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10th Avenue at Second Street intersection to be closed beginning Sept. 1

Posted: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
ROCHELLE, Rochelle City Engineer Sam Tesreau has announced that 10th Avenue from Second Street to Third Street and the Second Street/10th Avenue intersection will be closed to through traffic beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 7 a.m. The closure is necessary to construct new sanitary sewer main, laterals and manholes along with associated pavement restoration. Martin and Company, the City of
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Hospice opens Serenity Shed

Posted: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
OREGON, What started as a concept on healing for grieving men in Australia has made its way to Ogle County.
On Aug. 21, Serenity Hospice and Home opened Serenity Shed, a place for people to get together, work on projects and share their thoughts with others going through similar circumstances.
"We wanted to create and environment where, at first we
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Road closure announced

Posted: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
Rochelle, Rochelle City Engineer Sam Tesreau has announced that Caron Road, from Wiscold Drive to Timber Lane, east of the BNSF Railroad will be closed to through traffic beginning Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 7 a.m. The closure is necessary to reconstruct and repave the intersection and roadway approaches at Caron and Steam Plant Roads.
Martin and Company, the City of
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Home prices surge

Posted: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD -- The strong summer housing market continued in July as home sales and median prices posted robust gains while the time it took to sell a home declined, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.
Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in July 2015 totaled 16,901 homes sold, up 8.0 percent from July 2014 when 15,644 homes
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Providing school with resources

Posted: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
STEWARD -- Under the direction of a special, local committee developed to enhance community outreach, and through the direction of Coated Sand Solutions Plant Manager, Joe Ebens, the local Coated Sand Solutions plant near Steward made a substantial donation of $1,775. to Steward School District over the summer.
"We want to be good neighbors," shared Coated Sand Solution's Manager, Joe
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Partin-Palmer Party

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
ROCHELLE,, One hundred years ago an automobile could be purchased for $495. The 1915 Partin-Palmer automobile advertisement claimed, "this car will be a revelation to you. No other car at anywhere near the price offers you a full-floating rear axle and such extraordinary value throughout."
The Partin-Palmer manufacturing group moved from Chicago to Rochelle where the George D. Whitcomb Company
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O’Brien announces run for county clerk

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
Chana, Tiffany O'Brien is pleased to announce her candidacy for the office of Ogle County Clerk and Recorder in the March 15, 2016 primary election.
O'Brien, who has worked in the County Clerk's Office for 11 years, says she is eager to bring her experience, knowledge and commitment to the position.
"I want to be Ogle County Clerk
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Women helping HOPE

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
The Rochelle Women's Group raised $1,000 for HOPE of Ogle County during a silent auction at their meeting Tuesday evening. The silent auction featured over 25 items such as spa certificates, wine baskets, homemade crafts and gift certificates to local businesses.
Along with networking and relaxation, the group of 30 women enjoyed some theatrical entertainment as the Vince Carney Community
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Funds allocated for overpass project

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle City Council approved a resolution to appropriate funds for the ongoing Jack Dame Road overpass project. This resolution is for the improvement by municipality under the Illinois Highway Code.
On June 22, the city council approved an amendment to the preliminary engineering services agreement for phase one of the Jack Dame Road overpass project as well as
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Recycling event slated for Friday

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
OREGON -- The monthly drop-off recycling day for Ogle County residential electronics sponsored by the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department will be Friday, Aug. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The location is at the County Annex Building (Health, Zoning, Solid Waste Departments) at 909 W. Pines Road, Oregon, at the south end of the building.
A $10
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Football is back: Hubs put finishing touches on preseason

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Tuesday's practice marked three days before the Rochelle Township High School football team takes on Chicago Corliss and kicks off the 2015 schedule. The day brought unseasonably cool weather for August that closely resembled the type of temperatures undoubtedly in store for the fall season ahead. Chants from Rochelle's practicing cheerleaders found their way to the Hub practice
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Local group donates funds to HOPE

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
ROCHELLE,, The Rochelle Women's Group raised $1,000 for HOPE of Ogle County during a silent auction at their meeting Tuesday evening. The silent auction featured over 25 items such as spa certificates, wine baskets, homemade crafts and gift certificates to local businesses.
Along with networking and relaxation, the group of 30 women enjoyed some theatrical entertainment as the Vince Carney
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Free English classes

