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Fairways Golf Course restaurant sale a done deal

Posted: Monday, Jun 27th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle City Council echoed the agreement reached earlier today by the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District, ultimately approving the sale of the restaurant to John Scanlan.
Council first had to approve the city's purchase of the park district's share of the restaurant, amounting to $100,000. Part of the agreement states the park district and the city jointly operate the
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Park district, city reach agreement on golf course restaurant sale

Posted: Monday, Jun 27th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District commissioners have reached an agreement with City of Rochelle over the sale of the Fairways Golf Course restaurant, paving the way for the deal to be finalized Monday night.
In an unanimous 7-0 vote in a special meeting held at noon on Monday, the park board sold its half of the the restaurant property
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One dies in Rock River boat collision

Modified: Saturday, Jun 25th, 2016
OREGON -- One person died and several others were injured when two boats reportedly collided Friday on the Rock River near Oregon on Friday night.
On June 24 at approximately 8:40 p.m., Ogle County Sheriff's Department deputies responded to River Road approximately three miles north of Oregon for the report of boat accident in the Rock River. River Rescue units
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A civic duty

Posted: Saturday, Jun 25th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Hickory Grove Civic Center has been a central component in the northern corridor of Rochelle for over three decades, serving as the county's largest banquet facility and home to a restaurant, fitness center with an indoor pool, and a retail shop.
The building is managed by the Ogle County Civic Center Authority (OCCCA) and due to the
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Two park district policies defined

Posted: Saturday, Jun 25th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- A local exercise-dance group that purchased a $250 insurance policy to hold their sessions for free in the local parks, was given its money back after Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District commissioners cleared up its Programs in the Park policy Monday night.
The board agreed to reimburse Amber Mickley the money her group paid to buy a liability insurance
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Officials field questions about electrical tariff

Posted: Saturday, Jun 25th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Municipal Utilities held a mandatory annual meeting last week in regards to the transmission tariff enacted last year. City manager David Plyman explained the meeting is a requirement for all electricity transmission owners and is intended to be a time for interested parties to seek information and clarifications about the transmission rate update that was filed.
"The
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Family fun planned Saturday at Helms

Modified: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Movie in the Park tradition continues this Saturday at Helms Field as First National Bank and supporting sponsors host the free family-friendly event.
This year; however, there will be a double-feature. Gates open at 8:30 p.m. with "The Good Dinosaur" beginning at 9 p.m. followed by "Jurassic World" at 11 p.m.
Refreshments of water, variety of soda,
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Bike path extension work may begin by fall

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Although there have been some delays and engineering cost increases with the bike path extension project, Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District executive director Eric Christensen said Monday night that construction may begin this fall.
"We are still going to let out bids in late July, so depending on the numbers that come in and the weather, it's possible a
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Building bridges

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
On Monday night, Rochelle Township High School teacher and Interact Club advisor Allison Mercer-Curtis (center) and club member Ben Chiavini (right) presented Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District executive director Eric Christensen with a check for $16,000, which was raised by the club to install two brand new walking bridges over the creek at Skare Park. Interact is a school service club
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Mosquito spraying scheduled

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
ROCHELLE, The City of Rochelle Street Division has announced plans for a full adulticide mosquito control application throughout the community on June 23 and 24.
This application will be performed from approximately 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., weather permitting, when mosquitos are most active. Please avoid direct contact with the spray as it passes through.
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One step closer to new detention center

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
OREGON -- Ogle County is one step closer to possibly getting a new jail.
By a voice vote, which wasn't unanimous, the Ogle County Board approved step one of Phase One for a new detention center during their monthly meeting Tuesday night, which was held in the gym of Focus House. The first step included a report from Jeff
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Kishwaukee College will close today at 3 p.m.

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 22nd, 2016
Kishwaukee College officials have made the decision to close the campus today at 3 p.m. due to the impending weather expected to hit the area late this afternoon.
According to the college's website, classes will let out and the campus will close for the remainder of the day at 3 p.m.

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Intersection to be closed beginning Thursday morning!

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 22nd, 2016
The intersection of Lincoln Highway and 10th Avenue will be closed to thru-traffic beginning Thursday, June 23 at 7 a.m.

