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All about music

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- For Josh Duval, it's all about music.
The Rochelle Township High School graduate always knew he wanted to pursue a music career, even aspiring to become a minister of music in a church some day.
Along with choir and playing the trombone in band during high school, Duval has been a member of the Kantorei boys' choir in

Stillman teen pleads guilty to reckless homicide in fatal accident case

Modified: Friday, May 27th, 2016
OREGON -- The Stillman Valley teen, who was driving the car involved in a crash last summer that killed a passenger in her vehicle and another driver, was sentenced Thursday to probation and community service after she pled guilty in juvenile court to reckless homicide.
Alison Seiler, 18, was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and will be on

Rally in support of power plant draws big crowd

Posted: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
SPRINGFIELD, Amid chants of "Save Our Plants" and "Vote Yes," more than 1,500 people crowded into the rotunda at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield on Tuesday, while more than 500 waited outside, unable to get in due to capacity limits.
The crowd was gathered to show legislators support for the Next Generation Energy Plan (NGEP), a comprehensive proposal to

Bike path resurfacing may be delayed a year

Posted: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Earlier this year, Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District director Eric Christensen introduced plans to begin a multi-year resurfacing program on the current bike path, but now the start of that project may be pushed back until 2017.
Christensen and local engineer Shawn Ortgiesen laid out a plan several months ago that addressed several areas of the 10-year-old bike path

Emergency operations plan approved

Posted: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle City Council passed an ordinance adopting an emergency operations plan that outlines procedures to be implemented in the event of a disaster. The plan also gives recommendations for evacuations or hazardous materials spills.
Terry Inman, emergency management coordinator, restructured the city's plan from 2007 to ensure procedures outlined by Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management

Day of remembrance

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Observed on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day for many is a time for parades and cookouts or a three-day weekend. More importantly, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for men and women who have died while serving in the United States military.
Keeping with tradition the American Legion Post 403 in Rochelle is giving complimentary

Traffic being re-routed due to accident on I-88

Modified: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- A Dixon man was killed after an accident Monday afternoon on I-88 shortly after 3 p.m.
A preliminary investigation into the accident has revealed a white Mack dump truck was in the construction zone on I-88 eastbound at milepost 76, backing up, when it ran over another construction zone worker, Robert G. Schwarz, 43, of Dixon, causing

Ohlinger receives 2016 Kish’s Roberts Award

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
MALTA -- Kishwaukee College named Richard Ohlinger, of Rochelle, as the recipient of the 2016 John C. Roberts Community Service Award. The Award was given to the Ohlinger during Commencement Ceremonies at Kishwaukee College on May 21.
The John C. Roberts Community Service Award was established in 2009 to recognize the importance of community members in the success of

Hub Theater deal between Rochelle City Council and McCarty is over

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- By a narrow margin, Rochelle City Council members voted to rescind the development agreement with McCarty Technologies, Inc. (MTI).
During the discussion before the vote, it was divulged that there is a prospective investor for the Hub Theater, prompting council to enter into executive session.
Following the 30-minute closed session, the tally came in at 4-3, with

The Walking Classroom

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016
In most classrooms students who are wearing earphones get in trouble and are told to take them out. After school, during the HUB Project third through eighth grade students were encouraged to wear their ear buds.
While the students were encourage to wear ear buds, they were not jamming out to music but instead participating in The Walking Classroom.

City officials, developer comment about Hub theater situation

Posted: Saturday, May 21st, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Following Thursday night's revelation that the Hub Theater renovation project has stalled and city staff is planning to rescind the development agreement with developer McCarty Technologies, Inc., several city officials and Mike McCarty have commented on the situation.
City manager David Plyman released the agenda for Monday night's Rochelle City Council meeting, and one of the action items

County SWAT drills held

Posted: Saturday, May 21st, 2016
OREGON -- On May 17, during EMS Week, the SwedishAmerican EMS group participated in the Ogle County Sheriff Department's SWAT Team drill. The event was led by Ogle County Sherriff Brian VanVickle and also included members of the SWAT Medic Team, which include emergency medicine physicians Dr. Jon Strotkamp and Dr. John Underwood along with a few others from

Hub Theater renovations stall, city may take control of buildings

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- It appears the Hub Theater renovation project has stalled, and the historic but deteriorating downtown Rochelle building may be in the hands of the city for the time being.
Based on the agenda for this Monday's upcoming Rochelle City Council meeting that city manager David Plyman released on Thursday afternoon, city staff and developer McCarty Technologies, Inc. seem

Thomas recognized for agriculture work

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Monsanto has been a longtime supporter of the National FFA Organization. 2016 is the 69th year of its DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award which showcases the abilities of outstanding agriculture students.
The award is presented annually to the FFA chapter student who exemplifies accomplishment in scholarship, commitment and work ethic nominated by the FFA Advisor.

New driver’s license process

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that his office is upgrading security features to the Driver's License/ID card design and expanding the central issuance process for driver's licenses and ID cards to all applicants.
With implementation of these changes, Illinois has moved closer to achieving full REAL ID compliance, which is a federal mandate of the

Are you financially fit?

Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Statistics show the average household credit card debt is over $15,000 with an average interest rate of nearly 15 percent. While most people realize the importance of incorporating physical fitness in their everyday lives, many struggle with financial fitness.
Starting this Thursday, May 19, Rochelle community members can attend a series of six weekly one-hour evening classes

Union contract finally settled

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- After more than a year without a contract in place, Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District union employees and the board agreed to a new five-year contract.
The agreement, which was approved by the park board on Monday night, is retroactive to last March 2015 and runs through April 2020.

Tax documents mailed out

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
OREGON -- Ogle County Collector John Coffman reports that his office mailed property tax bills on May 13.
The first installment will be due on June 17, with the second installment due on Sept. 2. This single document will contain tax information and payment coupons for both installments. Therefore, property owners need to save this bill as no additional notice

RTHS Interact and U.S. Postal Service Stamp out Hunger

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Every second Saturday in May (this year it was this past Saturday), letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive. It is the largest one-day food drive in the nation!
The Interact team met at

Park board votes to give teens money for second Skare Park bridge

Modified: Monday, May 16th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- In a unanimous 6-0 vote at the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District board meeting Monday night, commissioners approved the contribution of $5,000 to help the Rochelle Township High School Interact Club reach its goal of $21,500 to build two new bridges at Skare Park.
Through fundraising efforts the Rotary sponsored group raised $16,500 toward the project, but came up

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