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Sheriff presents video briefing on Lost Nation shooting incident to Ogle County Board

At Tuesday's monthly meeting of the Ogle County Board, Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle presented a critical incident briefing on the June 12 shooting in Lost Nation that resulted in three Ogle County Emergency Response Team members being shot.
At Tuesday's monthly meeting of the Ogle County Board, Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle presented a critical incident briefing on the June 12 shooting in Lost Nation that resulted in three Ogle County Emergency Response Team members being shot.
Community
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.
The Rochelle Chamber of Commerce recently presented its Lawn of the Week award for the week of June 14 to Ted and Vonnie Wilkinson. They received a sign and a $25 Rochelle ACE Hardware gift card, presented by Rochelle Ace Hardware Manager Jesse Lopez.
Wilkinsons win June 14 Chamber Lawn of the week
The Rochelle Chamber of Commerce recently presented its Lawn of the Week award for the week of June 14 to Ted and Vonnie Wilkinson. They received a sign and a $25 Rochelle ACE Hardware gift card, presented by Rochelle Ace Hardware Manager Jesse Lopez.

Girls Bowling: Adams commits to McKendree University

Rochelle senior Faith Adams will be continuing her academics and her bowling career at McKendree University next year.
From the moment she first visited the McKendree University campus in Lebanon, Rochelle Township High School senior Faith Adams knew that she had found her future home. Adams has since signed to …

Cheerleading: Ortega to continue at Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Rochelle senior Kayla Ortega will be continuing her academics and her cheer career at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire next year.
Confidence wasn’t an issue for Rochelle Township High School senior Kayla Ortega when she tried out for the cheerleading team at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this past month.
Sports
The Rochelle Lady Hub volleyball team returned for the start of its summer schedule earlier this month. The Lady Hubs are holding open gyms every Monday from 7-8 p.m. in June.
Volleyball: Lady Hubs back in the gym for summer workouts
Serving and receiving are two areas of emphasis for the Rochelle Lady Hub varsity volleyball team as the program begins its summer schedule this offseason.
The Rochelle Lady Hub basketball team is hosting its high school camp every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30-8 a.m. during the month of June.
Girls Basketball: Lady Hubs back in action for summer workouts
Shooting and ball handling are among the top priorities for second-year head coach Jon Gehm and his staff as the Rochelle Lady Hub varsity basketball team returns to the hardwood for the start of its summer schedule, which tipped off with its first open gym Monday.
Senior Jack Tilton dribbles around assistant coach Matt Rosenwinkel during the Rochelle Hub basketball team's summer camp Thursday afternoon.
Boys Basketball: Hubs return to the hardwood for summer workouts
The Rochelle Hub varsity basketball team nearly came away with an IHSA 3A Regional Championship last season, when the boys took down Woodstock and came close to upending another higher-ranked school in Freeport.
Opinion
Marty Travis

The power of a local food system

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.

RMU at a glance

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.
Quite frequently I get calls from farmers across the area asking how they can dispose of old chemicals. Often these were left over from prior years plantings or many times they are cleaning out barns due to a death in the family.
Being a father is not easy; it takes sacrifice, which means playing an essential role in a child’s life by being there for them and loving them unconditionally.
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Obituaries
Obituaries
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.
Ronald Allen Dean
Ronald Allen Dean
God called Ron Dean, 80, of Ashton, IL home on Sunday, June 9, 2024, after a series of complications from cancer.
Annette
Annette ‘Nettie’ Ann Kary
Annette "Nettie" Ann Kary, age, 76, formerly of Rochelle, passed away on Friday, May 17, 2024 in Eagan, Minnesota. 
Ruth Irene Dalton
Ruth Irene Dalton
Ruth Irene Dalton, 91, formerly of Dixon, IL, passed away Friday, May 31, 2024 at the Dixon Rehab and Healthcare in Dixon, Illinois surrounded by her family.
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