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Targeting hunger

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
ROCHELLE,, The average deer is composed of 50 pounds of meat, that one wild animal could feed 200 people for dinner.
A local group of hunters are aiming to help fill in the hunger gap with their kills, as one in six Americans faces hunger.
To help provide a nutritious protein dinner for Rochelle area people facing hunger, a
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Payouts to big lottery winners on hold

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
SPRINGFIELD -- Win the Lottery?
You might want to hold off on that new bass boat, dream house or even paying off any big debts.
Because of the state's continuing budget impasse, Illinois is only paying out lottery prizes of less than $25,000.
A prize of less than $600 can be collected from any of the more than 8,000
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Sidewalk work

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
Sidewalk work at the intersection of IL Route 38 and Lincoln Highway continues this week. Baracades are blocking lanes as construction crews finish work to complete the project. (Photos by Jennifer Simmons)
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Property taxes due

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
OREGON -- Ogle County property owners are reminded that the second installment of their real estate tax bills are due Sept. 4.
Payments can be made in cash or check to the Treasurer's office, located in the "old" courthouse in Oregon, or any financial institution in Ogle County. Area residents can also use the state treasurer's E-Pay program by visiting
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Locking devices for painkiller prescription bottles becomes law

Modified: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, A first of it's kind program in the U.S. to provide locking devices on painkiller pharmacy prescriptions is now a reality in Illinois after legislation to launch the pilot program was signed into law late last week.


House Bill 3219, co-sponsored by State Representatives and former prosecutors Michael Zalewski (D-Riverside), Robert Martwick (D-Chicago) and Senator Iris Martinez (D-Chicago), creates
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CROP Walk rally this week

Posted: Monday, Aug 31st, 2015
Did you know that hungry people in developing countries typically walk as many as six miles a day to get food, water and fuel, and to take their goods to market? CROP Walks raise awareness and funds for international relief and development, as well as taking action to fight hunger in our communities. More than 2,000 communities across
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10th Avenue at Second Street intersection to be closed beginning Sept. 1

Posted: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
ROCHELLE, Rochelle City Engineer Sam Tesreau has announced that 10th Avenue from Second Street to Third Street and the Second Street/10th Avenue intersection will be closed to through traffic beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 7 a.m. The closure is necessary to construct new sanitary sewer main, laterals and manholes along with associated pavement restoration. Martin and Company, the City of
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Hospice opens Serenity Shed

Posted: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
OREGON, What started as a concept on healing for grieving men in Australia has made its way to Ogle County.
On Aug. 21, Serenity Hospice and Home opened Serenity Shed, a place for people to get together, work on projects and share their thoughts with others going through similar circumstances.
"We wanted to create and environment where, at first we
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Road closure announced

Posted: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
Rochelle, Rochelle City Engineer Sam Tesreau has announced that Caron Road, from Wiscold Drive to Timber Lane, east of the BNSF Railroad will be closed to through traffic beginning Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 7 a.m. The closure is necessary to reconstruct and repave the intersection and roadway approaches at Caron and Steam Plant Roads.
Martin and Company, the City of
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Home prices surge

Posted: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD -- The strong summer housing market continued in July as home sales and median prices posted robust gains while the time it took to sell a home declined, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.
Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in July 2015 totaled 16,901 homes sold, up 8.0 percent from July 2014 when 15,644 homes
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Providing school with resources

Posted: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
STEWARD -- Under the direction of a special, local committee developed to enhance community outreach, and through the direction of Coated Sand Solutions Plant Manager, Joe Ebens, the local Coated Sand Solutions plant near Steward made a substantial donation of $1,775. to Steward School District over the summer.
"We want to be good neighbors," shared Coated Sand Solution's Manager, Joe
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Partin-Palmer Party

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
ROCHELLE,, One hundred years ago an automobile could be purchased for $495. The 1915 Partin-Palmer automobile advertisement claimed, "this car will be a revelation to you. No other car at anywhere near the price offers you a full-floating rear axle and such extraordinary value throughout."
The Partin-Palmer manufacturing group moved from Chicago to Rochelle where the George D. Whitcomb Company
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O’Brien announces run for county clerk

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
Chana, Tiffany O'Brien is pleased to announce her candidacy for the office of Ogle County Clerk and Recorder in the March 15, 2016 primary election.
O'Brien, who has worked in the County Clerk's Office for 11 years, says she is eager to bring her experience, knowledge and commitment to the position.
"I want to be Ogle County Clerk
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Women helping HOPE

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
The Rochelle Women's Group raised $1,000 for HOPE of Ogle County during a silent auction at their meeting Tuesday evening. The silent auction featured over 25 items such as spa certificates, wine baskets, homemade crafts and gift certificates to local businesses.
Along with networking and relaxation, the group of 30 women enjoyed some theatrical entertainment as the Vince Carney Community
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Funds allocated for overpass project

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle City Council approved a resolution to appropriate funds for the ongoing Jack Dame Road overpass project. This resolution is for the improvement by municipality under the Illinois Highway Code.
On June 22, the city council approved an amendment to the preliminary engineering services agreement for phase one of the Jack Dame Road overpass project as well as
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Recycling event slated for Friday

