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Junior All-Stars fall to Streator in second round of sectional play

Modified: Saturday, Jul 23rd, 2016
The Rochelle Little League Jr. League All-Star team lost a tough game 11-1 to Streator on Saturday.
The game was originally schedule for Friday, but was cancelled due to wet fields.
The boys will face Moline in the loser's bracket finals, with the winner advancing to face Streator in the secional finals.

13U boys advance to second round at Central Region Championship

Modified: Saturday, Jul 23rd, 2016
The Rochelle 13U boys baseball team will face Michigan on Saturday after a 12-6 victory over the host Kalamazoo team Friday evening.
Evan Meyers and Ben Harvey spearheaded the Rochelle offense on Friday, with each player recording two RBIs on three combined hits. Spencer Warborg went 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI in the game.
Grant Thompson and Sam

More than $430,000 given out in tornado relief

Posted: Saturday, Jul 23rd, 2016
ROCHELLE ­ ­-- As of its most recent funders forum, the Rochelle Area Community Foundation has distributed a total of $434,024 in disaster relief funds, with just over $98,000 remaining for those affected by the April 2015 tornado.
To date, the RACF continues to receive requests for uninsured and underinsured structures. Any families with needs are encouraged to contact the

Local "Pokemon Go" players discover dangerous gas leak

Posted: Saturday, Jul 23rd, 2016
ROCHELLE ­-- Since its debut earlier this month, the Pokemon Go virtual reality game has taken the world by storm. Stories of players' experiences have been plastered on the news, both good and bad. Locally in Rochelle, a gamer made a discovery that could have led to disastrous consequences if it hadn't been caught in time.
Last weekend approximately eight

Drag racing event benefitting cancer resource program

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Drag racing isn't just for the fellas anymore.
This Saturday, July 23 at Byron Dragway, women from the motorsports organization Car Chix are conducting a Drag Racing For Life Breast Cancer Fundraiser with proceeds to benefit a cancer resource program in Rochelle.
Actively involved with the community, Car Chix conducts charity events to raise money for several

Junior All-Stars top Moline on Hueramo's walk-off hit

Modified: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
The Rochelle Little League Jr. League All-Stars advanced to the second round of the Peru sectional tonight with a 7-6 win over Moline.
With the game tied 6-6, Rochelle's Anthony Hueramo drove in Devlen Buh to score the game-winning run and send the team to the second round.
The boys play Streator Friday night, with a chance to make it

“Hang on now Joseph you’ll make it some day”

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016
ROCHELLE,, "I closed my eyes, drew back the curtain, to see for certain what I thought I knew."
The curtain will open on Friday, July 29 and the cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will take the stage for the first time in Rochelle.
The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors come

Helms Field bleacher talk

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- While discussing the Rochelle Junior Tackle usage agreement at Monday night's Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District meeting, the topic turned to the stadium seating and what to do about the aging bleachers on both sides of the track and football field.
Park district staff presented a proposal to replace the 500-seat visitors bleachers on the east side of the

Contracts approved

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- During the Rochelle Township High School board meeting Monday night, officials approved several motions including two staff resignations and several employment approvals.
Christine Jeffers -- physical education teacher, assistant volleyball coach and assistant girls basketball coach -- resigned her position with the district as well as Nicole Renardo -- a teacher at FOCUS House.
Board members approved several

Rochelle Airport hosting Pre-Osh Wing Fest Saturday

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
Rochelle, The Rochelle Municipal Airport hosts the second annual Pre-Osh Wing Fest on Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the airport grounds.
Many types of aircraft will be parked at the airport this weekend as a stopover on their way to the Oshkosh Air Festival. There will be unique demonstrations never before seen in

Sendoff rally planned for 13U state champion team

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Everyone in and around Rochelle is invited to come out on Wednesday afternoon to meet and congratulate the Rochelle Little League 13U Intermediate state championship team and send them off to the Central Regional tournament with a community rally.
The team will be holding an open practice beginning at 3:30 p.m. and then will be introduced to the

Donate blood today

Posted: Monday, Jul 18th, 2016
The Rock River Valley Blood Center is issuing a critical appeal to the community for blood donors due to a decrease in collections, leaving the center short on nearly every blood type. RRVBC is not alone, as centers across the country have been experiencing significant shortages leading the American Red Cross and other blood community organizations to request blood donors

Electronic recycling day for county residents July 29

Posted: Saturday, Jul 16th, 2016
OREGON, The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department will be conducting an electronics recycling drop-off event on Friday July 29, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Ogle County annex building located at 909 W. Pines Road, Oregon.
This event is for residential electronics from Ogle County residents. Items accepted include all televisions, computer hardware, monitors, printers, copiers, FAX machines, shredders,

