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Ashton Lions Club to hold pancake and sausage breakfast

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
ASHTON -- The Ashton Lions Club will host a pancake and whole hog sausage breakfast from 7 a.m., noon on Sunday, March 15 at the Mills and Petrie Building.
All proceeds will go towards maintenance and upkeep on the Ashton Lions Center.
The whole hog sausage is made from a hog that is locally raised and organically fed by Mike
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Ashton 150 group seeks photos for Ashton history book

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
ASHTON -- The Ashton 150 Committee would like to borrow your pictures of Ashton's history. They are gathering information and pictures for a book of Ashton's history in honor of the 150th celebration.
Do you have any old pictures that would help tell the story of Ashton? If you have photos that you would like to be considered for the
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Kings School hosts science fair

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
KINGS -- The fourth through eighth grade students of Kings School held their annual Science Fair on Feb. 20. First, second and third place winners were selected in each grade based on overall appearance of their display boards, knowledge of their projects, grade level understanding of the scientific method, and demonstrated learning from the experience. In addition, two awards were
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A winter warrior

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
Local sculpture Fran Volz puts the finishing touch on his Viking sculpture on Seventh Avenue. Volz was first noticed in the community last winter when he sculpted a polar bear outside an apartment complex on Seventh Avenue. While most residents are wishing the snow away and ready for spring, Volz is taking advantage of the late winter snowfall and creating
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Whittling through Cub Scouts

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
ROCHELLE,, Boys in Cub Scouts Pack #553 Bear Den learned knife safety at their February meeting. The third grade boys earned their whittling chip card and badge for their carving participation.
The boys carved a variety of shapes out of the soap block including dishes, a house and a moon.
The objective of the Cub Scout Award is to
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Franklin Grove builders awarded

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
FRANKLIN GROVE,, Rural Renovators, of Franklin Grove, has been honored with the National Frame Builders Association Award for 2014 Building of Year.
This award is presented annually and was received at the 2015 NFBA Exposition held in Louisville, Ky. Feb. 18 through Feb. 20. Rural Renovators competed among nationally recognized industry professionals throughout the United States.
This
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RTHS Band Pops Concert this week

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
ROCHELLE,, The RTHS winter concert series continues Thursday, Feb. 26 with the Band Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. Band Director Ron Duval said doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for the 7:30 show. 
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens.
The Indoor Guard will open the show with a performance to John Mellencamp's salute
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Opportunities to give the gift of life

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
ROCHELLE,, Rock River Valley Blood Center has teamed up with local organizations to host blood drives in Rochelle.
On Thursday, Feb. 26, the mobile blood drive will be at Rochelle Community Hospital, 900 North Second Street, from noon to 6 p.m. St. Patrick Catholic Church, 244 Kelley Drive, will host a blood drive on Monday, March 2 from 1
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The changing art of war during WWI

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
ROCHELLE,, Paul Strietelmeier spent about 50 minutes teaching a little French with history to his fiancé Katie Wessell's AP European History class on Thursday.
Strietelmeier holds his undergraduate degree from Valparaiso University and postgraduate degree in history from North Texas University. He has worked as a teacher assistant in various European courses at Texas A & M., has completed
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Chana church getting ready for annual supper

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
Chana, The public is invited to the Chana United Methodist Church annual chicken-noodle and lasagna supper serving from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14.
They will serve homemade noodles with chicken, lasagna, rolls, salads and cheesecake.
Tickets for the supper are $8 in advance for adults and $5 for children 6 to 12 years. Tickets at the door
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Peters celebrating 90th

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Norma Peters will be celebrating her 90th birthday on March 2.
A celebration will be held on Sunday, March 1 from 10 to noon at the First Presbyterian Church. Please join us for cake and coffee.
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Ogle farmer directs funds to Stillman Valley FFA

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
The Stillman Valley FFA has received a $2,500 donation from Ogle County farmer Brenda Adams and America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The donation will help the organization support the students' supervised agricultural experience projects like the restoration of Indian Hill Farm and Manor.
According to FFA Advisor Jay Williams, the chapter lacks production agriculture students
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Celebration

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
KishHealth hosted a Rochelle Chamber of Commerce Coffee before Business networking event and celebrated the opening of its cancer center at the Rochelle Clinic with a ribbon cutting on Feb. 12. Officials representing the chamber and the clinic were in attendance. (Photo submitted)
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Dancing to the beat of love

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
On Friday, Feb. 13, more than 60 HUB Project students and parents came out to Lincoln School for a Family Valentine's Dance. It was a wonderful night of dancing, singing, and enjoying some yummy desserts with each other's families! (Photos submitted)
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Leaders under construction

