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Local band brings home awards

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- A local band received high honors, learning the news while playing a gig in LaSalle Friday night.
The Lizzi Neal Band learned they were named ‘Blues Band of the Year' at the 23rd annual RAMI (Rockford Area Music Industry) awards. Band members high-fived eachother when they learned the news.
"About 10 minutes later, we received another text that
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Creston School one of 60 chosen for program

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
CRESTON -- Creston Elementary School in Creston is among approximately 60 schools statewide that will participate in the annual TECH 2014 Students for the Information Age event on Thursday, May 8 at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield.
From 1 to 3 p.m., students will show the public and elected members of the Illinois State Senate and the House
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Four injured in rollover

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Three adults and one child were injured Saturday afternoon following a single-vehicle accident on the northbound ramp of I-39.
The vehicle was traveling eastbound on I-88 at approximately 1:15 p.m. when it traveled on the northbound ramp of I-39. According to reports the driver was traveling approximately 50 mph on the ramp when he lost control of the
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A love for books

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
Books are a great source of knowledge, a place to escape, a source of entertainment, or a way to relax. Barb Kopplin, Flagg-Rochelle Public Library Director, knows just how powerful a book can be. Kopplin also knows that a visit to a library is not only just for books, but magazines, DVD's and audio books as well.
This week,
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Last ‘From the Heart’ presentation made

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
Rochelle Rotary Club From The Heart representatives presented a $10,000 check to Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) representatives at a recent Rotary meeting.On hand for the presentation were (from left) Mary Jo Griffin, advocate supervisor for Ogle County; Trisha Morrow, executive director of CASA; and From the Heart members and Rotarians Kim Montgomery, Dave Eckhardt, Karen Hayden, Chuck Watkins and Pat
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Whalen says sewer needed in Hillcrest

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
HILLCREST -- Several residents were in attendance at Wednesday's Village of Hillcrest monthly meeting. Recently, residents received a flyer regarding the sanitary sewer project's proposed location. Village President Kim Whalen explained that there are two sewer projects.
The first is the CDAP grant involving $450,000, which is applied for based on low income and need. The CDAP grant will
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American University of Iraq–Sulaimani president to visit NIU

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
DEKALB -- Dawn Dekle, president of the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani, will visit Northern Illinois University Monday, April 14, and Tuesday, April 15, as part of NIU's Celebrating Excellence event.
Her schedule includes several open forums and a public lecture on "The American University of Iraq: Inspiring the next Generation of Leaders."
All events are free and open to the
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Drug Takeback Day set for April 26 at police station

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
Rochelle, The Rochelle Police Department will host a Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The DEA's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative allows anyone to safely dispose of expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs. The event provides a safe and responsible means of disposal.
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Sheriff voids check, gives cash back to park district

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
OREGON -- The Oregon Park District Board of Commissioners took action to terminate the existing agreement with the Ogle County Sheriff's Department and approve a restructured police services agreement at their regular meeting Tuesday night.
The Oregon Park District and Ogle County Sheriff's Department initially entered into a police services agreement in August 2012. The Oregon Park District was responsible for
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Department instructed not to enforce tow fees

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
OREGON -- Controversy over the Ogle County Sheriff' Department's Tow Fund continues after Sheriff Michael Harn distributed an internal memo dated April 1, saying the department would no longer be collecting an administrative tow fee, despite it being a county ordinance.
The tow fund and how the money can be spent has been in question the last several months. Two
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Man facing attempted murder charge

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
OGLE COUNTY -- Attempted first degree murder charges have been filed against a Rockford man following a shooting that took place on March 22 in rural Byron.
Additional charges were filed against Brandon McMahon, 20, including aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a gun as well as possession of a weapon by a felon and gang member.
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Outdoor dining could be a possibility downtown

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, Diners soon may be able to enjoy a cup of coffee or an evening meal sitting outside downtown Rochelle.
Rochelle Planning and Zoning commission met Monday night and made a recommendation to council to permit outdoor sidewalk cafes.
"Community Development is continuing to bring in new ideas for businesses and promoting a greater shopping experience. One of
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Thrift shop sales help needy

Posted: Monday, Apr 7th, 2014
From clipping coupons to browsing through clearance racks, some people find it is worth the time to save money. Locally, First Presbyterian Thrift Shop has been providing the Rochelle and surrounding communities a store that has great bargains as well as serving those in need. What started out as a fundraiser to pave the parking lot at the church in
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Kishwaukee College chosen to compete for Community College Excellence Award

Posted: Monday, Apr 7th, 2014
MALTA -- Highlighting the critical importance of improving student success in America's community colleges, the Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program has named Kishwaukee College as one of the nation's top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million dollars in prize funds.
The Aspen Prize, awarded every two years, recognizes
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Woman pleads guilty to reckless conduct

Posted: Monday, Apr 7th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- After nearly two and a half years, a Rochelle woman pled guilty in Ogle County court Thursday to the misdemeanor offense of reckless conduct following a child pornography case. The case began in August 2011.
Susana Guzman, 50, had originally been charged in Ogle County court with a Class 1 felony offense following an investigation that began in
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Teenager suspected in Byron shooting

Posted: Monday, Apr 7th, 2014
BYRON -- Ogle County officials continue to investigate a shooting that took place on March 22 which left a 19-year-old hospitalized.
No charges have been filed at this time against Brandon McMahon, 20, of Rockford, but it is alleged he fired the gun during the incident at a home on North Hoisington Road in rural Byron.
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RTHS students, staff help out at NI Food Bank

Posted: Saturday, Apr 5th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Nearly 100 students and staff members from Rochelle Township High School arrived at their secret destination this morning at the Northern Illinois Food Bank facility near St.Charles to help pack boxes with food items.
Organized by faculty member Ellen White, none of the students or staff knew where they were going to be working this morning, but they
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