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Park board election petitions available

Posted: Sunday, Sep 21st, 2014
ROCHELLE, Petitions for the Consolidated Election of the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District are available at the park district office, 735 N. Second Street, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Filing petitions will be no earlier than 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 17 and no later than Nov. 24 at 5 p.m. The election will be held April 7,
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Something extra for customers

Posted: Sunday, Sep 21st, 2014
Sullivan's Foods deli cook Pat Moore, Chelsea Jolly and Karly Charboneau serve lunch outside of Sullivan's Foods on Friday afternoon. Sullivan's employees will continue to grill and serve lunch on Fridays until the winter weather arrives. (Photo by Katie Peterson)
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Drawing to help repair senior center ceiling

Posted: Sunday, Sep 21st, 2014
ROCHELLE, There is still time to purchase a ticket for the 50/50 drawing ticket from the Hub City Senior Center. While entering for a chance to win, the purchase of a raffle ticket will also help with improvements to the center.
Director Connie Dougherty wants everyone to know that a drawng ticket purchase or donation will help to fund a
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A bridge from the classroom

Posted: Sunday, Sep 21st, 2014
ROCHELLE,, Fifteen students and three brave teachers from Rochelle Township High School boarded an airplane this summer to spend eight days in Europe.
The trip abroad is an experience RTHS foreign language department tries to offer students every four to five years. The trip allows them to apply what they learn in the classroom to real experiences.
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School district facing $1.5 million deficit

Posted: Sunday, Sep 21st, 2014
ROCHELLE -- On Tuesday evening the Rochelle Elementary School Board approved the 2015 fiscal year budget with a deficit of over $1.5 million. The education fund is facing close to a $1.1 million dollar deficit, while the transportation fund deficit is more than $245,000. In comparison, fiscal year 2014 had a deficit of little more than $600,000.
Superintendent Todd
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County employees to have choice with health insurance costs

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
OREGON ― On Tuesday night the Ogle County Board voted to increase employee insurance in a majority vote. With all 24 members present the board agreed to offer employees two options for healthcare insurance beginning on Jan. 1. Employees can choose a 10 percent increase in premiums or choose no increase in premiums but raise their deductibles from $500 to
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Powers Park spruce up

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Improvements at Powers Park in Hillcrest are underway with gravel entrances already added off Errett and Wayne roads, and new playground equipment and a walking path being installed this week.
On Monday, the Flagg-Rochelle Park District board approved the payment of $8,838 to Team Reil, Inc. for help with the project at the residential park in the middle
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RTHS board approves new fiscal budget

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
ROCHELLE --Rochelle Township High School board members approved the new fiscal year budget Monday and are expecting a deficit of $126,800.
That deficit is anticipated life safety work that could take place during the next 12 months.


"We'll have to watch expenses again this fiscal year," superintendent Jamie Craven said, adding the budget figure is nearly the same as
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Students visit manufacturing show

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 16th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- As dawn broke on Tuesday, Sept. 9, students from Rochelle, Hiawatha, Genoa-Kingston, DeKalb and Sycamore high schools boarded buses and headed east to Chicago's McCormick Place to visit the International Manufacturing Technology Show.
This six-day event occurs every other year and showcases the leading edge in manufacturing technology, covering every aspect of industrial manufacturing with worldwide
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A new place for ‘pirates’

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 16th, 2014
Rochelle's first pirate ship was christened during a private ceremony Saturday afternoon. The event happened at the Boy Scouts of America's Three Fires Council Adventure Camp in rural Rochelle, off Knoll Road, with much fan-fare.
Named "The Blackbeard's Cove Nautical Adventure," this land-based ship was constructed to provide plenty of room for many activities and adventures in years to
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Fundraiser fun

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 16th, 2014
Above, Rochelle Township High School teacher Danae White draws a name for the raffle at the 30 Men Who Cook event Saturday night. The fundraiser for the RTHS Education Foundation raises funds to use as grant money. The foundation donated more than $19,000 to the high school in 2014. The donations went to the art department to purchase seven cannon
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Serious respiratory virus hitting Midwest