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
Last week 33 RTHS students joined thousands of others from all over Illinois, Indiana and Nebraska at the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute Midwest Conference in Chicago's Sheraton Hotel.
Created three decades ago by Dr. Juan Andrade Jr., the Hispanic Student Leadership Conference is designed to motivate students to improve their academic performance; to graduate and pursue some
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Exelon provides emergency brochures to residents

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
BYRON , Exelon Generation mailed nearly 20,000 public information emergency planning brochures to residents and businesses within 10 miles of Byron Generating Station.
 Federal law requires nuclear operating companies to develop emergency response plans for their nuclear energy facilities and to ensure evacuation plans are in place in the highly unlikely event of an emergency. State and county agencies often
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Appraisals offered at Oregon Antique Show

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
OREGON -- Roland & Doug Munda are no strangers to the Oregon area, as they have offered expert antique appraisals for the Woman's Club Annual Antique Show for the past nine years. This year they will be available on Sunday, March 29, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. to meet with you.
Roland was introduced to the world
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Headlocks for Heng to be held in Ashton

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
ASHTON ­ -- Pro Wrestling returns to the Mills and Petrie Memorial Library and Gymnasium (704 N. 1st ave.) on Feb. 28 at 7 pm. 
The event will be a benefit for Ashton - Franklin Center senior Matt Heng, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. 
The program has been organized by MWA Pro Wrestling and is sponsored by
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Rochelle Township High School FFA Code of Conduct

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
People are always observing you. As a member in our organization, you are representing our chapter at all times. Your actions while wearing the FFA Jacket or representing the organization becomes a part of the organization's image. To keep the image of the FFA and its members sharp, the delegates at the 1952 National FFA Convention adopted a Code of
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Car fire

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
A car fire in a driveway of a small apartment complex in the 1000 block of Carrie Avenue blocked the roadway for a short time Friday morning as firefighters put out the fully engulfed blaze. The fire was extinguished and fortunately did not spread to the building, but some outside brick was singed and vehicle's hood was completely burned up.
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Local student does well at competition

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
STERLING -- A team of middle school Mathletes® from Byron Middle School won the local MATHCOUNTS competition hosted by the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers and Sauk Valley Community College.  Members of the winning team are:  Brock Wilson, Morgan Jackson, Blake Eder, and Zach Lenz coached by Dr. Jackie Devries.  The team will now advance to the State Competition, to
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Chana Education Center to host community blood drive

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
CHANA -- The Chana Education Center will hosts a Community Blood Drive on Friday, Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. - 1 pm. at the Chana Education Center, 204 Main Street, in Chana.
By hosting a blood drive, Chana Education Center is helping to save lives in our community. For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please
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Quinn’s Jewelers

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
Quinn's Jewelers has been serving the community's jewelry needs and more for over 50 years. Located downtown Rochelle Marvin and Sheila have always kept the customers wants and needs as a priority.
Quinn's Jewelry is one of the few remaining mom and pop jewelry stores in the area, as many others are losing business to big box jewelry stores.
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Teaching students how to take the “LEAD”

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
ROCHELLE,, Students in the HUB Project at Rochelle Middle School are learning social skills and methods to say "no" to peer pressure and temptations outside of the classroom.
Jodee Craven, manager for the HUB Project, has teamed up with Lutheran Social Services of Illinois to offer Project LEAD to sixth and seventh grade students.
"Project LEAD is a
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Safety tips for bitterly cold temperatures

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
CHICAGO, Dangerously low temperatures and bitterly cold wind chills continue to be in the forecast for much of the Midwest this week. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants individuals and families to be safe when faced with the hazards of cold temperatures.
"Whether traveling or at home, subfreezing temperatures and wind chills can be
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League to host “Where Have All the Floods Gone?” meeting

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- On Thursday, Feb. 26, the League of Women Voters will be holding an open meeting at 7 p.m. at the Kishwaukee Clinic at 450 Coronado Drive in Rochelle.
The topic of the meeting will be the floodplain and storm water management within the City of Rochelle.
City engineer Sam Tesreau will be discussing the current FEMA
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Kishwaukee College Gallery hosts Faculty Art Show

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
MALTA -- The Kishwaukee College Art Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of works by the art faculty through March 6. There will be an Artists' Reception on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from noon, 2 p.m. The Gallery hours are Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Kishwaukee College Art Gallery and the Closing Reception are free and open
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Delta Waterfowl chapter hosts fund raising for waterfowl conservation

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Help support waterfowl conservation and have a great time by attending the Delta Waterfowl Annual Waterfowl heritage Fund dinner, hosted by North Central Illinois chapter of Delta Waterfowl Foundation. This event will be held March 14 at Beacon on the Green in Rochelle. The doors open at 5 p.m. so you can enjoy social hour before you sit
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Lifeworks Photography

