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Station opening

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
The Rochelle Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Friday at ConservFS on Second Avenue. The ceremony, complete with members from the Rochelle VFW Post 3878, marked the opening of the new FAST STOP Express gas station. The station is open to the public and offers mid-grade gas, DEF and Diesel with easy access and room for semi's, trucks and
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Prom royalty

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
On Friday, the Hub City Senior Center held its annual Senior Prom, in Hawaiian Luau style. Teen Town was decorated with flowers, and the atmosphere vibrant and full of color. The guests enjoyed a pig roast prepared by Dr. Delfinado and Ken Dougherty, along with music by Wally and the Good Tyme Ramblers. Pictured above are Prince and Princess Don
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Lundgren takes position in village

Modified: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
CRESTON -- The Village of Creston is introducing the new water meter reader, Albert Lundgren. Lundgren has been a resident of the village since 1986, and according to Deanne Haub, village clerk, Lundgren has taken on this new position with enthusiasm.
The village is currently beginning test readings of water meters and Lundgren will be approaching houses to look for
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2015 sidewalk improvements scheduled

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle City Council accepted a bid from Campos Construction, Inc. for the 2015 Sidewalk Project on School Avenue, Caron Road and Irene Avenue.
The city has removed and replaced sidewalks throughout the community based on their condition, for the past several years.
The 2015 project includes the removal and replacement of approximately 16,400 square feet of sidewalk, twelve
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Homes sales up in Ogle County, state

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
OGLE COUNTY -- The once-sluggish housing market is seeing improvement in Illinois this year, including Ogle County.
Overall, home sales have increased 5.6 percent in Illinois, according to a release from the Illinois Association of Realtors. And the median price for a home has increased 8.7 percent in the state from a year ago.
In Ogle County sales numbers are
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Planning, zoning commissioners appointed

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Mayor Chet Olson appointed several individuals to various boards and commissions during the city council meeting Monday evening. Joe Thiele, Diane McNeilly, Wendell Colwill and Robert Johns were reinstated to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Their new term ends July 1, 2020.
Also appointed were Mitchell Montgomery for the Police and Fire Commission, Wayne Page for the
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First group of students graduates Nippon Sharyo program

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- On Friday afternoon, Nippon Sharyo held a graduation ceremony of their first on-site Welder Training Program. The four graduates recently completed a training program focusing heavily on welding of stainless steel and carbon steel that goes into the manufacture of passenger rail cars.
The eight-week program consisted of eight hours daily in a modern training facility, including a
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County prohibits smoking of electronic cigarettes in public places

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
OGLE COUNTY -- The Smoke-free Illinois Act, passed in 2008, prohibits smoking in virtually all public places and workplaces, including offices, theaters, museums, libraries, educational institutions, schools, commercial establishments, enclosed shopping centers, retail stores, restaurants, bars, private clubs, and gaming facilities.
The new Ogle County ordinance effective July 1 expands the Smoke-free Illinois Act to include e-cigarettes, which bans
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Downtown TIF district approved

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle City Council members approved an agreement Monday evening between the City of Rochelle and Teska Associates for the Downtown and Southern Gateway TIF District.
On June 8, Mayor Chet Olson and council members approved a development agreement with McCarty Technologies, Inc. for the redevelopment of the Hub Theater and the Graber Building. As part of the agreement,
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School named finalist for grant

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
ST. LOUIS, Mo., In the Ogle County area, Rochelle Community Consolidated School District 231 has been announced as a finalist in this year's America's Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Rochelle CCSD 231 is among the top districts in Illinois in the running for grants of $10,000 and $25,000.
Earlier this year, farmers nominated their local
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Council approves funds for golf course

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
ROCHELLE -- In a 6 to 1 vote, the Rochelle City Council approved a request for $50,000 from the Greater Rochelle Economic Development Corporation to be used for operations at the Fairways Golf Course.
The approval last night comes after the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District voted to table a request for the same amount during its meeting June 15. Both
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Flanagan named new director

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
Sarah Flanagan will begin a new chapter as director of the Flagg-Rochelle Public Library next month. As of July 1, Flanagan will be responsible for all aspects of the library's day-to-day operations including acquiring new material and overseeing staff.
Flanagan takes over for recently retired Barb Kopplin, library director for 40 years.
Originally as a part time clerk and
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Rural fire Saturday morning

Posted: Saturday, Jun 20th, 2015
STEWARD -- Area firefighters were on the scene on Saturday morning where a farm structure caught fire close to a fuel tank and not far from the main home, located east of I-39 on Locust Road just north of the intersection at Perry Road near Steward.
See Tuesday's News-Leader for more details.
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Bond reduced for man who fled from police

Posted: Saturday, Jun 20th, 2015
OREGON,, The bond was reduced for a man who led Ogle County Sherriff's deputies on a high-speed chase in May.
Judge Robert Hanson reduced the bond for Daniel Swisher on June 4 from $250,000 to $10,000. Ogle County State's Attorney Eric Morrow objected to the bond reduction stating concerns for public safety.
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Q & A about Disaster Relief Fund process

Posted: Saturday, Jun 20th, 2015
Chairman of the newly formed Ogle County Long Term Relief Committee Cal Jacobs answers questions about the Disaster Relief Fund, including how much money has been donated, when the funds will start being dispersed to affected residents and how their needs are determined.
See Sunday's News-Leader for the full article on the Viewpoint page.
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Firm suggests changes for Rochelle Police Department operation

Posted: Saturday, Jun 20th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- There could be some big changes ahead for the Rochelle Police Department, following a recent RPD staffing study by an independent consulting firm which, among other recommendations, is suggesting work shift changes, increasing minority recruitment and possibly reducing staff.
Members of Rochelle city council recently heard the results of a police study conducted by Alexander Weiss Consulting, LLC.
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County board looks at possible tobacco permit fee

Posted: Saturday, Jun 20th, 2015
OREGON,, After much discussion Tuesday night, County Board members sent the proposal to set an Ogle County Retail Tobacco License Ordinance back to the HEW and Solid Waste Committee.
The proposed ordinance would require all retailers of tobacco products and e-cigarettes to pay a $100 annual fee to the county.
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Judge Kauffmann honored

Posted: Saturday, Jun 20th, 2015
OREGON -- Ogle County Associate Judge Kathleen Kauffmann was honored by her coworkers at an appreciation dinner held at Focus House on April 29 for her dedication and leadership to improve the lives of court-involved individuals, their families, and the community of Ogle County.
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Living a long life

Posted: Friday, Jun 19th, 2015
Twila Borneman gathered with several other ninety-something year olds at Lincoln Manor recently to share a part of their life story. A total of six nonagenarians, people age 90 to 99, reside at the facility located in Rochelle.
All of the nonagenarians live independently, along with the other residents. Lincoln Manor is a senior housing facility for those ages
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School personnel changes approved

Posted: Friday, Jun 19th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Township High School board approved the resignations of Olivia Caron, assistant girls basketball coach, and Jerrod Reynolds, assistant boys basketball coach. Brian Peterson was approved as the new special education teacher.
The board approved their consent agenda including several end of year actions and resolutions.
These include resolutions involving the closing out and establishing of
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Hospital begins office building work

Posted: Friday, Jun 19th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday morning for a new medical office building on the campus of the Rochelle Community Hospital. The 26,000 square foot building will connect to the south side of the hospital where Family Healthcare is currently located.
The first floor of this new space will house the cardiac rehabilitation department, fitness center and
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