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YMCA study shows strong interest

Modified: Saturday, Jul 26th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- A recent independent phone survey gauging the community's desire to see a YMCA indoor recreation facility in Rochelle came back with some favorable numbers, according to leaders of a local private task force.
Dan Lundquist and Noah Carmichael presented the findings to the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District board on Monday night, explaining the survey process and sharing much
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Solid waste department offering grants to ‘go green’

Posted: Saturday, Jul 26th, 2014
OREGON -- Does your organization want to go "green" and help to keep refuse out of the landfill? The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department is announcing the final Waste Reduction/Recycling Grants for 2014. The grants of up to $2,000 are available to Ogle County businesses, schools, municipalities, churches, scout groups and non-profit organizations wishing to establish or improve
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Music for meals

Posted: Saturday, Jul 26th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- There will be music for your ears on Friday, Aug. 8 from 4:30 to 11:30 p.m., at Hickory Grove Banquet and Conference Center in Rochelle during the "Music for Meals," which will benefit the Rochelle Christian Food Pantry.
This event, featuring six local bands is promising to be a fun time, all the while helping out those in
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City reminds residents about door-to-door peddlers

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- It's that time of year again when there is an increase of peddlers/solicitors going door-to-door without permits from the city. The City of Rochelle would like to offer some words of advice regarding solicitations.
Please be safe and do not let anyone into your home unless you know them. If registered with the city (which is legally a
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School Avenue bridge, road work behind schedule

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Due to a setback, work on the bridge over Kyte Creek on School Avenue will not be completed by the end of August as planned.
"Work on the bridge portion of the project on School Avenue over the Kyte Creek has been delayed due to a Nicor easement acquisition and high pressure gasmain relocation," City of Rochelle
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Kings tracks to be replaced

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
DIXON -- The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that IL Route 64 west of IL Route 251 in Ogle County will be closed to all through traffic from Tuesday, Aug. 5 through Friday, Aug. 8 to allow the Illinois Railway to completely remove and replace the at-grade crossing located in the Village of Kings.
Illinois Railway will be performing this
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Three teens charged

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle police have made a arrest in the criminal damage to state supported property case at the former Lincoln School on South Main Street.
On Wednesday, July 23, the Rochelle Police Department arrested three male juveniles for the felony offense of Criminal Damage to State Supported Property, for the offense committed at the old Lincoln School, 108 South
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Park district on board with branding program

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- In a 5-1 vote, Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District commissioners approved the payment of $10,000 as part of a collaborative area-wide brand development initiative being spearheaded by the city and chamber officials in an effort to identify ways in which Rochelle could attract more visitors and residents.
Several local entities, including the City of Rochelle, both Rochelle school districts,
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Former Lincoln School vandalized

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle police are looking for information leading to an arrest in connection to property damage at the former Lincoln School.
On Saturday, July 19, the Rochelle Police Department responded to 108 South Main Street, the old Lincoln School property, in reference to a criminal damage to state supported property complaint. It was discovered that extensive damage was done
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Fulfilling a lifelong dream

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
As a youngster, Zach Saenz always knew he would be singing and performing when he grew up. He recalls the moment at Creston's Booster Days at the age of six, sneaking on stage and pretending to perform, feeling as if the stage was calling his name. Now years later, this past May, he had the opportunity to tour internationally
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Fair queen crowned

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
The Ogle County Fair Queen Pageant was held at the Oregon Coliseum on Saturday. Above, pageant contestants Khrysta Oleson, Shelbi Massole, Rachel Book, Katrina Lowry, Carly Mcmurray, Korrin Cogswell, Peityn Perks and Jayde Farbo pose together. Lowry, at right, was crowned the 2014 Ogle County Fair Queen and Farbo was named first runner-up. (Photos submitted)
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School proceeding with drug tests

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Township High School officials are on track to developing a drug testing program for students participating in any extracurricular activities following a vote to proceed with putting a policy in place at Monday night's board of education meeting.
Board members -- minus Brent Tracy and Jeff Tilton -- voted to proceed with getting a policy in place
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Falling through history

Posted: Saturday, Jul 19th, 2014
Skydivers at Chicagoland Skydive Center experienced history Thursday afternoon as ten experienced divers had the opportunity to jump out of a World War II aircraft.
The Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress is one of only ten B-17s still flying in the United States.
"For licensed skydivers, this is like being there when a legendary band plays a legendary concert.
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City confirms new gas station on IL Route 38

