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Rebuilding a landmark

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
ROCHELLE,, Grubsteakers has stood tall at the intersection of IL Route 251 and IL Route 64 serving as a landmark, meeting point and most importantly, restaurant for travelers and neighbors to the diner.
On April 9, Grubsteakers took a direct hit as the tornado's path tore through the building trapping twelve people inside the storm cellar. Grubsteaker's owner Ava
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Equipment, curb work approved

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District board members approved two items during their meeting Monday evening at City Hall.
The financing agreement from PNC Equipment Finance for the purchase of a Toro Groundsmaster 5900 was approved. The amount is $22,994.67 yearly at zero percent financing.
The board also approved the work of Metzger Brothers in the amount of $10,730
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Bus barn improvement bids rejected

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Township High School board members voted Monday evening to reject all bids for the north bus barn improvements due to a lack of bids submitted.
The proposed contracts range from general construction and roofing systems to painting, installation of overhead doors, electrical aspects, and plumbing.
There will be a new bid opening on June 2 followed
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More money needed at Fairways

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Representatives from the Greater Rochelle Economic Development Corporation addressed the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District board on Monday night and talked about the current status of the Fairways Golf Course and former Beacon on the Green restaurant.
GREDCO president Doug Zuehl said that following the termination of the lease with Vivian Management as of April 1, GREDCO leaders have
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Meier retiring from RMS

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Rochelle Middle School students and staff will be saying goodbye to retiring teacher Mark Meier, having been an educator at the school for 21 years. Over the years, Meier has taught science and language arts and is currently teaching math and social studies.
Meier admits he never imagined becoming a teacher, despite the fact that both his parents were in
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Special demonstrations

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
The Rochelle Police Department held a community open house on Saturday afternoon in conjunction with national Police Week. A variety of events were held, including a K9 demonstration. Above and at right, Officer Emily Hardesty and Officer Elvis Baneski demonstrate how Don is instructed to go after a suspect. Tours of the police department were also given, a demonstration of
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Guerrero is the lucky winner

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Friday was a great day for Rochelle Township High School student Angelina Guerrero. The RTHS junior not only began a new job on Friday, but is the winner of a car in this year's Renaissance Assembly.
Guerrero won a 2009 gold Chevrolet Cobalt, courtesy of Sawicki Motors.
"This is unreal, it feels like a dream, like I
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A sweet revival

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2015
Vintage. Character. Timeless. Uniqueness. Many things come to mind when seeing an antique. Whether it would be a piece of furniture or a delicate hand-sewn bedspread, the item most often gives the observer a glimpse into yesteryear.
Sweet Revival, located in Kings, is an antique gallery of sorts, with a blend of unusual and eclectic items. Anyone that steps inside
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Students rise to the challenge

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- In an exercise designed to teach the next generation to identify, analyze and address community needs and then advocate for the cause, the team at Crest Foods created a give back grant contest for area high schools offering $5,000 in prize money. On Wednesday, grant teams from Rochelle Township and Ashton-Franklin Center High Schools made their presentations
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Crossing improvements first step for quiet zone approval

Posted: Thursday, May 14th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle City Council approved an ordinance providing for the issuance of general obligation debt certificates for 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 the community, identified as a quality of life especially for those living and working
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Officials sworn in

Posted: Thursday, May 14th, 2015
HILLCREST -- The Village of Hillcrest's newly elected officials were sworn into office Wednesday evening. Taking the oath was Steve Dodson, Village President, along with trustees Rich Elliott, Jeanie Sparacino, and Tim Ball.
Village Building and Zoning Inspector Casper Manheim discussed the 2015 FEMA Flood Plain Map Amendments. The amended flood plain map highlighted the areas where the flood plain
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Board grants extra personal days for tornado recovery

Posted: Thursday, May 14th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- After a tough stretch to start 2015, the Rochelle Elementary Disctrict #231 Board of Education's Tuesday meeting was as standard as the board has seen this calendar year.
Superintendent Todd Prusator welcomed the most recent gathering, a meeting free of budget cuts and extreme financial difficulties.
"It's nice to get back to some regular business and take
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Final approval given for RCH project

Posted: Thursday, May 14th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle City Council approved the preliminary and final plat for the re-subdivision of Rochelle Community Hospital during Monday evening's meeting.
To prepare for an expansion, this past year the hospital purchased four properties adjacent to the facility and demolished five dwellings. Council approved the rezoning of the properties and the issuance of a special use permit to
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Benefit Friday for storm victims

