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Traffic being re-routed due to accident on I-88

Modified: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
**UPDATE**
ROCHELLE -- A Dixon man was killed after an accident Monday afternoon on I-88 shortly after 3 p.m.
A preliminary investigation into the accident has revealed a white Mack dump truck was in the construction zone on I-88 eastbound at milepost 76, backing up, when it ran over another construction zone worker, Robert G. Schwarz, 43, of Dixon, causing
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Ohlinger receives 2016 Kish’s Roberts Award

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
MALTA -- Kishwaukee College named Richard Ohlinger, of Rochelle, as the recipient of the 2016 John C. Roberts Community Service Award. The Award was given to the Ohlinger during Commencement Ceremonies at Kishwaukee College on May 21.
The John C. Roberts Community Service Award was established in 2009 to recognize the importance of community members in the success of
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Hub Theater deal between Rochelle City Council and McCarty is over

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- By a narrow margin, Rochelle City Council members voted to rescind the development agreement with McCarty Technologies, Inc. (MTI).
During the discussion before the vote, it was divulged that there is a prospective investor for the Hub Theater, prompting council to enter into executive session.
Following the 30-minute closed session, the tally came in at 4-3, with
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The Walking Classroom

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016
In most classrooms students who are wearing earphones get in trouble and are told to take them out. After school, during the HUB Project third through eighth grade students were encouraged to wear their ear buds.
While the students were encourage to wear ear buds, they were not jamming out to music but instead participating in The Walking Classroom.
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City officials, developer comment about Hub theater situation

Posted: Saturday, May 21st, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Following Thursday night's revelation that the Hub Theater renovation project has stalled and city staff is planning to rescind the development agreement with developer McCarty Technologies, Inc., several city officials and Mike McCarty have commented on the situation.
City manager David Plyman released the agenda for Monday night's Rochelle City Council meeting, and one of the action items
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County SWAT drills held

Posted: Saturday, May 21st, 2016
OREGON -- On May 17, during EMS Week, the SwedishAmerican EMS group participated in the Ogle County Sheriff Department's SWAT Team drill. The event was led by Ogle County Sherriff Brian VanVickle and also included members of the SWAT Medic Team, which include emergency medicine physicians Dr. Jon Strotkamp and Dr. John Underwood along with a few others from
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Hub Theater renovations stall, city may take control of buildings

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- It appears the Hub Theater renovation project has stalled, and the historic but deteriorating downtown Rochelle building may be in the hands of the city for the time being.
Based on the agenda for this Monday's upcoming Rochelle City Council meeting that city manager David Plyman released on Thursday afternoon, city staff and developer McCarty Technologies, Inc. seem
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Thomas recognized for agriculture work

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Monsanto has been a longtime supporter of the National FFA Organization. 2016 is the 69th year of its DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award which showcases the abilities of outstanding agriculture students.
The award is presented annually to the FFA chapter student who exemplifies accomplishment in scholarship, commitment and work ethic nominated by the FFA Advisor.
DEKALB is
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New driver’s license process

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that his office is upgrading security features to the Driver's License/ID card design and expanding the central issuance process for driver's licenses and ID cards to all applicants.
With implementation of these changes, Illinois has moved closer to achieving full REAL ID compliance, which is a federal mandate of the
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Are you financially fit?

Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Statistics show the average household credit card debt is over $15,000 with an average interest rate of nearly 15 percent. While most people realize the importance of incorporating physical fitness in their everyday lives, many struggle with financial fitness.
Starting this Thursday, May 19, Rochelle community members can attend a series of six weekly one-hour evening classes
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Union contract finally settled

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- After more than a year without a contract in place, Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District union employees and the board agreed to a new five-year contract.
The agreement, which was approved by the park board on Monday night, is retroactive to last March 2015 and runs through April 2020.
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Tax documents mailed out

