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City shuts down well due to radium levels

Modified: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Municipal Utilities will be mailing out a notice next week to residents and businesses regarding the discovery of an elevated radium level from one of the city's four wells.
The well located by the high school exceeded the maximum contaminant level of 5pCi/L. The average for last year for that well was 6pCi/L.
The mailing will include
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RCH Health & Wellness Center open house Saturday

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Since Rochelle Community Hospital announced its plans for building a new medical office building in early 2015, the 900 block of North Second Street has been a site of continual change and growth.
Official groundbreaking took place on June 16, 2015 and ten months later the new 26,000 square foot Rochelle Community Hospital Health & Wellness Center opened
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Golf course agreement passed

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle City Council approved an amendment to an intergovernmental agreement Monday evening outlining the details regarding operations at the golf course for the 2016 season.
Both the city and the Flagg-Rochelle Park Community Park District have agreed to operate the golf course for this season under certain terms outlined in the amendment.
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The Masonic Lodge is a busy place

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
Built in 1925, the brick structure in downtown Rochelle at the corner of Lincoln Highway and Fifth Avenue is home to the Horicon Masonic Lodge #244. The Masonic Temple is where members gather to discuss matters of importance, conduct business or receive new candidates into membership.
The lower level in the grandeur building is also a gathering place for
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Road closures set

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
Rochelle, More road closures are scheduled, one beginning today, as work moves forward on the quiet zone project and another scheduled for seal coat work.
Beginning this morning, Ninth Street, from First Avenue north to Lincoln Avenue, is closed to through traffic.
The closure is necessary to construct new supplementary safety measures for the Rochelle Railroad Quiet Zone project
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The Masonic Lodge is a busy place

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 27th, 2016
ROCHELLE --Built in 1925, the brick structure in downtown Rochelle at the corner of Lincoln Highway and Fifth Avenue is home to the Horicon Masonic Lodge #244. The Masonic Temple on Lincoln Highway is where members gather to discuss matters of importance, conduct business or receive new candidates into membership.
The lower level in the grandeur building is also
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School receives grant

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Trisha (Pfeiffer) Vaughn presented a check for $2,990 from the Steve Pfeiffer Memorial Endowment Fund to Jennifer Derricks, Tilton School principal Monday afternoon.
The endowment fund was established by the Pfeiffer family in 2014 with the Rochelle Area Community Foundation.
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Council approves budget

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- With a vote of 6 to 1, Rochelle City Council approved the 2016-17 Fiscal Year Budget at their meeting Monday night.
Councilman Dave Eckhardt cast the lone vote against the budget as presented, citing two factors.
"There is $750,000 from the dump fund and the fact we have a $3 million hole in the electric," Eckhardt said following
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Bob Jornlin, renowned LST ship captain and author, remains hospitalized

Posted: Monday, Apr 25th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- A former Rochelle man remains hospitalized after suffering cardiac arrest during a meeting at Rochelle Township High School last week.
Bob Jornlin, of Earlville, had just finished speaking against the proposed Great Lakes Basin railroad project and returned to his seat before collapsing.
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More than books

Posted: Monday, Apr 25th, 2016
"Behind every great community is a great library." Flagg-Rochelle Public Library serves the Rochelle community as a library but also so much more.
The local library provides services to patrons beyond the rows of books available on the shelves. The library serves as a meeting place for groups and organizations, a study room for students, and a time to
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Homeless issues hit home

Posted: Saturday, Apr 23rd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Homelessness exists in just about every community in the U.S. and Rochelle is no different.
While the circumstances may vary, unfortunate people who become homeless often times seek shelters for a temporary place to stay, and hopefully, eventually can begin taking steps to regain their independence.
Locally, the Rochelle Area Community Emergency Shelter (RACES) has assisted thousands of
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Gamble on machines has big payoff

Posted: Saturday, Apr 23rd, 2016
OREGON, Victor Green puts in a lot of hours at work.
As owner, along with his wife Jan, of Breakers Saloon in Oregon, Green said he works 80 to 90 hours a week. The focus is on food, but for the last few years he has also had a secret weapon: Video gaming.
"The biggest thing that helped, sure the
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Overpayment causing problem for local taxing districts

Posted: Saturday, Apr 23rd, 2016
ROCHELLE, Earlier this week the state of Illinois announced they would like their money back -- to the tune of $168 million.
Some 6,500 taxing districts, including several in Rochelle, are affected by the news they were overpaid from the state through an error by the Illinois Department of Revenue.
Taxing districts across the state receive disbursements through
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Former Rochelle man falls ill at rail line meeting

Modified: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
Bob Jornlin, renowned LST ship captain and author, flown to Rockford hospital
ROCHELLE -- A former Rochelle man, who gained national attention after leading an effort to bring home an old abandoned LST warship from overseas and later authored a book about it, suffered an apparent cardiac arrest during a meeting at Rochelle Township High School Wednesday evening.
Robert
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School ranked third most improved

