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Community grant applications being accepted

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Area Community Foundation, a publicly supported 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the community through charitable giving, announces its annual grant application period for 2017.
The community foundation will be accepting grant applications during the month of February from non-profit organizations that are 501(c)(3).
"We also fund any tax-exempt organization," RACF Executive Director

City to host Irish Hooley

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
ROCHELLE, Paint the town green at Rochelle's second annual St. Paddy's Day Parade & Irish Hooley on Saturday, March 11.
The planning committee is now accepting entries for the parade to take place at 2 p.m. rain or shine on March 11. Entrance is open to all including families, businesses and organizations, Irish or just Irish for the day!
Entry forms may be

Informational material expenditure on jail approved by board

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
OREGON, The Ogle County Board on Jan. 17 approved spending up to $10,000 to produce informational materials on a proposed new jail in Oregon to be sent to county residents.
The proposal has a new jail being built just west of the Ogle County Judicial Center on 5th Street. The jail would house between 180 to 200 prisoners and would

Nippon Sharyo announces reduction in workforce

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017
Nippon Sharyo released the following statement Tuesday regarding its reduction in workforce announcement at its Rochelle factory which will affect nearly 100 employees at the plant.

The following is the statement released on behalf of Nippon Sharyo:

"It is with deep regret today that we announced to employees a reduction in our workforce at our Rochelle factory.

Our lives are like quilts

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
Deanie Springmire lived a busy, happy life for nearly a century. The sixth of 11 children born to Godly parents in Hilltonia, Ga., she learned to work at an early age. She and her siblings cleaned the house and yards, picked cotton, carried water to the fields, and milked cows; whatever needed doing Mondays through Saturdays. "Sunday was for Rest

Flooding in Rochelle

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
City officials are urging all to use caution with standing water
ROCHELLE, The City of Rochelle Street Division is busy placing barricades in flooded areas of the community this morning after receiving a significant amount of rainfall over the past 36 hours. Please use caution while driving today and do not drive through standing water. The Street Division

In split vote park board approves payment to develop field house plans

Posted: Monday, Jan 16th, 2017
ROCHELLE -- In a split vote on Monday night, Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District commissioners approved a payment of $2,645 to Kerry Leonard, LLC to develop preliminary building options and costs for a field house and aquatic center near Rochelle Township High School.
The money represents one-third of the $7,935 total cost that would be shared evenly by three entities that

Ice cancels school Monday

Posted: Monday, Jan 16th, 2017
ROCHELLE -- Icy road conditions Monday morning have forced Rochelle school leaders to cancel classes.
Both RTHS, Rochelle Elementary School and St. Paul Lutheran School classes are cancelled for the day. There was no word about extra curricular activities scheduled after school.

Big winner kicks off cash calendar year

Posted: Saturday, Jan 14th, 2017
ROCHELLE -- Talk about a great way to start off the New Year.
Rochelle resident Jan Shaffer is the first winner in the Rochelle Rotary Club's "From the Heart" Cash Calendar giveaway, a prize worth $1,000. Shaffer was given the good news at the Hub City Senior Center, which came as a big surprise.
"This is the most I've ever

New construction underway in town

Modified: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017
ROCHELLE,, ‘The Hub City' is seeing progress as construction is hammering away around town. Local businesses are expanding services and repairing existing locations to better serve the community.
Liquor ‘n' wine is constructing a new location in Rochelle's northern corridor along route 251. Further down north Seventh Street, Sawicki Motor Company is remodeling the collision center to update the

HUB Project receives $100K grant

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Elementary District Superintendent Todd Prusator announced Tuesday night that the HUB Project has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.
Prusator said the extra money will help continue to provide local kids with valuable enrichment programs.
"We couldn't function like we have been without this money," said Prusator.
The grant is the

Rusty water still issue for some Hillcrest residents

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 11th, 2017
HILLCREST -- Rusty water continues to plague areas in the Village of Hillcrest given the latest testimonies from two residents addressing concerns to trustees Wednesday evening.
The residents on Rosalyn Drive said rust is an issue at least every other day, and has resulted in ruined clothes, necessitating hot water heater tank flushes. Last month trustees gave the nod

One arrested for home invasion

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
ROCHELLE -- A Rochelle man was arrested Monday afternoon and is being charged with home invasion, a Class X felony, following an incident last week on the city's south side.
Tyler Zies, 28, of Rochelle, was arrested by Rochelle police and is awaiting a bond hearing in Ogle County Court this morning.
On Jan. 2, three subjects allegedly forced their

Whipple adds more to collection of Hollywood history

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
Several months ago, Robert Whipple of Rochelle happened onto a stunning 8x10 photo of late actress Sharon Tate at a movie collectors' show. He recognized her right away and when he searched through his photo archive he decided it should be displayed.
That photo joined dozens of other celebrity images in his home that include singers Laura Branigan,

Special rec programs growing

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
DeKalb, The Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association is growing.
The Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association, is a nonprofit organization that provides community-based recreation therapy programs, Camp Maple Leaf in the summers, collaboration of Special Olympics programming, and inclusion services to individuals with different abilities. Kishwaukee SRA is proud to announce the joining of two new park district member agencies, Flagg-Rochelle Park

Rochelle City Council presented with proposed 5-year Capital Improvement Plan

Posted: Monday, Jan 9th, 2017
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle City Council will have nearly a couple weeks to look over the proposed 2017-2021 Capital Improvement Plan, which was presented during Monday evening's meeting at City Hall. If approved during the Jan. 23 meeting, the document would be available for the community to see what types of projects are on tap in the "Hub City."
The plan

On 100th anniversary of cookie sales, local Girl Scouts to help soup kitchen too

Modified: Monday, Jan 9th, 2017
ROCHELLE -- It's that time of year again -- Girl Scout cookie season. Known to be a delicious sweet treat, one local troop is offering an option that not only helps provide opportunities to the Girl Scouts, but also will help another organization, The Kitchen Table.
There isn't too many that would pass up a Girl Scout cookie, but members

From the Heart gala invites go out

Posted: Saturday, Jan 7th, 2017
ROCHELLE -- The preparations for the Rochelle Rotary Club's 10th annual From the Heart gala are underway. The event is being held Saturday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Stillman Room at Abraham's Grille and Lounge.
The elegant dinner and auction helps raise money for several different local non-profit agencies that serve the Rochelle area. The fund recipients include

Fire departments conduct ice rescue training in Rochelle

Posted: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017
ROCHELLE -- Residents might have noticed emergency personnel Thursday evening around Spring Lake in Rochelle. The activity was part of the ice rescue training with members from the Rochelle Fire Department and Ogle-Lee Fire Protection District.
Rochelle Fire Chief Dave Sawlsville said along with the monthly practice sessions with the fire department and EMT crews, the ice rescue training is

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