The work is necessary to repair a failing sanitary manhole by Rochelle Municipal Utilities crews. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route and avoid the area if possible. All traffic will need to use other available routes
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Sale of golf course restaurant on hold after park board tables vote on contract

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
ROCHELLE -- City officials and representatives of the proposed buyer of the Fairways Golf Course restaurant were surprised on Monday night when Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District commissioners emerged from a 30-minute closed session and tabled a vote on the sale agreement already passed by Rochelle City Council.
The decision to postpone approval of the contract, which came after park board
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Rochelle man faces sex assault charge

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Police arrested a Rochelle man on charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse following an incident Sunday night.
Police received a 911 call Sunday from a juvenile victim alleging she was sexually assaulted by Jesse B. Wendel, 26, of Rochelle.
Wendel, who is a registered sex offender, was arrested and taken into custody by Rochelle police.
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Lamb resigns position held at RTHS for 16 years

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Township High School board members accepted resignations from several staff members, including head of maintenance Keith Lamb Monday night.
Lamb, who has been with the RTHS district for 16 years, has been named the new director of facilities and grounds at Kishwaukee College in Malta -- a new position at the college.
Superintendent Jamie Craven praised Lamb
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A lesson on education

Posted: Monday, Jun 20th, 2016
Majority of the teachers are enjoying their summer outside of the classroom while lounging around the pool, enjoying a book on the porch or maybe escaping away on vacation. In the teachers' absence, teen teachers are filling in to help lead elementary students during summer school.
Eight Rochelle area teens are volunteering this month to assist students during the
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Big plans for the Fourth of July

Posted: Saturday, Jun 18th, 2016
ROCHELLE --To commemorate their 50th anniversary, Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District officials are planning a big Fourth of July community celebration.
"The park district was established in August of 1966 and staff thought it would be perfect to combine the 50th anniversary and Fourth of July," explained superintendent of recreation Liz Sosa.
Just like in years past, Spring Lake pool staff
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This IS rocket science

Posted: Saturday, Jun 18th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Several students in Rochelle Middle School had the chance to dabble in some rocket science earlier in the school year.
As a fun introductory activity at the beginning of the quarter, technology teacher Vic Worthington provided sixth graders all the items necessary to launch straw rockets except one thing -- instructions.
Using funds from the Monsanto Full STEAM
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City rail line expanding

Posted: Saturday, Jun 18th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle City Railroad is expanding. City council approved the project for the Northern Interchange Yard that will add an additional 2500 feet of track to the north of the existing tracks.
The additional track and two additional turnouts in the project will also give the city a chance to add more income from the rail users. Rochelle's
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They call it Puppy Love

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- It's nearly everywhere--countless dogs needing a home. Some have nowhere to go through no fault of their own and many end up in shelters relying on human intervention for survival. That's where Cause for Paws, like many other rescue organizations, steps in.
Cause for Paws is a not-for-profit group of volunteers that provide foster care for dogs that
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Rochelle Fire Department on scene at Culver's Restaurant

Modified: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Firefighters are on the scene at Culver's Restaurant on Dement Road near Illinois Route 38 after a grease fire broke out shortly after 12 noon today.
Rochelle Fire Chief Dave Sawlsville said the fire was contained to a deep fryer unit. No damage to the structure is being reported and Sawlsville estimates initial damages to $3,000.
Although the
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Building plans given approval

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle residents will soon notice a few changes around the "Hub City" located on Seventh Street. Included in the approval at the Rochelle City Council meeting Monday is the plan to build a new store.
Minesh Patel, owner of Liquor ‘N Wine located at May Mart Drive, recently purchased property on Seventh Street with plans to construct an
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Multi-family units ‘ok’d’on Seventh Street

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Construction is set to begin on two new multifamily rental units following approval from Rochelle City Council Monday.
Seldal Properties LLC petitioned the city to re-subdivide three lots into one lot and construct two multifamily buildings at 5,785 square feet each. The property, located on Seventh Avenue, east of North Second Street would also include storm water detention
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United Way of Ogle County hosts celebration event

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 15th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The United Way of Ogle County held a celebration luncheon at the Rock River Center in Oregon for their recent community campaign. The event recognized and awarded the contributions of several Ogle County organizations that helped to contribute a total of $242,000 for the 2015 campaign.
Paul Logli, CEO/President of the United Way of Rock River Valley congratulated
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