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Tyson Foods employees volunteer at veterans memorial

On May 19, several Tyson Foods employees volunteered their time to help plant flowers at the Rochelle Veterans Memorial located at Lawnridge Cemetery. Pictured, left to right, are the Tyson employees who spent the afternoon helping Wendell Colwill: Casey Isley, Micah Davidson, Molly Petry, Colwill, Kerri Lager and Ronda Kammes.

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Northwest Illinois Household Hazardous Waste collection event is June 11

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) in cooperation with Carroll and Jo Daviess counties will be sponsoring a free household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event on Saturday, June 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Carroll County Highway Department located at 10735 Mill Road, Mount Carroll, Illinois, just off Illinois Route 52 and Illinois Route 64. This event is for Illinois residents and requires registration to attend.

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RCH offers 2 summer Safe Sitter classes

Rochelle Community Hospital is offering two Safe Sitter classes this summer on Wednesday, June 22 (registration deadline June 8) and Thursday, July 28 (registration deadline July 14).

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St. Paul Lutheran School names 4th quarter honor roll

St. Paul Lutheran School recently named its fourth quarter high honor roll and honor roll lists. The 2022 St. Paul valedictorian was Hailey Bunger and the salutatorian was Cambrey Rodeghero.

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Roberts Armory WWII Museum open for Memorial Day

The Roberts Armory World War II Museum will be open to the public on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 from 1-4 p.m.

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DAR Good Citizen Award presented to Barrett of SVHS

Madix Barrett of Stillman Valley High School was recently presented the DAR Good Citizen Award by Lydia Roberts of the Rochelle Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Ribbon cutting ceremony held for Down Range, LLC

On Wednesday, a ribbon cutting event was held for Down Range, LLC a new gun shop at 303 Cherry Ave. in Rochelle.

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Rochelle fireworks set for Saturday, July 2

The City of Rochelle announced Tuesday that its annual fireworks display will take place on Saturday, July 2 at dusk.

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RTHS Key Club sorts bottle caps for bench

On Sunday, May 15, members of the Rochelle Township High School Key Club sorted and bagged over 200 bottle caps for a six-foot bench at Rochelle Middle School.

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Americold employees make donation to Rochelle Little League

This past week, Americold Operations Supervisor Jimmy Huff presented a check to Manny Lopez of the Rochelle Little League. Funds were generated from associates in the building to support this local program.

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RTHS’s Hueramo again wins Congressional Art competition

Tuesday, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) announced the winner of the 2022 Congressional Art Competition for the 16th District of Illinois: Rochelle Township High School’s Marlen Hueramo’s work entitled “Lunch in the Commons.”

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Next city electrical substation planned for Centerpoint Drive

After recently finishing its new $13.8 million electrical substation on Ritchie Court, the City of Rochelle has plans to build another substation on Centerpoint Drive on the west side of town off Illinois Route 38, City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh and Rochelle Municipal Utilities Superintendent of Electric Operations Blake Toliver said.

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City to solicit developer proposals for Hickory Grove site in coming weeks

Rochelle City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh said Wednesday, May 18 that the city is working on a request for proposal (RFP) for potential developers for the recently-demolished Hickory Grove site and will have it ready in “the next few weeks.”

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8 local businesses receive awards at Chamber dinner event

The Rochelle Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner & Awards event took place Thursday evening at the Kennay Farms Distilling Rickhouse. Eight awards were presented to local businesses for their work in the past year.

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Poliska wins IPA Non-Certified Support Personnel award

Rochelle Township High School District 212 recently announced that RTHS Athletic Secretary Ronda Poliska is recipient of the Illinois Principals Association 2022 Non-Certified Support Personnel award for the state's Northwest Region.

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Busching earns RTHS Student Council’s Upbeat Attitude Award

Rochelle Township High School Spanish teacher Hannah Busching was recently given the RTHS Student Council's Upbeat Attitude Award.

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Wolter retiring from RTHS as production technology teacher

Over the course of his career, Wolter has taught drafting, CAD computer-aided drafting, business technology, game design, product management, internet technology, computer coding, drafting, engineering, robotics and introduced students to 3-D printing.

