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Waste water plant to rely on sun power

Posted: Thursday, Jul 31st, 2014
ROCHELLE,, Rochelle City Council approved the purchase of a solar photovoltaic system for the Waste Water Treatment plant during council's meeting Monday night.
"Last year Rochelle Municipal Utilities (RMU) applied for a grant through the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF) to fund up to 60 percent of a solar plant at the water reclamation plant. In early May,
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Movie night gets “Thumbs Up”

Posted: Thursday, Jul 31st, 2014
Movie goers who attended the special free community Movie Night to see "The Sandlot" on the big screen at the Helms Athletic Complex football field this past Saturday night gave it a resounding "Thumbs Up." Families came out with lawn chairs and bean bags (and even some in costumes!) to settle in for the annual event co-hosted by First National
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More expansion at Nippon plant

Posted: Thursday, Jul 31st, 2014
ROCHELLE -- On Wednesday morning, Nippon Sharyo Manufacturing, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nippon Sharyo U.S.A., Inc. celebrated the opening of their expanded production facility, Shop 3, located in Rochelle's Prologis Park.
The new facility will help Nippon Sharyo become even more competitive in the United States passenger railcar market, and meet the Passenger Railcar industry's growing demands for
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Governor Quinn visits Nippon Sharyo

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 30th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was in Rochelle this morning as Nippon Sharyo celebrated the grand opening of shop three.
"Nippon Sharyo continues to create good-paying jobs while producing products that will propel us into the future of transportation," Governor Quinn said. "Their growth has been phenomenal, their rail cars are in demand, and they are doing it all
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Portions of Ninth Street to be closed during hydrant work

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
ROCHELLE ­-- On Tuesday, July 29, the Rochelle Water Division will start replacing a fire hydrant at Ninth Street and Fourth Avenue.
Ninth Street will be closed between Fourth Avenue and Lincoln Avenue while the work is being done. The southbound lane of traffic will be partially closed Tuesday evening after the preliminary work is completed. On Wednesday,
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Outside Market

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
Cypress House owner Krista Stewart helps a customer during the Outside Market event held this past Saturday on 10th Avenue between Seventh Street and Eighth Street. The market is open one Saturday per month throughout the summer and many local vendors and community groups provide booths and tents to sell produce and homemade craft items. See more photos on page
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School registration forms past due

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
ROCHELLE ­-- Rochelle Township High School officials are reporting that there are approximately 60 students who have yet to enroll. Completing the registration process is what secures students' preferred classes.
"If you have not turned in registration forms by Wed, July 30, your schedule will be deleted," confirmed RTHS principal Jason Harper.
RTHS offices are open weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and
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No gun found

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
ROCHELLE ­-- Rochelle police officers were called to assist in a report of a man allegedly walking on IL Route 38 west of town and shooting a gun into the air early Sunday morning.
The Ogle County Sheriff's Department received the original call at 4:40 a.m. on July 27 of a male subject in a striped blue shirt walking toward
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‘Little Store’ comes down

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
LEE CENTER -- A piece of history was torn down early Monday morning in rural Rochelle, at the corner of Flagg Road and Center Street.
What was known years ago as "The Little Store" was a place for nearby residents to grab some needed groceries without having to drive in to Rochelle. The store also sold gasoline as well. Kids
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YMCA study shows strong interest

Modified: Saturday, Jul 26th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- A recent independent phone survey gauging the community's desire to see a YMCA indoor recreation facility in Rochelle came back with some favorable numbers, according to leaders of a local private task force.
Dan Lundquist and Noah Carmichael presented the findings to the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District board on Monday night, explaining the survey process and sharing much
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Solid waste department offering grants to ‘go green’

Posted: Saturday, Jul 26th, 2014
OREGON -- Does your organization want to go "green" and help to keep refuse out of the landfill? The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department is announcing the final Waste Reduction/Recycling Grants for 2014. The grants of up to $2,000 are available to Ogle County businesses, schools, municipalities, churches, scout groups and non-profit organizations wishing to establish or improve
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Music for meals