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 16th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, Cases of an uncommon enterovirus have been found in Illinois, Missouri and throughout the Midwest, the cases have been reported in clusters of severe respiratory illness especially in children.
Testing of some cases by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified an enterovirus, EV-D68. While there are more than 100 types of enteroviruses, which are very
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Village officials approve fiscal budget at Wednesday meeting

Posted: Sunday, Sep 14th, 2014
HILLCREST -- The Village of Hillcrest board members approved an appropriations ordinance, or fiscal budget in the amount of $597,321. The fiscal year for the village is July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.
Village members scheduled a public hearing on Oct. 8 regarding the annexation agreement with Regional Ready Mix. The hearing is required by state law to
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Behind the scenes

Posted: Sunday, Sep 14th, 2014
For Barbara Bell, interacting with customers is what she likes most about her job. Bell is the Supervisor of Customer Service at Rochelle Municipal Utilities and has been since May 2008. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, Bell previously worked in human resources and considers each working day interesting that brings something new and different.
Bell oversees the billing
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City foots bill for plumbing work

Posted: Sunday, Sep 14th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, The City of Rochelle recently put money into the Hub Theatre to help keep moisture out of the building.
Mayor Chet Olson explained during heavy rains moisture sometimes seeps down through the back exit doors into the basement dressing rooms. At the lowest point in the building, the rainwater would puddle up creating a mess in the historic
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Local homeowner burglarized in scam

Posted: Sunday, Sep 14th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Police Chief Eric Higby is warning the public about a two-person burglary scheme, designed to distract homeowners out of their residences.
On Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, the Rochelle Police Department was contacted about a residential burglary that occurred in the 100 block of Shirley Avenue. The complainant said on Monday a male subject knocked on her door
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Johnson to be Grand Marshal

Posted: Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014
CRESTON ­-- As this weekend's 58th Annual Creston Booster Days draws near, this month also marks the 60th anniversary of the formation of Creston's Booster Club. Back in Sept. of 1954, a few of the community members got together and during their second meeting, the Booster Club was officially formed.
Some of the original members included Ted Cederholm, Keith
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Man facing aggravated criminal sexual abuse charge

Posted: Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014
OREGON ­-- On Tuesday, Sept. 9, Ogle County Sheriff's detectives arrested Matthew Longtin, 26, of Bradley, for aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
The arrest was the result of a complaint filed by a 9-year-old female's family after an alleged incident that took place over Labor Day weekend at the Lake Ladonna Campgrounds located in rural Oregon.
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Good food, entertainment Saturday night

Posted: Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014
Rochelle, The fun begins at 6 p.m. Saturday night at Koritz Field as the Rochelle Township High School Education Foundation will host its eighth annual fundraiser.
"There are still tickets available for the 30 Men Who Cook Rochelle Township High School Education Foundation fundraiser this Saturday. Tickets for this event are $35 in advance at R.T.H.S. and Rochelle banks. Tickets will
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Enterprise zone expansion given the green light

Posted: Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, Rochelle City Council members approved the expansion of the enterprise zone while tabling the purchase of a new treatment plant blower during their meeting Monday night.
"In 1986 the City of Dixon and County of Lee entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement to provide for the administration of an enterprise zone encompassing contiguous portions of the City of Dixon and
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Bank robbery suspect apprehended

Posted: Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014
CHICAGO ­-- Ogle County Sheriff's Office Detectives along with agents with the FBI, arrested Adam Sanborn, 29, of Milton, Fla., in Chicago, on Wednesday, Sept. 10 for his involvement of the Aug. 23 bank robbery, which occurred at the Byron Bank Branch in Davis Junction.
Sanborn was taken into custody without incident and transported back to the Ogle County
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Public warned of burglary scheme

Posted: Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Police Chief Eric Higby is warning the public about a two-person burglary scheme involving distracting homeowners out of their residences.
On Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, the Rochelle Police Department was contacted about a residential burglary that occurred in the 100 block of Shirley Avenue. The complainant said on Monday a male subject knocked on her door and
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