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A place to call home

Posted: Saturday, Feb 18th, 2017
Anxious, appreciative, humbled, grateful, and thankful -- just some of the adjectives Derek and April Price expressed after hearing their family was selected by Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County.
"We've been on cloud nine…it's been unbelievable," Derek said after receiving the news last week. "It's still hard to wrap our heads around it that we get this chance."
The
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Time to expand

Posted: Saturday, Feb 18th, 2017
ROCHELLE -- The Flagg Township Museum is bursting at the seams. As collections grow, thoughts of building an addition or acquiring a second location for some of the displays have been discussed. Along with raising funds for a future expansion, museum director Kathy Johnson said there are several fun events planned which will be aimed at showcasing the museum's
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What happened to winter?

Posted: Saturday, Feb 18th, 2017
ROCHELLE, The sun was bright in the sky and the morning temperature had already hit 44 degrees on its way to the 50s.
Welcome to Oregon in February. Yes, February.
"We cannot remember a winter like this," said Claudia Dijstelbergen of Leaf River. "Yes, we are enjoying this mild winter."
The average temperature this time of year is in the
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What happened to winter?

Posted: Saturday, Feb 18th, 2017
ROCHELLE, The sun was bright in the sky and the morning temperature had already hit 44 degrees on its way to the 50s.
Welcome to Oregon in February. Yes, February.
"We cannot remember a winter like this," said Claudia Dijstelbergen of Leaf River. "Yes, we are enjoying this mild winter."
The average temperature this time of year is in the
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Musical talent affording Tilton opportunity

Modified: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
Rochelle Township High School student Alec Tilton has a wealth of opportunities ahead. As the countdown to graduation begins, the musically and academically talented senior is setting his sights on a couple of career options as either a scientist or a musician.
Musically, Tilton is involved in just about everything offered at RTHS from playing the euphonium in concert band
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RMU reconnection fees raised

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
ROCHELLE --Rochelle Municipal Utilities customers who have had their water or electric service disconnected for non-payment will be faced with an increase in reconnection fees after City Council approved an amendment Monday evening.
The reconnection fees will increase from $25 for electric and $40 for water to $50 each during business hours. Reconnects after business hours will be based on
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Vet receives 70-year pin

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
Representatives from Rochelle's VFW Post 3878 helped make their fellow member Bernard Parsley's birthday celebration even brighter Sunday with the presentation of his 70-year membership pin and patch.
The occasion drew family and friends to the Bethany Rehabilitation Center in DeKalb for Parsley's 100th birthday party, which is a celebration in itself. The long-time Rochelle VFW member and World War
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Kiwanis’ have another successful Pancake Day

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
ROCHELLE -- Members of Rochelle Kiwanis Golden K had a large turnout for their traditional all-you-can-eat Pancake Day Saturday morning. Stacks of flapjacks were being made just as fast as the crowds filed in line for most of the event.
Golden K member Arch Millotte remarked this year's attendance counts were significantly higher than last. Weather certainly played a factor,
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Rochelle officials announce multi-million dollar savings due to electric generation

Posted: Monday, Feb 13th, 2017
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle City Manager David Plyman and Superintendent of Electric Operations Jason Bird announced the city saved about $2.5 million through the city's electric generation this past year.
The announcement came during the Rochelle City Council meeting Monday evening after receiving word from IMPA, the city's consulting firm, about a month ago. Had there not been a cost
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Grand jury indicts second man in Hillcrest shooting case

Posted: Saturday, Feb 11th, 2017
OREGON -- A second man involved in a home invasion in Hillcrest was indicted by an Ogle County Grand Jury on Thursday.
Eddie Blaylock, 23, of Rockford, was indicted on three charges of home invasion and aggravated battery and armed robbery.
The home invasion took place on Jan. 24 when police say Blaylock, Rayvon Motton, 21, of Rockford, and a
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High school WYSE team wins regional

Posted: Saturday, Feb 11th, 2017
MALTA -- Clad in bright orange T-shirts declaring themselves "Enginerds," the Rochelle Hubs World Youth Science and Engineering team sent a message to the other competitors at the Kishwaukee College regional on Tuesday.
RTHS had come to win the regional, and that's exactly what the team did.
The Hubs finished with an almost-perfect score (494.7 of 500 points) to defeat
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What do you want to be when you grow up?

Posted: Friday, Feb 10th, 2017
ROCHELLE -- Although there is still time to choose what they want to be when they grow up, students in Rochelle's elementary schools got a glimpse of some real life careers Thursday morning.
Guest speakers paid a visit to Central, Tilton, May and Lincoln Schools for Career Day, introducing students to a variety of fields available to them. The 23
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Man indicted by grand jury

Posted: Thursday, Feb 9th, 2017
OREGON -- A Rockford man has been indicted by an Ogle County Grand Jury following a Hillcrest home invasion and shooting incident Jan. 24.
An Ogle County Grand Jury returned a three-count charge on Rayvon Motton, 21, of Rockford. Motton will face three charges of home invasion and aggravated battery as well as two counts of armed robbery.
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Teen found not guilty of armed robbery

Posted: Thursday, Feb 9th, 2017
OREGON -- An Ogle County jury found a 15 year-old male from Kings not guilty on six counts including armed robbery, aggravated robbery and robbery stemming from an incident that occurred last summer in the 100 block of N. Main Street in Rochelle.
Rochelle Police charged the teen with a Class X felony, alleging he robbed two victims at gunpoint.
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Hillcrest trustees to hear results of water testing next month

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 8th, 2017
HILLCREST -- Village of Hillcrest trustees will be receiving preliminary results of the water modeling system test at their meeting next month. Village engineer Jim Sparber updated the board on the testing progress, beginning with the mapping of the system skeleton into digital representation.
"Within the next two weeks, weather dependent, we will have staff do some flow testing
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An encore for math

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 8th, 2017
Shop, music, chorus, technology, computer, art, math: most would say math does not belong in that combination of elective classes. However, for a small group of students at Rochelle Middle School they are spending their encore time in an extra math class.
New this year at RMS Katie Queller-Zillis is teaching a math intervention classroom. Based on math teacher
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Learning outside the box

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 7th, 2017
ROCHELLE -- Students in Mrs. Downey and Mrs. Tobler's first grade classrooms at Lincoln Elementary School used their imaginations as they wrote their own version of Antoinette Portis' award winning book entitled Not a Box.   Not a Box captures the story of an imaginative bunny who took many adventures using a plain cardboard box!  The students used cardboard boxes to
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Sign variance for business approved by planning, zoning commission

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 7th, 2017
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5-0 Monday evening to recommend City Council approve a variance regarding the new Liquor ‘N Wine store on Seventh Street.
The building's owner, Minesh Patel, applied for the variance to allow a sign that would be placed 15 feet off of the property line rather than the required 25 feet, which
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