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Overpass dedication planned for Tuesday

On Tuesday, an Illinois Route 251 overpass dedication to John B. “Jack” Roe will be held at the Flagg Rochelle Public Library at 619 4th Ave. in Rochelle at 11 a.m.

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Library celebrates 2022 Constitution Week

The Constitution Week materials will be on display until the end of September at the library.

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Homecoming parade rolls through Rochelle

On Thursday evening, Rochelle Township High School’s homecoming parade was held and made its way through the downtown area and the city before students and residents arrived at the high school for the pep really, coronation and powder puff football game.

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Rochelle Edward Jones office supports 2022 Toys for Tots drive

Anthony Rowley, a local Edward Jones financial advisor, is supporting the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program by using his office as a drop-off location for this year's toy drive.

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22nd annual RCH Foundation golf outing held

On Wednesday, the 22nd Annual Rochelle Community Hospital Foundation golf outing was held at Fairways Golf Course.

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Diamond G Western Store celebrating 50 years of business

This year, Diamond G Western Store in rural Rochelle is celebrating 50 years of business.

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Ribbon cutting held for Country Financial’s new location

On Tuesday, a ribbon cutting event was held for Country Financial's new location at 501 N. 6th St. The business moved from its previous location to the newly-renovated space in April.

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RPD K9 Axel retiring this year

Later this year, Rochelle Police Department K9 Axel will be retiring from duty.

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RTHS crowns 2022 Homecoming Court

Rochelle Township High School honored its 2022 Homecoming Court candidates and winners during the annual Pep Rally on Thursday. Seniors Trey Taft and Torrin Nantz were crowned the 2022 Homecoming King and Queen.

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28-year-old Rochelle woman named as victim of Sunday fire

On Wednesday morning, the Rochelle Police Department released the name of the female victim of a Sunday morning house fire in town. Devin K. Gibbons, 28, of Rochelle passed away as a result of the incident.

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Roberts participates in 128th Big Rock Plowing Match

Chuck Roberts of Rochelle participated in the 128th Big Rock Plowing Match last weekend and took fourth place out of 14 in the antique rubber tire tractor division.

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Best of Ogle County 2022 sees 20,773 votes cast

During the voting period, 20,773 votes were cast by 2,678 people. 114 entrants were victorious.

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Park district board: Bike path sealcoating work approved

At its monthly meeting Monday, the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve bike path maintenance in a contract with Wyatt Pavement for sealcoating in the amount of $19,900.

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High school board: 2022-2023 budget approved

At its monthly meeting Monday, the Rochelle Township High School Board of Education held a public hearing for and unanimously approved its 2022-2023 budget.

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La Fiesta Hispana held downtown for 4th year

The event is in its fourth year and included music and various performances, food vendors, contests, a soccer tournament, attractions for kids and a craft show.

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65th annual Creston Booster Days held over the weekend

The weekend included rides and games by Skinner’s Amusements, a beer garden, various musical performances, fireworks, a craft and vendor show, the Main Street parade, garden tractor pulls, a vintage baseball game and a 50/50 raffle drawing. This year’s theme for the event was honoring first responders.

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Woman passes away after Sunday morning apartment fire in Rochelle

A woman passed away following a fire in Rochelle on Sunday morning, Rochelle Police Department Chief Eric Higby said Monday.

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Mayor and council candidate packets available

Candidate packets for one (1) four-year full-term Office of the Mayor and three (3) four-year full-term Council members in the City of Rochelle are available in the clerk’s office at Rochelle City Hall located at 420 N 6th St.

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Hillcrest Board: Gaming fee increases voted down

At Wednesday's monthly meeting of the Hillcrest Village Board, trustees voted 4-3 against a gaming fee increase for businesses in the village.

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Get to Know RPD: Dispatcher Olszewski in 15th year with department

Rochelle Police Department Dispatcher Rob Olszewski is in his 15th year with RPD and currently works day shift.

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Elementary board: Enrollment numbers up across district

At Tuesday's monthly meeting of the Rochelle Elementary School District Board of Education, Superintendent Jason Harper said that enrollment numbers are up across the district.

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No injuries after Creston garage fire Wednesday

There were no injuries due to a fire in a garage in Creston on Wednesday afternoon, Rochelle Fire Chief Dave Sawlsville said.

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Art show raises money for Daniel and Stephanie Williams Fund for the Arts

On Thursday, Sept. 8, an annual art show was held at Storybook Gardents to benefit the Daniel and Stephanie Williams Fund for the Arts.

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Rochelle Community Hospital Association to host annual meeting Sept. 27

The Annual Meeting of the Rochelle Community Hospital Association (RCHA) will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1100 Calvin Road in Rochelle.

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Anytime Fitness donates to Rochelle Fire Department

The money was raised through Anytime Fitness’s Tower Challenge, where members and non-members of the gym made donations and saw how quickly they could climb 110 flights of stairs, just as firefighters did during the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City to rescue survivors.

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2022 RTHS homecoming court candidates named

Homecoming royalty voting ends at 3:05 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Royalty will be crowned Thursday, Sept. 22 at the pep rally at the stadium.

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St. Paul Lutheran School hosts Color Fun Run fundraiser

On Friday, St. Paul Lutheran School hosted its annual Fun Run fundraiser at Atwood Park. This year, a twist was added to the event and it was a Color Fun Run.

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RACF’s new Planes, Trains & Automobiles event was held Saturday

On Saturday at the Rochelle Municipal Airport, the Rochelle Area Community Foundation hosted the first annual Planes, Trains & Automobiles fundraiser event.

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Little Hubs Learning Center daycare working on opening this year

A family with longstanding ties to the Rochelle community has purchased the building at 1010 N. 15th St. that formerly housed the Kishwaukee Family YMCA Child Care Center and plans to open it as a daycare again this year. Ron and Joni Spartz are the new owners of the building and daycare and their daughter, Kristin Spartz Barlow, will run it as its director.

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City council: Intermodal-related items approved

At its meeting Monday, the Rochelle City Council unanimously approved four items related to an expansion of its transload center and starting intermodal services through city-owned railroad.

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Sheriff’s Office announces Labor Day ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign results

Ogle County Sheriff’s deputies made nine driving under the influence arrests during the recent Labor Day campaign.

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Planning & Zoning: Rezoning for new apartments recommended to council

At Tuesday’s monthly meeting of the City of Rochelle Planning & Zoning Commission, a public hearing was held on a petition by Seldal Properties, LLC to rezone property located at 450 Willis Ave. to allow for a future apartment complex. The commission unanimously recommended the Rochelle City Council approve the rezone at its next meeting.

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City of Rochelle hosts Industry Appreciation Day event

On Tuesday, the City of Rochelle hosted Industry Appreciation Day event at The REC Center that included a luncheon, speeches by U.S. Congressman Darin LaHood and State Rep. Tom Demmer and presentations by industry partners and city officials.

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Creston board: Potential gaming fees increase discussed

At Tuesday’s monthly meeting of the Creston Village Board, discussion was held regarding increasing gaming fees after a state law changed that allows fees per terminal to be increased from $25 to $250.

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