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Emergency crews respond to two accidents

Posted: Thursday, May 28th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Police and ambulance responded to two accidents in two days.
Emergency personnel responded to the intersection of IL Route 251 and IL Route 38 Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. for a two-vehicle accident.
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Council grants abatement

Posted: Thursday, May 28th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle City Council members approved a resolution granting a tax abatement for a potential new business in Rochelle. "Project Green," a hydroponic greenhouse grower for vegetables, would be located on nine acres next to the ethanol plant on Steward Road.
"The Greater Rochelle Economic Development Corporation (GREDCO) has been informed that a company is considering establishing a new
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RMU recognized for reliable electronic operations

Posted: Thursday, May 28th, 2015
Arlington, Va. -- Rochelle Municipal Utilities is one of 191 of the nation's more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) designation from the American Public Power Association for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. Kenneth Stone, energy services and accounting manager at Braintree Electric Light Department
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Solicitors, peddlers must carry permit

Posted: Thursday, May 28th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- With warmer weather upon us, not to mention the recent storms/tornado, the Solicitors and Peddlers are coming in for permits. Please note Peddlers/Solicitors are required to have a city permit and a photo identification badge with the city logo.
To do so they must first have a background check; show that they have a bond
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Class of 2015

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
Graduates of the Rochelle Township High School class of 2015 and their families celebrate and congratulate each other after the ceremony on Saturday morning. There were tears shed and good byes exchanged along with the congratulations as the alumni will no longer be seeing their friends and classmates everyday. See page 7 for more photos from graduation. (Photo by Katie
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Honoring servicemen

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
Memorial Day services were held inside at the Rochelle VFW Post #3878 Monday due to incliment weather. Ray Schwartz (above) spoke to the crowd, as did Guy Bays (above right). Boy Scouts honored those servicemen who have passed away in the past year by laying carnations to represent them. The dedication of the Veterans' War Memorial was postponed to Saturday,
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“All About Me” grant for cancer patients

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Community Hospital Foundation is pleased to introduce the addition of a new scholarship program that will provide grants to qualified cancer patients at Rochelle Community Hospital from the Ogle County area to assist them in their road to recovery.
People with cancer and their families can be devastated physically, emotionally, mentally and financially.
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Rochelle’s new brand unveiled Friday

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Like many towns and cities across America, Rochelle is looking for its "second act." Once a thriving agricultural and crossroads transportation hub, community leaders are hoping to transform Rochelle's downtown as part of a major reinvention project.
Rochelle's new brand direction was revealed Friday by the Rochelle Brand Development Team, a group comprised of local businesses, residents,
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County board approves tax abatement for “Project Green”

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
OREGON -- Ogle County Board members approved a tax abatement for a Rochelle project Tuesday night. The abatement is for "Project Green" and was presented to the board by Rochelle's GREDCO office. The project is a commercial greenhouse facility and will be a $7 million capital investment.
Board member Marcia Heuer asked the board to amend the abatement allowing the
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Rebuilding a landmark

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
ROCHELLE,, Grubsteakers has stood tall at the intersection of IL Route 251 and IL Route 64 serving as a landmark, meeting point and most importantly, restaurant for travelers and neighbors to the diner.
On April 9, Grubsteakers took a direct hit as the tornado's path tore through the building trapping twelve people inside the storm cellar. Grubsteaker's owner Ava
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Equipment, curb work approved

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District board members approved two items during their meeting Monday evening at City Hall.
The financing agreement from PNC Equipment Finance for the purchase of a Toro Groundsmaster 5900 was approved. The amount is $22,994.67 yearly at zero percent financing.
The board also approved the work of Metzger Brothers in the amount of $10,730
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Bus barn improvement bids rejected

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Township High School board members voted Monday evening to reject all bids for the north bus barn improvements due to a lack of bids submitted.
The proposed contracts range from general construction and roofing systems to painting, installation of overhead doors, electrical aspects, and plumbing.
There will be a new bid opening on June 2 followed
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More money needed at Fairways

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Representatives from the Greater Rochelle Economic Development Corporation addressed the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District board on Monday night and talked about the current status of the Fairways Golf Course and former Beacon on the Green restaurant.
GREDCO president Doug Zuehl said that following the termination of the lease with Vivian Management as of April 1, GREDCO leaders have
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Meier retiring from RMS

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Rochelle Middle School students and staff will be saying goodbye to retiring teacher Mark Meier, having been an educator at the school for 21 years. Over the years, Meier has taught science and language arts and is currently teaching math and social studies.
Meier admits he never imagined becoming a teacher, despite the fact that both his parents were in
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Special demonstrations

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
The Rochelle Police Department held a community open house on Saturday afternoon in conjunction with national Police Week. A variety of events were held, including a K9 demonstration. Above and at right, Officer Emily Hardesty and Officer Elvis Baneski demonstrate how Don is instructed to go after a suspect. Tours of the police department were also given, a demonstration of
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Guerrero is the lucky winner

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Friday was a great day for Rochelle Township High School student Angelina Guerrero. The RTHS junior not only began a new job on Friday, but is the winner of a car in this year's Renaissance Assembly.
Guerrero won a 2009 gold Chevrolet Cobalt, courtesy of Sawicki Motors.
"This is unreal, it feels like a dream, like I
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A sweet revival

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2015
Vintage. Character. Timeless. Uniqueness. Many things come to mind when seeing an antique. Whether it would be a piece of furniture or a delicate hand-sewn bedspread, the item most often gives the observer a glimpse into yesteryear.
Sweet Revival, located in Kings, is an antique gallery of sorts, with a blend of unusual and eclectic items. Anyone that steps inside
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Students rise to the challenge

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- In an exercise designed to teach the next generation to identify, analyze and address community needs and then advocate for the cause, the team at Crest Foods created a give back grant contest for area high schools offering $5,000 in prize money. On Wednesday, grant teams from Rochelle Township and Ashton-Franklin Center High Schools made their presentations
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