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Board holds re-organization, offices set

Posted: Sunday, Apr 26th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Township High School Board of Education held a special reorganizational meeting before the scheduled monthly meeting on Wednesday evening. Superintendent Jamie Craven proclaimed the election results followed by the official oath administered to the new board members.
The following board members were elected to the school board for a four-year term: Jeff Tilton, Brian VanVickle,
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Council to hold public hearing on rec center funding

Posted: Sunday, Apr 26th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle City Council will hold a public hearing this Monday night on a proposed ordinance to sell $3 million in debt certificates to go toward the costs of constructing a rec center building near the intersection of Flagg Road and 20th Street.
The $3 million is half the estimated amount to build the $6 million facility. City
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Foundation to organize long-term recovery project

Posted: Sunday, Apr 26th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Area Community Foundation today announced plans to form a Long Term Recovery Committee to serve as a central point for identification of short and long terms needs of individuals affected by the tornadoes of April 9.
The foundation intends to bring together funders, including local service clubs, faith communities and others interested in meeting the financial,
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A true survivor

Posted: Sunday, Apr 26th, 2015
Candy Trudell is a survivor.
Numerous pictures and videos attest to the many people that witnessed the area's F4 tornado that brought 200 mile-per-hour winds and the resulting aftermath.
Trudell survived the tornado firsthand after it devastated the home she shared with her boyfriend, Bill "Sonny" Hubbard, and his mother, 83 year-old Carol Hubbard. The Hubbard family also owns the
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Bids to go out for bus barn

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Township High School Board of Education met Wednesday evening. One of the items of discussion was the bus barn update. For the past several meetings, the board has heard different options for the two bus garages from complete reconstruction to remodeling.
Jerry Guy with Green Associates presented the board with several proposed contracts that will
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Efficiency key in new mower purchase

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- In an effort to speed up the mowing process for Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District workers, the board unanimously approved the purchase of a new Toro Groundsmaster 5900 mower from Reinders at a cost of $68,984 during Monday night's regular meeting.
According to park superintendent Don Elliott, the mower's size and speed will allow one employee to cover the
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Hero honored

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
OREGON -- The Ogle County Board Tuesday night passed a resolution recognizing the life-saving and heroic action of Ava Mirtoska, owner of GrubSteakers Restaurant, when an EF4 tornado hit the area April 9. Mirtoska is credited for saving 12 lives that evening. Chairman Kim Gouker declared May 7 will be "Ava Mirtoska Day."
Todd Carlock, a Mount Morris truck driver, had
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RTHS ready for Vocal Jazz Night

Modified: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Mark your calendars for an evening of music on Friday, May 1, for the 11th Annual Vocal Jazz Night Concert at Rochelle Township High School. The concert features Midnight Voices and After Hours showcasing a variety of jazz, pop and funk tunes.
At the concert, Midnight Voices will be releasing their new music CD, "Follow Me," the group's
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Foundation to organize Long Term Recovery Project following April 9 tornadoes

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Area Community Foundation today announced plans to form a Long Term Recovery Committee to serve as a central point for identification of short and long terms needs of individuals affected by the tornadoes of April 9, 2015.
The foundation intends to bring together funders, including local service clubs, faith communities and others interested in meeting the
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Smiles, laughter and lots of music

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Middle School was all smiles and laughter at the Talent Show on Thursday morning. The crowd was swaying in unison and cheering on the students and faculty during the dozen or so skits performed.
First place went to Madi Carmichael for her "Alphabet Aerobics" number. This fast paced alphabetical rap song won over the crowd and
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Jail time for driver

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
OREGON -- A Rochelle man was back in court and pled guilty to aggravated reckless driving and DUI on April 13, stemming from an accident in June 2013 that claimed the life of a local man.
Caleb Holder, 21, of Rochelle, died from blunt trauma to his head after he was struck from behind while riding is motorcycle. He was
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Such a Blessing

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
ROCHELLE,, Operation Blessing moved into Rochelle on Friday following the tornado Thursday night and began sending crews out to assist with tornado clean up on Saturday, April 11.
After eight days serving the community, Operation Blessing did one final sweep of service in Ogle County on Saturday, April 19 before heading out of town. The organization was overwhelmed and blessed
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Park board votes 5-2 to help fund rec center

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
ROCHELLE -- In a 5-2 vote on Monday night, the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District board approved selling $3 million in general obligation debt certificates to go toward building a recreation center near the intersection of Flagg Road and 20th Street, that would be operated by the Kishwaukee YMCA.
Commissioners Mic Brooks, Richard Ohlinger, Michelle Pease, Brent Carmichael and Roger Bunger
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Skare Park opens back up

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Effective immediately, the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District will be re-opening Skare Park. Users should still use caution while using the park, but nearly all trails are passable, the disc golf course is usable and all other amenities of the park, with the exception of the driving range, are open to the public. Users should not use any trails
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Park board votes 5-2 to help fund rec center building

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- In a 5-2 vote on Monday night, the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District board approved selling $3 million in debt certificates to go toward building a recreation center near the intersection of Flagg Road and 20th Street.
The commitment represents half of the cost of a proposed $6 million facility, and the payback on the debt would be over
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Kids pitch in too

Posted: Sunday, Apr 19th, 2015
AFTER last week's storm devastated many rural Rochelle area families, St. Paul Lutheran School principal and teacher Fred Wren has been looking for a way students at the school could get out in the field and help people in need.
"We wanted to find some way the kids could be of service," Wren said. "Not only to demonstrate a good
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YMCA talks draw crowd

Posted: Sunday, Apr 19th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- More than 125 people attended Wednesday night's public meeting and presentation for a proposed YMCA recreation center near the Flagg Road and 20th Street intersection by the school campus.
The proposed facility would be a two-story building with gym space, several multi-purpose program rooms, classrooms, a social gathering area off the entrance, a child watch center, locker rooms
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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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