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Driver of early morning crash fatality identified, charged

Modified: Wednesday, Dec 7th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Illinois State Police continue to investigate a fatal accident on I-39 south of Rochelle early Wednesday morning.
At approximately 1:54 a.m., ISP officers responded to a traffic crash on I-39 southbound at milepost 92 in Lee County. Troopers arrived and found unit 1, a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer, had rear-ended a truck tractor with semi trailer parked on the
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LOTS will keep moving despite state budget crisis

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 7th, 2016
The future has been uncertain for Lee-Ogle Transportation System and the other 56 transit agencies in the State of Illinois after learning dedicated transportation funding was not being transferred into the statewide account as it has been for decades. The Illinois Public Transportation Association released a press release in October describing the impacts on delayed payments due to the State
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Possible groundwater contamination at landfill concerns Creston officials

Modified: Wednesday, Dec 7th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Concerns regarding the landfill on Creston's western border are prompting village president Tom Byro to draft a resolution to present to Rochelle City Council members.
Byro is concerned the landfill contents will leach into the ground, contaminating the soils and water table, if the previously agreed actions do not take place. As part of the original agreement put
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New and re-elected board members sworn in

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016
OREGON, Newly elected and re-elected members of the Ogle County Board were sworn in for their terms at a special organizational meeting in Oregon on Monday, Dec. 5.
The members were sworn in my Judge Robert Hanson. New members include Kimberly Whalen, Garrett Williams, Wayne Reising and Thomas Smith.
Kim Gouker was again voted in as board chairman, while John
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Man facing aggravated sexual assault charge

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016
OREGON -- A Rochelle man was arrested Saturday, Dec. 3 on charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse -- a Class 2 felony.
Ogle County detectives, with assistance from Rockford Police, arrested Faustino Ramirez, 30, of Rochelle, at 6 p.m. Saturday.
The arrest stems from an investigation reported on Friday, Dec. 2 in which Ramirez had alleged sexual contact with a
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Snow much fun

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- After an unusually warm November, Rochelle and the Midwest experienced the first snowfall of the winter season on Sunday.
With snowfall totals reaching over 5 inches, residents found the heavy snow ideal for making snowmen. Rockford reported 5.3 inches, while areas south and west of the "Hub City" had up to 8.5 inches. The largest snowfall in the
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Rochelle Rescue Mission hopes to open homeless shelter in the Hub City

Posted: Monday, Dec 5th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The fate of a new homeless shelter in Rochelle will now be in the hands of the Rochelle City Council now that the Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend a special use permit be granted.
The vote came during the commission's meeting on Monday evening following a public hearing and discussions between the petitioners, also known as
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Gratitude Award winner

Posted: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2016
Pictured, Deb Wyka smiles while holding the plaque given to her and husband Dan Wyka at Friday evening's Old Fashioned Christmas Walk in Rochelle. The couple own T-Byrd Lanes and have been a fixture and prominent supporter of the community for many years. The gratitude award, given by John Bearrows, represents the Wyka's selfless commitment to the community. Before announcing
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Traveling the world

Posted: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2016
Ray Rose has seen a multitude of countries and traveled halfway around the world twice. He was also known as a traffic cop for the beach. Rose doesn't live in the lap of luxury or work in law enforcement as one might suspect -- Rose is a U.S. Navy veteran.
The countries Rose has seen-- France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Canary
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More “Smarts” in the classroom

Posted: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2016
Rochelle students continue to reap the benefits from the Farmers Insurance grant awarded to Rochelle Middle School teacher Vic Worthington.
Christie Billeter, RMS reading teacher, incorporates the Smart board, laptop computers and the document camera acquired from the grant. New desks and tables also offer the classroom more flexibility between individual and group settings.
In her tenth year of
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Wykas win annual gratitude award

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- , Deb Wyka was all smiles while holding the plaque given to her and husband Dan Wyka at Friday evening's Old Fashioned Christmas Walk in Rochelle. The couple own T-Byrd Lanes and have been a fixture and prominent supporter of the community for many years.
The gratitude award, given by John Bearrows, represents their selfless commitment to the
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Giving continues

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- After more than 30 years, the Needy Family Food and Toy Drive committee decided to dissolve the group this year.
What began as a chamber sponsored event in the mid-1980s continued when Jean Tess -- a Rochelle Chamber of Commerce director at one time -- left her position and took on the task of organizing the yearly event.
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Thankful for a Christmas gift

