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Bunger named interim park district director

Posted: Friday, Sep 30th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- During a special meeting on Thursday night, Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District board president Roger Bunger resigned from the board and accepted the position of interim park director for the next three months.
The move comes on the heels of former executive director Eric Christensen resigning in late April and was approved in a 5-0 vote.
Bunger has served
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VFW roof damage more extensive than first believed

Posted: Thursday, Sep 29th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Members of the VFW Post 3878 have been anticipating the start of the building's roof project for quite awhile. Post commander Bill Bumgarner explained he received a call from the roofing crew Monday afternoon after they discovered damage to the roof was even more extensive than previously thought, resulting in added costs.
Bruns Construction began the project early
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Learning while in nature

Posted: Thursday, Sep 29th, 2016
Rochelle Township High School junior Maggie Craven is not only learning this semester but having a great time while doing it.
Conserve School is a semester school focused on environmental stewardship, designed primarily for high school juniors. The school's challenging, college preparatory curriculum immerses students in environmental history, nature literature and the science of conservation. Because Conserve School is located
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Election petitions available

Posted: Thursday, Sep 29th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle City Clerk Bruce McKinney announced that petitions are available and can be circulated for the next city election of three available council member positions. The consolidated election will be held April 4, 2017.
Council members Dan McDermott, Dave Eckhardt and Kathy Hollonbeck each hold four-year terms -- these are the three positions that will be available.
Petitions
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Development agreement reached on Sawicki property

Posted: Thursday, Sep 29th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle City Council approved a development agreement for the property, formerly Krahenbuhl's, located on Seventh Street (IL Route 251) near Flagg Road. The property, owned by DKS Real Estate, LLC includes a commercial building and a parking lot.
"DKS intends to relocate a Chrysler/Jeep Dealership to the property which will be operated by Sawicki Motor Company, Inc.,"
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Vega turns self in

Posted: Thursday, Sep 29th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- A Rochelle man wanted by Rochelle Police on charges of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child turned himself in at the Ogle County Jail today.
Eduardo M. Vega, 36, was wanted by police after an investigation into the report of an alleged sexual assault. Police were initially contacted on Sept. 9 of the assault on a victim
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Council approves audit despite resident’s objection

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- On Monday night, Rochelle City Council members unanimously accepted and placed on file the audit reports for the fiscal year 2015/2016 despite a plea from a community member to table the issue for further review.
The report was prepared and presented by Fred Lantz, partner in charge of Government Services for Sikich, LLC, which planned and performed the
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RTHS receives accolades from consolidation study group

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Even though further discussion of school district consolidation will not be moving forward at this time, one of the consultants in the feasibility study held Rochelle Township High School in high regard.
"The quality of (RTHS), the facilities are first class," said Dr. Bill Phillips, Associate of Professional Leadership at University of Illinois, Springfield. "We see a lot
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Leaf vacuuming to begin Oct. 17

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
Rochelle,The City of Rochelle will begin providing leaf vacuuming services for residents on Oct. 17. The vacuuming service will run until Dec. 2.
During this period, other landscape waste (grass, plants, weeds and small amounts of leaves) may continue to be placed in paper landscape bags or standard garbage containers, maximum size 32 gallons weighing under 50 pounds,
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GLBT submits new rail line route

Modified: Saturday, Sep 24th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The company proposing a new rail line that would bypass the busy Chicago railroad network and supposedly help speed up the transportation of goods across the country, has submitted a new route to federal officials that avoids cutting through Boone County farm land.
However, the new proposal still calls for the new line to cut through the east
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Hello, Rochelle!