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
Danny and Stephanie Williams opened Lifeworks Photography Studio downtown Rochelle six years ago. Danny Williams had a passion for photography and was starting his dream when he opened the studio.
Williams explained when he first opened the studio he didn't have a direction for his photography focus and would shoot a wide range of topics. In the past six
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Can’t check this

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
On Monday afternoon many community members and kids enjoyed their day off school for President's Day by playing hockey on the community ice skating rink. Above, a group of guys matched off for a hockey game. Jackson (left) and Riley (below) Smith enjoyed shooting the hockey puck with their dad while learning the fundaments and how to skate. The
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Feeding Bellies and Souls

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
ROCHELLE,, Several Girl Scouts from troop #152 gathered at Hand in Hand on Monday evening, Feb. 9, for a program on "Feeding Bellies and Souls." While at Hand-in-Hand the Brownies Girl Scout troop assembled meals in a bag.
Brownies is composed of girls in second and third grade.
The meals in a bag contain all ingredients needed to make a
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Rochelle Tobacco riboon cutting

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
The Rochelle Area Chamber of Commerce and Rochelle Tobacco held a ribbon cutting event at the store's new location, 222 May Mart Drive. The ribbon cutting was held Jan. 20. The new location features a drive-thru window and a larger walk-in humidor. (Photo submitted)
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Illinois Forage Institute to be held in Freeport

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
FREEPORT -- The Illinois Forage Institute will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau Building, 210 W. Spring Street Freeport. The educational program, beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding at 4:30 p.m., will focus on managing hayland and pastures and utilizing forages for livestock.
The program will also include commercial exhibits focusing on
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Governor Rauner announces new head of DCFS

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
CHICAGO ­-- Governor Bruce Rauner has selected George Sheldon, 67, as the next Director of the Department of Children and Family Services. Sheldon was responsible for the turnaround of Florida's equivalent to DCFS and has been recognized nationally for his work.
Sheldon was the Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families from 2008-2011. When he began working for
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4-H Day of Dabbling workshop set

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
OREGON -- University of Illinois Extension, Ogle County is holding its annual 4-H DAY OF DABBLING on Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Church of God in Oregon. It is open to youth, ages 5 -15 years old, and will consist of 18 hands-on youth workshops. Participant may select workshops to fill each of three class periods: 9, 9:50
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4-H Day at Burpee Museum in Rockford

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
Rockford, Area 4-H youth are invited to attend a Project Workshop Day at Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford on March 7, 2015. Youth will experience the wonder and importance of natural resources, geology, dinosaurs, and natural history in the world around them. University of Illinois Extension, in partnership with Burpee Museum, will feature three workshops of hands-on activities
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3M awards stethoscopes to Kish nursing students

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
MALTA -- Five first-year nursing students at Kishwaukee College were the recipients of prestigious Littmann Stethoscopes from the Community Support Group at 3M. Jon Pruitt, Donna Engh and Jay McGee from the 3M Community Support Group were on campus on February 3 to award the stethoscopes to the students.
The nursing students who received Littmann stethoscopes are: Melanie Bouland, Steward;
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Wild Ones native woodland plant sale begins

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
ROCKFORD -- The annual Native Woodland Plant Sale, sponsored by the Rock River Valley Chapter of the national group Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes is now underway. Wild Ones is a nonprofit group which promotes environmentally sound landscape practices in order to develop and strengthen native plant and animal communities in our own backyards.
The plants offered in this
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Legion meeting

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
The bi-monthly meeting of Rochelle American Legion Post 403 was held at the Iron Skillet restaurant on Feb. 11 where a presentation was made by Chuck Roberts on the restoration of the Roberts Armory WWII Museum Higgins Boat. Pictured from left to right are Adjutant Hugh McDermitt, Sgt. of Arms Tom Villa, Treasurer Arch Millotte, Junior Vice Commander Steve Korth,
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Chana Education Center to host community blood drive to benefit the Rock River Valley Blood Center

Posted: Sunday, Feb 15th, 2015
CHANA -- The Chana Education Center will hosts a Community Blood Drive on Friday, Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. - 1 pm. at the Chana Education Center, 204 Main Street, in Chana.
By hosting a blood drive, Chana Education Center is helping to save lives in our community. For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please
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Chocoholic Frolic: The sweetest night of the year

Posted: Sunday, Feb 15th, 2015
ROCKFORD, It's almost Valentine's Day. Why not enjoy a night of sweets with your sweetie? The 8th Annual Chocoholic Frolic is Feb. 19, and tickets are still available. This evening promises to be the most spectacular chocolate event to date with a new location, more chocolate providers, and something new featuring craft beers and bottles of wine!
Chocoholic Frolic
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Clean-up Day grants available