Posted: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
ommunity Consolidated School District #161's Creston School was recently ranked the third most improved school in the State of Illinois based upon school rankings outlined by Schooldigger.com.
The rankings are based on school performance as measured by State standardized assessments and reflects a school ranking improvement of 857 spots for Creston School.
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Exercise group challenging park policy

Posted: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Park commissioners heard from several individuals this week regarding the recent ban of a free exercise dance class held by Rochelle resident, Amber Mickley, in Cooper Park.
Mickley's mother, Julie Fowler, began the discussion during public comment at Monday night's meeting, describing the interaction between herself and the park district office, and questioning the board's current policy.
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Plans still at standstill for new county jail

Posted: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
OREGON, The total cost for a new county jail would be more than $25 million, a consultant hired by Ogle County to complete a jail study told the County Board at it's meeting last week.
Jeff Goodale, from the firm HOK, presented the board with seven options for a new jail, including a variety of bed counts for adult and
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RPD makes arrest in counterfeit $100s case

Posted: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
ROCHELLE -- On Tuesday, April 19, Rochelle Police received information in reference the identity and location of the suspect responsible for passing counterfeit $100 bills -- within Rochelle and throughout Ogle County -- on April 11.
Rochelle Detectives responded to a Rockford address and were able to locate Tammy S. Guzy, 46, hiding within the residence.
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RTHS Auditorium near capacity at proposed rail line scoping meeting

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 20th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Over 450 people filled the auditorium at Rochelle Township High School earlier this evening to learn more about the proposed rail line and give their input regarding the project.
Dave Navecky, project manager with the Surface Transportation Board (STB), began with a presentation explaining the environmental review process.
Emotions ran high during the public comment portion of the
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Train talks on tap

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Residents in the community will have an opportunity to give their input regarding the proposed rail line during a public meeting at Rochelle Township High School Wednesday evening.
The public scoping meeting at RTHS is one of a dozen scheduled this month by the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to provide information on the proposed Great Lakes Basin project,
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New payment system coming to RTHS

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Township HIgh School parents will soon have a new, simpler way to pay for items including registration fees, class supplies, fines, event tickets and athletic camps and do it all online.
Board members approved to move forward on a new streamlined payment process through PushCoin - a company that will be a webstore front accessible through
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Skare Park structure to be rebuilt

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District commissioners approved a bid for the construction of a new building in Skare Park to replace the original building destroyed by last year's tornado.
The new building would include a 12-foot overhang on the east side to accommodate picnic tables, the golf ball machine and a pop machine.
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Emergency operations plan draft presented

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle City Council met as a Committee of the Whole to discuss a draft of the emergency operations plan presented by Rochelle's emergency management coordinator, Terry Inman.
"The emergency operations plan is a one-stop shop to guide all of us on what the city of Rochelle is going to do in any given disaster," Inman said.
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Police seek information on recent vandalism cases

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Police continue investigating a slew of graffiti cases occurring in the ‘Hub City' over the course of the past few weeks.
As many as 15 cases of vandalism in which spray painted graffiti was left on houses, garages and vehicles have occurred recently.
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Individual masterpieces

Posted: Monday, Apr 18th, 2016
From the stroke of a paint brush to the snap of a shutter or the etch of a colored pencil, students in AP Art at Rochelle Township High School have the opportunity to create a unique masterpiece during their time in the class.
A student is required to complete four semesters of art courses or have a teacher's recommendation
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Hubs blanked in rough outing

Posted: Saturday, Apr 16th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Well, at least it was a good day for a ball game; unfortunately, the outcome didn't turn out quite as well.
On a beautiful sunny, 70-degree afternoon, everything pretty much went wrong for the Rochelle Township High School varsity boys' baseball team as they lost to Ottawa 9-0 Friday.
The Hubs gave up eight hits, including two home
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Branding project moves forward

Posted: Saturday, Apr 16th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- In 2015, working alongside Roger Brooks, the Rochelle's Brand Development Team revealed Rochelle's new brand direction. Work continues on the project.
In the April newsletter, the Brand Leadership Team gave an update on the status of the downtown plaza and pavilion.
The group says they expect to receive artist's renderings and cost estimates for the project, which
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Preserve the VFW home

Posted: Saturday, Apr 16th, 2016
Join the VFW Post 3878, along with the ladies and men's auxiliary, to help "Preserve the Home of the VFW" on Saturday, April 23.
Not only for veterans, the post is a gathering place for a multitude of occasions such as bingo, fish and steak fry nights, holiday dinners and listening to live music. The post is also well known
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Washington Street closure April 18-29

Posted: Saturday, Apr 16th, 2016
Rochelle, City Engineer, Sam Tesreau, has announced that Washington Street, from First Avenue north to Second Avenue, will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday, April 18 at 7 a.m.
The closure is necessary to construct new supplementary safety measures for the Rochelle Railroad Quiet Zone project including concrete curb medians, storm sewer improvements and associated pavement removal and
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