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City of Rochelle launches Railfan Park website

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
Rochelle, The City of Rochelle is pleased to announce the launch of our new Railfan Park website: rochellerailroadpark.org.
The new site features photos taken by train enthusiasts from around the country and local pictures by Danny Williams of Lifeworks Imaging.
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Trio represents KEC in the state Skills USA Fire Protection competition

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
ROCHELLE -- A trio of Rochelle Township High School students enrolled in the Kishwaukee Education Consortium Fire Protection program has qualified to compete in the state-level Skills USA Competition. Their area of expertise is fire protection. All juniors -- Dustin Kanas, Zack Lawrence and Brendan Kalata -- qualified for the contest via a written test.
"If you scored at
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Light it up blue for autism on Thurday

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
ROCHELLE -- On Thursday, April 2 families, businesses and groups are going blue to shine a light on autism. World Autism Day is held annually on April 2 to bring awareness to the growing issue.
"Today one in 68 kids is diagnosed with autism, everyone is connected to autism in one way or another," stated Christine Wengelewski. Wengelewski is
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Road project on Wiscold Drive to begin

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The Wiscold Drive roadway widening and reconstruction project will begin on or about April 13. There will be intermittent roadway lane changes along with minimal road closures during the project.
Martin and Company excavating has been contracted to perform the construction activities for the City of Rochelle.
Residents and motorist are reminded to pay special attention
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Public meeting to be held on YMCA plan

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
ROCHELLE -- All area residents interested in hearing a presentation and asking questions about the plans to a build a YMCA recreation center in Rochelle will have their chance on Wednesday, April 15.
A public meeting on the proposal will be held at the Lincoln School cafeteria from 6-7:30 p.m. and everyone is welcome to attend.
The plan calls for
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Big donation

Posted: Sunday, Mar 29th, 2015
The Rochelle Child Care Center received a $10,000 donation from the From the Heart fundraiser held by the Rochelle Rotary Club in February. The check was presented Tuesday during the club's meeting. The Rochelle Rotary Club sponsors the fundraiser to benefit local organizations. Pictured are From the Heart board members (from left to right) Chuck Watkins, Kim Montgomery, Pat Burch,
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Beacon closed

Posted: Sunday, Mar 29th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- On Friday, an official of Greater Rochelle Economic Development Corporation discussed the status of the Fairways Golf Course and the restaurant and banquet facilities amid the closing of the Beacon On The Green restaurant.
Lee Prunty, speaking for GREDCO said that as of April 1, the lease between GREDCO and Vivian Management was terminated.
Rotary affected
Prunty
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Path to a ‘Y’

Posted: Sunday, Mar 29th, 2015
WHEN it comes to YMCA officials deciding whether to open a new branch location, survey statistics play a key role.
The highly popular and successful national organization does not commit services to a community based on hunches, but rather on solid data that indicates such a facility would be viable and self-supporting.
"The YMCA is a very data driven organization
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Group going on a mission

Posted: Friday, Mar 27th, 2015
Charitable. Humanitarian. Generous endeavor. These are words that define a mission trip. Rochelle resident Danni Builta and several members of the New Hope Fellowship Church are planning a mission trip to Nicaragua this summer through the NiCE Foundation.
The group of 14 is scheduled to begin their journey to the Central American country at the end of July and
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Still time to take the survey

Posted: Friday, Mar 27th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The deadline for taking the city's branding survey is Friday, March 27 at midnight. As of 9 a.m. on Thursday morning,1,598 people have answered the online survey. The city's goal is to have 2,000 respondents.
A Hispanic survey is available also. Please visit the city website www.cityofrochelle.net.
Please be specific on what kinds of restaurants, and what
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TV talks: Bring Chicago stations back

Posted: Friday, Mar 27th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- On Monday evening, Rochelle city council members voted to extend the current contract with Comcast to April 27 as the city's cable and video service provider. Over the past few weeks, city attorney Alan Cooper has been negotiating a new franchise agreement, which will allow Comcast to continue to operate a cable television system in the city.
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Winter returns

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
Snow covered roadways made for slippery driving conditions Monday morning for many motorists. Above, a semi truck slid on the roadway and overturned on the shoulder on Creston Road just east of Caron Road. At right, city snow plows were out clearing the roads and laying down salt. (Photos by Lori Tepinski)
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School moving forward with bus center renovation

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Township High School board members held a special meeting Monday afternoon to discuss options for the bus facility construction/remodel project.
During Monday afternoon's special meeting, following a recommendation by Superintendent Jamie Craven and discussion, board members voted to move forward with a bid package to renovate the north building at an estimated cost of $275,000 to
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Four vye for council spots

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- All four candidates running for election to Rochelle City Council have one thing in common -- they are all lifelong residents of the community and they all care about the city's future.
During Sunday afternoon's candidate's forum hosted by the Rochelle Area League of Women Voters, Don Burke, Bil Hayes, Tom McDermott and Ed Rice all commented on
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Quiet Zone agreement signed

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle City Council members voted to authorize city manager Dave Plyman to sign a Grade Crossing Signal Installation Agreement between the city and BNSF Railway as part of the quiet zone project.
"The comprehensive plan and the city council's strategic planning summary developed in 2011 recognize the need to eliminate or mitigate the train noise in our community.
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Sheriff’s building about to open

Posted: Sunday, Mar 22nd, 2015
OREGON -- Architects Guy Gehlhausen and Mike Olson updated the county board Tuesday night on the progress of the Ogle County Public Safety Complex. The facility will house the sheriff's department, coroner's office and county morgue, and the 911 telecommunications center.
"We are getting close to being done," Gehlhausen explained to the board. "There will be a switchover period
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The state of our community

Posted: Sunday, Mar 22nd, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The 14th State of the Community Dinner was held Thursday evening, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Rochelle Area Chamber of Commerce.
Approximately 90 people attended the event. This year's theme was Ogle County, Our Expanded Community.
Guest speakers from three Ogle County Departments were Steve Rypkema--Solid Waste Department, Cindy Bauling--Health Department, and Curtis Cook--Highway
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Candidates share platforms

Posted: Sunday, Mar 22nd, 2015
ROCHELLE -- On Sunday afternoon, the Rochelle League of Women Voters will host a public candidate forum for local contested races.
Candidates running for City of Rochelle Mayor and Rochelle City Council will be gathering at Rochelle City Hall at 1 p.m. Candidates will make an opening statement, respond to prepared questions and field questions from the audience.
The following
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From the Heart

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
The Rochelle Rotary Club presented a $10,000 donation to F.O.C.U.S. House on Tuesday. The money was generated through the From the Heart Fundraiser hosted by the Rotary Club in February. Each year, the Rotary Club raises funds for local groups through the event. Pictured, left to right, are Rotarians Karen Hayden, Pat Burch, Emily Dickow, F.O.C.U.S. House director Matt Mekeel,
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1,000 cars strong

Modified: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- On Tuesday, March 17, Nippon Sharyo and Sumitomo Corporation of Americas celebrated the 1,000th car completion during a ceremony.
The milestone achievement was celebrated at Rochelle's Nippon Sharyo manufacturing facility. Also being celebrated was the facility's local job creation in Rochelle, having hired and trained more than 600 local employees at the facility since opening in July of
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Focusing on at-risk kids

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- During Monday evening's Rochelle Township High School Board of Education meeting, Jodee Craven presented an overview of the Hub Project program. Rochelle Elementary District #231 was awarded a $435,669 grant through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, beginning in the 2012-2013 school year for five years.
Craven explained the concept of the program.
"The grant is for
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