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
ROCHELLE,, When applying for a job or looking for a place to live the process can be stressful, the already complicated process is made even harder for someone who does not speak English when living in Rochelle.
To help immigrants who settle in Rochelle learn English and improve conversation in daily life, First Presbyterian Church is offering ESL classes to
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Water main break at Tilton Park Drive entrance

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Residents in the Tilton Park subdivision and passing motorists are being alerted to what appears to be a water main break at the intersection of Tilton Park Drive and Ninth Street.
Water is bubbling out of at least two locations in the street and city officials have been called to the scene.
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Celebrating the past, embracing the future

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
Wednesday, Aug. 26 marks the 95th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote. This year marks the 95th anniversary of the founding of the national League of Women Voters and the 35th anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters of Rochelle.
Making Democracy Work® requires determination. In 1920, the
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Council takes step toward tax districts

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle city council approved an ordinance authorizing the establishment of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) "Interested Parties Registry," at the meeting Monday evening.
Rochelle City Manager David Plyman explained that approval of the ordinance would allow a board of several taxing jurisdictions, or "interested parties" to be established.
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Court rules for state to meet decree obligations

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD -- With or without a budget, the state will meet its obligations to developmentally disabled beneficiaries that were promised in a consent decree rising from a 2005 lawsuit, a federal judge has ruled.
Advocates including Equip for Equality and the American Civil Liberties Union earlier this month filed a complaint contending the state was not fulfilling the terms of the
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Sliding into the school year

Posted: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
Students at Tilton Elementary School were able to slide into the school year with new school supplies and a new playground.
Kindergarten through fifth grade students were welcomed to the school with new playground equipment for recess.
A large play place featuring three slides and climbing equipment was donated by the school PTO. Tricia Vaughn explained it took
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Inman named Emergency Management Coordinator

Posted: Saturday, Aug 22nd, 2015
Rochelle, Rochelle City Manager Dave Plyman announced Thursday that Rochelle Police Department Detective Terry Inman has been named the city's Emergency Management Coordinator. Inman will continue in his role as detective with the police department.
An employee in this position is responsible for planning efficient and effective management the City of Rochelle's emergency preparedness plans. Inman's first steps as
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Pauser’s tornado bracelet idea raises big money for victims

Posted: Saturday, Aug 22nd, 2015
SOON to be college freshman Zack Pauser made his mark at Rochelle Township High School in the classroom and on the golf course, but it was his quick thinking and fundraising ability that has made an impact in the community the past few months.
Pauser, who was a senior at RTHS when the April 9 tornado hit, took the Hub
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A piece of the past

Posted: Saturday, Aug 22nd, 2015
When Jim Moorehead, 94, last stepped foot on the U.S.S. Bluefish (SS-222) submarine in 1945, little did he realize then that many years later he would acquire a piece of history. That piece is a small section of wood decking from that submarine that traveled around the world, and what was underfoot of Moorehead and his fellow crew.
Moorehead acquired
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Road work Monday

Posted: Saturday, Aug 22nd, 2015
ROCHELLE -- On Monday, several streets will be closed or shutdown to one lane for pavement sealing operations. Pavement sealing operations will be completed on the following roadways:
• 12th Street, from Lincoln Avenue to 10th Avenue
• Willis Avenue, from IL Route 251 to South Main Street
• Lake Lida Lane, from Randall Road to South Main Street
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Bike path work set for spring

Posted: Saturday, Aug 22nd, 2015
ROCHELLE -- If all goes well between now and next spring, bicyclists, joggers and walkers will be able to enjoy an extended bike path route from 20th Street near Atwood Park out to Beebe Drive in the Highland subdivision.
The project has been on the radar for the past few years with the help a large grant from the Illinois
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Pooch Plunge!