Posted: Sunday, Feb 15th, 2015
OREGON -- The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department is once again offering grants to units of government to help fund Clean-up Days throughout the county. Clean-Up Day could allow people in your area to dispose of waste tires, appliances, and other types of waste which may not be picked up by the regular refuse collection service. This could be
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Pizza and bowling

Posted: Sunday, Feb 15th, 2015
A group of local Moose Lodge members participated in a recent club bowling event at T-byrd Lanes, including scotch doubles bowling and a pizza dinner. (Photo submitted)
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Deputies continue investigation into burglaries

Posted: Sunday, Feb 15th, 2015
OGLE COUNTY -- In continuing the investigation into the vehicle burglaries which occurred at the Stillman Valley High School on Jan. 24, Ogle County Sheriff's detectives developed suspects and suspect vehicle information.
With the assistance of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office and the Roscoe Police Department, two subjects were arrested on the night of Feb. 11 after committing vehicle burglaries
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Rockford Network of Professional Women to offer scholarship

Posted: Sunday, Feb 15th, 2015
ROCKFORD -- The Rockford Network of Professional Women is pleased to offer an educational scholarship of $2,500. Applicants need to be 23 years of age or older, living in the Greater Rockford Area and wishing to enrich their professional lives. Applicants may be a member of Rockford Network of Professional Women, but it is not a requirement. Scholarships must be
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Bowling fun

Posted: Sunday, Feb 15th, 2015
Members of the Ogle County Clovers 4-H Club and their guests took a moment to pose together before hitting the lanes for the preliminary round of this year's county bowling tournament on Jan. 25. One of the teams, consisting of Mahalia Freier and Sarah Antolik, both of Rochelle, and Jordan Mingus, Byron, will advance to the finals on Feb. 22.
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KC offers GED cost saving program in February

Posted: Sunday, Feb 15th, 2015
MALTA -- The Adult Education and Transition Program (AETP) division at Kishwaukee College is participating in a special test discount program during the month of February. Through February 28, adults can take advantage of two new special offers from GED Testing Service to help them study for and pass their GED test.
Adults studying for the GED test can take
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Registration for 4-H Camp now open

Posted: Sunday, Feb 15th, 2015
OGLE COUNTY -- Summer may still seem far off, but now is the time to prepare for it. Sign up today for 4-H Camp '15 at Camp Benson in Mt. Carroll. Register before March 4 to lock in your week at the cost of $235. After March 4 the price goes up to $250. Camp is open to
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Gummy worms

Posted: Sunday, Feb 15th, 2015
The fourth graders of Kings School had a culinary adventure of the gummy worm kind when the Ogle County 4-H Ambassadors visited their classroom on Jan. 22. (Photo submitted)
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Tri-County Opportunities Council scholarships available

Posted: Sunday, Feb 15th, 2015
ROCK FALLS -- At least 12 scholarships will be awarded by Tri-County Opportunities Council to income eligible students residing in the agency's service area. The scholarships are worth up to $1,250 and have been made available by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development through its Community Services Block Grant funds. All low-income students, racial or ethnic minorities and
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Chris Eller and Eric Arkins Qualify for Investment Centers of America’s National Conference

Posted: Sunday, Feb 15th, 2015
BISMARCK, N.D., Chris Eller and Eric Arkins will join more than 200 of their fellow representatives at the Investment Centers of America, Inc. (ICA) national educational conference in San Antonio, Texas.
The annual event, scheduled for March 11-14 at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort, will provide an opportunity for attendees to share strategies for developing effective solutions to assist
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Doughertys welcome baby boy

Posted: Sunday, Feb 15th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Kenneth R. and Marilu A. Dougherty of Rochelle are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ronin Alexander Dougherty, on Jan. 5, 2015 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb.
He weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces at birth.
Big brother, Reed Elsworth, 2-1/2, welcomed him home.
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Great spellers

Posted: Sunday, Feb 15th, 2015
The classroom winners from the Kings School Spelling Bee gathered together Jan. 26 to determine the overall winner for fourth through eighth grade. Sixth grader Celia Loeffelholz (above left) won the battle and will advance to the next level in Dixon on Feb. 19. Above right, are participants, left to right in the front row, Julian Case, Ava Lynn, Torrin
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Valentine’s party

Posted: Sunday, Feb 15th, 2015
The Flagg-Rochelle Park District held its You're Lovable to Me Valentines event for children 2-4 years old this week. Participants made Valentine boxes, frosted heart-shaped cookies, danced and read the story "You're Lovable to Me" by Kit Weh. All eight children had a very fun, fancy and creative time. (Photos submitted)
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