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Family heirloom returned to VanVickle

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- On Wednesday, students from Chana Education Center volunteered to help local farmers affected by the tornado clean up their fields from debris. 
While working, a student spotted an old baseball mitt in the middle of the field. It was later discovered that the glove belonged to Ogle County Sheriff Brian Vanvickle's grandpa. The glove was thought to be lost when
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School board approves more cuts, new class

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- As the Rochelle Elementary District #231 Board of Education continues to work through the details of March's teacher layoffs, the effects of those 11 Rochelle Middle School displacements are becoming clearer.
The board made two decisions Tuesday in an effort to keep moving forward. The first was to release more part-time support personnel "for economic reasons." The three
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Picking up the pieces

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
The Schabacker family have been picking up the pieces left behind from last Thursday's tornado with the help of many generous helpers from near and far.
The rural Rochelle farmstead on Hemstock Road was the scene of more than 150 individuals Saturday and Sunday picking up debris and clearing fallen trees from nearly 200 acres of farm fields.
An
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YMCA public meeting being held tonight

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- All area residents interested in hearing a presentation on the YMCA recreation center plans for a building off of Flagg Road near the school campus, is invited to attend a public meeting Wednesday night starting at 6 p.m. in the Lincoln School cafeteria.
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Resource Centers for Tornado Relief set up at golf course banquet center for next two days

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The American Red Cross is partnering with Ogle and DeKalb Emergency Management Agencies, State of Illinois, and other local disaster assistance organizations to open two Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) in Rochelle and Kirkland for residents of both communities affected by the tornadoes.
Representatives from state and local government, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations will be available at the
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Groups banding together to handle local donations for victims Gift cards and monetary donations best way to give now

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Several Rochelle organizations have joined forces to help take and organize donation items, gift cards and money for area storm victims.
The Rochelle Christian Food Pantry, the Hand-In-Hand mission, and the Rochelle Area Community Foundation are working together with other local volunteer groups to manage the influx of donations.
Similar to what Red Cross officials and other local
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Rally for relief

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- In an amazing show of support, hundreds of people from around the region have sprung into action to help area residents who lost their homes, cars and possessions in last Thursday's massive tornado strike.
Beginning Saturday morning, Operation Blessing, an organization based in Virginia Beach, Va., has been coordinating teams of volunteers to go out and help residents
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Thursday night cookout planned for storm victims, EMS workers

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- It's been a long week for victims of last Thursday's tornado damage and also for emergency personnel and their families who have worked around the clock with the relief effort.
With this in mind, a special free cookout is being held this Thursday night at the Lincoln School cafeteria from 5-7 p.m.
All affected families and area EMS
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Relief efforts shift to recovery operations

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Tom Richter, Ogle County Emergency Management Coordinator and Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle held a press conference Monday morning at Rochelle City Hall to discuss current relief and recovery operations from last Thursday's tornado.
Richter explained that the initial operations have now been moved to a long-term recovery project at this point. Debris removal operations are continuing at
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Sheriff gives out important new storm relief information

Posted: Sunday, Apr 12th, 2015
Access Points:
Effective immediately, Sunday April 12, South Skare Court will be closed to general traffic and open only for debris removal vehicles. Volunteers are still needed and welcomed, but asked to park along Skare Road.

Volunteers:
Volunteers are still needed! Please check in with the Operation Blessing Mobile Command Center located at the corner
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Rochelle area storm relief effort continues People urged to give money, not items

Posted: Sunday, Apr 12th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- An emergency aid station at Rochelle High School, located at 1401 S. Flagg Road in Rochelle, will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 12 for area residents affected by the recent storm to receive meals and relief supplies.
Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m.
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Rauner declares Ogle, DeKalb counties disaster areas

Posted: Saturday, Apr 11th, 2015
ROCHELLE, Governor Bruce Rauner Friday declared DeKalb and Ogle counties state disaster areas after severe storms and tornadoes ripped across Illinois.
Two people in DeKalb County are reported dead and roughly a dozen more injured. Dozens of homes and businesses have been damaged or destroyed.
"Our hearts and thoughts go out to those impacted by yesterday's storms," said Gov. Rauner.
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Relief efforts organized to aid those who lost homes

Posted: Saturday, Apr 11th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- With reports coming in of more than 30 rural homes being destroyed or badly damaged, the Rochelle area communities are coming together to provide help for families in a variety of ways.
Citizens and businesses have been offering goods and services to victims, while many local agencies and organizations are helping raise funds, provide shelter and basics, as
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New public safety complex opening in Oregon

Posted: Saturday, Apr 11th, 2015
OREGON -- On Wednesday afternoon, the Ogle County Public Safety Complex in Oregon hosted an opening ceremony and open house for the community.
The Oregon Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting, followed by remarks from Don Griffin, Long Range Planning Committee Chairman, Kim Gouker, Ogle County Board Chairman, Brian VanVickle, Ogle County Sheriff, Louis Finch, Ogle County Coroner,
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Expenses, policies approved

