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Nominations being accepted for Creston's Cederholm award

Posted: Saturday, Aug 27th, 2016
CRESTON -- Creston Booster Days is rapidly approaching, and as part of the annual community celebration, nominations are being accepted for the annual Theodore Cederholm Community Service Award.
Any resident of the Creston area is eligible. This year Booster Days occurs on Sept. 17 and 18.
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Veteran Halsne reflects on time in Vietnam

Posted: Saturday, Aug 27th, 2016
The draft. That term could be applied to football or window salesman lingo. But back in the 1960s, for Rochelle resident Butch Halsne it meant something entirely different -- the beginning of his service in the Army during the Vietnam War.
The war, which lasted about 20 years, was the longest war in U.S. history. Many were drafted into
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Christensen resigns park district post

Posted: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District board president Roger Bunger announced that executive director Eric Christensen resigned his position on Thursday, Aug. 25.
Christensen has served in his post since March 2012.
"The board has accepted Eric's resignation and would like to thank him for his years of dedication and service to the park district," Bunger said in a statement
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Demolition Day at Sunset

Modified: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- A crowd gathered Thursday afternoon to watch the bulldozer begin tearing down the former Sunset Liquor and Lounge. The popular lounge went out with a big celebration July 31, with hundreds of customers and community members attending a final call complete with music, laughter and reminiscing.
The site is the future home of the new Liquor 'N Wine
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Fire personnel on scene at south side company

Posted: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Fire Department personnel have been on the scene at LaGrou Distribution on South Main Street after a call came in for fire sprinklers going off at the business.
Rochelle Police are blocking off the entrance to Steam Plant Road, but some employee traffic is being allowed through as the road also services Rochelle Foods to the north
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Vehicle registration notices being mailed to drivers again

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
SPRINGFIELD -- Secretary of State Jesse White announced today that his office has reinstated the mailing of vehicle registration reminder notices to Illinois drivers. To offset the cost of the mailings, White is drafting legislation allowing his office to offer advertising space on the mailings. In addition, White is urging the public to sign-up for email notices to further reduce
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Quite Zone rail crossing work still ongoing

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Railroad Quiet Zone project is chugging along, and a recent inspection determined an adjustment is needed at one crossing.
"The Federal Railroad Administration performed an inspection, with city staff and its consulting engineer, of the completed supplementary safety measures at each crossing," said city engineer Sam Tesreau. "One location was determined to be insufficient and
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New downtown Rochelle Hay Day event set for Oct. 15

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- It's going to be a Hay Day in downtown Rochelle on Sat. Oct. 15.
The City of Rochelle has announced its newest event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Lincoln Highway and throughout the downtown.
This family-friendly, fall event will feature a petting zoo, giant inflatables, and more. Kids will have the
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A collision into the future

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016
A collision during a basketball game has lead Rochelle Township High School junior Hannah Cruz on a journey neither her nor her parents expected.
After the serious collision at the age of 12, Cruz suffered severe spasms in her arm 24/7 that would intensify when she tried to use her right arm. That rare injury lead to doctors visits
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Make a dent, make a difference

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- It was a great turnout for Key Club's fundraiser Sunday as people paid to help smash a car. Proceeds from the event are going to the Eliminate Project, which is an effort at eliminating Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus in developing countries. Dennis Swinton, Kiwanis Golden K member said the event raised over $150. "What an awesome day. They
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City looking at plant to remove radium from well

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The City of Rochelle is moving forward with plans to design a radium removal plant near the high school, although two samplings tested so far have fallen below the maximum contaminant levels (MCL).
The design for the treatment plant is necessary as outlined in the compliance commitment agreement entered with the state. In the event the continued sampling
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Sight problems don't stop local boys from making impact

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Two Rochelle Township High School students have raised the "bar" to help local VFW Post 3878 in Rochelle with their roof replacement project.
Mark Pearson and Anthony Chavez, both visually impaired students, presented a check for $1,500 to VFW members Friday afternoon from the sales of their Braille Bar.
The high school students, with assistance from friends created
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Bridge dedication

Posted: Saturday, Aug 20th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District, the Rochelle Township High School Interact Club and the Rochelle Rotary Club are hosting a dedication ceremony for the new bridges at Skare Park on Sunday, Aug. 21 at 3 p.m. at the east bridge along the green trail.
The public is welcome and encouraged to park at the walk-in entrance along South
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Consolidation study results to be presented

Posted: Saturday, Aug 20th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- There will be a public meeting and presentation regarding a consolidation feasibility study held on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Rochelle Township High School gymnasium. 
A consolidation feasibility study has been completed involving Rochelle Elementary School District, Rochelle Township High School, Eswood School District and Kings School District. The study was completed by Midwest School
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Jail referendum?

Posted: Saturday, Aug 20th, 2016
County board decides against putting jail project up for public vote due to lack of information on proposed new building

OREGON, The Ogle County Board approved spending $15,000 in the next part of its study of a new jail, but only after discussion of having the public vote on the idea.
During the public comment section of their meeting
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A support system for parents

Posted: Saturday, Aug 20th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Starting as a support system for parents of special needs children, the Rochelle Special Needs Parent Group has evolved into so much more.
Christine Wengelewski has been a member for over five years and now leads the group along with Kelly Wakefield. For an hour and a half each month parents get the chance to share ideas and
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Great news for Midnight Voices

Posted: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Last month the Rochelle Township High School vocal jazz ensemble, Midnight Voices, received an invitation to perform at the 8th Annual Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference January 4-7 in New Orleans.
Chosen from hundreds of other high school groups worldwide, the invitation is an achievement in itself. Cory Jones, choral director at RTHS said the group plans
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Pool in need of new filter system

Posted: Thursday, Aug 18th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Spring Lake swimming pool is one of the more popular summer recreation venues in town, but it also comes with a high price tag to operate and maintain.
That topic was one of the main discussions at Monday night's Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District meeting after park superintendent Don Elliott informed the board that a new pool filter system
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Festival kicks-off Friday

Posted: Thursday, Aug 18th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The 19th Annual Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival kicks-off at 4 p.m. Friday in downtown Rochelle. The festival provides a wholesome, fun-filled weekend for the entire Rochelle Community and surrounding area. The theme this year is "Super Hero Adventure."
Throughout the weekend there will be plenty of food, games and entertainment for families to enjoy. There will be carnival
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Who wants to smash a car?

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 17th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Township High School's Key Club would like to have a smashing good time at their fundraiser Sunday, and the public is invited to join in on the fun all the while raising money for a good cause.
For a small contribution people can take a swing, literally, at smashing a car. All donations will be going to
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