Posted: Saturday, Jul 26th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- There will be music for your ears on Friday, Aug. 8 from 4:30 to 11:30 p.m., at Hickory Grove Banquet and Conference Center in Rochelle during the "Music for Meals," which will benefit the Rochelle Christian Food Pantry.
This event, featuring six local bands is promising to be a fun time, all the while helping out those in
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City reminds residents about door-to-door peddlers

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- It's that time of year again when there is an increase of peddlers/solicitors going door-to-door without permits from the city. The City of Rochelle would like to offer some words of advice regarding solicitations.
Please be safe and do not let anyone into your home unless you know them. If registered with the city (which is legally a
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School Avenue bridge, road work behind schedule

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Due to a setback, work on the bridge over Kyte Creek on School Avenue will not be completed by the end of August as planned.
"Work on the bridge portion of the project on School Avenue over the Kyte Creek has been delayed due to a Nicor easement acquisition and high pressure gasmain relocation," City of Rochelle
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Kings tracks to be replaced

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
DIXON -- The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that IL Route 64 west of IL Route 251 in Ogle County will be closed to all through traffic from Tuesday, Aug. 5 through Friday, Aug. 8 to allow the Illinois Railway to completely remove and replace the at-grade crossing located in the Village of Kings.
Illinois Railway will be performing this
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Three teens charged

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle police have made a arrest in the criminal damage to state supported property case at the former Lincoln School on South Main Street.
On Wednesday, July 23, the Rochelle Police Department arrested three male juveniles for the felony offense of Criminal Damage to State Supported Property, for the offense committed at the old Lincoln School, 108 South
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Park district on board with branding program

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- In a 5-1 vote, Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District commissioners approved the payment of $10,000 as part of a collaborative area-wide brand development initiative being spearheaded by the city and chamber officials in an effort to identify ways in which Rochelle could attract more visitors and residents.
Several local entities, including the City of Rochelle, both Rochelle school districts,
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Former Lincoln School vandalized

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle police are looking for information leading to an arrest in connection to property damage at the former Lincoln School.
On Saturday, July 19, the Rochelle Police Department responded to 108 South Main Street, the old Lincoln School property, in reference to a criminal damage to state supported property complaint. It was discovered that extensive damage was done
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Fulfilling a lifelong dream

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
As a youngster, Zach Saenz always knew he would be singing and performing when he grew up. He recalls the moment at Creston's Booster Days at the age of six, sneaking on stage and pretending to perform, feeling as if the stage was calling his name. Now years later, this past May, he had the opportunity to tour internationally
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Fair queen crowned

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
The Ogle County Fair Queen Pageant was held at the Oregon Coliseum on Saturday. Above, pageant contestants Khrysta Oleson, Shelbi Massole, Rachel Book, Katrina Lowry, Carly Mcmurray, Korrin Cogswell, Peityn Perks and Jayde Farbo pose together. Lowry, at right, was crowned the 2014 Ogle County Fair Queen and Farbo was named first runner-up. (Photos submitted)
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School proceeding with drug tests

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Township High School officials are on track to developing a drug testing program for students participating in any extracurricular activities following a vote to proceed with putting a policy in place at Monday night's board of education meeting.
Board members -- minus Brent Tracy and Jeff Tilton -- voted to proceed with getting a policy in place
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Falling through history

Posted: Saturday, Jul 19th, 2014
Skydivers at Chicagoland Skydive Center experienced history Thursday afternoon as ten experienced divers had the opportunity to jump out of a World War II aircraft.
The Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress is one of only ten B-17s still flying in the United States.
"For licensed skydivers, this is like being there when a legendary band plays a legendary concert.
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City confirms new gas station on IL Route 38

Posted: Saturday, Jul 19th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Speculation has been swirling around town as to what new business or restaurant is building in front of Walmart.
The City of Rochelle confirmed Thursday that Murphy USA gas stations began construction this week. Construction for the gas station is expected to last 10 weeks, however no projected date for opening is available.
Following a Facebook post to
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Focus on community

Posted: Saturday, Jul 19th, 2014
ROCHELLE --The Board of Trustees at Rochelle Community Hospital recently approved new mission and vision statements.
"We decided it was time to look at our mission and vision statements to see if they were still relevant as to how we run our organization, and ensure the focus was where it should be in today's healthcare climate," stated Mark J. Batty,
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