Posted: Saturday, Apr 11th, 2015
HILLCREST -- On Wednesday evening, the Village of Hillcrest approved a motion to purchase replacement batteries for the backup generator at a cost of $1,302. The price also includes a new meter. The cost to eventually replace the generator is estimated in the $60,000 range according to village engineer Jim Sparber. At this time, the board members voted to replace
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New leader

Posted: Saturday, Apr 11th, 2015
HILLCREST -- In the race for Hillcrest Village President, challenger Steve Dodson [142] knocked off incumbent Kim Whalen [106].
"I was very surprised, I hope I do not let any people down. I really appreciate their votes," Dodson said. "I am really looking forward to serving the community and to try to do a better job for them."
Whalen
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Olson wins fourth term

Posted: Saturday, Apr 11th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Chet Olson has won a fourth term as Rochelle mayor, taking 793 votes (74.67 percent) over challenger Aaron Brooks, who garnered 269 total votes (25.33 percent) on Tuesday.
"I want to express my sincere thanks to my family, friends, the Olson for Mayor Committee members and my loyal supporters for all their hard work on my behalf," Olson
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Sheriff's Notice- Several rural roads open again; says no more food, clothes donations needed

Posted: Saturday, Apr 11th, 2015
Important notice from Sheriff's Department: Several roads open again, no more food and clothes donations needed

• Effective immediately, Saturday April 11, Skare Road and Fowler Road will be re-opened. The Hickory Ridge and Cherry Hill subdivision is accessible to residents by displaying a photo ID with the home address. Routes 64 & 251, Hemstock Road and Center roads
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What a turnout! Hundreds show up Saturday morning in Rochelle to help storm victims

Posted: Saturday, Apr 11th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Operation Blessing is in full swing this morning at the Helms South parking lot as hundreds of Rochelle area residents came out to organize a relief effort and help their friends and neighbors who have lost their homes and been devastated by the tornado that hit on Thursday night.
People are mobilizing right now into areas most damaged
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Rauner declares Ogle and DeKalb counties disaster areas

Posted: Friday, Apr 10th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Governor Bruce Rauner today declared DeKalb and Ogle counties state disaster areas after severe storms and tornadoes ripped across Illinois. At least two people in DeKalb County are reported dead and roughly a dozen more injured. Dozens of homes and businesses have been damaged or destroyed.

"Our hearts and thoughts go out to those impacted by yesterday's
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Ogle County Sheriff gives briefing on tonight's tornado

Modified: Thursday, Apr 9th, 2015
Ogle County Sheriff Brian Van Vickle spoke a short time ago on the tornado that tore through the Rochelle area tonight.

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Tornado hits area

Posted: Thursday, Apr 9th, 2015
Emergency crews are still on scene at several locations in the Rochelle area following tonight's severe storms which spurred tornadoes around the area.

The Grubsteaker Reastaurant, located at IL Route 251 and IL Route 64, was hit by the tornado. Several diners and staff were trapped in the basement for some time before rescue crews were able to remove
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Olson wins mayor's race, McDermott tops council votes

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Chet Olson has won a fourth term as Rochelle mayor tonight, taking 793 votes (74.67%) over challenger Aaron Brooks, who garnered 269 total votes (25.33%).
Challenger Tom McDermott led the voting for Rochelle City Council with 894 votes (30.92%), while incumbent Bil Hayes was elected for another term with 757 votes (26.18%). Challenger Don Burke has appeared to
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Election Day

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
Registered voters in Rochelle were out this morning to cast ballots. The major race on the ballot is the position of City of Rochelle mayor. Incumbent Chet Olson and Aaron Brooks are each vying for the appointment. Ed Rice, Tom McDermott, Don Burke Jr. and Bil Hayes are running for Rochelle City Council positions. There are three seats up for
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Change in Creston meeting date

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
CRESTON -- The regular monthly meeting of the Creston Village Board has been changed to Wednesday, April 8.
Village trustees will meet at Creston Village Hall at 7 p.m. The date has been changed due to the election on April 7.
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Hippity Hop

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
Many children took part in the Newstalk 1060 and "The Coyote" Great Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday morning in Cooper Park. There were several areas in the park for the kids and adults to look for the eggs. The areas include up to 5 years old, 6 through 12 years old, and 13 years of age and older. See page
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Public meeting to be held on YMCA plan

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- All area residents interested in hearing a presentation and asking questions about the plans to a build a YMCA recreation center in Rochelle will have their chance on Wednesday, April 15.
A public meeting on the proposal will be held at the Lincoln School cafeteria from 6-7:30 p.m. and everyone is welcome to attend.
The plan calls for
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A matter of health

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The role of a county health department is to protect health, prepare for emergencies, prevent illness and promote health. The diligence of the health department helps the county's residents have healthier and safer lives through a variety of ways. Those include assisting to detect and stop disease outbreaks, providing clinical services and immunizations, and enforcing laws and regulations
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