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Hub City Furniture to close this month after 45 years in business, owner retiring

Hub City Furniture at 429-433 Lincoln Highway in Rochelle will be closing its doors for the final time at the end of this month after 45 years in business as Owner Susan Andracke is retiring.
Hub City Furniture at 429-433 Lincoln Highway in Rochelle will be closing its doors for the final time at the end of this month after 45 years in business as Owner Susan Andracke is retiring.
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Kishwaukee Education Consortium (KEC)’s Abel Huerta (far left) took second place in job skill demonstration A HS at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.
Kish, KEC students crowned at SkillsUSA National Conference
Kishwaukee Education Consortium (KEC) in Malta had students place, including Abel Huerta (Job Skill Demonstration A), second place; Addison McGlaughlin (Health Occupations Professional Portfolio), fourth place and Chris Thorne (Diesel Equipment Technology), seventh place.
It is time once again to select the Kiwanis Golden K Little Miss Peanut winner. The contest will be held on Friday night, Aug. 16, at the Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival, at 6 p.m. on the stage.
Search is on for next Little Miss Peanut, entry deadline is July 26
It is time once again to select the Kiwanis Golden K Little Miss Peanut winner. The contest will be held on Friday night, Aug. 16, at the Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival, at 6 p.m. on the stage.
A GoFundMe has been established for funeral and futurfamily expenses for a Rochelle couple killed in a car accident early Tuesday evening on Interstate 88 in DeKalb County near Cortland and Hinckley and Gurler Road.
GoFundMe established for Rochelle couple killed in Tuesday I-88 accident
A GoFundMe has been established for funeral and future family expenses for a Rochelle couple killed in a car accident early Tuesday evening on Interstate 88 in DeKalb County near Cortland and Hinckley and Gurler Road.

Baseball: Burdin finds new home at Rockford University

Former Rochelle student-athlete Nate Burdin transferred from Rock Valley College to Rockford University, where he made eight starts on the mound and logged 91 at-bats during the 2024 season.
A second chance allowed former Rochelle student-athlete Nate Burdin to return to the baseball diamond at Rockford University after an elbow injury nearly derailed his collegiate career. 