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
OREGON -- The monthly drop-off recycling day for Ogle County residential electronics sponsored by the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department will be Friday, Aug. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The location is at the County Annex Building (Health, Zoning, Solid Waste Departments) at 909 W. Pines Road, Oregon, at the south end of the building.
A $10
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Football is back: Hubs put finishing touches on preseason

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Tuesday's practice marked three days before the Rochelle Township High School football team takes on Chicago Corliss and kicks off the 2015 schedule. The day brought unseasonably cool weather for August that closely resembled the type of temperatures undoubtedly in store for the fall season ahead. Chants from Rochelle's practicing cheerleaders found their way to the Hub practice
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Local group donates funds to HOPE

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
ROCHELLE,, The Rochelle Women's Group raised $1,000 for HOPE of Ogle County during a silent auction at their meeting Tuesday evening. The silent auction featured over 25 items such as spa certificates, wine baskets, homemade crafts and gift certificates to local businesses.
Along with networking and relaxation, the group of 30 women enjoyed some theatrical entertainment as the Vince Carney
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Free English classes

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
ROCHELLE,, When applying for a job or looking for a place to live the process can be stressful, the already complicated process is made even harder for someone who does not speak English when living in Rochelle.
To help immigrants who settle in Rochelle learn English and improve conversation in daily life, First Presbyterian Church is offering ESL classes to
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Water main break at Tilton Park Drive entrance

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Residents in the Tilton Park subdivision and passing motorists are being alerted to what appears to be a water main break at the intersection of Tilton Park Drive and Ninth Street.
Water is bubbling out of at least two locations in the street and city officials have been called to the scene.
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Celebrating the past, embracing the future

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
Wednesday, Aug. 26 marks the 95th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote. This year marks the 95th anniversary of the founding of the national League of Women Voters and the 35th anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters of Rochelle.
Making Democracy Work® requires determination. In 1920, the
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Council takes step toward tax districts

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle city council approved an ordinance authorizing the establishment of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) "Interested Parties Registry," at the meeting Monday evening.
Rochelle City Manager David Plyman explained that approval of the ordinance would allow a board of several taxing jurisdictions, or "interested parties" to be established.
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Court rules for state to meet decree obligations

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD -- With or without a budget, the state will meet its obligations to developmentally disabled beneficiaries that were promised in a consent decree rising from a 2005 lawsuit, a federal judge has ruled.
Advocates including Equip for Equality and the American Civil Liberties Union earlier this month filed a complaint contending the state was not fulfilling the terms of the
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Sliding into the school year

Posted: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
Students at Tilton Elementary School were able to slide into the school year with new school supplies and a new playground.
Kindergarten through fifth grade students were welcomed to the school with new playground equipment for recess.
A large play place featuring three slides and climbing equipment was donated by the school PTO. Tricia Vaughn explained it took
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Inman named Emergency Management Coordinator

Posted: Saturday, Aug 22nd, 2015
Rochelle, Rochelle City Manager Dave Plyman announced Thursday that Rochelle Police Department Detective Terry Inman has been named the city's Emergency Management Coordinator. Inman will continue in his role as detective with the police department.
An employee in this position is responsible for planning efficient and effective management the City of Rochelle's emergency preparedness plans. Inman's first steps as
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Pauser’s tornado bracelet idea raises big money for victims

Posted: Saturday, Aug 22nd, 2015
SOON to be college freshman Zack Pauser made his mark at Rochelle Township High School in the classroom and on the golf course, but it was his quick thinking and fundraising ability that has made an impact in the community the past few months.
Pauser, who was a senior at RTHS when the April 9 tornado hit, took the Hub
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A piece of the past

Posted: Saturday, Aug 22nd, 2015
When Jim Moorehead, 94, last stepped foot on the U.S.S. Bluefish (SS-222) submarine in 1945, little did he realize then that many years later he would acquire a piece of history. That piece is a small section of wood decking from that submarine that traveled around the world, and what was underfoot of Moorehead and his fellow crew.
Moorehead acquired
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Road work Monday

Posted: Saturday, Aug 22nd, 2015
ROCHELLE -- On Monday, several streets will be closed or shutdown to one lane for pavement sealing operations. Pavement sealing operations will be completed on the following roadways:
• 12th Street, from Lincoln Avenue to 10th Avenue
• Willis Avenue, from IL Route 251 to South Main Street
• Lake Lida Lane, from Randall Road to South Main Street
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Bike path work set for spring

Posted: Saturday, Aug 22nd, 2015
ROCHELLE -- If all goes well between now and next spring, bicyclists, joggers and walkers will be able to enjoy an extended bike path route from 20th Street near Atwood Park out to Beebe Drive in the Highland subdivision.
The project has been on the radar for the past few years with the help a large grant from the Illinois
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Pooch Plunge!

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
The Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District hosted the annual Pooch Plunge Thursday evening at Spring Lake Pool!
The annual event is held before the park district closes the pool at the end of the season.
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