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Fresh tree sales

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
Fresh Balsam Fir trees and wreaths have just arrived at the St. Patrick's Learning Center and are available for purchase starting Friday, Nov. 28. Purchases will help support St. Patrick's Youth Ministry, Respect Life, and Knights of Columbus.Hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. to 5
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Substation getting expansion

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- During Monday evening's meeting, Rochelle's city council approved an engineering services agreement with Sargent and Lundy related to the Caron Road Substation Expansion Project.
Phase two was approved at a cost of $240,000 for the engineering and detail design services along with needed specifications, materials and coordination design with ComEd.
The Caron Road substation was originally constructed
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Light, music show raises funds for St. Jude’s

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Ray Voss has hung nearly 18,000 Christmas lights outside of his house that move and twinkle along with Christmas songs.
This is the sixth year Voss has created a musical light show outside of his home at 239 Phyllis Ave. He got the inspiration to start the extravagant Christmas display after watching a light show in 2007
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Collecting for needy families

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
HILLCREST -- The Village of Hillcrest will be collecting new toys and non-perishable food items beginning after Thanksgiving. This toy and food drive is being held in honor of Arlene Martin, former Treasurer for the village, who passed away several years ago.
The donations will go to the Needy Families Food and Toy Drive, sponsored by the Hub City Cruisers
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Power struggle

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, Some residents in Batavia are blaming its city's involvement with the Prairie State Coal Project for their increased energy bills and a former Rochelle city councilman agrees and says the same is true here in Rochelle.
Retired Rochelle fire chief and former council member Tom McDermott believes the electric bills for "Hub City" customers have gone up due in
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Record donations

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- The generosity of area residents and businesses was shown during the ninth annual 2-Ton Thanksgiving Food Drive that took place last Thursday in Rochelle. A record $6,100 was donated to the Rochelle Christian Food Pantry along with a large amount of non-perishable food items.
The Rochelle Township High School FFA raised more than $1,000 for their "Bowling for
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Ballot set for mayor, council

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- The ballot names are set for the election of Rochelle mayor and city council this spring.
Two candidates have turned into their petitions for mayor, including incumbent Chet Olson and challenger Aaron Brooks.
Olson announced his intention to run for a fourth term earlier this year and was the first candidate to turn in his petition, so his
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Manufacturing milestone

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Several employees were on hand to witness the 100th railcar celebration at Nippon Sharyo Manufacturing facility early Monday. The 99th and 100th cars are being shipped to Metrolinx in Toronto, Canada, for use at the Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Nippon Sharyo Manufacturing facility has been open for two years and has shipped 84 Metra cars, 8 VRE Coaches
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VFW offering free Thanksgiving meal

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- The VFW Post 3878 in Rochelle is continuing its long-standing tradition of serving a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving day this Thursday.
Everyone who may not have family in town or would just like to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner is welcome to enjoy the traditional turkey meal along with ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, dinner rolls and dessert, served
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Welcome winter

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Following a weekend of mild temperatures, the area was hit with its first significant snowfall of the winter season Monday. With winter upon us, the City of Rochelle would like to remind residents to use caution while traveling in winter weather. Please leave early and use extra caution to arrive safely at your destination.
Parking ordinance
Once three
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Extra funds

Posted: Sunday, Nov 23rd, 2014
During the recent 20/20 Community Unity subscription drive, Rochelle News-Leader subscribers were able to choose one of four local non-profit organizations to which they wished to donate 20 percent of their payment. The Hub City Senior Center, Rochelle Junior Tackle, AYSO and the Kitchen Table each received funds as a result of the subscription drive. Pictured above left,
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Two more petitions filed

Posted: Sunday, Nov 23rd, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Two more candidates for Rochelle City Council filed petitions.
Bil Hayes and Don Burke, Jr. each filed their petitions.
Three council positions are up for election this spring. As of Friday, four individuals have filed to appear on the ballot, including incumbents Ed Rice and Hayes, as well as challengers Tom McDermott and Burke.
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Once again jury finds Gough to be sexually dangerous

Posted: Sunday, Nov 23rd, 2014
OREGON -- A two-day jury trial in Ogle County was ended with a one hour deliberation before a Stillman Valley man was found to be a sexual dangerous person.
On Nov. 19, Ray Gough, 65, was found to be a sexually dangerous person and is set to be committed to the Illinois Department of Corrections.
"I am very proud of
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Let’s talk about food

Posted: Sunday, Nov 23rd, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Representatives from the Northern Illinois Food Bank and Northern Illinois University, School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences presented results of a study on food security in Rochelle.
"R.E.A.C.H Rochelle," (Resources Enabled to Assist Community and Hunger) was established in January with the purpose of identifying the area's food security status. It was also formed to recognize what
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Feds charge man for local bank robbery

Posted: Sunday, Nov 23rd, 2014
CHICAGO -- A Chicago resident is now facing three federal bank robbery charges, federal officials announced Tuesday.
Adam A. Sanborn, 29, of Chicago and formerly of Milton, Fla., was originally arrested on Sept. 10 and charged with the Aug. 23 robbery of the Byron Bank in Davis Junction. The federal grand jury in Rockford returned an indictment against Sanborn
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Investing in infrastructure

Modified: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
Omaha, Neb., Union Pacific Railroad will strengthen Illinois' transportation infrastructure by investing $12 million in the rail line between West Chicago and Franklin Grove, Illinois. The project began October 1 and is scheduled to be completed by mid-December.
The railroad will replace nearly 39,000 concrete railroad ties and install 8,400 tons of rock ballast between Elburn and Franklin Grove.  Crews
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High school audit looks good

