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Gratitude Award winner

Posted: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2016
Pictured, Deb Wyka smiles while holding the plaque given to her and husband Dan Wyka at Friday evening's Old Fashioned Christmas Walk in Rochelle. The couple own T-Byrd Lanes and have been a fixture and prominent supporter of the community for many years. The gratitude award, given by John Bearrows, represents the Wyka's selfless commitment to the community. Before announcing
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Traveling the world

Posted: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2016
Ray Rose has seen a multitude of countries and traveled halfway around the world twice. He was also known as a traffic cop for the beach. Rose doesn't live in the lap of luxury or work in law enforcement as one might suspect -- Rose is a U.S. Navy veteran.
The countries Rose has seen-- France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Canary
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More “Smarts” in the classroom

Posted: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2016
Rochelle students continue to reap the benefits from the Farmers Insurance grant awarded to Rochelle Middle School teacher Vic Worthington.
Christie Billeter, RMS reading teacher, incorporates the Smart board, laptop computers and the document camera acquired from the grant. New desks and tables also offer the classroom more flexibility between individual and group settings.
In her tenth year of
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Wykas win annual gratitude award

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- , Deb Wyka was all smiles while holding the plaque given to her and husband Dan Wyka at Friday evening's Old Fashioned Christmas Walk in Rochelle. The couple own T-Byrd Lanes and have been a fixture and prominent supporter of the community for many years.
The gratitude award, given by John Bearrows, represents their selfless commitment to the
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Giving continues

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- After more than 30 years, the Needy Family Food and Toy Drive committee decided to dissolve the group this year.
What began as a chamber sponsored event in the mid-1980s continued when Jean Tess -- a Rochelle Chamber of Commerce director at one time -- left her position and took on the task of organizing the yearly event.
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Thankful for a Christmas gift

Modified: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
ROCHELLE,, A win-win Christmas gift is paying off big for one employee at Americold.
Last December Eduardo Goodall was presented a From the Heart Cash Calendar as a Christmas gift from Americold. Americold General Manager Dan Lundquist purchased the calendar for employees.
"The calendars are a way to give back to the community and the employees like the
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Time is running out to donate

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
ROCHELLE -- As many people are decorating their homes in preparation for the holiday season, the Rochelle Community Action Network has been preparing for their annual Children's Shopping Trip on Dec. 8. Members of CAN have been accepting new or gently used coats and monetary donations for the event next week.
"Time is ticking for donations," CAN Board President Michelle
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Keeping warm

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
A coat drive and fundraiser to benefit HOPE of Ogle County along with several neighboring county shelters is nearing the end and the event's organizer is inviting the public to help celebrate.
On Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. at the Byron Middle School, there will be a sorting and presentation party for the five domestic violence shelters -- HOPE
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Budget crunch

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The city is spending more than it is bringing in, so Rochelle officials will be going back to the drawing board following Monday night's 2017 budget discussion.
City Manager David Plyman presented proposed budget changes that include use of landfill revenues to balance the general fund.
Plyman said that even with an approved tax levy, expenses are
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Six file petitions in council race

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- A total of six candidates will be on the ballot in the consolidated election to be held on Apr. 4, 2017. The candidates are John Bearrows, Dan McDermott (incumbent), John Gruben, Kathryn Shaw-Dickey, Jackeline Aguilera, and Jeffrey Phillips, in that order on the ballot.
A special drawing to determine the first and second position on the ballot was
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Council approves tax levy ordinance

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- An ordinance levying taxes for the City of Rochelle is one of several adopted by council members Monday night.
The property tax levy allows the city to collect nearly $2.4 million in property taxes, which is an increase of 4.99 percent over 2015. The levy also includes funding the Police and Fire Pension Funds.
The city's Equalized
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Fire destroys house in Rochelle

Posted: Monday, Nov 28th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- A house on North Seventh Street in Rochelle was completely destroyed due to fire late Sunday evening. When firefighters arrived on the scene shortly after receiving the call at 10:19 p.m., flames could be seen coming out of the roof of the one-story structure.
Rochelle Fire chief Dave Sawlsville said the fire appeared to have originated from a
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O Christmas Tree

Posted: Monday, Nov 28th, 2016
ROCHELLE,, Bidding began Monday morning for the 11th annual City Hall Christmas Tree Festival. As of Monday afternoon 12 wreaths, Christmas trees and gift baskets were on display for the silent auction.
All proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Hub City Senior Center and The Kitchen Table.
Businesses and individuals are encouraged to bid on the decorated
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VFW Park storage building may get makeover

Posted: Saturday, Nov 26th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- A storage building at VFW Park on South Main Street could be getting a makeover after Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District commissioners agreed to get quotes on the cost of putting new siding and a new roof on the structure.
"This used to be the equipment storage shed for the Rochelle Jr. Tackle program and the interior is still
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Tower work near completion

Posted: Saturday, Nov 26th, 2016
g completion, although residents might not notice any changes besides the newest water tower in the southern part of the city. The installation of the city's newest well at the corner of Steward and Hayes Roads is expected to be online within the next couple of weeks.
Adam Lanning, water/water reclamation superintendent for Rochelle Municipal Utilities said the final
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Community foundation kicks off annual campaign

Posted: Saturday, Nov 26th, 2016
ROCHELLE, Envision with us, a generous, vibrant and sustainable community. A place where people bring their best to collaborate, working together to bring big dreams to life.
Now in its fifth year as a national annual event, #GivingTuesday serves as a reminder and opportunity for individuals to donate to charitable organizations on the first Tuesday
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Community foundation kicks off annual campaign

Modified: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
ROCHELLE, Envision with us, a generous, vibrant and sustainable community. A place where people bring their best to collaborate, working together to bring big dreams to life.
Now in its fifth year as a national annual event, #GivingTuesday serves as a reminder and opportunity for individuals to donate to charitable organizations on the first Tuesday following
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Thankful for life in the ‘Hub City’

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2016
Betty Harris is thankful to call Rochelle her home.
Born and raised in the "Hub City," Harris is especially thankful to the community that welcomed her late husband, Lelland, with open arms.
Many in the community knew "Lee" and the numerous roles he served in throughout the years on the Rochelle Police and Fire Commission along with the committees and
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No ice fishing at park lakes

Modified: Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Prompted by a recommendation from their liability insurance carrier, Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District board members voted unanimously on Monday night to ban ice fishing at both Lake Sule and Spring Lake.
Currently, there is no such signage at the lakes, but park superintendent Don Elliott said I-Parks recommended that ‘no ice fishing' signs be posted in order to
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Pretrial hearing set for man charged in fatal boat accident

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2016
OREGON, The Oregon man charged after a fatal a boating accident June 24 on the Rock River will have a pretrial hearing Dec. 12 in Ogle County Court.
Marc Mongan, 46, of Oregon, was operating a fishing boat that struck a pontoon boat on which Megan Wells, 32, of Rockford, was a passenger. She was pronounced dead at a Rockford
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Running for city council

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Several Rochelle residents have filed petitions for the three available Rochelle City Council positions.
Incumbent Dan McDermott, along with John Bearrows, John Gruben and Kathryn Shaw-Dickey all have filed. The three council members' terms up for election this April include Dave Eckhardt, Kathy Hollonbeck and Dan McDermott.
Eckhardt will not be running for reelection.
"I've been in
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Carrying on Carmichael's legacy

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- More than a decade ago a small group of committed citizens gathered under the guidance of Leonard Carmichael to form the Rochelle Area Community Foundation. Carmichael's vision for a lasting charitable foundation has evolved into an organization that supports a large number of local non-profit agency programs and services, and this month marks the 10-year anniversary of the
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