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Museum hosting Veterans Cemetery Walk May 26

In honor of Memorial Day, the Flagg Township Museum will host a Veterans Cemetery Walk on Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. both virtually and at the museum.

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Sound the Alarm event took place Saturday

On Saturday, local volunteers and members of the Red Cross came together to install 229 free smoke alarms for Rochelle families vulnerable to home fires during a Sound the Alarm event.

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Ogle County Sheriff’s Office reminds motorists to ‘Click It or Ticket’

The Ogle County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that it is stepping up enforcement for the Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket” campaign May 13-31 and reminds motorists to buckle up. “Click It or Ticket” focuses on safety education and law enforcement support to save lives.

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Serenity hosting memorial golf play day honoring Jonathon Knodle

Serenity Hospice and Home will be holding their 30th Annual Jonathon Knodle Memorial Golf Play Day. This event honors the life of Jonathon Knodle, the son of Lynn and Doug Knodle, who died in 1990.

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Psychologist Roberts wins IPA Leadership award

Ogle County Education Cooperative Psychologist Chris Roberts was recently named the winner of the Illinois Principals Association Certified Supported Personnel Leadership Award.

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RTHS names foreign language quarterly merit award winners

French students honored were Aaliyah Losoya, Jimmy Chavez, Grecia Orozco and Andy Buskohl. Honored Spanish students were Julia Livingston, Alivia Henkel, Erick Fulgencio Milán and John Green.

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Hub Hickory Nuts 4-H club tours Holcomb Huber Feed

On May 2, the Hub Hickory Nuts 4-H club met at Holcomb Huber Feed for a tour.

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City holds celebration for completed $13.8 million electrical substation

On Friday, the City of Rochelle and Rochelle Municipal Utilities held a celebration for their recently-completed $13.8 million electrical substation project at 1630 Ritchie Court.

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Park board: Drainage project at Tilton Park approved

At its Monday meeting, the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District Board unanimously voted to move forward with a $19,965 drainage project at Tilton Park with Countryside Professional Land Services.

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No injuries or displacement after garage fire in Flagg Center

About $10,000 in damage resulted from a garage fire at a home in the Flagg Center area on Monday afternoon, Rochelle Fire Department Chief Dave Sawlsville said. There were no injuries and the homeowner will not be displaced.

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High school board: Collective bargaining agreement with teachers ratified

At its Monday meeting, the Rochelle Township High School Board Education unanimously voted to ratify a collective bargaining agreement with the RTHS Teachers Association.

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Get to know RPD: Officer Rogers in 9th year with department

Officer Cassie Rogers of the Rochelle Police Department is a patrol officer on day shift. She’s also a certified car seat technician. Rogers has been with the department for nine years, seven of which were spent as a 911 dispatcher before the past two as a police officer.

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DAR expanding Wreaths Across America program to Creston

The Daughters of the American Revolution’s Rochelle Chapter, which has participated in the Wreaths Across America program at Rochelle and Oregon cemeteries, is pleased to announce a further expansion to its sponsorship program to include Woodlawn Cemetery in Creston.

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Lincoln School teacher wins IPA Teacher Leadership Award

Rochelle Community Consolidated District 231 announced that Lincoln School Kindergarten Teacher, Mrs. Nicole Tobler, has been recognized as the recipient of the Illinois Principal Association (IPA)’s “Teacher Leadership Award” for the state's northwest region.

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Lynn-Scott-Rock Fire’s fish fry is June 3

The 69th annual Lynn-Scott-Rock Volunteer Firemen’s Fish Fry is Friday, June 3 from 4-7 p.m. at the Lindenwood station at 15940 E. Lindenwood Road.

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Two Eswood School students nominated for IPA Student Leadership Award

Jerelyn Ortega and Philip Winters, both eighth graders at Eswood School, were nominated by the Eswood faculty and staff for the Illinois Principals Association Student Leadership Award.

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Registration is open for city’s Citizens Academy

Citizens Academy is a program that offers the opportunity to learn about local government, Rochelle's municipal utility and the services delivered that impact residents' quality of life.

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3 transported to hospital after Ashton single-vehicle accident

On May 10 at 3:31 p.m. the Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one-vehicle rollover crash on Ashton Road, just north of the Interstate 88 overpass, south of Ashton, a press release said.