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
OREGON -- Ogle County Collector John Coffman reports that his office mailed property tax bills on May 13.
The first installment will be due on June 17, with the second installment due on Sept. 2. This single document will contain tax information and payment coupons for both installments. Therefore, property owners need to save this bill as no additional notice
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RTHS Interact and U.S. Postal Service Stamp out Hunger

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Every second Saturday in May (this year it was this past Saturday), letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive. It is the largest one-day food drive in the nation!
The Interact team met at
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Park board votes to give teens money for second Skare Park bridge

Modified: Monday, May 16th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- In a unanimous 6-0 vote at the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District board meeting Monday night, commissioners approved the contribution of $5,000 to help the Rochelle Township High School Interact Club reach its goal of $21,500 to build two new bridges at Skare Park.
Through fundraising efforts the Rotary sponsored group raised $16,500 toward the project, but came up
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Sales tax increase going into effect July 1

Posted: Saturday, May 14th, 2016
HILLCREST, Village of Hillcrest trustees approved the sales tax ordinance at their Wednesday evening meeting. The increase from 6.25 percent to 6.75 percent was passed by voters in March and will take effect July 1.
Trustees approved the installation of a stop sign on Ramona Avenue at the intersection of Wayne Road, making it a four-way stop.
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South side sidewalk work to begin in June

Posted: Saturday, May 14th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- This year's sidewalk project construction is set to begin during the second week of June on Irene, Cleveland, and Eighth Avenues following Rochelle city council approval Monday.
The 2016 Sidewalk Project includes the removal and replacement of about 10,600 square feet of sidewalk, installation of 17 accessibility ramps and 450 linear feet of concrete curb and gutter.
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Planting seeds — literally and figuratively

Modified: Friday, May 13th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- A Rochelle Middle School teacher is transforming his dream into reality with a new program that aims to not only link the classroom to the farmers' fields, but also help students network with the local agricultural community.
Vic Worthington created the new program, "This Seed to My Table," to give students insight into the agricultural field before entering
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You get a car!

Posted: Friday, May 13th, 2016
The crowd let out a whoop when Nathan Keys' name was called as the winner of this year's 24th annual Rochelle Township High School Renaissance Perfect Attendance Car Giveaway today. Keys, a senior who has earned a Renaissance card all throughout high school, told Sawicki Motors' Dan Sawicki and Mike Myers since he has a vehicle, he is going to
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Sycamore man arrested on sexual abuse charges

Posted: Thursday, May 12th, 2016
OREGON -- Ogle County Sheriff's detectives arrested a Sycamore man Tuesday following an investigation of sexual assault.
Detectives arrested Peter J. Breckenfelder, 48, of Sycamore, on two counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault. The arrest stems from an incident which is alleged to have occurred in 2014 in a rural Dixon residence. It is alleged that Breckenfelder had sexual contact
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Downtown church site approved

Posted: Thursday, May 12th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle city council voted 4-0 to approve a special use permit for a church to hold a place of worship on North Main Street in the downtown area for a period of one to two years.
Organizers for the Living Water Community Church applied for the permit to temporarily change the current use of storefront to a place
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Cox hired as May School principal

Posted: Thursday, May 12th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Elementary School District #231 Board of Education approved the hiring of Rebecca Cox at the board's monthly meeting Tuesday night. Cox was hired to fill the vacancy at May School and will begin her position Aug. 1.
Cox has served as a special education coordinator for the Ogle County Educational Cooperative for the past three years.
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Time for a spruce-up

Posted: Thursday, May 12th, 2016
Having been under foot for many years, the carpeting in the Hub City Senior Center's living room and pool hall has seen its better days.
Estimates for the new hardwood flooring and installation have reached over $10,000 and in order to update the outdated 17 year-old carpeting, the center is holding a fundraiser to enlist a little help with the
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Heavy rains

Posted: Thursday, May 12th, 2016
Overnight thunderstorms brought several inches of rain and left some roadways flooded this morning. Pictured, IL Route 251 just north of Perry Road to Steward was flooded over and signs were posted for motorists warning of water on the roadway. (Staff photo)
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