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Writer Hayes makes visit home

Posted: Sunday, Aug 31st, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Neil Hayes, a Rochelle native and author of the book "When the Game Stands Tall," which was turned into a motion picture and is currently playing in theaters nationwide, was back in town on Saturday to attend his fantasy football league draft.
The 1986 RTHS graduate was a running back for the Hubs and later went on to
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Smoke but no fire

Posted: Sunday, Aug 31st, 2014
The Rochelle Fire Department was called to Cardinal Forge on South Main Street Friday morning for a possible structure fire. Firefighters arrived on scene to discover an electrical box inside the business had sparked and started smoking. Power was shut of to the building. At left, firefighters Josh Lewis and Tyler Carls enter the building to assess damage. Below, RMU
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Residents alerted to possible phone scam

Posted: Sunday, Aug 31st, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle police have received word of a possible scam involving the elderly.
A woman told police that she had received a phone call in which the person said he was her grandson and had been involved in an accident. The person was asking the woman for money.
Residents are reminded that if you receive a phone call believed
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Clerk complies with federal acts for early, absentee voting

Posted: Sunday, Aug 31st, 2014
OREGON -- Ogle County Clerk, Rebecca Huntley announces that her office complies with the Federal Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act.
The Ogle County Courthouse is accessible to the handicapped for voter registration. We will send a deputy registrar to the residence of any person who wishes to register to vote and is unable to go to a
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Making a big splash

Posted: Sunday, Aug 31st, 2014
ROCHELLE -- The Ice Bucket Challenge for the ALS Association is making the rounds in Rochelle and many local businesses and organizations are stepping up.
On Monday, employees at Holcomb State Bank in Rochelle accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge from another employee at the bank.
"We got challenged as a group, we know the importance of contributing," bank president Dick
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Hubs dominate Corliss in season opener!

Posted: Saturday, Aug 30th, 2014
CHICAGO -- The Rochelle Hubs varsity football team opened the season on a high note by defeating Corliss 43-6 Saturday afternoon on the road.
Rochelle is 1-0 and will take on Aurora East at home this Friday night.
See full details of the Corliss game in Tuesday's News-Leader and a preview of the Aurora East game in Thursday's edition!
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Get ready to ride and rumble

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
s for therapeutic riding and is a volunteer-based organization.
And when Jason Bergeron, a Sergeant at the Rochelle Police Department and president of the Public Guardians LEMC Rock Solid Chapter motorcycle group, learned about what the center offers he decided that Pegasus would be the perfect group to donate proceeds from an upcoming ride event.
"I was amazed at what
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2nd installment of property taxes due

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
OREGON -- Ogle County Collector John Coffman wants to remind property owners that the second installment of their property tax bill is due Sept. 5.
Payment methods include cash or check (payable to Ogle County Collector). In-person payments can be made at the Treasurer's office located in the "old" Courthouse or at any bank in Ogle County. Office hours
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Enterprise zone expansion possible

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
ROCHELLE ,, A public hearing was conducted Monday night during the Rochelle City Council meeting to expand the territory of the Lee County Enterprise zone.
The Lee County Enterprise Zone is an intergovernmental agreement between the City of Dixon and County of Lee. The agreement was subsequently amended to include the City of Amboy, Village of Ashton, Village of
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Obstacles don’t keep Boltman from enjoying life

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
Every year is cause for celebration when one of your family members reaches a milestone age and beyond. When Linda Boltman contacted the Rochelle News-Leader with an intriguing story idea, she had good reason. Her aunt, Eris Boltman, recently celebrated her 89th birthday. But what makes this even more special is that Eris has severe cerebral palsy, and might be
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A day at the ballpark

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
The Etes family rode in style to Wrigley Field on Sunday as part of the top prize in the Rochelle News-Leader's fundraiser for the Rochelle Little League program. Ethan was the top seller of newspaper subscriptions this spring, and he and his parents and cousin saw the Cubs beat the Orioles on Sunday. Pictured at left with Ethan (right) are
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Hot temps shorten school day

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Residents are reminded that with the predicted high humidity levels, temperatures will feel upward in the 90s today. Elementary students were dismissed early yesterday due to the high temperatures.
Watch for signs of heat-related illnesses. Symptoms of heat-related illness include headaches, skin that is hot to the touch, increased body temperature, loss of consciousness, seizures and irregular heartbeats.
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Armed robbery at bank

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
eriff's department detectives are seeking help in locating the suspect in an armed robbery of the Byron Bank branch in Davis Junction.
On Saturday at approximately 11:30 a.m., the Ogle County Sheriff's office responded to the Byron Bank in Davis Junction for a reported bank robbery. It was soon discovered that an unknown white male subject handed the teller a
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School dismissing early

Posted: Monday, Aug 25th, 2014
Due to the projected high temperatures this afternoon, the Rochelle Elementary District will dismiss students early today.
Students at May, Tilton, Central and Lincoln School will dismiss at 1:30 p.m. today and the Rochelle Middle School will dismiss students at 1:43 p.m.
Please make sure to make proper arrangements for your elementary students today.
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Trip to Cub game!

