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GLBT submits new rail line route

Modified: Saturday, Sep 24th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The company proposing a new rail line that would bypass the busy Chicago railroad network and supposedly help speed up the transportation of goods across the country, has submitted a new route to federal officials that avoids cutting through Boone County farm land.
However, the new proposal still calls for the new line to cut through the east
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Hello, Rochelle!

Posted: Saturday, Sep 24th, 2016
Rochelle, The City of Rochelle is excited to announce the launch of Hello, Rochelle! a new mobile app!
Hello, Rochelle is a simple way for residents to keep up with happenings around town. By simply opening the event calendar, the visitor is greeted with a description, website, phone, email, mapping and directions for every community event.
Users of
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Students in the digital age

Posted: Saturday, Sep 24th, 2016
Students in Rochelle Middle School's computer lab are learning more than computer programs and keyboarding skills. Instead of just a basic understanding of technology, the students are learning how to make the technology work for them and apply it to real life.
For example, students are learning that cell phone technology isn't only about participating in the latest Pokemon craze,
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Search for park director to begin

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- In the effort to find a new park district director, the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District board has created a sub-committee to begin searching for a candidate.
Following a closed session Monday night, commissioners Bud Norcross and Dale Wells were named to the search committee and will soon be advertising to find a replacement for former director Eric Christensen,
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Journey to wellness

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Community Hospital will host a free health fair on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Teen Town located at 101 South Eighth Avenue next to the Little League fields. This family friendly event will be fun for all ages and offers healthy activities. The first 50 attendees will receive a complimentary gift bag filled
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Free special needs play night set for this Friday

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Any local family with a special needs child is welcome to attend a free event being planned by the Rochelle Special Needs Parent Group and the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District.
An Imagination Playground Party will be held this Friday, Sept. 23 at Teen Town from 6-8 p.m.
The park district's Imagination Playground is an interactive mobile playground system
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RTHS not moving forward with consolidation

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Township High School board accepted Monday night a recommendation by superintendent Jamie Craven to not forgo any further consolidation talks at this time. The study involved four local school districts -- RTHS, Rochelle Elementary District, Ewsood and Kings school districts -- and involved gathering key information in consolidating the districts.
Craven read from a prepared document to
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Park district joining special needs co-op

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 21st, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Acting on a desire to provide more programming for special needs residents, Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District commissioners voted unanimously on Monday night to join the Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association.
The DeKalb based co-op organization specializes in working with area park districts to offer a variety of recreational opportunities for special needs residents who are often not able to
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9-1-1 service down in Rochelle area

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- City of Rochelle officials have announced that 9-1-1 emergency service is down Tuesday night until further notice due to a phone service provider issue.
Anyone with an emergency should contact the Rochelle Fire Department directly at 815-561-2071 or the Rochelle Police Department at 815-562-2131.
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Police asking public's help in locating suspect in alleged sexual assault

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
On Friday, Sept. 9, the Rochelle Police Department took a report of an alleged sexual assault in which the victim is under the age of 13.

As a result of the subsequent investigation, an Ogle County judge issued an arrest warrant for Eduardo M. Vega, 36, on the offense of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child. The judge
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Veterans Memorial Dedication

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
Community members attended the Veterans Memorial Dedication at Creston Village Hall on Saturday morning. The large granite memorial was dedicated to all the branches of the armed services. Rochelle VFW Post #3878 gave a presentation of the colors and raised the American Flag. Debby Katzman sang the Star Spangled Banner. Yngve Johnson, parade grand marshal, and Lyle Headon (above) said
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Rochelle family escapes fire Sunday morning

Modified: Sunday, Sep 18th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- An early Sunday morning fire at the home of Ryan Carson and Carly McGee gutted their garage and destroyed three vehicles, but thanks to working fire alarms the entire family was able to escape safely.
"The smoke alarms were all going off and the living room was filled with smoke," McGee explained Sunday morning, of their home at
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West Nile virus may be on the rise here

Posted: Saturday, Sep 17th, 2016
OREGON -- The Ogle County Health Department has identified its first positive mosquito pool in the City of Polo. The health department continues surveillance in the surrounding areas of Ogle County.
The hot and dry weather late into the summer has created ideal conditions and has increased the rate of Culex mosquito production, mosquito flight activity and virus replication. These
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Senior center receives AED

Posted: Saturday, Sep 17th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Members of the Rochelle Fire Department presented Connie Dougherty, executive director of the Hub City Senior Center, a new automated external defibrillator, or AED, on Thursday morning. The device is one of four donated to Rochelle area organizations courtesy of SwedishAmerican Foundation.
"This morning these awesome firemen presented the Hub City Senior Center with our new AED," Dougherty
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Serenity Hospice and Home awarded

Posted: Saturday, Sep 17th, 2016
OREGON, Serenity Hospice and Home recently announced they have earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval®for Home/Hospice Care Accreditationby demon-strating continuous compliance with its performance standards.
The Gold Seal of Approval®is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to providing safe and effective care.
Serenity Hospice underwent a rigorous onsite survey during the week of July
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Possible consolidation highlights elementary school meeting

Modified: Thursday, Sep 15th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Elementary School district is operating on a very tight budget, which has prompted school leaders to take a look at possibly consolidating with the Rochelle Township High School district to solidify finances in the future.
After concluding most of its monthly board meeting business Tuesday night at Rochelle Middle School, the board unanimously moved for
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Booster Days 60 years strong

Posted: Thursday, Sep 15th, 2016
CRESTON -- Preparations are underway for this weekend's 60th Annual Creston Booster Days. As usual, the event promises to be a fun-filled Saturday and Sunday complete with cars, crafts, and a carnival.
Dave Brown, Booster Days chairman, said that the event will be celebrating the American flag along with honoring veterans. Kicking off the festivities will be a pancake breakfast
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Board to decide next step in sewer phase

Posted: Thursday, Sep 15th, 2016
HILLCREST -- Next month, Village of Hillcrest officials will vote whether to move forward with the next phase of the sanitary sewer project.
During department reports at their monthly meeting Wednesday evening, trustee Dave Long discussed the next phase would extend the trunk line from River Road, to Roy Avenue, Wayne Road, Linda Road, Errett Road, and Powers Road.
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Modern day prospector

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 13th, 2016
Charlie Duval might be considered a modern day prospector, searching for treasures buried beneath the earth's surface. The Rochelle resident spent a couple days this summer in Colorado with some friends on their claim searching not for gold, but for pegmatites.
Duval is in his senior year at Northern Illinois University, on track to receive his bachelor's degree next
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City, Ryder track agreement reached

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 13th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle City Council members approved a track use agreement between Ryder Integrated Logistics and the city during their meeting Monday evening.
The agreement allows the City Industrial Railroad to utilize the Ryder yard for storing and switching non-Ryder railcars that are being used for other industries. Ryder will be compensated $90 for each railcar by CIR from the
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Constitution Week

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 13th, 2016
Rochelle Mayor Chet Olson proclaimed the week of Sept. 17 through Sept. 23, 2016 as Constitution Week. Here, Flagg Township historian Sarah Flanagan accepts the proclamation from Mayor Olson during Monday evening's city council meeting. (Photo by Lori Tepinski)
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State of Illinois Proclaims Sept. 11 - 17 Illinois Rail Safety Week

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 13th, 2016
Rochelle, The State of Illinois, with support from the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Illinois Commerce Commission, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Operation Lifesaver, Illinois Sheriff's Association, and the Illinois Truck Enforcement Association, has declared Sept. 11 to 17 as Illinois Rail Safety Week in order to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and
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