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Bank donates to the Rochelle Area Community Foundation

Posted: Friday, Jan 30th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Mike Dale, President of the Rochelle Area Community Foundation, recently accepted the fourth quarter contribution from First National Bank, represented by Cathy Cox, S.V.P.
Many members of the staff at First National contribute to the foundation on a regular basis and the bank has agreed to match employee contributions. With the bank match, employees raised more
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Kishwaukee College faculty contract finalized

Posted: Friday, Jan 30th, 2015
MALTA, Two-and-a-half hours after the Kishwaukee College Education Association ratified a deal between the faculty and the college administration, the Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees approved the deal. The tentative agreement represents compromises made by both sides and includes more than $1.5 million in savings for the college.
There will be no work stoppage now that there is a
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Bond set at $500,000 for man accused of battery to a child

Posted: Friday, Jan 30th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle police arrested a Rochelle man this week and an Ogle County judge set bond at $500,000 Wednesday after investigating an alleged incident involving a young girl.
Chris Texas, 27, of Rochelle, is being charged on the felony offense of aggravated battery to a child and domestic battery.
Police were contacted by officials from the Rochelle elementary
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Mayoral candidate’s eligibility questioned

Posted: Friday, Jan 30th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Questions over the eligibility of Rochelle mayoral candidate Aaron Brooks have recently arose, compelling Brooks to address the Rochelle City Council earlier this week over the matter.
Brooks told those in attendance that Rochelle City Clerk Bruce McKinney had called him and asked if he wanted to remove himself from the ballot due to a past felony conviction
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Kishwaukee College faculty union ratifies tentative agreement

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2015
MALTA -- Members of the Kishwaukee College Education Association (KCEA) voted to ratify its tentative agreement with Kishwaukee College over the course of a 24-hour election that concluded today at 3:30 p.m.
Bargaining teams from both sides agreed to this tentative agreement during an all-day bargaining session called on Jan. 19. The next step will be a ratification vote by
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On your mark, get set, GO!

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015
Boy Scouts participated in the Pinewood Derby on Saturday at Tilton School. See page 3 for more photos. (Photo submitted)
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Residents reminded of city’s snow ordinance

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Residents in the "Hub City" are reminded of the city's snow ordinance.
Once three inches of snow have fallen, the winter storm parking ordinance will be in effect. Street parking is permissible with certain exceptions. On even dated days, all vehicles are to be parked on the even-numbered sides of the street. On odd dated days, parking is
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Chili and pie

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015
The Rochelle Township High School Booster Club held a chili and pie benefit Saturday prior to the Hubs' basketball game. At left, Steven Eychaner, Max Kubale and Alex Hill serve up some food. Above, Eychaner dishes up some chili on a hot dog for a patron. (Photos by Jeremy Sharp)
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New fire engine on the way

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- In a 4-0 vote, Rochelle City Council approved a motion to accept the bid for the purchase of a new fire engine at Monday evening's meeting. Absent from the meeting were councilmen Dennis Berg, Bil Hayes and Dave Eckhardt. City Manager David Plyman explained the bidding process.
"The 2014-2015 Ambulance Fund Budget includes $450,000 for the purchase of
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Vehicle burglaries plaguing the area

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Area police agencies are dealing with a recent rash of car burglaries in Rochelle and in Stillman Valley.
Rochelle police are investigating several break-ins that occurred in the 200 block of Irene Avenue, 700 block of First Avenue and the 1100 block of North Seventh Street most recently.
No cars were broken into, as burglars only stole from
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Jornlin pens ‘Bringing Back a Hero’

Posted: Sunday, Jan 25th, 2015
Someone once said that the greater the obstacle is, the more glory there will be in overcoming it. That moment of glory came on Jan. 10, 2001 for Robert Jornlin and 29 veterans after they overcame countless obstacles and hardships to bring a World War II ship back to the United States from Greece, a distance of almost 6,500 miles.
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Petrizzo resigns county board position

Posted: Sunday, Jan 25th, 2015
OREGON -- Ogle County Board members accepted a resignation from current board member Dick Petrizzo of Davis Junction at Tuesday night's county board meeting.
Petrizzo, a Republican, resigned his position due to personal reasons, effective immediately. He represents District 1. His replacement must be a Republican.
Applications for his position will be accepted in the County Clerk's office until Feb.
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Sheriff's department searching for hit and run driver

Posted: Sunday, Jan 25th, 2015
MOUNT MORRIS -- Ogle County Sheriff's Police are investigating a hit and run incident in which a semi-tractor trailer truck struck Michael Chizzo, 81, of Mount Morris, who was riding his bicycle. The incident took place a short time before 6 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21 in the 4000 block of West IL Route 64, just east of Mount Morris.


