In the spirit of giving back this holiday season, Stillman Bank held a food drive to benefit area families this Christmas. 1,006 pounds of non-perishable food items were collected during the two-week event. Now in its 14th year, this annual food drive has collected over 14,000 pounds of food since its inception in 2008.

In January the museum will celebrate the 140th birthday of the City and Town Hall building, now home to the Flagg Township Museum, with an exhibit in its Cabinet of Curiosities about the building’s history and a party on Jan. 7 with all the birthday fixings...cake & ice cream, party hats and games!

On Dec. 7, Kiwanis Golden K hosted its annual cash raffle where it drew the name of 20 winners. The club generated over $17,000 by selling tickets.

On Thursdays during the holiday season, employees of Cain Millwork worked in shifts to raise money for the Salvation Army all day long outside of Walmart and Walgreens in Rochelle.

Blending an international skydiving destination with amateur boxing, the inaugural Fight or Flight Classic is set to debut Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Chicagoland Skydiving Center airplane hangar in Rochelle. Sanctioned by USA Boxing, the Fight or Flight Classic includes a full slate of bouts with competitors from around the Midwest, music, food and beverages for sale, ringside tables, prizes and more.

At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Ogle County Board voted to rescind its previous commercial solar and wind energy facilities siting and operating ordinances and to replace them with new ordinances to meet a recent state senate bill (SB 1699) that included trailer bill language for the renewable energy project siting bill.

At its Dec. 11 meeting, the Rochelle City Council took its first preliminary step toward the future reconstruction and widening of Illinois Route 251 North through Rochelle by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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Ahead of the start of this season, Rochelle Community Hospital XCEL Orthopedics Physician’s Assistant Harrison “Hank” Swalla joined the Rochelle Township High School wrestling program as an assistant coach.

The City of Rochelle and the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District recently approved a new agreement for operation of Fairways Golf Course through the 2024 golf season.

On Wednesday, Dec. 20, Rochelle Community Hospital hosted its annual Holiday Drive Thru Dinner for anyone in need in the community. The dinner was free and received just under 200 orders, RCH Marketing, Foundation & Organizational Development Manager Michelle LaPage said.

The Rochelle Township High School Speech Team won the team competition at the Byron Holiday Classic Dec. 16. Of the 18 teams in the competition, Rochelle walked away in first place.

On Nov. 16, the Highland Community College Foundation recognized five Distinguished Alumni at the Freeport Club, including Terry Camplain of Davis Junction.

At its monthly meeting Monday, the Rochelle Township High School District Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution in support of placing a county facilities sales tax on the March 19 election ballot.

At its monthly meeting Monday, the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an amendment to its intergovernmental agreement with the City of Rochelle to extend the entities' joint ownership of Fairways Golf Course through the 2024 season.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, members of the Rochelle Fire Department and the Ogle-Lee Fire Protection District completed training evolutions at the new Joint Training Facility. This was the first training held at the site since construction began this fall. Members completed several evolutions, including hose line advancement, search, ventilation and command functions.

The Rochelle Lions Club recently donated new winter coats and snow pants to Lincoln Elementary School as part of its service to the community program.

HOPE of Ogle County is so very grateful for the community support they have received this holiday season. It received generous donations to assist survivors of domestic abuse and their children including turkey donations, gas cards, comfort and toiletry items for survivors staying in shelter, as well as folks who adopted families and individuals for the holidays.

In honor of National Gratitude Month in November, Rochelle Community Hospital created a gratitude tree.

A Court of Honor was held Sunday, Dec. 10 by Boy Scout Troop 64 of Steward for Scout Caleb Johnson, recognizing his achievement of the rank of Eagle Scout in August.

On Monday, Dec. 11, the City of Rochelle presented a facade grant check for $5,000 to Alfano’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant.

At its monthly meeting Wednesday, the Hillcrest Village Board of Trustees voted 3-2 to increase video gaming fees to $250 per machine per year. Trustees Tim Ball and Jose Huerta voted against the increase.

At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Rochelle Elementary School District Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution in support of county school facilities sales tax referendum appearing on the March 19 election ballot.

On Dec. 9, the Rochelle Township High School Speech team hosted the Rochelle Invitational. Rochelle placed fifth out of the 22 teams competing.

At its meeting Monday, the Rochelle City Council unanimously approved an engineering/surveying services agreement with Peralte Clark Engineering for $36,201 for Rochelle Municipal Utilities subsurface utility investigation and potential conflicts along Illinois Route 251 as the state looks at a future reconstruction project on the road on the north side of town

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