Modified: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
ROCHELLE,, A win-win Christmas gift is paying off big for one employee at Americold.
Last December Eduardo Goodall was presented a From the Heart Cash Calendar as a Christmas gift from Americold. Americold General Manager Dan Lundquist purchased the calendar for employees.
"The calendars are a way to give back to the community and the employees like the
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Time is running out to donate

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
ROCHELLE -- As many people are decorating their homes in preparation for the holiday season, the Rochelle Community Action Network has been preparing for their annual Children's Shopping Trip on Dec. 8. Members of CAN have been accepting new or gently used coats and monetary donations for the event next week.
"Time is ticking for donations," CAN Board President Michelle
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Keeping warm

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
A coat drive and fundraiser to benefit HOPE of Ogle County along with several neighboring county shelters is nearing the end and the event's organizer is inviting the public to help celebrate.
On Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. at the Byron Middle School, there will be a sorting and presentation party for the five domestic violence shelters -- HOPE
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Budget crunch

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The city is spending more than it is bringing in, so Rochelle officials will be going back to the drawing board following Monday night's 2017 budget discussion.
City Manager David Plyman presented proposed budget changes that include use of landfill revenues to balance the general fund.
Plyman said that even with an approved tax levy, expenses are
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Six file petitions in council race

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- A total of six candidates will be on the ballot in the consolidated election to be held on Apr. 4, 2017. The candidates are John Bearrows, Dan McDermott (incumbent), John Gruben, Kathryn Shaw-Dickey, Jackeline Aguilera, and Jeffrey Phillips, in that order on the ballot.
A special drawing to determine the first and second position on the ballot was
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Council approves tax levy ordinance

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- An ordinance levying taxes for the City of Rochelle is one of several adopted by council members Monday night.
The property tax levy allows the city to collect nearly $2.4 million in property taxes, which is an increase of 4.99 percent over 2015. The levy also includes funding the Police and Fire Pension Funds.
The city's Equalized
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Fire destroys house in Rochelle

Posted: Monday, Nov 28th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- A house on North Seventh Street in Rochelle was completely destroyed due to fire late Sunday evening. When firefighters arrived on the scene shortly after receiving the call at 10:19 p.m., flames could be seen coming out of the roof of the one-story structure.
Rochelle Fire chief Dave Sawlsville said the fire appeared to have originated from a
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O Christmas Tree

Posted: Monday, Nov 28th, 2016
ROCHELLE,, Bidding began Monday morning for the 11th annual City Hall Christmas Tree Festival. As of Monday afternoon 12 wreaths, Christmas trees and gift baskets were on display for the silent auction.
All proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Hub City Senior Center and The Kitchen Table.
Businesses and individuals are encouraged to bid on the decorated
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VFW Park storage building may get makeover

Posted: Saturday, Nov 26th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- A storage building at VFW Park on South Main Street could be getting a makeover after Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District commissioners agreed to get quotes on the cost of putting new siding and a new roof on the structure.
"This used to be the equipment storage shed for the Rochelle Jr. Tackle program and the interior is still
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Tower work near completion

Posted: Saturday, Nov 26th, 2016
g completion, although residents might not notice any changes besides the newest water tower in the southern part of the city. The installation of the city's newest well at the corner of Steward and Hayes Roads is expected to be online within the next couple of weeks.
Adam Lanning, water/water reclamation superintendent for Rochelle Municipal Utilities said the final
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Community foundation kicks off annual campaign

Posted: Saturday, Nov 26th, 2016
ROCHELLE, Envision with us, a generous, vibrant and sustainable community. A place where people bring their best to collaborate, working together to bring big dreams to life.
Now in its fifth year as a national annual event, #GivingTuesday serves as a reminder and opportunity for individuals to donate to charitable organizations on the first Tuesday
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Community foundation kicks off annual campaign

Modified: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
ROCHELLE, Envision with us, a generous, vibrant and sustainable community. A place where people bring their best to collaborate, working together to bring big dreams to life.
Now in its fifth year as a national annual event, #GivingTuesday serves as a reminder and opportunity for individuals to donate to charitable organizations on the first Tuesday following
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