• Two more mosquito pools in county test positive for West Nile

    The Ogle County Health Department has confirmed two more mosquito pools positive for West Nile virus in Ogle County for 2019. A pool of mosquitoes found near Rochelle and another separate mosquito pool collected in Monroe Center tested positive for West Nile virus on July 16.

  • Welcome to the ‘Hub City’

    The City of Rochelle is creating a program for new residents moving to town that will both make them feel welcomed in the community and help their transition go smoothly.

  • Pegasus, Culver’s teaming up for Share night

    Enjoy a delicious dinner at Culver’s and they will donate a percentage of the sales during these hours to the Pegasus Special Riders Therapeutic Horseback Riding Organization. The mission of Pegasus is to facilitate healing and empowerment in the lives of the physically, mentally and/or emotionally challenged individuals through a variety of equine-assisted activities and therapies.

  • Grants instrumental to mural project success

    Murals have been popping up in different locations around downtown Rochelle recently and the latest two were hung up on Saturday, June 29.

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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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Ogle County Queen court holding 4K event

Fundraiser being held at the fairgrounds on July 20.

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Football: Albers aiming for breakout season at Augustana College

The Augustana College football experience has taken former Rochelle standout Matt Albers to many different places around the region. This summer, Albers and his Viking teammates traveled across the pond, spending eight days in Ireland and facing off against the Belfast Trojans, an amateur football club and one of the top football teams in the Irish American Football League.

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Flip Flops and Blood Drops drive

Second annual event set for Monday, July 22.

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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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Marijuana talks set

Marijuana dispensaries in Rochelle could be a reality in the not so distant future. The Cannabis Taxation and Regulation Act was signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker back in late June, meaning recreational marijuana use will no longer be illegal for adults starting Jan. 1, 2020.

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Recent Kishwaukee College nursing grads achieve 100 percent first-time pass rate

Students graduating from the Kishwaukee College Registered Nursing Program in December 2018 and March 2019 achieved a first-time pass rate of 100 percent on the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). A total of 25 students, who completed the two-year registered nursing program at the college, passed the required examination on their first attempt, placing Kishwaukee College among the few institutions to accomplish this goal.

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Certified food protection course offered

Do you currently have a position handling food or are you looking to find a position in the food industry? If so, this class may be required for you to get a step ahead.

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Cooking class set at Cork ‘n Tap

Do you want to learn some of the basics of cooking and healthy eating? Need to fine tune your culinary knowledge?

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Marijuana law allows on-site consumption

The marijuana law includes an exemption to the Smoke-Free Illinois Act ban on indoor smoking, and lets cities decide whether to allow on-site marijuana use at bars, restaurants, and cannabis smoking lounges, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

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Irish eyes were smiling

Community celebrated Irish heritage last Saturday.

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