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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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Mystery men

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2015
A photo recently uncovered in the Flagg Township HIstorical Museum is prompting questions about the ‘mystery' men. Museum staff are looking for insight into who the men pictured are as well as any other information about the location of the photo and what year it was taken. Anyone with information is urged to call Peri Ann Query at 815-562-6885 or
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Still time to take survey

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Ten days have passed since Roger Brooks shared his observations of Rochelle and an unveiling of his 13-step "Branding" program to create a new and improved Rochelle; think of it as Rochelle 2.0. As of Tuesday morning, 1,242 people have answered the online survey. 
To date, the majority of anonymous respondents reported that they live within the city limits, are
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Alternate bus center plan

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Township High School board of education received an alternate plan for a bus facility at Monday night's meeting.
District architect, Jerry Guy from Green Associates, presented board members with an alternate plan that would cost approximately $315,000 for repairs to both buildings. This option is substantially less in cost than the proposed project that was discussed last
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Bike path on the front burner

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- A bike path extension, upgrades at several local parks and the possible sharing in the purchase of a recreation center top the list of planned capital improvements for the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District over the next two years.
Park director Eric Christensen laid out his plans with board members Monday night, explaining some of the items in detail
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Little Free Libraries popping up around town

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2015
Soon, libraries will be located all over Rochelle. "Little Free Libraries," that is. These libraries don't require library cards or charge late fines and don't insist that patrons whisper or stay quiet. They also don't mind if you do not return a book.
Resembling a birdhouse, the libraries will be places for residents to bring their previously read books to
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Curbside yard waste, brush pick up to begin

Posted: Sunday, Mar 15th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Northern Illinois Disposal will resume weekly yard waste recycling with pick-ups beginning March 16. Yard waste is collected on residents' regular garbage day.
All yard waste such as grass, leaves, flowers, plants and sticks are recyclable through the yard waste recycling program every week, beginning March 16 and continuing through Dec. 15. All stick bundles must be tied
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Ready, set, grow!

Posted: Sunday, Mar 15th, 2015
The Rochelle Garden Club will be conducting its garden plot sales on Saturday, March 28, at Teen Town. This popular gardening tradition has been around for nearly 25 years and gives the option to gardeners, novice or experienced, an opportunity to not only tend to their garden but tend to friendships as well.
The much-anticipated growing season is around the
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Man struck by train dies

Posted: Sunday, Mar 15th, 2015
ASHTON -- The Lee County Sheriff's Department and the Ashton Police Department are investigating a train versus pedestrian incident that occurred Thursday at 2:50 p.m. near the railroad crossing at Douglas Avenue in Ashton.
According to information released by Lee County Sheriff John Simonton, Andrew Jonathen Ruiz, 22, from Ashton, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lee County
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Protecting revenue

Posted: Sunday, Mar 15th, 2015
HILLCREST -- The village of Hillcrest adopted a resolution asking Governor Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly to protect full funding of the Local Government Distributive Fund Revenues during its monthly meeting on Wednesday evening.
According to Village President Kim Whalen, the Illinois Municipal League is urging all municipalities to send a letter of resolution to Gov. Rauner. The governor
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