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RCH Rehabilitation Services Department helps patients to regain mobility, quality of life

The transition into the summer months brings an increase in referrals for the Rochelle Community Hospital Rehabilitation Services Department, Evan Tracy, the department’s manager, said.
The transition into the summer months brings an increase in referrals for the Rochelle Community Hospital Rehabilitation Services Department, Evan Tracy, the department’s manager, said.
Community
At its June 20 meeting, The Kiwanis Golden K Club of Rochelle accepted a $3,000 donation from Cain Millwork. The donation came from proceeds from Cain Millwork's golf outing.
Cain Millwork donates to Kiwanis Golden K
At its June 20 meeting, The Kiwanis Golden K Club of Rochelle accepted a $3,000 donation from Cain Millwork. The donation came from proceeds from Cain Millwork's golf outing.
Samantha Overton and Alayna Smardo are pictured with one of multiple awards the Rochelle FFA chapter won at the state FFA convention.
Rochelle FFA honored at state convention June 11-13
Members of the Rochelle FFA chapter attended the 96th annual Illinois State FFA Convention June 11-13 along with more than 5,000 other FFA members, advisors, and guests. With a 2024 theme of “United As One,” the three-day event annually recognizes achievements of Illinois FFA members, elects the major state officer team, and celebrates agriculture. 
Rochelle Township High School District #212 and Rochelle Community Consolidated School District #231 recently announced that Celeste Canfield has been hired as a shared English language learners (ELL) director for both local districts.
Canfield hired as Rochelle schools shared district ELL director
Rochelle Township High School District #212 and Rochelle Community Consolidated School District #231 recently announced that Celeste Canfield has been hired as a shared English language learners (ELL) director for both local districts.

Softball: All-American honors highlight Smardo's freshman season at Waubonsee CC

Former Rochelle student-athlete Morgan Smardo was named an NFCA Second-Team All-American during her freshman season at Waubonsee Community College. Smardo will be transferring to the University of St. Francis in Joliet.
After an outstanding freshman season at Waubonsee Community College, where she earned several postseason accolades including NFCA Second-Team All-American honors, former Rochelle softball standout Morgan Smardo intends to take her talents to the next level.

Football: Metzger competes at 50th Annual Illinois High School Shrine Game

Rochelle senior graduate Brock Metzger represented the Hubs during the 2024 Illinois High School Shrine Game at Illinois Wesleyan University over the weekend.
Rochelle senior graduate Brock Metzger represented the Hubs during the 2024 Illinois High School Shrine Game at Illinois Wesleyan University over the weekend. The annual All-Star event unites the top high school football players in the state each summer.
Rochelle wrestler Roman Villalobos helped lead Team Illinois to third place in the greco-roman tournament at the 2024 USA Wrestling 16U National Duals in Utah.

Wrestling: Villalobos represents Illinois at 2024 16U National Duals

Rochelle Township High School wrestling standout Roman Villalobos represented the Hub City and his home state this past week, when the rising junior competed as a member of Team Illinois during the 2024 USA Wrestling 16U National Duals in Utah.
Sports
The Rochelle Hub football team closes out its skills camp session on Monday morning.
Football: Hubs return for start of summer skills camp
The Rochelle Hub football team returned to the field earlier this month for the start of its offseason summer schedule, which includes the annual summer skills camp as well as the annual one-week lineman camp for sophomore, junior and senior players.
Sophomore Caleb Mortensen hits a volley for the Rochelle Hub tennis team. RTHS is forming a new co-op with Oregon High School that will begin during the 2024-25 school year.
Tennis: RTHS launching two-year co-op with Oregon High School
Rochelle Township High School has formed a new tennis co-op with Oregon High School for the 2024-25 and 2025-26 calendar years. The two-year pilot program was approved during the RTHS Board of Education’s monthly meeting on Monday evening.
Hunter Bivins leaps over a hurdle during the 44th Annual RATC Invitational at RTHS on Saturday.
Track & Field: 44th Annual RATC Invitational held at RTHS
The Rochelle Area Track Club held the 44th Annual RATC Invitational at Rochelle Township High School on Saturday.
Opinion
Lindsay Mark Lewis

Federal boondoggles threaten our privacy; Attorney General Raoul must protect us

With cyberattacks on the rise, our data privacy has never been in greater peril. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s work helping keep that information safe has been welcome, including his recent call for Meta to step up efforts to thwart hackers. Unfortunately, even with the best intentions, protections can go too far. And now we need his leadership to set things straight.

Greenhouse gas emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency published the latest edition of the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2022. The report has been published annually since 1990 and provides an annual estimate of all man-made greenhouse gas emission sources in the U.S. as well as estimates of the amount of carbon trapped in forest and vegetation soil.
We thank the Illinois General Assembly for renewing its commitment to the Illinois Local Food Infrastructure Grant (LFIG). Thanks to lawmakers’ support, farmers like me can feed even more folks through better infrastructure to scale production and manage our operations effectively.
Rochelle Municipal Utilities Electric plays a vital role in the future progress of our community.  RMU’s electric division provides low-cost reliable public power to over 7,000 customers in our service territory.
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Obituaries
Obituaries
Earl Bray
Earl Bray
Earl Bray age 88 of LaFollette, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2024, at his home. 
Nancy Lee Ann Capes
Nancy Lee Ann Capes
Nancy Lee Ann Capes, 69, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2024 at her home with her family by her side. 
Dr. Don Eugene Hinderliter 
Dr. Don Eugene Hinderliter 
Don Eugene Hinderliter, 88, a native of Lewistown, IL and long-time resident of Rochelle, IL, passed away on Sunday in Houston, TX.
Arlene Lois Skaar
Arlene Lois Skaar
Arlene Lois Skaar, 95, of Kings, Illinois, passed away peacefully on June 15, 2024 after a long and fulfilling life. She was surrounded by family.
Leslie Allen Hipsher
Leslie ‘Les’ Allen Hipsher
Leslie Allen Hipsher, better known as “Les”, 76, of Brownstown, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2024 at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield.
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