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VFW offering free Christmas Eve dinner

Posted: Sunday, Dec 21st, 2014
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle VFW Post 3878 is hosting the first ever Christmas Eve dinner this year. Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, dinner rolls and a variety of desserts. Thanks to a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous, the VFW will have money to help
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Board approves 50-year property aquisition

Posted: Sunday, Dec 21st, 2014
OREGON -- The Ogle County voted overwhelmingly Tuesday night to establish a 50-year property acquisition plan. With a 20-4 vote the resolution passed but not without some reservations from some board members.
"The plan gives the board a conceptual plan of the possible future growth in this central area," Board member Don Griffin explained. "This is a guide that can
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Mayor announces openings on boards, commissions

Posted: Sunday, Dec 21st, 2014
Rochelle -- Rochelle Mayor Chet Olson is seeking volunteer members for appointment to the following boards and commissions:
• Utility Advisory Board (1 voting member, term ending 7/1/16): The Utility Advisory Board consists of six members that serve four-year terms and are appointed by the Mayor. The UAB is an advisory board to the city council on issues of
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Contract agreements reached

Posted: Sunday, Dec 21st, 2014
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle City Council approved five-year contract agreements for two departments during a special session on Wednesday evening. The agreements were between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 196 with the Streets and Cemetery, along with Rochelle Municipal Utilities employees.
City manager David Plyman explained the history and facts regarding the agreement between the union and
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Santa making a stop

Posted: Friday, Dec 19th, 2014
The annual light show is in full swing at the home of Ray Voss, 239 Phyllis Avenue. The light and music display is free to drive by and watch; however, Voss has a donation box near his mailbox and collects money for St. Jude's Children's Hospital. The musical light show can be viewed from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through
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First semester winding down

Posted: Friday, Dec 19th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Township High School Board of Education approved a motion to adopt a resolution regarding the tax levy. During the last board meeting, the proposed tax levy was presented and discussed. At the November meeting, Superintendent Jamie Craven said that the tax rate decreased by five cents from last year, totaling $2.54.
During his report, Principal
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DQ could re-open if new owners take over

Posted: Friday, Dec 19th, 2014
ROCHELLE --For the past 15 years, Dairy Queen was a fixture in Rochelle. Just recently, a decision was made to close the local eatery that so many community members had frequented over the years.
In an interview on Wednesday, co-owner Jeff Boothe said the closing was not an easy thing to do.
"It's always sad when you depart, not
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Resident wants park district to scrap bonds

Posted: Friday, Dec 19th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- During a public hearing on Monday night, where only one taxpayer spoke out, Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District board members listened to a plea from a resident who wants the district to operate within its regular tax revenue.
Each year since 2008, the district has issued general obligation bonds within its allotted Equalized Assessed Valuation tax amounts based on
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Eavesdropping bill thrills no one but it doesn’t make it a crime to record police

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Does a proposed replacement for Illinois' eavesdropping law give police the green light to arrest people for recording officers?
It does not.
Experts, however, are divided over the adequacy of citizen protections in the new bill. And, at this point, questions, more than answers, seem to define the problems: What is a public discussion and what is private one?
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‘Tis the season of giving in Rochelle

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle VFW Men's Auxiliary presented checks to two area organizations that help those in need. A representative from the Rochelle Christian Food Pantry and Rochelle Area Community Emergency Shelter were on hand to accept the $250 check from Ray Rose, President of the VFW Men's Auxiliary and fellow member Chet Olson. Rose, who has been president for
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Needy Family Food and Toy Drive still needs donations

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- It is not too late to donate for the Needy Families Food and Toy Drive. At this time, non-perishable foods are still needed. Donations are being accepted at the fire station, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
As the holidays are fast approaching, many are busy attending parties, shopping for gifts, and preparing for their
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Higher tax levy will lower sewer project payments

Posted: Sunday, Dec 14th, 2014
HILLCREST -- The Village of Hillcrest held a public hearing before Wednesday's scheduled monthly meeting, for a proposed tax levy increase.
Village treasurer Penny Payton explained that over the past 14 years the village has lost more than $300,000 in tax income by not levying to the full limit. The amount of the EAV is $17,469,214 and with exemptions will
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County board to discuss 50-year growth plan

Posted: Sunday, Dec 14th, 2014
OREGON -- On Tuesday, Dec.16, the Ogle County Board will meet for its regular monthly Board meeting, located in the County Board Room on the third floor of the old Ogle County Courthouse. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.
On the agenda is a resolution to establish a 50-year property acquisition plan for future boards for county growth. The resolution
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Jumpers set a world record

Posted: Sunday, Dec 14th, 2014
ELOY, Ariz.,, For nearly eight months a year planes can be seen over the skies of Rochelle as skydivers drop out of perfectly good airplanes at Chicagoland Skydive Center. The remainder of the year, employees and skydivers who spend their summer at CSC must turn to warmer climates for the adrenalin rush.
Four CSC employees recently returned home from
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Eckhardt, board awarded

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- The recipient of the Fifth Annual 2014 Rochelle Community Gratitude Award went to Dave Eckhardt and the "From the Heart" board members. The award, given by John Bearrows, is presented to local community members who generously donate to benefit others in need in the Rochelle community.
Eckhardt is involved with the organization "From the Heart" that raises money
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Council adopts levy ordinance

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- During Monday evening's meeting, the Rochelle City Council approved an ordinance levying property taxes for the city for the fiscal year May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015.
City Manager Dave Plyman read the history and facts regarding the tax levy.
"The State of Illinois requires the city annually to adopt and file a Property Tax Levy
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Proposed YMCA takes form

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- At Monday evening's Rochelle City Council meeting, Dan Lundquist and Noah Carmichael presented conceptual drawings and budget estimates for the proposed YMCA facility to be located at the corner of 20th St. and Hub Drive, between Lincoln School and Rochelle Township High School.
The total project budget estimate of the 33,000 square foot facility is just under $6
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New officer

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
The City of Rochelle and the Rochelle Police Department welcomed new officer, Ryan Beery, Monday morning. Beery, from Yorkville, was sworn in Monday morning by Rochelle City Clerk Bruce McKinney. Rochelle Police Chief Eric Higby pinned Beery as family members, city staff and Rochelle officers looked on. Beery will attend the 12-week training academy in Champaign beginning Jan. 5. (Photo
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Visitor restriction in place

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Community Hospital has announced that it will not allow children under the age of 16 to visit the hospital, effective immediately. This change in policy is aimed to protect patients and children from the flu in response to the increased incidence of Influenza-like illness.
It is in the best interest of patients and staff to limit the
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In Remembrance

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- The flagpole located in front of the VFW Hall was dedicated to the late George A. O'Brien on Sunday afternoon. Approximately 40 of O'Brien's family gathered with members of the VFW Post 3878 and community members to dedicate the flagpole in honor of the World War II veteran who survived the bombing attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec.
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