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Township High School Board of Education met on Monday for their regular meeting.
Brian Anderson from Wipfli went over the numbers from the audit review of the fiscal year 2014 and also gave a summary of the figures discussed at the Finance Committee meeting. The board was very pleased with the results of this years' audit.
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Budget approved

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
OREGON -- The Ogle County Board approved the 2015 fiscal year budget Tuesday night with a 22-2 vote. Total revenue for the county is $14,002,984, an increase of $258,525.05 over 2014. Expenses are $13,992,074.17, an increase over the 2014 budget of $297,008.08. Total appropriations and levies for the county total $43,731,430.17.
Voting against the budget were board members Skip Kenney
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Mayor’s race on

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle will have a contested election for mayor next spring with incumbent Chet Olson now being challenged by Aaron Brooks.
Olson announced his bid for re-election earlier this year, while Brooks filed his petition on Thursday morning.
The election will be held on April 7, unless two more mayoral candidates join the race, in which case a primary
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Mayor's race on after new candidate files

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle will have a contested election for mayor next spring with incumbent Chet Olson now being challenged by Aaron Brooks.
Olson announced his bid for re-election earlier this year, while Brooks filed his petition on Thursday morning.
Council candidates
There are three Rochelle City Council positions up for election this spring and as of Thursday morning two individuals
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Old-fashioned Christmas Walk to include bed races

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
Rochelle, Rochelle's Old Fashioned Christmas Walk events will again include the popular Bed Races. This year's Bed Race is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the 400 block of Lincoln Highway.
Businesses, organizations, families and friends are invited to form five-person teams (four pushers and one rider) to enter the Bed Race.
Teams provide their own beds
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Officials discuss sewer permit, inspection fees

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
HILLCREST -- During last Wednesday evening's meeting, board members from the Village of Hillcrest reviewed a draft ordinance pertaining to the upcoming sewer project. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) requires the ordinance be in place.
The proposed sewer installation is comprised of a $450,000 CDAP grant and a loan from the IEPA for $2.2 million, which will sewer
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Del Monte buys calendars for employees

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- What better gift to give your employees while helping the local community than a Rochelle Rotary Calendar.
Recently, Dan Lundquist of Del Monte purchased more than 130 Rochelle Rotary Cash Calendars for employees at the Rochelle plant as a holiday gift.
"This will be the second year that Del Monte Foods, Inc. has participated in the Rochelle Rotary
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Prison time for two men

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
OREGON -- Two Rochelle men entered guilty pleas in Ogle County Court last week which led to sentences in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Bartt Milligan, 45, plead guilty to the felony offense of unlawful possession with intent to deliver cocaine. Milligan was arrested in April 2013 after a traffic stop for speeding led Rochelle police to find 13 individual
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Helping treat dementia with music

Posted: Sunday, Nov 16th, 2014
Music is a big part of our lives and research suggests that music has a variety of health benefits ranging from lowering heart rate and blood pressure to reducing anxiety and easing pain.
Incorporating music into therapy, some researchers have even found dementia patients showed improvements in speech content and fluency as well as benefits to cognitive functions, social skills,
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School Avenue bridge re-opened

Posted: Sunday, Nov 16th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- City of Rochelle officials ceremoniously re-opened the School Avenue bridge Friday afternoon, just in time to allow after school traffic from the nearby schools to pass through.
The bridge over the Kyte Creek had been closed for extensive repairs since late last spring. The new bridge is wider and boasts a walking path on each side, complete with
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Another dog attack in Hillcrest

Posted: Sunday, Nov 16th, 2014
HILLCREST -- Hillcrest Village officials learned of another dog attack in the village. During the public comment session of Wednesday's board meeting, village resident Pam Pittman told the board that her daughter's Pomeranian dog was attacked and killed by a pit bull in the village on Nov. 6.
The pit bull also allegedly attacked and injured another dog, causing
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Judge orders body be exhumed

Posted: Sunday, Nov 16th, 2014
OREGON -- Mike Arians, former mayor of Oregon, believes exhuming the body of a Rockford man may result in new evidence in the decades old murder of 17-year-old Mary Jane Reed of Oregon and 28-year-old Stanley Skridla of Rockford. The two were last seen on a date before their bodies were found. They both died from gunshot wounds in June
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Thanksgiving Food Drive

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Newstalk 1060 WRHL and 102.3 The Coyote and Anderson Plumbing and Heating of Rochelle along with many community minded businesses present the 9th Annual Two Ton Thanksgiving Food Drive on Thursday, Nov. 20 at Anderson Plumbing and Heating in Rochelle. All food and money collected will be donated to the Rochelle Christian Food Pantry.
"We
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Plans made for Christmas walk

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
ROCHELLE, Downtown Rochelle will be bustling with activity the first weekend in December for the Old Fashioned Christmas Walk.
The event has grown to include events Dec. 5 and 6. Many downtown stores will be open until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5.
Friday, Dec. 5
Horse and Carriage rides are returning to the Old Fashioned Christmas
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Two clinics closing

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
ROCHELLE --The Administration and Board of Trustees at Rochelle Community Hospital have announced plans to close the Ashton Family Health Center and the FastCare Clinic located inside Walmart after the first of the new year.
"This is a very difficult decision. Despite our desire and commitment to sustain these clinics, we have determined that we are unable to keep them
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Traffic signal bid rejected

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- In a unanimous vote, the Rochelle City Council rejected Monday night the only bid received for the traffic signal upgrade at the intersection of Lincoln Highway and IL Route 38. The bid of more than $96,000 was found to be 53 percent higher than the estimated $63,000 by Fehr Graham and Associates. City manager David Plyman presented the
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