Posted: Thursday, May 14th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Several local bands are teaming up to host a benefit show this Friday at Hickory Grove. Rochelle's Without a Shadow and A Dead Nation along with BackBurner from Rockford, A Vicious Cycle from Leland, and VODON will be performing beginning at 5:30 p.m. this Friday.
All proceeds will go to local Rochelle and Fairdale charities to assist in
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Christopherson retires from police department after 28 years

Posted: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Police Department Officer Dave Christopherson retired last week after nearly 30 years with the department.
Christopherson began his career as a dispatcher before becoming an officer with specialized training in domestic terrorism, interviews and interrogation, to juvenile officer, criminal law, traffic law, DUI enforcement, operation valkyrie, crime scene processing, hazardous material training, railroad crossing investigation, accident
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Brand survey results

Posted: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Brand Development Team under the guidance of Roger Brooks International has reviewed and analyzed the data gathered from more than 1,700 on-line "Branding" surveys.  
RBI reports that the number of people responding to the survey was the largest number of respondents, per capita, that RBI has ever experienced. The goal of the survey was
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Chadwick man leads police on multi-county chase

Posted: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
MENDOTA -- Bond has been set at $100,000 for a Chadwick man following a car chase with police that ended in LaSalle County on I-39 near Mendota Sunday.
Alec Pulley, 29, of Chadwick, has been charged with aggravated assault and aggravated fleeing to elude police after leading police officers in several counties on a chase that started in Freeport.
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Guilty plea entered

Posted: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
OREGON -- A Rochelle man plead guilty Friday involving a child abuse case in Rochelle.
Christopher Texas, 27, of Rochelle, was charged with a Class 3 felony of aggravated battery to a child.
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Council postpones YMCA project

Posted: Monday, May 11th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- In an unanimous 7-0 vote on Monday night, the Rochelle City Council moved to postpone any action concerning the funding of a YMCA recreation center at this time.
The postponement removes the item off of the council's agenda indefinitely, which means in the future it would have to be reintroduced to the council from square one, including another
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Creating masterpieces

Posted: Monday, May 11th, 2015
The word "quilt" brings a host of images, from envisioning a warm cover, or a baby blanket hand-sewn by Grandma to a prized patchwork piece raffled for a good cause. A quilt is all of them and more.
Every Thursday at 12:30, a group of ladies gather at the Hub City Senior Center to work on projects and share ideas.
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Major donation

Posted: Monday, May 11th, 2015
Rochelle Area Community Foundation Director Kim Montgomery accepted a $25,000 donation from Adrian Guerrero, Director of Public Affairs Corporate Relations for Union Pacific Railroad, on Thursday afternoon. The donation will go to the foundation's disaster relief fund. (Photo by Jennifer Simmons)
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Tornado recovery group named

Posted: Monday, May 11th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Local organizations have come together to form the Ogle County Tornado Long Term Recovery Committee to serve as a central point for identification of short and long term needs of individuals affected by the tornadoes of April 9 and connecting with the appropriate resources to meet the needs.
Helping those affected and the community at large become whole
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Chase ends with man in custody

Posted: Monday, May 11th, 2015
OREGON -- A Peoria man is in custody following a car chase in Ogle County Wednesday afternoon.
At approximately 2:10 p.m. Wednesday, Ogle County Sheriff's deputies responded to the area of Castle Rock State Park in Oregon in reference to a welfare check on a subject that was parked in his vehicle at the location. At approximately 2:20 p.m. deputies
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Vets donate funds for memorial

Posted: Monday, May 11th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Guy Bays, Commander of the VFW Post #3878 presented a check to the Rochelle Veterans War Memorial Association on Tuesday morning.
The post conducted a fundraiser to assist with maintenance costs for the memorial, located at the Lawnridge Cemetery. The memorial is scheduled to be officially dedicated on Memorial Day, May 25.
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RTHS Alumni Association Scholarship awards: $494,950 and counting

Posted: Monday, May 11th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Township High School Alumni Association president Wendell Pal Colwill (RTHS 1952) proudly reported Monday night that since the association began distributing monetary awards in 1992, RTHS students have been the recipients of $494,950 in scholarships, generated by former Rochelle Hubs, their families and admirers.
The 2015 graduates receiving awards this year included Alyssa Hansen, Yareli Tenorio,
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