emmanuel Awuah tapped as COD Associate V.P. of Academic Affairs

College of DuPage has named Emmanuel B. Awuah as the new Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs.

<p>Connecticut guard&nbsp;<a id="firsthit" name="firsthit"></a>Ryan&nbsp;Boatright&nbsp;holds the championship trophy after his team beat Kentucky 60-54, at the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game on April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. &nbsp;| &nbsp;AP Photo/David J. Phillip</p>

NCAA champion Ryan Boatright to be welcomed home with celebration

When UConn's Ryan Boatright comes home to Aurora he'll be greeted with a celebration at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

<p>Benet's&nbsp;<a id="firsthit" name="firsthit"></a>Sean&nbsp;O'Mara&nbsp;reaches over Stevenson's Parker Nichols for a shot. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media &nbsp;</p>

Naperville Sun Player of the Year: Sean O’Mara

Benet’s Sean O’Mara was a dominant player inside, recording double-doubles in 28 of his 35 games, and was instrumental in leading the Redwings to a second place finish in Class...

<p>Emily Kenny &nbsp;| &nbsp;Courtesy of Forest Preserve District of Will County</p>

Will County Forest Preserve names Emily Kenny Volunteer of the Year

The Forest Preserve District of Will County announced Emily Kenny as Volunteer of the Year.

<p>Benet Academy students Alex Oechsel and&nbsp;Frank Zabilka were selected as finalists in the Illinois High School Music Theater Awards competition. &nbsp;| &nbsp;Courtesy of Benet Academy</p>

Benet students selected as finalists in Illinois Music Theater Awards

Two Benet Academy students were selected as finalists in the Illinois High School Music Theater Awards. Read the full release below.

Jeff Brown, 38, is a lifelong service industry professional who grew up on ChicagoÕs southwest side in Tinley Park.  |  Submitted

From the Top: Jeff Brown, Hotel Arista

The Hotel Arista in Naperville serves as a sort of ambassador to the city. It often is the first reason visitors come to the western suburbs. And Jeff Brown takes that status...

<p>Kelly and Brandon Burkhart. | Submitted</p>

Veterans of the Month: Couple Brandon and Kelly Burkhart

This month, the VFW features Kelly and Brandon Burkhart, daughter and son-in-law of Post Commander Nina Petru, who retired from the Air Force. The post is especially proud of...

<p>Kiya Olson, owner of ASPB Therapy Pathways. | Submitted</p>

Naperville Central grad works with children affected by autism spectrum disorder

In a community like Naperville, many of us know a family that has a child touched by autism.

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