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Traffic alert

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 1st, 2014
I-39 is closed due to an accident on I-39 SB from Route 72 (Exit 111) to Route 64 (Exit 104). The accident occurred around 3 p.m. this afternoon and involved a semi truck and a car.
Reports indicate one fatality as a result of the accident.
Southbound traffic is being diverted off the interstate and down to IL Route 72.
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Monsanto awards $10,000 grant

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 1st, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Elementary District #231 has received a $10,000 grant from America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The check was presented at Rochelle Middle School during the pep rally on Friday. The district will use the money to purchase learning modules and lab stations for its Full STEAM Ahead program in the Rochelle middle and
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Petitions available

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 1st, 2014
CRESTON --Deanna R. Haub, Creston Village Clerk, has announced petitions for the April 7, 2015 Consolidated Election are available to be picked up at Creston Village Hall, 110 N. Main Street.
Petitions can be circulated through Dec. 13. Village hall hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from
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Prison time for two men

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 1st, 2014
OGLE COUNTY -- Two men were sentenced by Ogle County judges to serve prison time in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to felony charges.
The first case involves Joseph Coster, 28, of Mt. Morris who pled guilty to the offense of aggravated battery. The altercation took place on June 13.
Coster was sentenced to four years in
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Whittling away

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 1st, 2014
There are many reasons for having a hobby such as a way to relax, express creativity or to learn new things. There are many to choose from, and hobbies enrich our lives and gives us something to look forward to.
For Steve Dilling and Chelsey Hockersmith, woodcarving is a hobby that they have been doing for around 20 years, and
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Man arrested following accident on interstate

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 1st, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Ogle County Sheriff's deputies and a Rochelle Fire Department ambulance crew responded to a one-vehicle rollover accident on I-39 Friday.
On Sept. 26 at 6:18 a.m., personnel responded to a one-vehicle rollover on I39 at mile marker 98. The driver of the vehicle, Dustin Smith, 34, of Rockford, told officers he was traveling south in his red Oldsmobile
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Rochelle Foods, community foundation challenging hunger

Posted: Sunday, Sep 28th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Foods, the local manufacturing facility owned by Hormel Foods Corporation, has successfully launched an employee partnership program to fight hunger in Rochelle and surrounding communities.
In 2011, the company established The Rochelle Foods Hunger Challenge Fund with the Rochelle Area Community Foundation, a public charitable organization designed to attract and distribute gifts for the benefit of
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Park district seeking help in stopping graffiti

Posted: Sunday, Sep 28th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle's bike path and bridges have been the target of graffiti during the past week. The public is encouraged to contact the police department at 815-562-2131 or 911 immediately to report any suspicious activity in those areas.
Park District Executive Director Eric Christensen said that officials have been keeping a close eye in the area, but is
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Total loss

Posted: Sunday, Sep 28th, 2014
CRESTON -- A fire that appears to have started outside of a house on Locust Road quickly caught the structure on fire Thursday morning.
Upon arrival by Rochelle Fire Department firefighters the house was completely engulfed in flames. The home, owned by Richard and Linda Larson, was a total loss. No one was injured.
According to Rochelle Fire Chief Brian
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Homecoming royalty

Posted: Sunday, Sep 28th, 2014
Angelica Bryan and David Eychaner were crowned Rochelle Township High School Homecoming King and Queen Thursday night during the pep rally in the high school gymnasium. Photos of other class royalty are on page 4.
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Fire destroys house

Modified: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
CRESTON -- A fire that appears to have started outside of a house on Locust Road quickly caught the structure on fire Thursday morning.
Upon arrival by Rochelle Fire Department firefighters the house was completely engulfed in flames. The home, owned by Richard and Linda Larson, was a total loss. No one was injured.
According to Rochelle Fire Chief Brian
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Lanning hired to head water department

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
Rochelle -- The City of Rochelle announced Tuesday the addition of Adam Lanning as the RMU Superintendent of Water and Water Reclamation. He will begin his new position on Sept. 29.
Lanning holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Illinois State University in Geology and a Master of Science, also from Illinois State University, in Hydrogeology. He was most
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Enjoy Rochelle

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, The city of Rochelle launched a community tourism website, www.enjoyrochelle.com.
On Monday night, Rochelle public relations and marketing manager Jenny Thompson demonstrated the website to council members and explained the ins and outs of the newest city site.
The site features a directory of local restaurants, shopping and attractions. Visitors to the site will enjoy the beautiful photos
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New postmaster takes oath

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
Diane Hughes was sworn in as the 26th Rochelle Postmaster on Wednesday afternoon. Many people witnessed Hughes taking the oath as well as celebrating the 100th year of the Rochelle Post Office. There were refreshments, door prizes and plenty of memorabilia on hand for visitors. Above, Hughes is being sworn in by Michelle Harris, Postmaster of Freeport. Hughes' husband, Don,
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Council approves police contract

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, The current union contract between the city of Rochelle and the Rochelle Police Officers expired on April 30, as of Monday night council approved an agreement between the city and the Fraternal Oder of Police.
Rochelle Police Officers will see an increase in wages over the next four years on May 1. Across the board increases will go
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Senior class Homecoming candidates

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
Above are the Rochelle Township High School seniors nominated for homecoming court, Pablo Silva, Alyssa Forston, Adam Ricketts, Jazmine Carpenter, Aaron Merhings, Angelica Bryan, David Eychaner and Katie Childers. The Homecoming dance will be held Saturday at the high school. Many events have been taking place all week, including the parade tonight and Powderpuff Football game and pep rally. (Photo
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Railroad crossing project forces closure of tracks on Caron Road Sept. 29 through Oct. 6

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 23rd, 2014
ROCHELLE -- As part of the City of Rochelle 2014 capital budget, railroad contractors will be replacing the at-grade railroad crossing of Caron Road as detailed on the attached location map.
The condition of this at-grade crossing has deteriorated rapidly over the past number of years, and the renewal of this crossing will greatly improve the ride of Caron
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RCH to host annual meeting

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 23rd, 2014
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Community Hospital Association will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. at Beacon on the Green.
The RCHA was adopted in 1965 to engage the community to support the hospital in meeting the healthcare needs of the greater Rochelle area. As a member of the Association you will have the right to
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Local woman killed in crash

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 23rd, 2014
OGLE COUNTY -- An Ogle County woman is dead after an SUV swerved off the road near the Ogle Winnebago County line late Saturday night.
According to Illinois State Police, the crash occured around 11:50 p.m. Saturday when an SUV driven by Scott Young, 32, of Lindenwood, was driving east on Severson Road near Weldon Road. Investigators say the SUV
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Generous locals rally to repair shelter

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 23rd, 2014
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Area Community Emergency Shelter operated by Pete and Gloria Pascua for over 25 years in downtown Rochelle has served many people in need, but many problems with facilities coupled with financial constraints, caused safety concerns and jeopardized the future of the shelter.
That's when many local caring individuals and businesses stepped up to help.
Thanks to
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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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