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All safe as fire guts building

Posted: Sunday, Jan 25th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Firefighters from Rochelle and several surrounding areas were on the scene of a structure fire near downtown Rochelle at the corner of Second Avenue and Washington Street for more than four hours Thursday.
The original fire call came in at 11:41 a.m. and was reported as a car on fire inside the building.
"I observed smoke billowing out
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Bond raised for Rochelle man

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Bond was increased by an Ogle County judge for a Rochelle man following his arrest Sunday night.
Mario Messer, 42, of Rochelle, was arrested by Rochelle police Sunday after an altercation with officers. Officers found Messer driving a pick up truck on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad tracks just west of Caron Road near First Avenue.
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Up for auction

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
Auction items keep rolling in for the Rochelle Rotary club's From the Heart event set for Feb. 7. At right, two Heartwood Creation jewelry boxes are shown. The annual event raises money for local organizations, including the Hub City Senior Center, HOPE, Rochelle Childcare Center, Focus House, Rochelle Christian Food Pantry, Rochelle Area Community Foundation, Shining Star and CASA. If
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Grounds, bike path discussed

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District commissioners recently voted this week to appoint executive director Eric Christensen as Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund Authorized Agent.
"The IMRF Fund requires that each participating agency have an authorized agent to complete the reporting required and have the access to make payments," explained Christensen. "The agent was previously our executive assistant/financial manager,
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Elementary finances to be large focus over next four years

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Todd Prusator will continue leading the Rochelle Community Consolidated School District for another four years. The elementary board voted to give the district superintendent an extension of his contract through the 2018-2019 school year.
Prusator said he appreciates the opportunity to continue in his current position, as well as the timing of the new deal.
"I really enjoy
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Fire crews finishing up on scene of structure fire

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Firefighters from Rochelle and several surrounding areas were on the scene of a structure fire near downtown Rochelle at the corner of Second Avenue and Washington Street for more than four hours today.
The original fire call came in at 11:41 a.m. and was reported as a car on fire inside the building.
Upon arrival, it was discovered
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Firefighters are on scene of a structure fire

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
Firefighters are on scene of a structure fire at the former J.H. Patterson building at Second Avenue and Washington Street.
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The walls come tumbling down

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
The demolition of houses south of Rochelle Community Hospital began Monday morning.  A total of five houses are being removed in anticipation of building a proposed medical office building. One house will remain for another month or so until RCH staff who occupy the building can be relocated. (Photo submitted)
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LWV hosting program Jan. 22

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The League of Women Voters January meeting Thursday will be devoted to an educational presentation explaining factors that effect national and local electric rates.
Ray Swartz past RMU General Manager, will explain how electricity is generated and distributed in the United States. He will also explain strengths and challenges in the electric grid as it relates
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Board issues tax bonds

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- In a 5-1 vote, with one commissioner abstaining, the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District voted to approve an ordinance providing for the issue of $800,000 in Taxable General Obligation Park Bonds. This approval is $50,000 higher than last year and will cost the taxpayers around $20,000 to finance, with an interest rate of 2.75 percent.
Before the vote, Commissioner
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Time to ‘have a ball’

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The end of this month marks a long-standing tradition in Rochelle, the annual Rochelle Firemen's Ball.
The ball will be held at The Hangar at the Flight Deck Bar & Grille on Jan. 31.
Tickets are $10 each and include admission, appetizers and seating at the event which will also feature two bands -- Burn N
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Tentative agreement reached at Kishwaukee College

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
MALTA, During an all-day negotiation session on Monday, the Kishwaukee College and Kishwaukee College Education Association's bargaining teams reportedly reached a tentative agreement on a successor faculty contract. The KCEA membership must ratify and the College Board of Trustees must approve the tentative agreement.
The KCEA says it may commence voting during its membership today, Jan. 20. According to the
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Kishwaukee Faculty Union Votes to Suspend Strike

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
MALTA, Today in a membership meeting, the Kishwaukee College Education Association voted to suspend a labor strike set for tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 21 until the contract is officially ratified. KCEA will hold a separate meeting to officially ratify the contract after reviewing the tentative agreement.


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Tentative agreement reached at Kishwaukee College

Posted: Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
MALTA - During an all-day negotiation session Monday, the Kishwaukee College and Kishwaukee College Education Association's bargaining teams reached a tentative agreement on a successor faculty contract. The KCEA membership must ratify and the College Board of Trustees must approve the tentative agreement. The KCEA may commence voting during its membership meeting tomorrow, Jan. 20.
No details of the
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Sculpting works of art

Posted: Sunday, Jan 18th, 2015
Anyone passing by the corner of Caron Road and Seventh Avenue might have noticed Rochelle resident Fran Volz's snow sculpture. Standing at 9-feet tall, the snow angel has captured the attention of many people in the area, including a television station in Rockford.
This isn't the first snow sculpture that Volz has created. Last year, he created a sculpture of
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Creston launches multi-faceted communication plan

Posted: Sunday, Jan 18th, 2015
CRESTON -- Creston Community Consolidated School District #161 has launched a multi-faceted communications plan, part of an overall effort to increase their reach to parents of children attending Creston School.
A new website was recently launched, along with the creation of Facebook and Twitter pages. Additionally, the January/February - first edition - of a bi-monthly newsletter was sent out on
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Hillcrest sewer project top of discussion

Posted: Sunday, Jan 18th, 2015
HILLCREST -- During Wednesday evening's Board of Trustees meeting, Hillcrest residents voiced their concerns over additional fees that would be incurred for connection to the proposed sewer system. Lengthy discussions led the board to defer the adoption of the sewer ordinance until next month's meeting.
Residents Jason Fore and Tim Ball both live in the path of the proposed
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Kish teachers set to strike Wednesday

Posted: Sunday, Jan 18th, 2015
MALTA -- On Friday afternoon, the Kishwaukee College Education Association and College Administration have agreed to move up the next bargaining session with a federal mediator to Monday, Jan. 19 in an attempt to come to an agreement before the Jan. 21 strike date set by the KCEA on Thursday. The initial date set for the next bargaining session was
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