Volunteers needed for spruce up

City of Rochelle staff is continuing with its downtown beautification project by planting islands in the parking lot located off Main Street

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New rules are intended to prevent water-borne bacteria like Legionella

Some people in Illinois may soon notice the water coming out of their taps tastes different. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is on the verge of adopting new regulations that would more than double the minimum amount of chlorine required in public water supplies, a move intended to prevent the outbreak of water-borne illnesses such as Legionnaires’ disease.

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Emergency planning priority

Recent strong earthquakes in California are prompting calls for earthquake awareness from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), which is also focusing this month on young people learning how to prepare for all emergency situations.

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Debate right or wrong, not good or bad

Their skin is brown; mine’s white. They embrace socialism; I love capitalism. Their parents were born elsewhere; mine were born in Illinois. They live in big cities; I was reared on a farm. I have little in common with the four members of Congress Donald Trump lashed out at this week. But let’s be clear — it’s wrong to question these women’s patriotism as our president did. He said, “If they want to leave, they can leave. They hate our country. They hate it, I think, with a passion.”

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Zurko leaving elementary school district

Rochelle School District 231 will see two administrative changes when the district and its board prepare for the 2019-20 school year. The changes were approved by the board during its monthly meeting at Rochelle Middle School on Tuesday.

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OPINION: Thankful for community support with Kids Ground

Park district director acknowledges groups, businesses and individuals that helped with recent playground rebuild.

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VIEWPOINT: Learning life lessons at a young age

Columnist learned how to treat others by mother's example.

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Cruz named to Loyola Dean’s List fall, spring semesters

Loyola University Chicago recently announced that Hannah Cruz, recent Rochelle Township High School graduate, has been named to the Dean’s List.

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Smith celebrating 90th

Smith celebrating 90th

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VIEWPOINT: Hate Illinois? You can always move

A new day, and a new reason for some people to hate Illinois. Hating the state you live in is a pretty strange phenomenon, but a popular one in Illinois. In fact, I think of it more as a self-hate, honestly. People whine and moan and complain about Illinois loudly and often. And these are people who were born here and have lived here their entire lives.

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OPINION: Disagrees with council’s choice of appointment

I am writing in response to the Rochelle News Leader article, June 26, regarding “Burke appointed to council.”

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Solar farm project to begin

Construction of a solar farm on the northeast part of town is expected to begin sometime in the next year after Rochelle City Council members gave the nod on several aspects of the project Monday night.

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Big Boy train to stop in Rochelle

Rail fans both locally and across the country are excited as the Union Pacific celebrates the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad with a cross-country tour for one of its original steam engines.

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RCH offering sports physicals at high school

RCH offering sports physicals at high school

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RCH offering sports physicals at high school

RCH offering sports physicals at high school

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RCH offering sports physicals at high school

RCH offering sports physicals at high school

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May celebrating 96th

Mary Jeanne May will be turning 96 years young on July 9.

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Foundation for Focus House awards scholarship

Oregon High School senior Austin Strite was chosen by the Foundation for Focus House Scholarship Committee as the recipient of the LaVerne Adams Scholarship in the amount of $500.

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Tunes on the Terrace events to feature music from BackRoads Trio July 31

The Oregon Park District is taking a trip to Rockford’s Nicholas Conservatory for Tunes on the Terrace.

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A successful celebration

I hope everyone had a nice Fourth of July. I was glad the rains and storms held off. I did wander down to Cooper Park for a few minutes, long enough to watch the happy kids exploring Kids Ground…especially the zip line, which seems pretty popular.

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The Kitchen Table wants you

The Kitchen Table wants you

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