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Investing in infrastructure

Modified: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
Omaha, Neb., Union Pacific Railroad will strengthen Illinois' transportation infrastructure by investing $12 million in the rail line between West Chicago and Franklin Grove, Illinois. The project began October 1 and is scheduled to be completed by mid-December.
The railroad will replace nearly 39,000 concrete railroad ties and install 8,400 tons of rock ballast between Elburn and Franklin Grove.  Crews
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High school audit looks good

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Township High School Board of Education met on Monday for their regular meeting.
Brian Anderson from Wipfli went over the numbers from the audit review of the fiscal year 2014 and also gave a summary of the figures discussed at the Finance Committee meeting. The board was very pleased with the results of this years' audit.
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Budget approved

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
OREGON -- The Ogle County Board approved the 2015 fiscal year budget Tuesday night with a 22-2 vote. Total revenue for the county is $14,002,984, an increase of $258,525.05 over 2014. Expenses are $13,992,074.17, an increase over the 2014 budget of $297,008.08. Total appropriations and levies for the county total $43,731,430.17.
Voting against the budget were board members Skip Kenney
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Mayor’s race on

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle will have a contested election for mayor next spring with incumbent Chet Olson now being challenged by Aaron Brooks.
Olson announced his bid for re-election earlier this year, while Brooks filed his petition on Thursday morning.
The election will be held on April 7, unless two more mayoral candidates join the race, in which case a primary
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Mayor's race on after new candidate files

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle will have a contested election for mayor next spring with incumbent Chet Olson now being challenged by Aaron Brooks.
Olson announced his bid for re-election earlier this year, while Brooks filed his petition on Thursday morning.
Council candidates
There are three Rochelle City Council positions up for election this spring and as of Thursday morning two individuals
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Old-fashioned Christmas Walk to include bed races

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
Rochelle, Rochelle's Old Fashioned Christmas Walk events will again include the popular Bed Races. This year's Bed Race is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the 400 block of Lincoln Highway.
Businesses, organizations, families and friends are invited to form five-person teams (four pushers and one rider) to enter the Bed Race.
Teams provide their own beds
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Officials discuss sewer permit, inspection fees

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
HILLCREST -- During last Wednesday evening's meeting, board members from the Village of Hillcrest reviewed a draft ordinance pertaining to the upcoming sewer project. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) requires the ordinance be in place.
The proposed sewer installation is comprised of a $450,000 CDAP grant and a loan from the IEPA for $2.2 million, which will sewer
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Del Monte buys calendars for employees

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- What better gift to give your employees while helping the local community than a Rochelle Rotary Calendar.
Recently, Dan Lundquist of Del Monte purchased more than 130 Rochelle Rotary Cash Calendars for employees at the Rochelle plant as a holiday gift.
"This will be the second year that Del Monte Foods, Inc. has participated in the Rochelle Rotary
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Prison time for two men

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
OREGON -- Two Rochelle men entered guilty pleas in Ogle County Court last week which led to sentences in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Bartt Milligan, 45, plead guilty to the felony offense of unlawful possession with intent to deliver cocaine. Milligan was arrested in April 2013 after a traffic stop for speeding led Rochelle police to find 13 individual
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Helping treat dementia with music

Posted: Sunday, Nov 16th, 2014
Music is a big part of our lives and research suggests that music has a variety of health benefits ranging from lowering heart rate and blood pressure to reducing anxiety and easing pain.
Incorporating music into therapy, some researchers have even found dementia patients showed improvements in speech content and fluency as well as benefits to cognitive functions, social skills,
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School Avenue bridge re-opened

Posted: Sunday, Nov 16th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- City of Rochelle officials ceremoniously re-opened the School Avenue bridge Friday afternoon, just in time to allow after school traffic from the nearby schools to pass through.
The bridge over the Kyte Creek had been closed for extensive repairs since late last spring. The new bridge is wider and boasts a walking path on each side, complete with
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Another dog attack in Hillcrest

Posted: Sunday, Nov 16th, 2014
HILLCREST -- Hillcrest Village officials learned of another dog attack in the village. During the public comment session of Wednesday's board meeting, village resident Pam Pittman told the board that her daughter's Pomeranian dog was attacked and killed by a pit bull in the village on Nov. 6.
The pit bull also allegedly attacked and injured another dog, causing
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Judge orders body be exhumed

Posted: Sunday, Nov 16th, 2014
OREGON -- Mike Arians, former mayor of Oregon, believes exhuming the body of a Rockford man may result in new evidence in the decades old murder of 17-year-old Mary Jane Reed of Oregon and 28-year-old Stanley Skridla of Rockford. The two were last seen on a date before their bodies were found. They both died from gunshot wounds in June
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Thanksgiving Food Drive

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Newstalk 1060 WRHL and 102.3 The Coyote and Anderson Plumbing and Heating of Rochelle along with many community minded businesses present the 9th Annual Two Ton Thanksgiving Food Drive on Thursday, Nov. 20 at Anderson Plumbing and Heating in Rochelle. All food and money collected will be donated to the Rochelle Christian Food Pantry.
"We
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Plans made for Christmas walk

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
ROCHELLE, Downtown Rochelle will be bustling with activity the first weekend in December for the Old Fashioned Christmas Walk.
The event has grown to include events Dec. 5 and 6. Many downtown stores will be open until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5.
Friday, Dec. 5
Horse and Carriage rides are returning to the Old Fashioned Christmas
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Two clinics closing

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
ROCHELLE --The Administration and Board of Trustees at Rochelle Community Hospital have announced plans to close the Ashton Family Health Center and the FastCare Clinic located inside Walmart after the first of the new year.
"This is a very difficult decision. Despite our desire and commitment to sustain these clinics, we have determined that we are unable to keep them
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Traffic signal bid rejected

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- In a unanimous vote, the Rochelle City Council rejected Monday night the only bid received for the traffic signal upgrade at the intersection of Lincoln Highway and IL Route 38. The bid of more than $96,000 was found to be 53 percent higher than the estimated $63,000 by Fehr Graham and Associates. City manager David Plyman presented the
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Chili Day

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 12th, 2014
The Kiwanis Golden K hosted its annual Chili Day this past Saturday at Hicks Hall. The fundraiser was started 28 years ago in 1986, and all monies collected through club fundraising are returned to various organizations in the area. The RTHS Key Club held a bake sale during the event. Pictured, at left, many people enjoy Chili Day. Above, several
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Benefit planned for Nov. 22 to support ‘Team Hailey’

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 12th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Small town community members are known for their big hearts and rallying in a time of need.
Friends and family of Hailey Anderson, 13, of Steward, are coming together in a show of support with a benefit dinner to be held on Nov. 22. The benefit is planned to help with Anderson's medical and financial costs during her
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Honoring Veterans

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 12th, 2014
Rochelle Township High School hosted a Veteran's Day breakfast Tuesday morning in the school's commons. Above, Rochelle Mayor Chet Olson visits with a table of veterans. At left, former RTHS science teacher Richard Schutte and former principal Harold Kissack attended the breakfast. (Photos by Lori Tepinski)
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Tree Festival proceeds to help local group

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 12th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- The City of Rochelle is excited to announce the ninth Annual Christmas Tree Festival. All proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Rochelle Community Action Network (C.A.N.). The festival will feature table top Christmas trees, gift baskets, holiday wreaths and swags, centerpieces and more.
The festival will be held Dec. 1 - 5 throughout city hall. The
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