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Who will be Mr. Hub 2015?

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Township High School Student Council will present its fourth annual Mr. Hub Fundraising Pageant on Wednesday, Feb. 25. The evening includes a question and answer segment, a talent segment, a formalwear segment and an opening number, historically a dance number. The winner will be determined based on an audience choice vote as well as contestant fundraising goals.
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Brand Rochelle

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The City of Rochelle will soon undergo a transformation and the public is invited to be a part of the community branding process. A brand is the perception people everywhere have of Rochelle and it is the promise that Rochelle will deliver on that perception when they arrive as a visitor, potential resident or to establish a business.
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Students to see new testing

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Starting this school year, Illinois public schools will administer new assessments created through the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. These on-line assessments, which are aligned to Common Core standards, replace both the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) and the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE).
Locally, Rochelle Township High School District and Rochelle Elementary
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Bus garage project gets approved

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- On Thursday evening, the Rochelle Township High School board members voted to approve the proposed bus facility project. Plans include demolishing the south building, constructing a new facility in its place, and renovating the north building.
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Governor Rauner visits Rochelle plant

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
Just one day after delivering a speech on his budget plan to help Illinois begin cutting its large deficit, new Governor Bruce Rauner toured the Hormel Foods plant in Rochelle and spoke to the workers of the plant for a few minutes Thursday morning. Rauner spoke to employees about keeping businesses in the state thriving and providing good jobs for
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Gas company resuming work at former Rochelle manufactured plant site

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Beginning Monday, Feb. 23, Nicor Gas will resume activities on an environmental project at the Nicor Gas property located in the 200 block of Second Avenue in Rochelle. A former manufactured gas plant (MGP) operated at this location between 1906 and 1947. The project is being conducted in cooperation with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency through its voluntary
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Positive Impact

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
This past Wednesday, Bob Jackson, Dewey Yeager and Ahmed Rifai gathered around a table and enjoy a little conversation and fellowship at the Kishwaukee Family YMCA in Sycamore.
The DeKalb seniors typically congregate and socialize several days a week after they complete some routines on the walking track, on the fitness equipment or in an exercise class of their liking.
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Board vacancy filled

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
OREGON -- The Ogle County Board appointed Ricky Fritz of Monroe Center to fill Dick Petrizzo's District 1 Board seat at the board's Tuesday night meeting. Petrizzo, a Republican, resigned his position due to personal reasons, last month.
Board members interviewed six applicants for the position. The two remaining District 1 board members -- Zach Oltmanns and Nick Bolin
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Expect delay in refunds

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Illinois residents are seeing delays in receiving their state tax refunds this year as the result of new security measures aimed at deterring identify theft are implemented.
Locally, Jaime Salazar, President/Accountant at Computax of Rochelle said that until just recently, the Illinois Department of Revenue was not accepting tax returns for over two weeks.
Salazar says that
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It’s a match!

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
Every four minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. Yet, 70 percent of patients do not have a matching marrow donor in their family. These patients and their families depend on the "Be The Match" registry for a life-saving donor.
Local resident Ashley Gerry, 18, received the call that she is a match
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Car fire blocks Carrie Avenue

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- 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
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Governor visits Hormel plant in Rochelle

Posted: Thursday, Feb 19th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Just one day after delivering a speech on his budget plan to help Illinois begin cutting its large deficit, new Governor Bruce Rauner toured the Hormel Foods plant in Rochelle and spoke to the workers of the plant for a few minutes this morning.
A video of Rauner's address at the plant will be available soon on the
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A walk down memory lane

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
The year is 1946. Average cost of a new house is approximately $5,000, the average cost of a new car is approximately $1,000 and gas costs $0.15 per gallon. Although plenty has changed since then, the popularity of sports hasn't. Local resident Jim Peters took a walk down memory lane recently, back to the year when he and a group
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Steward Road closed for railroad repair

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
STEWARD -- The Lee County Highway Department will be closing Steward Road from Perry Road to the Ogle County Line to through traffic on Feb. 17 and 18.
This will allow the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad to perform track maintenance work at the crossing of their rail line and Steward Road. Traffic will not be allowed over the crossing
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Bike path work set to begin

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- If all goes as planned, users of the Rochelle bike path will have a new route to enjoy later this year.
Thanks to an Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program grant, the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District will be receiving nearly $600,000 toward a bike path extension from 20th Street west to Beebe Drive in the Highland Estates subdivision.
Shawn Ortgiesen,
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Spectacular turn-out

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
The Kiwanis Golden K Pancake Day drew large crowds this past Saturday at Hicks Hall. The annual event is part of a fundraising tradition to help many community organizations. Hugh McDermitt of the Kiwanis said the tremendous outpouring of support was evident from the lines of people waiting to enter. "For over two hours, they were lined up to the
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Musical evening

Posted: Sunday, Feb 15th, 2015
On Thursday evening, students from the Rochelle Middle School, Steward, Eswood, Creston and Kings band and choir along with RTHS freshmen band students and choral students performed a concert in the RTHS gym. The students rehearsed in the afternoon to prepare for the concert, which is done once a year. Pictured above, Cory Jones directs the choir students, and at
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Valentine’s Day rush

Posted: Sunday, Feb 15th, 2015
Employees at Colonial Flowers were busy preparing for Valentine's Day on Friday. Many bouquets of flowers along with chocolates and gifts were being delivered to area residents. Owner Naomi Baldwin stated that in the past when the holiday fell over a weekend, it wasn't usually this busy. But this year has turned out well for business. "I'm really pleased," stated
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Focus on Hillcrest resident needs

Posted: Sunday, Feb 15th, 2015
HILLCREST -- Several items were discussed during the monthly board meeting in the Village of Hillcrest. Village president Kim Whalen announced that resurfacing on IL Route 251 is scheduled to begin during the summer. The proposed improvements will be at Flagg Road north to the Ogle County border with Winnebago County.
Also during the administration report, Whalen proposed an idea
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Challenge helps support local shelter

Posted: Friday, Feb 13th, 2015
The Rochelle Moose Lodge donated over 500 various canned and boxed foods to the Rochelle Area Community Emergency Shelter (RACES) on Wednesday morning. The large food donation was the result of a challenge, now for the fourth year, between the women and the men members of the moose. The WOTM (Women of the Moose) won this year's challenge by collecting
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Village sewer ordinance adopted

Posted: Friday, Feb 13th, 2015
HILLCREST -- The Village of Hillcrest approved a motion to adopt a sewer ordinance at the monthly board meeting on Wednesday evening. Key issues to the ordinance were the fees stemming from the IEPA loan and the residents' requirement to connect to the sewer once the system is operational. Village president Kim Whalen discussed the ordinance revisions.
"As was discussed,
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RMU awarded by APPA

Posted: Friday, Feb 13th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- American Public Power Association (APPA) has awarded Rochelle Municipal Utilities' (RMU) Electrical Department the Platinum RP3 designation. This recognition places Rochelle among an elite group of municipal power utilities.
The RP3 (Reliable Public Power Provider) program recognizes utilities that demonstrate high proficiency in reliability, safety, work force development and system improvement. Criteria within each of the four RP3
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School district looking at teacher cuts

Posted: Friday, Feb 13th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- As the Rochelle Elementary School District heads toward potential teacher cuts, the school board held a public hearing Tuesday to gauge community sentiment on the issue.
The Rochelle Elementary Education Association issued a statement at the meeting, acknowledging the financial constraints put on the district at the state level, but warning of the effects that come as a
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