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Hub City Cruisers donate to FOCUS House

Posted: Saturday, Oct 22nd, 2016
Rochelle -- The Hub City Cruisers, a family oriented car club based in Rochelle, presented a donation of $450 to the Foundation for Focus House recently.
The foundation plans to use these funds toward their land acquisition goal. This purchase will allow for additional on-site residential facilities at the Focus House campus. Accomplishing this will greatly contribute to the

Funding delays put local transit program in jeopardy

Posted: Saturday, Oct 22nd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Delays in payments from the State of Illinois have caused the shutdown of a western Illinois transit system and threaten to shut down others over the next several weeks, including the Lee-Ogle Transportation System.
More than $156 million is owed by the State to the Downstate Public Transportation Fund, which accounts for transfers that have been directed monthly

Ogle County Sheriff releases information on Byron fire

Posted: Friday, Oct 21st, 2016
OREGON -- Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle released a statement on the fatal fire in Byron:
10/19/2016 at 6:32 a.m. Byron Fire Protection District, Byron Police Department and Ogle County Sheriff's Office personnel responded to a report of smoke in a residence at 2020 Silverthorn St. Byron, IL. First responders located a 3 year-old male, later identified as Amos

Two dead after Byron house fire

Modified: Thursday, Oct 20th, 2016
BYRON, A woman and a small child died in an early morning house fire in Byron on Oct. 19.
Byron Fire Chief Galen Bennett said the fire is under investigation, and the cause has not been determined. He did not know the age of the woman who died, but said the boy was between the ages of 3 and 4.

Hurricane Matthew makes impact on island of Haiti

Posted: Thursday, Oct 20th, 2016
It was supposed to be a routine trip to Haiti for Ed and Ann Rice but hurricane Matthew made it anything but routine, and even though the storm is long gone certain areas of the island are still dealing with the devastation.
The Rices work with Three Angels Children's Relief in an area outside of Port-au-Prince called Petion-Ville, and the

County leaders get glimpse of proposed jail facility

Posted: Thursday, Oct 20th, 2016
OREGON, The Ogle County Board saw renderings of what a proposed new jail just west of the ogle County Judicial Center on 5th Street would look like.
This was an informational presentation only at the Oct. 18 meeting, and the board took no action.
Jeff Goodale, vice president and director of justice for HOK of Chicago, presented the renderings to

Teal is the new orange

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 19th, 2016
ROCHELLE,, Fall: A season filled with shades of orange, red and yellow as leaves change colors and pumpkins decorate porches. Another color is popping up on porches this Halloween season as families want to make trick-or-treating a safe experience for all kids.
A teal pumpkin placed outside on a porch lets families and trick-or-treaters know that house has a

Rochelle history plays part in restaurant name

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 18th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- When John and Chawn Scanlon purchased the restaurant property next to the Fairways Golf Course, they both knew the name had to reflect something different from its former identity. That's when the name Salt 7 came into focus.
Originating partly from a contest, Maddi Friday, submitted the name Salt. The Scanlons added the number "7" to reflect the

Applications being accepted for park board spot

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 18th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Applications are currently available at the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District office for individuals interested in filling the vacant park board position.
The forms give applicants the opportunity to share their background and qualifications, as well as explain why they want to serve on the park board. The applications may be picked up and returned to the park district

Vaughn joins foundation board

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 18th, 2016
Rochelle, The Rochelle Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Trisha Vaughn to its board of directors.
A Rochelle native and Rochelle Township High School graduate, Vaughn received her B.S. at Bradley University followed by a D.V.M. degree from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and a J.D. degree from Northern Illinois University College of

New downtown Rochelle partnerships branded as historic

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 18th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Chamber of Commerce, Rochelle Downtown Association and the City of Rochelle recently gathered at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Lincoln Highway to cut a ceremonial ribbon signifying a new partnership committed to rejuvenate downtown shopping, dining, and service opportunities for the community. A variety of merchants, city officials, chamber leaders and members participated in the

Third arrest made in home invasion case

Posted: Saturday, Oct 15th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- A third arrest was made Thursday in a home invasion that took place Monday evening in the "Hub City."
Rochelle police arrested Conor Smith, 18, of Hillcrest, for his involvement in the home invasion. Smith was transported to Ogle County Jail and is being charged with home invasion - a Class X felony, robbery - a Class

