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Pride of Place

Posted: Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017
Most everyone has a pen or a notepad with a business name on it.
Nancy Babb collected various promotional items that businesses in Rochelle handed out over the years and her collection is now on display at the Flagg Township Museum. What makes this display rather unique is that so many of these items are from those no longer
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Residents reminded of open burning regulations

Posted: Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017
OREGON, Spring is almost upon us and yard and property clean-ups will be going on as people prepare for the warmer months.
This time of year also is when some people conduct open burning of landscape waste as they go about their clean-up projects. The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department offers these guidelines as outdoor spring cleaning begins.
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Registry could allow 16 and 17 year-old organ donors

Posted: Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017
SPRINGFIELD -- Earlier this month, Secretary of State Jesse White initiated legislation that would allow 16- and 17- year-olds to register for the state's First Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry when they receive their driver's license or identification card.
The legislation, also known as Senate Bill 868, was introduced by state Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) and state Rep. Deb
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Celebrating years of love

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 22nd, 2017
The Rochelle Community Hospital Foundation hosted a free Valentine's Day Breakfast to honor area couples who have been married 50 years or more on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Salt251.
AnnaLiv Strings provided harp and cello background music while honorees enjoyed a breakfast buffet. Couples had fun with a few games, received a gift bag and valentine portrait.
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Local dance academy students win big at regional competition

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
ROCHELLE -- Dancers from the Rochelle Performing Arts Academy's competitive dance team attended their first regional event of the season this past weekend. The Academy, which is located at 425 Lincoln Highway, has a select group of students that make up their team.
This group, which consists of eleven Academy students' ages 6 to 17, competed at Nexstar National
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Engineering agreement reached for path project

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
ROCHELLE -- Work on the bike path is moving forward as Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District commissioners approved an engineering agreement Monday night for path improvements. The approved agreement totals just under $26,000.
In December, executive director Roger Bunger told commissioners that the state of the current bike path should be a priority for the district, recommending the work be done
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City receives award

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
ROCHELLE, For the third year in a row, the City of Rochelle has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR) for the fiscal year 2016 by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to city finance director, Chris Cardott as
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Recent incident sheds light on a new state law

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
ROCHELLE -- A recent incident at a local feeder school district has shed a light on a new state law designed to minimize out-of-school suspensions and expulsions, instead requiring schools to increase alternative disciplinary approaches with students.
Senate Bill 100 passed in January 2015 and became effective at the beginning of this school year. Among the most significant of the
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A place to call home

Posted: Saturday, Feb 18th, 2017
Anxious, appreciative, humbled, grateful, and thankful -- just some of the adjectives Derek and April Price expressed after hearing their family was selected by Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County.
"We've been on cloud nine…it's been unbelievable," Derek said after receiving the news last week. "It's still hard to wrap our heads around it that we get this chance."
The
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Time to expand

Posted: Saturday, Feb 18th, 2017
ROCHELLE -- The Flagg Township Museum is bursting at the seams. As collections grow, thoughts of building an addition or acquiring a second location for some of the displays have been discussed. Along with raising funds for a future expansion, museum director Kathy Johnson said there are several fun events planned which will be aimed at showcasing the museum's
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What happened to winter?

Posted: Saturday, Feb 18th, 2017
ROCHELLE, The sun was bright in the sky and the morning temperature had already hit 44 degrees on its way to the 50s.
Welcome to Oregon in February. Yes, February.
"We cannot remember a winter like this," said Claudia Dijstelbergen of Leaf River. "Yes, we are enjoying this mild winter."
The average temperature this time of year is in the
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What happened to winter?

Posted: Saturday, Feb 18th, 2017
ROCHELLE, The sun was bright in the sky and the morning temperature had already hit 44 degrees on its way to the 50s.
Welcome to Oregon in February. Yes, February.
"We cannot remember a winter like this," said Claudia Dijstelbergen of Leaf River. "Yes, we are enjoying this mild winter."
The average temperature this time of year is in the
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Musical talent affording Tilton opportunity

Modified: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
Rochelle Township High School student Alec Tilton has a wealth of opportunities ahead. As the countdown to graduation begins, the musically and academically talented senior is setting his sights on a couple of career options as either a scientist or a musician.
Musically, Tilton is involved in just about everything offered at RTHS from playing the euphonium in concert band
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RMU reconnection fees raised

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
ROCHELLE --Rochelle Municipal Utilities customers who have had their water or electric service disconnected for non-payment will be faced with an increase in reconnection fees after City Council approved an amendment Monday evening.
The reconnection fees will increase from $25 for electric and $40 for water to $50 each during business hours. Reconnects after business hours will be based on
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Vet receives 70-year pin

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
Representatives from Rochelle's VFW Post 3878 helped make their fellow member Bernard Parsley's birthday celebration even brighter Sunday with the presentation of his 70-year membership pin and patch.
The occasion drew family and friends to the Bethany Rehabilitation Center in DeKalb for Parsley's 100th birthday party, which is a celebration in itself. The long-time Rochelle VFW member and World War
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Kiwanis’ have another successful Pancake Day

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
ROCHELLE -- Members of Rochelle Kiwanis Golden K had a large turnout for their traditional all-you-can-eat Pancake Day Saturday morning. Stacks of flapjacks were being made just as fast as the crowds filed in line for most of the event.
Golden K member Arch Millotte remarked this year's attendance counts were significantly higher than last. Weather certainly played a factor,
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Rochelle officials announce multi-million dollar savings due to electric generation

Posted: Monday, Feb 13th, 2017
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle City Manager David Plyman and Superintendent of Electric Operations Jason Bird announced the city saved about $2.5 million through the city's electric generation this past year.
The announcement came during the Rochelle City Council meeting Monday evening after receiving word from IMPA, the city's consulting firm, about a month ago. Had there not been a cost
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Grand jury indicts second man in Hillcrest shooting case

Posted: Saturday, Feb 11th, 2017
OREGON -- A second man involved in a home invasion in Hillcrest was indicted by an Ogle County Grand Jury on Thursday.
Eddie Blaylock, 23, of Rockford, was indicted on three charges of home invasion and aggravated battery and armed robbery.
The home invasion took place on Jan. 24 when police say Blaylock, Rayvon Motton, 21, of Rockford, and a
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High school WYSE team wins regional

Posted: Saturday, Feb 11th, 2017
MALTA -- Clad in bright orange T-shirts declaring themselves "Enginerds," the Rochelle Hubs World Youth Science and Engineering team sent a message to the other competitors at the Kishwaukee College regional on Tuesday.
RTHS had come to win the regional, and that's exactly what the team did.
The Hubs finished with an almost-perfect score (494.7 of 500 points) to defeat
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What do you want to be when you grow up?

Posted: Friday, Feb 10th, 2017
ROCHELLE -- Although there is still time to choose what they want to be when they grow up, students in Rochelle's elementary schools got a glimpse of some real life careers Thursday morning.
Guest speakers paid a visit to Central, Tilton, May and Lincoln Schools for Career Day, introducing students to a variety of fields available to them. The 23
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