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City leaders trying to meet budget

Posted: Friday, Oct 31st, 2014
ROCHELLE,, With the fiscal year almost half over, the Rochelle City Council heard an update on actual revenue and expenditures related to the 2014- 2015 budget.
The budget is 42 percent complete as it was adopted by the council and mayor Chet Olson on April 28. As of Oct. 1, the city has a total revenue over $4.1 million
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Campaign kick-off

Posted: Friday, Oct 31st, 2014
ROCHELLE,, United Way of Ogle County set a large goal to raise $250,000 as they kicked-off their fundraising campaign Wednesday morning. While the goal may be large, the impact the money raised has on the community is even larger.
United Way of Ogle County is associated with the United Way of Rock River Valley. However, since the county has
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Creston controversy

Posted: Friday, Oct 31st, 2014
CRESTON -- Creston School's gym was filled with more than 70 parents, community members and teachers on Monday night to address the school board about concerns over the dismissal of a technology teacher.
Many questions remained unanswered following a special Creston School Board meeting last Wednesday, Oct. 22, which pertained to the dismissal of the school's technology teacher Avra Robinson.
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Making a difference!

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
Rochelle Township High School student volunteers Veronica Avolio, Jordan Munoz, Jadin Mershon, Angelica Bear rake leaves at a local residence as part of Make A Difference Day on Saturday. Many students lent a hand to home owners all over town with various chores. (Photo by John Shank)
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A spooktacular time in the ‘Hub City’

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Halloween decorations have filled yards and costumes and candy are emptying store shelves as households are gearing up for Halloween night. 
Halloween is on Friday this year and many different options will be available for kids to fill their bags with candy.
The City of Rochelle will host official trick-or-treating hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Trick-or-treating
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Families revel in Renaissance recognition

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Nearly 70 students were nominated by teachers for recognition at the fall Renaissance breakfast Oct. 23 at Rochelle Township High School. Teachers, administrators and guidance counselors came in as early as 5 a.m. to set up and prepare breakfast for the nominees and their families who listened to the positive feedback teachers provided in the nominations.
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Families revel in Renaissance recognition

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Nearly 70 students were nominated by teachers for recognition at the fall Renaissance breakfast Oct. 23 at Rochelle Township High School. Teachers, administrators and guidance counselors came in as early as 5 a.m. to set up and prepare breakfast for the nominees and their families who listened to the positive feedback teachers provided in the nominations.
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Concerned Creston crowd

Posted: Sunday, Oct 26th, 2014
More than 80 Creston residents, including former students, community members and current teachers, turned out for a special public hearing at Creston Grade School Wednesday evening. The hearing, which included public comment and an executive session, stemmed from the dismissal of the school's technology teacher. The next regular meeting of the Creston School Board will be Monday at 7 p.m.
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Chili time

Posted: Sunday, Oct 26th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- As the cooler weather approaches, nothing satisfies more than a bowl of chili, which is what the Rochelle Kiwanis Golden K will be serving for their Chili Day fundraiser on Saturday, November 8.
Chili Day, along with Pancake Day and Peanut Day, are annual fundraisers that Kiwanis Golden K has that benefit the Rochelle community. All monies collected
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Trick-or-Treat

Posted: Sunday, Oct 26th, 2014
The eighth annual "Trick or Treat Safe House" took place at the Comfort Inn and Suites on Thursday, with more than 1,000 people attending. Organizers and volunteers, along with local businesses in the area contributed to make this a safe place for children to trick or treat. Pictured above left, a "corn on the cob" is fast approached by her
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Prairie partners

Posted: Sunday, Oct 26th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District officials have been discussing possible uses of more than 50 acres of land on the northwest parcel of Skare Park, and the local Pheasants Forever organization may have the answer.
For several years the land was being leased to an area farmer, but last year state officials informed park district staff that it was
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Boo Bash

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
The Flagg-Rochelle Public Library's annual Boo Bash Spooktacular was held on Friday night, Oct. 17.  Those attending the evening were able to see "Dr. Juan" perform mad science experiments (pictured below), listen to stories, enjoy a craft, view a decorated pumpkin display, and participate in a costume parade. The library hosts the Boo Bash Spooktacular each year. (Photos submitted)
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VCCT presents “The Glass Menagerie”