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
The Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District hosted the annual Pooch Plunge Thursday evening at Spring Lake Pool!
The annual event is held before the park district closes the pool at the end of the season.
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Man acquires part of WWII history

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
When Jim Moorehead, 94, last stepped foot on the U.S.S. Bluefish (SS-222) submarine in 1945, little did he realize then that many years later he would acquire a piece of history. That piece is a small section of wood decking from that submarine that traveled around the world, and what was underfoot of Moorehead and his fellow crew.
Moorehead acquired
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Pauser's little idea reaps big rewards for tornado victims

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Soon to be college freshman Zack Pauser made his mark at Rochelle Township High School in the classroom and on the golf course, but it was his quick thinking and fundraising ability that has made an impact in the community the past few months.
Pauser, who was a senior at RTHS when the April 9 tornado hit, took
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A special tree

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
Earlier this month, a memorial tree was planted in memory of former Rochelle Township High School English teacher and librarian Debby Van Dyke. The tree, called a Prairie Fire Crab was planted outside the southwest windows of the Library Media Center, near the student entrance.
At the board of education meeting Monday evening, Superintendent Jamie Craven announced the planting
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Morrow says case still under review

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Ogle County State's Attorney Eric Morrow stated on Wednesday his office is still reviewing more information before determining if charges may be filed in connection with a fatal accident that occurred on June 10 in rural Rochelle.
"There is some follow up that needs to be done based upon some information we have received," Morrow stated. "I don't
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Hillcrest grant in question

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
HILLCREST -- During the Aug. 12 meeting of the Hillcrest Village Board, it was revealed that the village received four bids for the River Road and Ramona Avenue portion of the sewer project. Engineer Jim Sparber explained that the low bidder for the project was Performance Construction and Engineering for $1,238,000.
Along with the construction price of $1,238,000, if
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RTHS' Donna Page named the IAVAT Teacher of the Year!

Modified: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
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ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Township High School's Donna Page was named the Illinois Association Vocational Agriculture Teachers 2015 Teaching in Excellence Teacher of the Year Award at the Illinois State Fair on Aug. 18.
Page and district superintendent Jamie Craven underwent a 40-minute interview Tuesday, as did four other district winners, before the announcement was made on stage.
The
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Peanuts don't stop Antolik's dream

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 19th, 2015
When 17 year-old Sarah Antolik graduated this past May in the top four percent of the class of 2015, her future was still uncertain. After receiving her nomination from Congressman Adam Kinzinger in early December 2014, Antolik received her appointment to the United States Air Force Academy only days later.
It was in February of 2015 that the Department
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Allstate makes $10,000 donation

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 19th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Meghan Sporleder, senior corporate relations manager of Allstate's Midwest Region, and employees from the Rochelle Allstate data center were on hand this morning to present a $10,000 donation to the Rochelle Area Community Foundation.
The money was specified to be used for the Rochelle Tornado Relief Fund set up by RACF.

See Thursday's News-Leader for the full
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Park numbers set

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 18th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District commissioners voted 5-0 on Monday night to approve the 2015-2016 budget and appropriations.
The district has budgeted 2,591,304 in revenue for the next year with expenses of 2,559,920 with a profit and loss expectation of positive $31,384.
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Parent group dissolved

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 18th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Township Board of Education passed a resolution to dissolve the Parent Resource Network that was established in 2011. The purpose of the PRN was to provide support and assistance for academic and social matters expressly to facilitate communication among parents and Rochelle Township High School, including the Board of Education.
Superintendent Jamie Craven explained that due
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Students treated to festival fun

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 18th, 2015
More than 20 children from Mooseheart Academy participated in this weekend's Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival. The students had the opportunity to ride on a float wagon in the parade, throwing out candy and helping to keep the parade watchers cooled off with their squirt guns.
"These kids always have a good time, they like coming out here," says Dave Schabacker,
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Hubs Get Rolling

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 18th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The new school year has begun and Rochelle Township High School faculty and staff will be hosting Hubs Get Rolling on Thursday evening at the high school.
The event is an opportunity for parents to meet teachers and staff members, learn about curriculum and services offered at the high school.
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A new place to play

Posted: Monday, Aug 17th, 2015
Students at Tilton Elementary School will begin the school year Wednesday morning with new equipment to play on during recess. A new jungle gym was installed in the front of the school for the younger students and a second set to the west of the school building. The colorful equipment includes three slides, multiple stairs and a balcony. Prior
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