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Man dies in house fire

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 3rd, 2015
ASHTON -- A house fire in rural Ashton left one man dead Sunday.
On March 1 at approximately 3:45 p.m., the Lee County Sheriff's Department, along with fire departments from Ashton, Amboy, West Brooklyn, Compton, Sublette, Dixon rural, Dixon city, Paw Paw, Advance EMS and Ogle County, responded to a house fire at 1765 Brooklyn Road. When deputies arrived, the
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Battling a blaze

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 3rd, 2015
ROCHELLE -- A Rochelle business suffered extensive fire damage Saturday.
Rochelle Fire Department personnel were alerted Saturday at 5:07 p.m. that the office at Rochelle Truck Center, located at 1631 S. Main Street, was on fire. The business is a truck repair facility.
Firefighters arrived on scene to find fire extending the entire office area of the business.
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Hillcrest lands marijuana facility

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 3rd, 2015
HILLCREST -- Hillcrest village president Kim Whalen announced that plans to build a marijuana cultivation center in Hillcrest will now move forward after PharmaCann was awarded a permit for the site, which is expected to be built on property at the corner of Twombly and Dement roads.
This comes after Green Thumb Industries, LLC rejected a permit to build a
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Classifieds For Tuesday March 03, 2015

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 3rd, 2015
101-Legal Notices

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108-Business Opportunities

"This publication does not knowingly accept fraudulent or deceptive advertising. Readers are cautioned to thoroughly investigate all ads, especially those asking for money in advance."

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Hillcrest to get medical marijuana plant

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 3rd, 2015
HILLCREST -- Hillcrest village president Kim Whalen announced today that plans to build a marijuana cultivation center in Hillcrest will now move forward after another company abandoned its plans in the area.
PharmaCann officials were awarded the growing permit for Hillcrest. The permit is the company's second permit, along with plans to build a growing center in Dwight.
"Hillcrest revenue
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Ohlinger honored

Posted: Sunday, Mar 1st, 2015
Rochelle Rotarian Brent Ohlinger was recently honored with his Paul Harris Fellow X 3 award. The Paul Harris award was established to thank Rotarians for contributions of $1,000 to humanitarian and educational programs of the Rotary Foundation. Ohlinger has been a Rochelle Rotary member since 2001, has served as president, president elect, vice president of club administration, and has been
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Crawford pancake day set

Posted: Sunday, Mar 1st, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The David Crawford Foundation will be having its annual Pancake Day on Saturday, March 14 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Rochelle Middle School. Funds generated from this annual event help the Rochelle Elementary School District to acquire additional resources for teachers and students.
The David Crawford Foundation was established in memory of David Crawford, Superintendent of
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School weighs options

Posted: Sunday, Mar 1st, 2015
ROCHELLE -- State financial constraints are the main reason Rochelle Elementary District #231 superintendent Todd Prusator and the board is looking at having to eliminate teachers in the district.
At a public meeting this week, Prusator explained that consistent lack of state aid payments has continued to lower the district's general fund, creating the need to look at ways
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Brand Rochelle

Posted: Sunday, Mar 1st, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Over the past 30 years internationally renowned community branding expert Roger Brooks has helped tens of thousands of people transform ordinary places, businesses, and attractions into extraordinary destinations and enterprises.
The City of Rochelle will soon undergo a branding initiative that will enable the community to discover its untapped potential as a thriving locale.
Branding is the art
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Firefighters battling blaze

Posted: Saturday, Feb 28th, 2015
Firefighters from Rochelle, Ogle-Lee stations and Ashton are on scene of a fire at RTC Inc., located on South Main Street.
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State has concerns about Real ID Act

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD --Illinoisans presenting their driver's licenses at the airport may face more hassles on the concourse.
That's because the Prairie State's driver's licenses don't meet the guidelines for federally accepted IDs.
Illinois is one of 21 states that has been operating under waivers that delay certain requirements of the Real ID Act, which was passed in 2005.
The act establishes
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Planting the seeds

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
In 1928, 33 students from 18 states gathered in Kansas City, Mo., to form the Future Farmers of America.
The roots of FFA originate from a time when boys were losing interest and leaving the farm. Walter S. Newman, who in September 1925 became the Virginia State Supervisor of Agricultural Education, sought a solution to the problem with Edmund C. MaGill,
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Employee policies, descriptions amended