Three appointed to foundation board

Posted: Saturday, Oct 15th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Three new members were appointed to the David Crawford Foundation Board of Directors by the Rochelle Elementary School Board of Education at its monthly board meeting at Rochelle Middle School on Tuesday.
The board meeting also included discussion of its annual financial audit, PARCC test score analysis and approval of contract for evaluator Sue Haney for the district's

New rail route raising more concerns

Posted: Saturday, Oct 15th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Last month Great Lakes Basin Transportation company officials submitted a revised preferred route for its proposed new alternate rail shipping line from Milton, Wisc., through northern Illinois and into Indiana.
And although some area property owners are no longer in its path, the altered alignment has a new set of landowners concerned.
In Ogle County, the new route

Stolen grill makes its way back home

Posted: Friday, Oct 14th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Jeremy Hicks had been looking for a particular type of smoker grill for his business, Hicks BBQ, so when he found it for sale, the drive to Chicago was well worth it. What Hicks didn't know, was that the smoker was stolen property. Although in the end it was returned to the rightful owner, for that brief week

Third arrest made in Monday home invasion

Modified: Thursday, Oct 13th, 2016
Rochelle Police made a third arrest in a home invasion that took place Monday evening in the "Hub City".
Police arrested Conor Smith, 18, of Rochelle, Thursday afternoon for his alleged involvement in a home invasion on the city's south side.
The two other suspects, Keegan Akers, 21, and Besim Ajvazi, 21, were arrested Tuesday following a traffic stop

Hillcrest sales tax vote blocked by state

Posted: Thursday, Oct 13th, 2016
HILLCREST -- Village of Hillcrest residents will be seeing a duplicate sales tax referendum come April. Due to the wording written on the referendum in March, the Illinois Dept. of Revenue said the ordinance reflecting the sales tax increase can't be enforced.
"In order to get the sales tax initiated, we would have to have a separate referendum to

Former Ogle County Sheriff being charged with two counts of felony theft

Modified: Thursday, Oct 13th, 2016
OREGON -- Former Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn is being charged with two counts of felony theft.
Special prosecutor Dave Neal, of the Illinois State's Attorneys Office, made the announcement on Wednesday, adding the charges were a result of a nearly two-year investigation.
In a complaint filed Wednesday in Ogle County Court, both felony offenses were allegedly committed between

Beauty in the hay stack

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 12th, 2016
From bales of hay to works of art, Rochelle is now home to the first ever U.S. National straw sculpture competition. Seven artists from Rochelle and all the way to Wisconsin created sculptures with local farm hay. The sculptures are currently on display at Rochelle Township High School and will remain on display through Nov. 1. In conjunction with

One taken to hospital after early morning Oregon apartment fire

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 12th, 2016
OREGON, An early morning fire at an apartment building has sent one person to the hospital.

Oregon Fire Capt. Randy Travis said this morning that the fire marshal is on the scene and trying to determine the cause of the fire at the Country Side Apartments, on the corner of Daysville Road and IL Route 64.

Travis said

On a mission

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 11th, 2016
With winter looming in the near future, Victoria Kuzlik is hoping to give families in domestic violence situations one less thing to worry about.
Kuzlik is spearheading the second annual "Coats for Hope" drive to collect winter wear for clients at five domestic violence agencies -- HOPE of Ogle County, Voices of Stephenson County, YWCA of Sauk Valley, Remedies of

Police look for robbers

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 11th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle police are continuing this morning to investigate a reported home invasion in the 900 block of Lakeview Drive Monday night.
Rochelle police were called to a home around 7:45 p.m. Monday after three male subjects allegedly forced their way into a home and left with money from the resident inside the home.
The men fled the scene,

Plans set for Trick-or-Treat safe house

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 11th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Newstalk 1060 WRHL and 102.3 The Coyote invites families with small children and kids with special needs to the Trick or Treat "Safe House" on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Comfort Inn and Suites of Rochelle.
For the 10th consecutive year, the entire first floor of the hotel will be transformed into "Trick-or-Treat Street" from 5-7

Check smoke alarms during Fire Prevention Week

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 11th, 2016
Mount Prospect, The nonprofit Illinois Fire Safety Alliance is asking Illinois residents to practice fire safety and prevention by "looking up" and checking their smoke alarms during national Fire Prevention Week occurring through Oct. 15.
The theme for 2016 FPW is "Don't Wait, Check The Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years." According to the National Fire Protection

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