Posted: Saturday, Jul 19th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Speculation has been swirling around town as to what new business or restaurant is building in front of Walmart.
The City of Rochelle confirmed Thursday that Murphy USA gas stations began construction this week. Construction for the gas station is expected to last 10 weeks, however no projected date for opening is available.
Following a Facebook post to
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Focus on community

Posted: Saturday, Jul 19th, 2014
ROCHELLE --The Board of Trustees at Rochelle Community Hospital recently approved new mission and vision statements.
"We decided it was time to look at our mission and vision statements to see if they were still relevant as to how we run our organization, and ensure the focus was where it should be in today's healthcare climate," stated Mark J. Batty,
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Plan on family fun at festival

Posted: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Plans are under way for the 17th Annual Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival scheduled to take place on Aug. 15, 16 and 17 in downtown Rochelle. The festival provides a wholesome, fun-filled weekend for the entire Rochelle community and surrounding area. The theme this year is "Blasting Off To Family Fun." The winning entry to help us come
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Can you dig it?

Posted: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
Many petals and pedals are on display around the area for the Rochelle Garden Club's "Bikes in Bloom" contest. This resident near Flagg Road shows their "flower power" with a vibrant showcase of flowers and peace in this retro-styled theme entry. The garden club is accepting entry forms through Aug. 1. Forms can be obtained at local businesses or by
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Board members spar over insurance bid process

Posted: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
OREGON -- The Ogle County Board room was filled with citizens and employees Tuesday night as the board voted down the Finance Committee's insurance recommendation of IPMG/UCCI and instead voted to go with Query Insurance Company based out of Rochelle. The hour long discussion ended with an 11-11 tie, which is considered a defeat and was followed with a new
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Council commits to city’s future

Posted: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, Rochelle City council committed to the city spending $50,000 to help give Rochelle a positive future.
During Monday night's city council meeting GREDCO director Jason Anderson and Rochelle Area Chamber of Commerce director presented one final time to council members asking for financial help and backing to help brand Rochelle.
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Railfan Park undergoing changes

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
ROCHELLE --Visitors to the Railfan railroad park in Rochelle have noticed some changes recently. These improvements are aimed at visually enhancing the experience of those who visit. When visitors arrive at the train park, in front of the gift shop are 50 bricks that have been put in place surrounding the landscaping. These bricks were hand-painted by area school students.
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Concert fundraiser to aid soup kitchen

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Although there have been setbacks, Carolyn Brown, whose vision for a community soup kitchen has brought her quite a ways down the road of progress, is determined to see the project through, and the latest wrench in the gears is a reminder that sometimes the cost of seeing a project through is the frustration of dealing with the
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Free swim night

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
Rochelle, The City of Rochelle is sponsoring a free family swim night at Spring Lake on Saturday, July 26 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Rochelle residents are invited to swim at no charge for the evening.
Rochelle Municipal Utilities will join First National Bank and many other community sponsors in hosting the Movie in the Park on Saturday, July 26
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Hot diggity dog

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
Nearly 7,000 hot dogs were eaten on Saturday during the 28th annual Hot Dog Day. At left, visitors line up to get hot dogs at Heights Finance, just one of many participating business. Above, one visitor at Moore's Hardware eats his free hot dog. See page 7 for more photos. (Photos by John Shank)
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RCH named ‘most wired’

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- As the nation's health care system transitions to more integrated and patient-centered care, hospitals are utilizing information technology to better connect disparate care providers, according to the 16th annual Health Care's Most Wired Survey, conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks.
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Book on St. Patrick Church history available

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
Following years of research and compilation, the history of Rochelle's St. Patrick Church is now a reality.
Father William Schuessler, of St. Patrick Church, has announced that printed copies of the book, "A History of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Rochelle, Illinois, 1856-2012," are now available to the Parish and the general public at the Parish Center on Kelley Drive.
"This
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Road work begins near Thorpe Road Monday

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
DIXON -- The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that, weather permitting, construction work on IL Route 38 west of Rochelle will begin Monday, July 14.
Martin & Company will be starting the $1.2 million project to make improvements from IL Route 38 from the west edge of Rochelle to Thorpe Road. The three and one-half mile project is
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