Posted: Saturday, Sep 24th, 2016
Rochelle, The City of Rochelle is excited to announce the launch of Hello, Rochelle! a new mobile app!
Hello, Rochelle is a simple way for residents to keep up with happenings around town. By simply opening the event calendar, the visitor is greeted with a description, website, phone, email, mapping and directions for every community event.
Users of
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Students in the digital age

Posted: Saturday, Sep 24th, 2016
Students in Rochelle Middle School's computer lab are learning more than computer programs and keyboarding skills. Instead of just a basic understanding of technology, the students are learning how to make the technology work for them and apply it to real life.
For example, students are learning that cell phone technology isn't only about participating in the latest Pokemon craze,
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Search for park director to begin

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- In the effort to find a new park district director, the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District board has created a sub-committee to begin searching for a candidate.
Following a closed session Monday night, commissioners Bud Norcross and Dale Wells were named to the search committee and will soon be advertising to find a replacement for former director Eric Christensen,
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Journey to wellness

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Community Hospital will host a free health fair on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Teen Town located at 101 South Eighth Avenue next to the Little League fields. This family friendly event will be fun for all ages and offers healthy activities. The first 50 attendees will receive a complimentary gift bag filled
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Free special needs play night set for this Friday

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Any local family with a special needs child is welcome to attend a free event being planned by the Rochelle Special Needs Parent Group and the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District.
An Imagination Playground Party will be held this Friday, Sept. 23 at Teen Town from 6-8 p.m.
The park district's Imagination Playground is an interactive mobile playground system
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RTHS not moving forward with consolidation

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Township High School board accepted Monday night a recommendation by superintendent Jamie Craven to not forgo any further consolidation talks at this time. The study involved four local school districts -- RTHS, Rochelle Elementary District, Ewsood and Kings school districts -- and involved gathering key information in consolidating the districts.
Craven read from a prepared document to
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Park district joining special needs co-op

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 21st, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Acting on a desire to provide more programming for special needs residents, Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District commissioners voted unanimously on Monday night to join the Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association.
The DeKalb based co-op organization specializes in working with area park districts to offer a variety of recreational opportunities for special needs residents who are often not able to
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9-1-1 service down in Rochelle area

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- City of Rochelle officials have announced that 9-1-1 emergency service is down Tuesday night until further notice due to a phone service provider issue.
Anyone with an emergency should contact the Rochelle Fire Department directly at 815-561-2071 or the Rochelle Police Department at 815-562-2131.
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Police asking public's help in locating suspect in alleged sexual assault

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
On Friday, Sept. 9, the Rochelle Police Department took a report of an alleged sexual assault in which the victim is under the age of 13.

As a result of the subsequent investigation, an Ogle County judge issued an arrest warrant for Eduardo M. Vega, 36, on the offense of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child. The judge
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Veterans Memorial Dedication

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
Community members attended the Veterans Memorial Dedication at Creston Village Hall on Saturday morning. The large granite memorial was dedicated to all the branches of the armed services. Rochelle VFW Post #3878 gave a presentation of the colors and raised the American Flag. Debby Katzman sang the Star Spangled Banner. Yngve Johnson, parade grand marshal, and Lyle Headon (above) said
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Rochelle family escapes fire Sunday morning

Modified: Sunday, Sep 18th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- An early Sunday morning fire at the home of Ryan Carson and Carly McGee gutted their garage and destroyed three vehicles, but thanks to working fire alarms the entire family was able to escape safely.
"The smoke alarms were all going off and the living room was filled with smoke," McGee explained Sunday morning, of their home at
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West Nile virus may be on the rise here

Posted: Saturday, Sep 17th, 2016
OREGON -- The Ogle County Health Department has identified its first positive mosquito pool in the City of Polo. The health department continues surveillance in the surrounding areas of Ogle County.
The hot and dry weather late into the summer has created ideal conditions and has increased the rate of Culex mosquito production, mosquito flight activity and virus replication. These
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Senior center receives AED

Posted: Saturday, Sep 17th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Members of the Rochelle Fire Department presented Connie Dougherty, executive director of the Hub City Senior Center, a new automated external defibrillator, or AED, on Thursday morning. The device is one of four donated to Rochelle area organizations courtesy of SwedishAmerican Foundation.
"This morning these awesome firemen presented the Hub City Senior Center with our new AED," Dougherty
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Serenity Hospice and Home awarded

Posted: Saturday, Sep 17th, 2016
OREGON, Serenity Hospice and Home recently announced they have earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval®for Home/Hospice Care Accreditationby demon-strating continuous compliance with its performance standards.
The Gold Seal of Approval®is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to providing safe and effective care.
Serenity Hospice underwent a rigorous onsite survey during the week of July
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