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Annual Save Our Summer blood drive is Aug. 12

Rock River Valley Blood Center will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 12 at Rochelle United Methodist Church in Hicks Hall at 709 4th Ave.

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White, Melton graduate from RCH Cardiac Rehab program

Rochelle Community Hospital congratulates Robert White and Rich Melton, who are recent graduates of RCH’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program.

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The Kramers will be at First Presbyterian Aug. 7

The Kramers, a family from Peoria, will be bringing their well-known gospel music to First Preshbyterian Church in Rochelle at 1,100 Calvin Road on Aug. 7 at 6 p.m.

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Find out what RVC’s center for learning in retirement has to offer

The Rock Valley College center for learning in retirement will be hosting its annual meeting and fall kick-off on Thursday, Aug, 5 from 10-11:30 a.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m.) at RVC’s Bengt Sjostrom (Starlight) Theatre on the college’s main campus, 3301 North Mulford Rd., Rockford.

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Ogle County recycling event is Aug. 14

The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department (OCSWMD) will be hosting a recycling event for used motor oil, anti-freeze, latex paint and aerosol spray cans on Saturday Aug. 14 from 8 a.m. to noon at the County Annex Building located at 909 Pines Road in Oregon.

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Reconnecting in Rochelle event held Saturday

Saturday’s Reconnecting in Rochelle event at VFW Park welcomed new and old residents for a community picnic.

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Jesse White awards over $1.4 million in grants to school libraries

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded over $1.4 million in FY21 School District Library Grant Program awards to 649 public school districts. More than 1.5 million Illinois students served by school library media programs will benefit from the grants.

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Local dealerships explain vehicle shortage issues

“Demand is so high and you can't get the new cars, so it's just driven the market crazy,” Mike Myers, the general manager of Jeff Perry Chevrolet Buick Cadillac in Rochelle, said. “We have to sell what we have or sell used cars. And that's driven up the price of used cars. The factory has reduced some of the rebates on new cars, so the price of new is up, the price of used is up. It's just a shortage of cars. All created by COVID-19."

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Letter to parents: Masks will be optional at Rochelle schools

In a letter to parents and guardians of students in all Rochelle schools sent out July 23, Superintendent Jason Harper said masking will be optional, but strongly recommended it for unvaccinated students and staff to start the school year.

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City Council: Public hearing held on issuing $18 million in bonds

The Rochelle City Council held a public hearing Monday concerning its intent to issue $18 million in general obligation bonds for the purpose of paying the costs of improving the city’s electric system.

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Serenity will host day camp for bereaved kids Aug. 2

Serenity Hospice will be hosting a day camp at The REC in Rochelle on Aug. 2 for bereaved kids ages 6-15.

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Q&A: Simpson prepares for first Ogle County Fair as president

For Tom Simpson, his first year as president of the Ogle County Fair Board did not go the way he wanted. Simpson was the president in 2020 when the fair had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ogle County Health department will release its own guidance for schools

With no guidance from the state, Ogle County’s public health administrator told the County Board that his office will be releasing its own COVID-19 guidelines for schools “very shortly.”

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City of Rochelle to host hiring event Sept. 16 at RTHS

Rochelle John Bearrows announced on Facebook Thursday the details of the city’s plans for a hiring event on Sept. 16 at Rochelle Township High School.

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Local blood drive in 4th year: ‘That’s a lot of lives saved’

The Flip Flops and Blood Drops blood drive has collected 157 units of blood in its three years of operation. The drive is in honor of twin sisters Lana and Ellie Troha, who were born prematurely, weighing just over one pound each.

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Chamber director: Workforce shortage plaguing area businesses

Rochelle Area Chamber of Commerce Director Tricia Herrera said this week that workforce shortage issues have been seen “across the board” in local business sectors.

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Seebach’s Sweet Corn ‘a family tradition’

Jeff Seebach’s family has been growing and selling sweet corn at its stand for as long as the 47-year-old can remember. Seebach's Sweet Corn opened for business on Wednesday of this past week.

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Rainwater Farms’ sweet corn: ‘I would say this is what we're known for’

Sunday will be Rainwater Farms’ first day of sweet corn sales of the season.

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Harper: Guidance still needed before return-to-school policies

After hearing feedback from parents at board meetings in recent weeks, Jason Harper, the superintendent of Rochelle’s elementary and high school districts, said guidance is still needed before return-to-school COVID-19 policies can be implemented.

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Park board: REC security improvements approved

The Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District Board of Commissioners approved additions to the REC Center security system during their monthly meeting Monday evening. Commissioners also approved a final payment to Sjostrom & Sons for the Spring Lake Improvement Project as well as the 2021-22 Fiscal Year Budget in Tentative Form.

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Rochelle actor Worthington stars in Grimm

Grimm is a show Rochelle Township High School stage veteran Joe Worthington was born for. See it this week at The Studio Rockford Wednesday through Saturday.

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Reconnecting in Rochelle event is Saturday

An event for Rochelle residents new and old is scheduled to take place Saturday, July 24

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Nominations being taken for Best of Ogle County 2021

The nomination phase for Best of Ogle County 2021 has begun. Nominations are being taken for over 60 awards.

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RACF celebrates 15 years with golf outing

The event, originally scheduled for last year during the COVID-19 pandemic, had to wait a year. 72 golfers took to the course that had tables with representatives from community nonprofits represented.

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High school board hears public concern on masking

The Rochelle Township High School Hub Gallery room was full Monday with parents and community members that pleaded with District 212 board during its monthly meeting to make masks optional for the upcoming school year.

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CDC: 9 illnesses linked to BrightFarms salmonella outbreak

Nine illnesses and one hospitalization across two states have been linked to a salmonella outbreak from BrightFarms brand salad produced in Rochelle, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site said.

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Flip flops and blood drops blood drive is Aug. 2

For the fourth year, the Flip Flops and Blood Drops blood drive will be held on Monday, Aug. 2 from 1-6 p.m. at The REC Fieldhouse multi-purpose room at 802 Jones Rd. in Rochelle.

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Two summer concerts remaining

The Rochelle Municipal Band is down to its last two concerts of the summer.

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Salmonella outbreak linked to BrightFarms

The CDC and IDPH have linked a multi-state Salmonella outbreak to BrightFarms brand Sunny Crunch salad produced in Rochelle.

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City of Rochelle beginning seal coat work

The City of Rochelle’s seal coat project is set for July 16-21, resulting in periodic lane closures in several areas. Please use caution while traveling through construction zones and pay close attention to traffic control devices and flaggers. No parking signage will be posted.

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Hillcrest board to sell old police car

Hillcrest trustees received an update on infrastructure projects during their monthly board meeting Wednesday evening. Trustees also approved an ordinance permitting the sale of the old police car and scheduled a special meeting on the new fiscal year budget.

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District 231 board facing mask decision

Nearly every chair inside the Lincoln Elementary School cafeteria was filled Tuesday evening, when several local parents voiced their opinions about whether or not students in Rochelle School District 231 should be required to wear masks in school.

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