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RPD responded to 2 robbery incidents and a shooting this week

The Rochelle Police Department responded to two robbery incidents and a shots fired call in the past week, RPD Chief Eric Higby said. No injuries occurred in any of the incidents.

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Headon’s to open second location in Davis Junction

Headon’s Fine Meats Owner Mark Hibshman said Thursday that his business will be opening a second location in Davis Junction at the end of this month.

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Elementary board: Administration gives end-of-year details

During Tuesday’s Rochelle Elementary School District Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Jason Harper said Rochelle Middle School’s eighth grade graduation will be held Friday, May 27 at Rochelle Township High School outdoors on the football field weather-permitting.

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Mayor: Offer accepted on building with plans for daycare

Rochelle Mayor John Bearrows said last week that an offer has been accepted on the Kishwaukee Family YMCA Child Care Center building at 1010 N. 15th St. that closed in 2020 and the buyer has plans to make it a daycare once again.

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RCH Auxiliary presents healthcare scholarships to five students

The Rochelle Community Hospital Auxiliary recently presented healthcare scholarships to students Josie Lundquist, Madison Ost, Grace Pfeiffer, Schuyler Podolski and Megan Thompson.

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Community of Opportunity hiring expo was held Friday

The event featured on-the-spot interviews, hiring incentives and more from 40-plus employees. A similar event was held last fall in a continuing effort to combat the impact a nationwide workforce shortage has had on the area.

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City council: Potential long-term railroad park improvements discussed

At Monday's Rochelle City Council meeting, a presentation was made on potential long-term improvements to the city's railroad park.

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Cinco De Mayo festival was held downtown Saturday

On Saturday, Rochelle’s downtown gazebo area was filled with area residents celebrating Cinco De Mayo. The festival was held for the first time after two years off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Plaque installed for Memorial Day

On Thursday, a bronze plaque was installed on the pedestal of the kneeling soldier at the Rochelle Veterans War Memorial at Lawnridge Cemetery.

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Sterling man sentenced to 10 years for criminal sexual assault

Ogle County State's Attorney Mike Rock announced on Tuesday that Christopher J. Sprague, 47, of Sterling, was sentenced to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by the Honorable Judge John B. Roe for the offense of criminal sexual assault.

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Sheriff’s Office K9 Haze to get donation of body armor

Ogle County Sheriff’s Office K9 Haze will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

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Sheriff’s Office announces distracted driving enforcement results

The Ogle County Sheriff’s Office announced it issued 26 citations for using cell phones while driving and 665 other citations during the April distracted driving enforcement period.

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RTHS Class of 2022 awarded scholarships

Rochelle Township High School Honors Night recognizes students for academic achievement. On May 2, more than $155,000 in local scholarships were presented to members of the RTHS Class of 2022. More than $2.24 million in institutional awards were presented.

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Awards given to students during RTHS Honors Night

During Rochelle Township High School’s honors night on May 2, students were presented with more than $2.24 million in institutional awards.

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RCH employees recognized for years of service

Rochelle Community Hospital would like to congratulate employees receiving service awards in 2022. The 33 employees being honored represent 410 years at Rochelle Community Hospital.

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City, Northern Illinois Disposal donate to bottle cap program

Two donations were presented recently to the Rochelle Township High School Key Club and Kiwanis Golden K’s bottle cap donation program to bring park benches to the community.

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Rochelle flower shops prepare for Mother’s Day

"I think it's very fulfilling to see people do nice things for their mothers and families,” Colonial Flowers and Gifts Owner Naomi Baldwin said. “Even talking to the girls when they deliver, almost everybody smiles. Flowers make people smile. They create emotion."

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Creston board: Engineering for quiet zones at rail crossings approved

At its Tuesday meeting, the Creston Village Board unanimously voted to spend $10,400 on engineering to start the process of possibly getting the village's railroad crossings turned into "quiet zones" to end train horns in Creston.

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Brewski’s Bar & Grill opens downtown

The fishing-themed bar and grill held a ribbon cutting Thursday and officially opened for business Friday in the former site of The Rack Bar & Grill.

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