Antioch Army private named September’s Hometown Hero

The Round Lake Area Exchange Club and sponsor Savory Spice Shop in Libertyville recently named Army Pvt. Kody Stone as its Hometown Hero for September.

Stone, an 18-year resident of Antioch, was nominated for the honor by his mother, Beth Stone, also of Antioch.

Pvt. Stone, a 2014 graduate of Antioch High School, has been in the Army about eight months. He is an Air Defense Enhanced Early Warning Systems Operator currently stationed at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma.

With the support of this month’s sponsor, Savory Spice Shop, Stone’s “Hanging with the Heroes” care package will be filled with granola bars, snacks and iPod earbuds. Also included is a personalized “Hanging with the Heroes” T-shirt, donated by Artrageous of Hainesville, letters from Round Lake Area School District 116 students, a specially-made rosary for the military from Legion of Mary from St. Joseph’s in Round Lake and a piece of home.

The Round Lake Area Exchange Club will present a plaque to his family at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 24 at Panera Bread in Round Lake Beach.

The Round Lake Area Exchange Club is asking for help from the community in getting more troops signed up for this honor. Neighbors, family members, friends, employees, employers or others serving in the military can be registered at Any and all military personnel serving overseas or in the U.S. from any of the Round Lake areas, Hainesville, Fox Lake, Ingleside or surrounding areas qualify for the program. For more information, visit the website or call Sherry Ridge at (847) 740-2379.