Airport tenants to see rate changes

Posted: Saturday, Jul 16th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Koritz Field/Rochelle Municipal Airport hangar tenants should expect to see changes in leasing rates in the upcoming months. It has been nearly 10 years since hangar leases have been reviewed. Due to the airport accepting state and federal grant money for improvements, the city must comply with certain requirements.
Rochelle's economic director, Jason Anderson, explained several discrepancies were

Bike path closure set

Posted: Saturday, Jul 16th, 2016
Rochelle, City engineer Sam Tesreau announced the closure of the Flagg Rochelle Park District bikepath, along the east side of 20th Street from Carrie Avenue to Squires Landing Avenue, to begin July 20 at 8 a.m.
The closure is necessary to continue the widening of 20th Street, installation of storm sewer and drainage structures at the Carrie Ave intersection, installation

Group shares solutions for better laws

Posted: Saturday, Jul 16th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Deficit spending, improperly funded pensions and high property taxes coupled with the budget woes have created a loss of trust in state politicians and uncertainty in the minds of many Illinois residents.
The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is an independent, non-biased organization that is helping to restore citizens' lost hope by generating public policy solutions with the willingness

Seeking next Little Miss Peanut

Posted: Saturday, Jul 16th, 2016
ain the Rochelle Kiwanis noon club and the Rochelle Kiwanis Golden K are looking for Little Miss Peanut contestants.
The contest is limited to the first 10 to apply and is open to girls in the Rochelle area ages 7 to 10. This is not a talent contest. Contestants will be judged on qualities of personality, poise and pertness in

SwedishAmerican provides $7,200 worth of AEDs to Rochelle community

Posted: Saturday, Jul 16th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The SwedishAmerican Emergency Management Services (EMS) department is excited to announce it is providing four automated external defibrillators worth $7,200 to the Rochelle Fire Department, Ogle County Sherriff's Tactical Medical Team, and the Rochelle Junior Tackle program. The opportunity was made possible through the SwedishAmerican Foundation.
AEDs will be placed at the Rochelle Fire Department and with the

Donations being accepted to help Rochelle 13U state champions with trip expenses

Posted: Friday, Jul 15th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Little League 13U Intermediate baseball team is headed to Kalamazoo, Mich. next week to compete in the National Central Region Tournament.
The squad qualified for the tournament after breezing through the state tournament earlier this week and claiming the Illinois banner. The state championship is only the second in the Rochelle Little League program history.

Jr. League All-Stars win district tourney!

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
Congratulations to the Rochelle Little League 13-14 All-Stars who came from eight runs behind to knock off Rock Falls 29-18 and claim the district tournament!

The team will now advance to the Peru Sectional next week.

See all the details in Sunday's News-Leader.

Final payment approved for Hillcrest sewer project

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
HILLCREST -- Village of Hillcrest trustees approved the final pay estimate for the sanitary sewer project at their meeting Wednesday evening. A total of 34 homes were connected to the sewer line during the first phase of the project.
Total amount budgeted for the sanitary sewer project including engineering fees was $1,364,000. The final payment of $139,283.22, along with

Fun at the pool

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The City of Rochelle is sponsoring a free community swim night this Saturday at Spring Lake Pool.
The event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants must wear swimming attire and children 3 and under must wear a swim diaper and plastic swim pant.
 Other fun events are planned as well.
On Monday, July 18 from

New EPA permit regulations could potentially impact residents' pocketbooks

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 13th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Residents of Rochelle will soon be able to express their comments to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) regarding some regulations that will be implemented statewide as part of the permit renewal required every five years.
Rochelle discharges treated wastewater into the Kyte River, which is legally allowable through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit administered

BrightFarms Greenhouse celebrates first harvest

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 13th, 2016
ROCHELLE, BrightFarms officials held a ceremony to celebrate their first harvest at the new greenhouse in Rochelle Tuesday morning. The company will be delivering its first produce shipment Friday from the BrightFarms Chicagoland Greenhouse to Mariano's Chicagoland stores and Roundy's Pick ‘n Save and Metro Market stores in Wisconsin. The greenhouse will grow over one million pounds of the

Drive-thru alcohol sales approved

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Purchasing alcohol in Rochelle just got a little more convenient after city officials approved an ordinance amending a municipal code that allows package sales through a drive up window.
Passage of the amended ordinance now would allow any liquor license holder to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off the premises at their place of business.
Purchasing alcohol at

Barking at the Bank

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- First National Bank held the first dog adoption day in Rochelle for Tails Humane Society on Saturday. During the event several dogs were adopted and left the bank with their forever families.
Kay Pierce, assistant vice president of accounting, stated, "All of us at First National Bank want to thank our community for the outpouring of support

Book helps in lineage search

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
This is the second in a series featuring members of the Rochelle chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and their search and discovery of family ties to the Revolutionary War in the 1700s.
When DAR member Eunice Bailey decided to start tracing her family lineage, luckily she didn't have to spend hours, days, or months like some

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