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Sheriff warns public of fake cop

Posted: Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015
OGLE COUNTY -- On the night of Monday, July 27, 2015, the Ogle County Sheriff's Office responded to a residence in rural Oregon for the report of a person impersonating a police officer. At approx. 10 p.m. the man in the attached sketch arrived at the residence and identified himself as being with the Ogle County Sheriff's Office.
The man
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Felker wins Ogle County Queen crown, other pageant winners announced

Posted: Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015
OREGON -- Whitney Felker, of Byron, was crowned 2015 Ogle County Fair Queen on Wednesday night. Other pageant winners include 2015 Junior Miss Olivia Ramos, of Rochelle, 2015 Young Miss Emma Thurow and 2015 Little Miss Kaylyn Cicogna.(Courtesy photos)
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Area residents, equine group help local woman get her horses back on track after tornado

Posted: Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- April's tornado is something that many won't soon forget. Out of the devastation and sadness came survival and togetherness, a testament to the close-knit community that rallied around those that needed assistance.
The scores of volunteers descended on the area and along with community members provided help not only to people, but also to animals as well.
Rural
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Boy, grandpa help save day for neighbor

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- 6-year-old Antonio Rissman noticed smoke coming from his neighbor's front window across the street this afternoon, alerted his grandfather who called the fire department and helped save the 11th Street home and the dog inside.
"My grandson saw the smoke and he came and got me," said neighbor Pedro Garcia. "I called the fire department."
Rochelle firefighters were
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Rochelle 9-10 All-Stars heading for state

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
OGLESBY, Ill. -- Coaches Jim Gensler and Joe Tourdot were the only members of the Rochelle 9-10 All-Stars present when they qualified for state Monday.
Earlier in the day, the team had lost to Oglesby by an 11-7 score. That defeat set Rochelle's record in the sectional pool play at 2-1. In order to advance, Rochelle needed 0-2 Bradley-Bourbonnais to
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Taylor trains to handle crude oil railcar spills

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
CRESTON -- Ogle-Lee Fire Protection District assistant area chief Gary Taylor recently returned from a training exercise at the Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC) in Pueblo, Colo.
Taylor, who is a volunteer out of the Creston fire station, received valuable insight and training in the event of a crude oil railcar derailment. During the training, firefighters from across
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Another greenhouse plan in the works

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- On Monday evening, the Rochelle City Council approved an ordinance amendment to allow for commercial greenhouses as a permitted use in the I-2 zoning district.
"The city is currently working on another development, Project Green, which would add a second commercial greenhouse in the I-2 zoning district," said city manager Dave Plyman. "Staff feels that the I-2 district
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Local man enjoys working with Band Perry

Posted: Saturday, Jul 25th, 2015
Bryan Bauer's job requires him to work late nights and travel many hours on the road while being ready to run onto the stage at any moment.
The Band Perry broke into the music scene in 2010 after making noise together all their lives.
To help the Perry's put on a high-energy performance and focus their all on
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Highway Buy-Way event joins up with Heritage Fest

Posted: Saturday, Jul 25th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- This year, the Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival (LHHF) will run concurrently with the traditional Lincoln Highway Buy-Way, providing double the fun in Rochelle in August.
The LHHF will be held Friday Aug. 14, Sunday Aug. 16 and the nationwide Lincoln Highway Buy-Way will be held Thursday, Aug.13, Saturday Aug. 15 along the historic corridor.
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First tornado relief grants given out

Posted: Saturday, Jul 25th, 2015
ROCHELLE ­-- On Friday, July 17, board members of the Rochelle Area Community Foundation (RACF) came together to approve over $24,000 in tornado relief grants to local families affected by the April 9 storms. These funds mark the first distribution of over $300,000 raised since the storms tore through the region and damaged many homes in the Rochelle area.
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Refinancing of bonds to save high school money; bus garage work about done

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
ROCHELLE -- On Monday evening, the Rochelle Township High School Board of Education approved a resolution to issue up to $15 million in general obligation bonds for the purpose of refinancing outstanding bonds of the district.
"We are refinancing the 2006 series bonds with the intent of flattening or reducing our bond and interest tax rate and in the
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Movie in the Park rescheduled

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
ROCHELLE -- First National Bank has announced that the annual Movie in the Park event has been rescheduled for the evening of Saturday, Aug. 15 at the Helms Athletic Complex football field.
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State employees to keep getting paid

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
SPRINGFIELD -- A pair of court decisions issued Friday means state Comptroller Leslie Munger can keep meeting the state's payroll -- for now.
Munger and Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration have argued the state should be allowed to make its regular payroll despite the lack of a state budget.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan, however, has argued the law allows only the
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Local girls’ tornado poem published in “Eloquence”

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Local student Alexia Thiem caught the attention of the American Library of Poetry for her poem, "No More F4," written about the tornado that hit the Rochelle and Fairdale areas in April.
Thiem's teacher at Lincoln School, Mr. McKinney, submitted the fifth grader's poem about the tornado a few months ago. Thiem received a letter of notification stating
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Park board approves $50,000 to golf course

Posted: Monday, Jul 20th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- In a 4-2 vote on Monday night, the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District board approved a request from the Greater Rochelle Economic Development Corporation for $50,000 to for capital improvements at the Fairways Golf Course.
The move follows on the footsteps of Rochelle City Council, which last month approved a similar $50,000 subsidy to help GREDCO offset costs with
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A happy birthday visit

Posted: Sunday, Jul 19th, 2015
ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Recently Paul and Barb Bearrows of the Rochelle Moose Lodge traveled to Moosehaven in Florida to visit former Ogle County resident Carrie Aurand, bearing birthday greetings.
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Greyhound Bus adds connection in ‘Hub City’

Posted: Sunday, Jul 19th, 2015
ROCHELLE, Greyhound, in partnership with Lee County and the Illinois Department of Transportation, recently launched service between Chicago and Davenport, Iowa.
Greyhound Connect will bring Greyhound service to the communities of DeKalb, Rochelle, Dixon, Naperville and Moline and connect those smaller communities with the national intercity bus network.
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Recycling drop-off event set

Posted: Sunday, Jul 19th, 2015
Rochelle , The RMU Water Department will host an Electronics Recycling Drop-Off Day for Rochelle residents on Saturday, July 25 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Residents dropping off items will be required to show a photo ID.
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Rauner says new order makes hiring leaner, cleaner

Posted: Sunday, Jul 19th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD --  Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday signed an executive order aimed at making state hiring more efficient and less prone to patronage.
The action, Executive Order 15-16, removes a layer of bureaucracy and should help protect hiring for civil-service positions from unlawful political influence, according to the governor's office.
It rescinds an executive order issued by Gov. Rod Blagojevich
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