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
Vince Carney Community Theatre's fall production, The Glass Menagerie, will give audiences a glimpse in the life of author Tennessee Williams. The show centers on Tom, a young man who dreams of escaping his job and the burdens of taking care of his mother and sister.
Director Tim Dorgan chose this show because he wanted to bring a classic
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Local agencies back Red Ribbon Week

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
OGLE COUNTY ­-- Love Yourself: Be Drug-Free is this year's Red Ribbon Week theme. The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program that reaches youth during Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week gives individuals and communities a method to support a drug-free lifestyle.
The Red Ribbon Campaign began in 1985 as a result of
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FFA program receives funds

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
The Rochelle Agriculture Foundation Scholarship Fund received a $10,000 donation from CHS, Inc. Monday afternoon. The scholarship is available for RTHS seniors who are FFA members interested in pursuing a career in agriculture. The check was presented by Lynn Smith, one of the coordinators of the golf outing, and Sarah Moris, Human Resource Manager at CHS. Pictured is Lynn Smith,
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Towing fund fiasco

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
OREGON -- The Ogle County Board learned Tuesday that at least $13,675.00 of tow fund money remains unaccounted following a forensic audit of the account that was controlled by Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn.
James M. Sullivan, Director of Dispute Advisory Services of Sikich LLP, presented the firm's findings first to the Ogle County Executive Board Tuesday afternoon and then before
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Turkey, pies and celebrity guests

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
Traditional turkey and all the trimmings prepared by a renown chef. Plenty of pies baked fresh to perfection. Celebrity entertainment. It's all in a night at the Rochelle United Methodist Church's second annual Turkey Supper on Saturday, Nov. 15. The food, silent auction and show are promising to be a fun fundraising event that is sure to please everyone.
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Holiday shopping

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
Shoppers at the Community Crossroads Church Holiday Happening event Saturday was a great way for crafters to sell items for the upcoming holiday season and for the community to learn more about the church's Seven C's mission. (Photos by Katie Peterson)
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Sunday delivery

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
Rochelle -- Don't be surprised to see a letter carrier on your front door step on a Sunday. Because of increased package growth, the Rochelle Postal Service will start delivering packages on Oct. 26.
"We're excited about the increase in packages," said Rochelle Postmaster Diane Hughes. "But we also want our customers to know letter carriers will be out
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Final report on tow fund will be presented at next board meeting

Posted: Sunday, Oct 19th, 2014
OREGON -- Ogle County Board Chairman Kim Gouker received the draft report this week on the Ogle County Sheriff's administrative tow fund's forensic audit. The final report will be presented during a special Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m.
Sikich, the company that performed the forensic audit, will present its findings during the special meeting
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Whalen announces bid for re-election

Posted: Sunday, Oct 19th, 2014
HILLCREST -- Hillcrest Village President Kim Whalen announced her bid for re-election on Thursday.
Whalen addressed supporters and community members in Powers Park to officially announce her bid for a second term in the April election.
Whalen has been Hillcrest's president since 2011. During Whalen's announcement on Thursday morning, she discussed some of the accomplishments during her first term in
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Ashton police chief found dead

Posted: Sunday, Oct 19th, 2014
LEE COUNTY -- Lee County Sheriff John Varga's office released the following statement Thursday evening regarding a call they responded to in the area of IL Route 52 and IL Route 30, where reports of a vehicle that drove off the roadway and into a field.
When officers arrived at the scene, the driver of the vehicle, Darrell Farringer, 52,
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Farmer injured in explosion, fire

Posted: Sunday, Oct 19th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- A local farmer suffered injuries Thursday afternoon when his barn caught fire after an explosion.
Rochelle firefighters were called to the 1800 block of S. White Rock Road at 3:50 p.m. on Oct. 16 for the report of a barn fire. Firefighters were also informed that the property owner, Norman Gruben, had been burned when the fire started.
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