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
HILLCREST -- Village of Hillcrest board members conducted a special meeting in executive session to discuss personnel matters Wednesday.
Board members approved an amendment to the part-time vacation policy to include the village's treasurer position. This policy change now reflects a total of three days of vacation pay annually for the part-time position.
The maintenance superintendent job description was also
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Hub cagers honored at senior night ceremony

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The 2014-2015 season hasn't been what the Hubs hoped for, but Rochelle Township High School gave the five seniors on the boys basketball team a memorable send-off Tuesday during the school's winter sports senior night.
After his final game on the Hubs home court, Andy Hayenga said the team's struggles have brought the graduating five closer together.
"We
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Who will be Mr. Hub 2015?

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Township High School Student Council will present its fourth annual Mr. Hub Fundraising Pageant on Wednesday, Feb. 25. The evening includes a question and answer segment, a talent segment, a formalwear segment and an opening number, historically a dance number. The winner will be determined based on an audience choice vote as well as contestant fundraising goals.
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Brand Rochelle

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The City of Rochelle will soon undergo a transformation and the public is invited to be a part of the community branding process. A brand is the perception people everywhere have of Rochelle and it is the promise that Rochelle will deliver on that perception when they arrive as a visitor, potential resident or to establish a business.
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Students to see new testing

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Starting this school year, Illinois public schools will administer new assessments created through the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. These on-line assessments, which are aligned to Common Core standards, replace both the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) and the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE).
Locally, Rochelle Township High School District and Rochelle Elementary
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Bus garage project gets approved

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- On Thursday evening, the Rochelle Township High School board members voted to approve the proposed bus facility project. Plans include demolishing the south building, constructing a new facility in its place, and renovating the north building.
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Governor Rauner visits Rochelle plant

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
Just one day after delivering a speech on his budget plan to help Illinois begin cutting its large deficit, new Governor Bruce Rauner toured the Hormel Foods plant in Rochelle and spoke to the workers of the plant for a few minutes Thursday morning. Rauner spoke to employees about keeping businesses in the state thriving and providing good jobs for
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Gas company resuming work at former Rochelle manufactured plant site

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Beginning Monday, Feb. 23, Nicor Gas will resume activities on an environmental project at the Nicor Gas property located in the 200 block of Second Avenue in Rochelle. A former manufactured gas plant (MGP) operated at this location between 1906 and 1947. The project is being conducted in cooperation with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency through its voluntary
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Positive Impact

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
This past Wednesday, Bob Jackson, Dewey Yeager and Ahmed Rifai gathered around a table and enjoy a little conversation and fellowship at the Kishwaukee Family YMCA in Sycamore.
The DeKalb seniors typically congregate and socialize several days a week after they complete some routines on the walking track, on the fitness equipment or in an exercise class of their liking.
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Board vacancy filled

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
OREGON -- The Ogle County Board appointed Ricky Fritz of Monroe Center to fill Dick Petrizzo's District 1 Board seat at the board's Tuesday night meeting. Petrizzo, a Republican, resigned his position due to personal reasons, last month.
Board members interviewed six applicants for the position. The two remaining District 1 board members -- Zach Oltmanns and Nick Bolin
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Expect delay in refunds

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Illinois residents are seeing delays in receiving their state tax refunds this year as the result of new security measures aimed at deterring identify theft are implemented.
Locally, Jaime Salazar, President/Accountant at Computax of Rochelle said that until just recently, the Illinois Department of Revenue was not accepting tax returns for over two weeks.
Salazar says that
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It’s a match!

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
Every four minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. Yet, 70 percent of patients do not have a matching marrow donor in their family. These patients and their families depend on the "Be The Match" registry for a life-saving donor.
Local resident Ashley Gerry, 18, received the call that she is a match
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Car fire blocks Carrie Avenue

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- A car fire in a driveway of a small apartment complex in the 1000 block of Carrie Avenue blocked the roadway for a short time Friday morning as firefighters put out the fully engulfed blaze.
The fire was extinguished and fortunately did not spread to the building, but some outside brick was singed and vehicle's hood was completely
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