Girls Soccer: Milan moving up to Saint Xavier University

Former Rochelle soccer standout Lizbeth Milan will be transferring to Saint Xavier University in Chicago to continue her academics and athletics. Milan spent two years at Kishwaukee College.
Former Rochelle soccer standout Lizbeth Milan has been a leader since she first earned her starting defensive role with the Lady Hubs during her freshman season.
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Above are swimmers Tyler Sutton, Joah Horner, Axel Alsop and Tyler Johnson, who are competing in the 13-14 boys division for the Rochelle Rays this summer.
Swimming: Rochelle Rays re-enter the water for 2024 season
The Rochelle Rays are back in action for the 2024 summer swim season. Rochelle traveled to face the Geneseo Gators on July 11 before returning to Spring Lake Pool for a home meet against the Dixon Dolphins and South Beloit’s Catch the Wave on July 13. 
The Rochelle Little League 10U Softball All-Stars won the Illinois Little League District 19 Championship tournament this week. The team includes Annalyce Harris, Brynn Stinnett, Chloe Streit, Gennelle Hernandez, Grace Olson, Isabel Jackson, Izabella King, Kate Keller, Lilyan Erickson, Madelynn McRoberts, Natalie Isley, Rose Elston, Rosie Bugarin and Zoey Harris. The team is coached by James Jackson, Shannon Bybee, Rudy Nambo and Adam Erickson.
Little League: 10U Softball All-Stars win District 19 Championship
Rochelle Little League’s 10U Softball All-Stars won all three of their games to take home the Illinois Little League District 19 Championship at Floyd J. Tilton Park in Rochelle this week. Rochelle will advance to compete in the Illinois Little League State Championship.
Rochelle Little League's 12U Baseball All-Stars took second at the Illinois Little League District 19 Championship tournament. The team includes Chase Brown, Eli Thompson, Garrett Miller, Gavin Smith, Jackson Olszewski, Jadon Exantus, Jaxson Olsen, Jaxon Quinonez, Kamden Kessen, Reed Dougherty, Roberto Bugarin and Teddy Millard. The team is coached by Robin Olszewski, Mike Thompson and Kenny Dougherty. 
Little League: 12U Baseball All-Stars finish second at District 19 Championship
Rochelle Little League’s 12U Baseball All-Stars battled in the Illinois Little League District 19 Championship tournament at Gartner Park in Sterling this week. Rochelle went 2-2 over four games, reaching the final round before ending the tournament in second place.
Rochelle Little League’s Junior League Baseball All-Stars took the field for the 2024 Illinois Little League State Championship tournament in Elgin over the weekend. The team includes Elijah Schweitzer, Nolan Zick, Brayden Harley, Jasper Macklin, Elijah Good, Joey Chadwick, John Williams, Kolton Cragin, Dayton Mellor, Edwin Cervantes, Sebastian Albertson, Luke Chadwick, Riley Smith and Zach Johnson. The Junior League All-Stars are coached by Mike Medina, Jaime Huerta and Mike McGill.
Little League: Junior League Baseball All-Stars finish fifth at Illinois Little League State Championship
Rochelle Little League’s Junior League Baseball All-Stars took the field for the 2024 Illinois Little League State Championship tournament in Elgin over the weekend. Rochelle went 2-1 over three games to finish fifth out of the 10 qualifying teams in the final standings.
Rochelle Little League’s 12U Softball All-Stars were on the diamond for the 2024 Illinois Little League State Championship tournament in Rushville over the weekend. The team includes Berkeley Thompson, Cali Metzger, Hailey Chapman, Helen Miller, Jaelyn Gonzales, Leni Haedt, Lylah Schacht, Macey Gittleson, Makenzie Johnson, Mayson Smardo, Misha Krawcewicz, Molly Whiting, Sofia Reynolds and Tinley Tabor. The girls are coached by Johnny Gonzales, Kristi Gonzales, Abby Reish, Allison Dobberstein and Bella Lodico.
Little League: 12U Softball All-Stars battle at Illinois Little League State Championship
Rochelle Little League’s 12U Softball All-Stars were on the diamond for the 2024 Illinois Little League State Championship tournament at Scripps Park in Rushville over the weekend. Rochelle went 0-4 over four games after winning the District 19 Championship tournament.
The Rochelle Little League 10U Baseball All-Stars went 3-1 over four games to win the Illinois Little League District 19 Championship tournament at Wallingford Park in Rock Falls this week. The team includes Brecken Bruns, Chase Olsen, Cody Cox, Connor Isley, Cooper Harris, Griffin Rutledge, Gwen Good, Jacob Chadwick, Max Harley, Michael Vaughn, Paul Olszewski, Quade Dickey and Tanner Dixon. The team is coached by John Cox, John Vaughn and Jeff Dickey.
Little League: 10U Baseball All-Stars win District 19 Championship
The Rochelle Little League 10U Baseball All-Stars went 3-1 over four games to win the Illinois Little League District 19 Championship tournament at Wallingford Park in Rock Falls this week.
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6 tips on how to discuss your mental health with others

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This is the story of a storyteller. Born on Nov. 1, 1891 in Ohio, Illinois, Bernard (Buck) Faley was a “character”. His parents, James and Susan, owned a meat market and young Buck worked in the family store. Buck was raised and educated in small communities. He had many loves in his life. He loved boxing, family, and his countries, yes, his countries. Buck’s grandparents, John and Bridget, were born in Ireland and Buck was Irish to his core. He was also proud of his family’s new home, America. 
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Obituaries
Obituaries
Daniel Loren Miller
Daniel Loren Miller
Daniel Loren Miller, 91, of Ashton, IL passed away on July 15, 2024 at Franklin Grove Nursing Home.
Annette Marie Keutzer
Annette Marie Keutzer
Annette Marie Keutzer, 69, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2024 at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. 
Doris Fae Gruben
Doris Fae Gruben
Doris Fae Gruben, 83, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2024 at her rural Rochelle home.
Dorene Kay Golt
Dorene Kay Golt
Dorene Kay Golt, 64, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2024 at Javon Bea Medical Center in Rockford, Illinois.
Woodrow “Woody” Cupp Sr.
Woodrow ‘Woody’ Cupp Sr.
Woodrow “Woody” Cupp Sr., 77, of Steward, passed away Monday, July 15, 2024, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.
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