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Eswood School receives donation courtesy of local farmer

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 10th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Eswood C.C.S.D. #269 received a $2,500 donation from America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and directed by local farmer Rick Drendel of Ogle County.
Drendel was selected and given the opportunity to choose which non-profit organization received the funds.
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Early voting open

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 9th, 2016
OREGON -- Ogle County Clerk Rebecca Huntley has announced that Ogle County voters may vote early, by mail, and/or register to vote for the March 15 Primary Election.
Voters may apply for a ballot by mail, in person at the Ogle County Courthouse or go to www.oglecounty.org and download an application.
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Standing room only at Prewett and Sawlsville ceremonies Monday evening

Posted: Monday, Feb 8th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Standing room only crowd was on hand as Rochelle Firefighter Zach Prewett was promoted to Lieutenant, filling the vacancy following the recent promotion of David Sawlsville to Fire Chief. Prewett was sworn in to the position on Monday night at the Rochelle City Council meeting.
Also during the meeting, Sawlsville took the oath of fire chief. Sawlsville was
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From the Heart gala raises $40K

Posted: Sunday, Feb 7th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- According to From the Heart chairman Dave Eckhardt, Saturday night's annual dinner-auction, coupled with the Rotary cash calendar sales, will provide close to $40,000 for local non-profit organizations.
"We had a great night with more than 200 in attendance at the dinner-auction," Eckhardt said Sunday morning. "We are still tallying up all the numbers but it looks like
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Ogle-Lee fire board hoping for yes vote

Posted: Saturday, Feb 6th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Ogle-Lee Fire Protection District is one of just a few districts in the state without an ambulance tax district. Because of this, the OLFPD will be proposing on the March 15 General Primary ballot a referendum to create an ambulance district eligible for tax funding.
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RTHS hosting music festival

Posted: Saturday, Feb 6th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Choir and band students in seventh and eighth grades from Rochelle Middle School, Creston, Steward, Eswood and Kings schools have all been invited to participate in a music festival at the high school on Thursday, Feb. 11.
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Unsung Heroes focus of 15th State of the Community dinner

Posted: Saturday, Feb 6th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The public is invited to attend the 15th State of the Community dinner on March 10. All citizens are invited to attend this event and to learn how the Rochelle area benefits from the efforts of the Rochelle Childcare Center, FOCUS House and the National Alliance of Mental Illness.
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A work of art

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 3rd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle residents have long been impressed with the snow sculptures created by Fran Volz. Last weekend, Volz and his teammates put their work to the test at the Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition in Rockford last weekend.
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A long way from home

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 2nd, 2016
Foreign exchange student Ana Dultra is living the dream.
Since August, the Brazilian native has been living in Rochelle with host family, the Dodillets. Currently enrolled as a junior at Rochelle Township High School, Dultra is experiencing Midwest life including her first ever snowfall.
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Bushman recaps Idol experience

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 2nd, 2016
ASHTON -- In September, 18-year-old Tristan Bushman traveled to San Francisco with his parents and younger brother to try out for the American Idol.
For his initial audtion, he sang "Brother" by Needtobreathe.
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Construction progressing on greenhouse

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 2nd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Construction is continuing on the BrightFarms greenhouse located on Steward Road in Rochelle.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held last August as the grower announced plans to build the $10 million, 160,000 square foot greenhouse that will produce a variety of ‘greens.'
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Ramirez resonates with local families

Posted: Saturday, Jan 30th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- When psychologist Ferney Ramirez began his remarks to a packed house of RTHS families Tuesday night, he knew his audience without having ever met them. Ramirez was brought to Rochelle to talk with Spanish speaking parents about motivation; how to help their children realize their potential. He talked about instilling family values, sense of responsibility, how to set
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Bricks crash down from downtown building

Posted: Saturday, Jan 30th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Fortunately no one was injured Thursday after a building on Cherry Avenue lost part of its' brick facade, as rubble tumbled down to the sidewalk and street.
Approximately an hour earlier, the Hub City Senior Center had finished their Bingo games and many of the participants had walked past.
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Proposed bronze statue to honor veterans

Posted: Friday, Jan 29th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Veterans War Memorial Committee continually strives to honor those men and women who fought for our country.
The Veterans memorial located at Lawnridge Cemetery features pillars representing the branches of the armed services and has been well received by veterans and the community. Commemorative bricks surround the monument and carry special significance honoring family members
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Wanted man arrested

Posted: Thursday, Jan 28th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- A man wanted by Ogle County Sheriff's deputies in connection with a residential burglary in rural Rochelle on Jan. 18 has been arrested and is facing more charges.
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Tilton made big impact on lives of others

Posted: Thursday, Jan 28th, 2016
Kind, friendly, thoughtful, a man of true character… those are just some of the sentiments friends speak when describing Ted Tilton, while they are still coming to grips with his sudden passing in Florida a few weeks ago.
Many were touched by Tilton's warmth and sense of humor, and shared their recollections of the person they have come to realize
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South Main work to get underway

Posted: Thursday, Jan 28th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- With the Rochelle City Council's approval of an engineering agreement Monday evening, the South Main Street project is closer to getting underway.
In 2013, the city was awarded $1.1 million through a grant application with IDOT, helping to offset the city's cost for engineering and construction of the estimated $2.5 million project.
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UP crossing to be closed

Posted: Thursday, Jan 28th, 2016
Rochelle, The City of Rochelle has been notified that the Union Pacific Railroad, and their contractor Road Safe Traffic Control, will be performing railroad upgrades and maintenance at the Caron Road Union Pacific Railroad crossing in Rochelle, resulting in closures beginning Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7 .am. The crossing will be closed until Thursday, Feb. 5 at 11 a.m.
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