Posted: Monday, Aug 25th, 2014
Ethan Etes was the top salesman of News-Leader subscriptions for this year's Rochelle Little League fundraiser and earned a trip for 4 in a limo to see the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Sunday! Pictured here with Ethan (right) are his parents, Scott and Heather, and his cousin, Jeremy, in front of the stadium before the game!
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Section coordinators needed for event

Posted: Saturday, Aug 23rd, 2014
Organizations, groups, clubs, businesses, and individuals are encouraged to volunteer to fill the positions of ‘Section Coordinator' in each of the communities along the Rock River during the clean-up day.
• Work with RockRiverSweep.org organizers to assure a uniform and successful clean-up.
• Acquire clean-up supplies and other support from local businesses, (T-shirts, gloves, flyers, waste disposal, etc).
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Lend a hand and join the ‘sweep’

Posted: Saturday, Aug 23rd, 2014
OREGON, The Sixth Annual Rock River Sweep will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6. This event is an effort by many groups and communities along the Rock River from the Horicon Marsh in Wisconsin to the confluence with the Mississippi River in Rock Island to clean up sections of the Rock River. Volunteers are needed in the Oregon and Byron
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Writing from the heart

Posted: Saturday, Aug 23rd, 2014

Music can mean a lot to different people. A song from long ago can trigger a memory or provide a much needed distraction to a hectic day. There are even proven reports of the numerous health benefits of listening to music, such as reducing blood pressure and chronic pain along with boosting immunity.
But before the songs hit
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Petitions available for upcoming election

Posted: Saturday, Aug 23rd, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Petitons for the election of Rochelle mayor and council members can begin being circulated Aug. 26.
The Rochelle Office of the City Clerk announced that petitions will be available to be picked up at Rochelle City Hall beginning Tuesday. The Consolidated Election will be held on April 7, 2015.
Petitions and supporting documents can be picked up at
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More money needed to finish tow fund audit

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
OREGON -- The Ogle County Board approved a resolution Tuesday night to spend an additional $7,500 to continue the forensic examination of the Ogle County Sheriff's administrative tow fund.
The board agreed in May to pay Sikich, the county auditors, $7,500 plus out of pocket expenses for an initial investigation of the tow fund expenditures and revenues.
The tow
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RTHS implements drug testing

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Township High School students involved with extra-curricular activities at the school will be subject to random drug testing as board members approved the mandatory testing program at its Monday night meeting.
Board members voted unanimously, minus board member Brian VanVickle who was not at Monday's meeting, to approve the drug testing program.
According to principal Jason Harper,
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Work begins

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
County officials officially broke ground on Tuesday for the $4.1 million dollar Ogle County Sheriff's Administration Building. Also on hand for the ceremony were Saavedra Gehlhausen Architects, of Rockford and the general contractor Rockford Structures. The one-story building will be situated to the east of the present 100-year sheriff's office, donated to the county more than 20 years ago by
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Kicking around ideas for soccer facility

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
ROCHELLE -- In the ongoing effort to provide local sports organizations ample playing space and facilities, Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District leaders invited AYSO Soccer representatives to speak at Monday night's August board meeting.
Jay Bratko (AYSO area director) and Ben Thorne (AYSO regional commissioner) gave the park board an update on the soccer league's numbers and current field usage plan.
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New events help draw crowd at annual festival

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- The 17th Annual Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival wrapped up on Sunday with an estimated turnout of around 2,000 people attending. Laura Thomas, coordinator for the festival said that the event had some new features, including the corn boil and shucking contest which was held on Saturday. As for next year, Thomas mentioned that the contest was fun.
"It
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Man arrested following police confrontation

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle police arrested a Rochelle man early Saturday morning following a confrontation with local police.
Kyle Hammonds, 23, was arrested on the charge of aggravated battery to a police officer and obstructing justice. He was also wanted on an Ogle County warrant.
At approximately 3 a.m. Saturday, a police officer not in uniform was patroling near the food
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Woman hit, killed by semi-trailer on I-39

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Illinois State Police this afternoon released the identity of the woman killed on I-39 near Baxter Road early Sunday morning as Tiffany Cole, 29, of Rochelle, formerly of Davis Junction.
According to the Illinois State Police say Cole was run over by a semi on I-39 southbound near Baxter Road at approximately 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 17.
The
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Officers searching for armed robber

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
CRESTON -- The Ogle County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Casey's General Store located in Creston on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 4:30 a.m.
The suspect is described to be a male, believed to be caucasian, approximately 5' 7" tall, average build, wearing dark colored pants, dark green fleece type jacket, gray type
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