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RACF exceeds 2021 #GivingTuesday goals

Tuesday, Nov. 30 was a day to celebrate as the community came together in generosity to give over $9,300 in support of Rochelle Area Community Foundation (RACF) funds.

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RTHS Interact Club selling bracelets to combat sex trafficking

The Rochelle Township High School Interact Club is selling bracelets to benefit Destiny Rescue, whose mission is to rescue children from sexual exploitation and human trafficking

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New members welcomed to the Rochelle Chapter DAR

New members Cheri Troy and Janet Cotter were welcomed to the Rochelle Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution at the November meeting.

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Cruisers donate to Wreaths Across America

On Nov. 19, representatives of the Hub Cruisers Car Club donated $450 to Wreaths Across America for the purchase of 30 wreaths to be placed at veterans graves on Dec. 19 this year.

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Sheriff’s Office issues 171 citations in Thanksgiving campaign

The Ogle County Sheriff’s Office issued 171 citations including three impaired driving arrests and 12 arrests for unlicensed, suspended or revoked drivers during the recent Thanksgiving enforcement effort.

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Giving Tuesday at RTHS

The last Tuesday of the month which is Giving Tuesday. At Rochelle Township High School, the Interact Club offered Hubs an opportunity to be a part of a global generosity movement.

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New service being offered at RCH for chronic lower back pain

Rochelle Community Hospital announced Tuesday it is among the first in the region to offer an innovative approach to provide relief for patients suffering from chronic low back pain (CLBP). Dr. Azhar Kothawala advances a specialized probe into the vertebrae and uses radiofrequency energy (heat) to disable the nerve, rendering it unable to transmit pain signals. Intracept takes approximately 60-90 minutes and is implant-free.

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Rotary donates to Rochelle DAR

The Rochelle Rotary Club recently gave a $500 donation to the Rochelle Daughters of the American Revolution Wreaths Across America project.

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Looking at the need for more retail in Rochelle

“I agree 1,000 percent that we need more retail and I do think that if we had more retail options and opportunities, more people would come and visit and stay,” City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh said. “But you have to have somebody who is willing to make that investment."

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City’s proposed budget: Infrastructure among top priorities

City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh said last week that infrastructure investments will be among the top priorities of the city’s proposed 2022 budget that totals nearly $90 million.

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Blueflamedecor opening downtown in old Stone’s Hallmark building

Blueflamedecor Owners Nathan and Cheyenne Uhl will be opening a home decor workshop and storefront in downtown Rochelle in the old Stone’s Hallmark building at 400 Lincoln Hwy.

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2nd Annual Conor's Carryout scheduled this Sunday

Steward Elementary School normally hosts the Conor O’Rorke Memorial Basketball Tournament every December, with local teams from around the area gathering to compete while helping to raise money for the Lurie Children’s Hospital in memory of Conor O’Rorke. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of this year’s tournament, there will still be events happening including a carryout dinner and blood drive.

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Vrana retires from Focus House

After 30 years, the staff, students and board of the Foundation for Focus House, wish a very happy retirement to Susan Vrana, who managed the boys’ residential house.

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RPD’s Wittenberg visits St. Paul Lutheran School

Rochelle Police Officer Matt Wittenberg visited St. Paul Lutheran School’s pre-K and kindergarten classrooms recently to discuss safety.

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Roberts donates three books to museum

Three World War II history books by local author, Chuck Roberts, were donated the Flagg Township Museum recently.

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Malta church to host cookie walk Dec. 11

Malta United Methodist Church, 201 E. Sprague St., at the corner of S. Third Street & Sprague, is hosting its annual Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 9-11 a.m. in the church Fellowship Hall.

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Bricks engraved at veterans war memorial

On Nov. 17, 23 bricks were engraved at the Rochelle Veterans War Memorial.

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100 Women Who Care donate to senior center

Members of 100 Women Who Care of Ogle County recently awarded their Fall Impact Award Donation to the Hub City Senior Center in Rochelle.

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RCH Foundation Board President: ‘It's been very gratifying’

“I just like giving back to the city. The community we have is very lucky to have RCH there. A place to go whenever they're sick. To have it that close and have it be a community hospital and not run by a big conglomerate is very special. Anything we can do to help the patients, employees or hospital makes me feel good."

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Housing need ‘absolutely a priority’ for city officials

"I do think there's a lot of opportunity to expand housing in Rochelle," City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh said. "I think there's an opportunity for us to collaborate with some of our local developers to maybe do some projects.”

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City council: Daycare survey results presented

City of Rochelle Director of Marketing, Public Relations and Tourism Jenny Thompson presented the results of a recent survey to assess daycare needs in town at the city council’s Monday meeting.

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Knights of Columbus Christmas tree sales start Friday

Beginning Friday, Nov. 26 at noon, the Saint Patrick Church Knights of Columbus will sell Balsam Fir trees and wreaths for the seventh year.

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Community organizations help prepare food donations

On Thursday morning, various community organizations worked with the Rochelle Christian Food Pantry to prepare food for those in need of assistance with their Thanksgiving dinner.

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RCH Foundation Board: McLachlan hopes to raise awareness

Will McLachlan joined the Rochelle Community Hospital Foundation Board in early 2020. The Edward Jones financial advisor moved to town with his family in 2019 and had a desire to get involved and be part of the community. The RCH Foundation was how he chose to do that.

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Ogle County Sheriff’s Office kicks off Thanksgiving campaign

The Ogle County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday it’s joining with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and nearly 200 local police and sheriff’s departments to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over throughout the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Rochelle area scouts assist DAR in placing flags for Veterans Day

Girl Scout Troops 409 & 1168 and Cub Scout Pack 553 assisted the Rochelle Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution in placing flags on veterans' graves at Trinity Memory Gardens, Lawnridge Cemetery and St. Patrick's Cemetery in honor of Veterans' Day.

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Rotary makes donation to Community Action Network

At the club’s Tuesday meeting, Rochelle Rotary Club President Sarah Flanagan presented a $1,000 donation from the Rotary to C.A.N. (Community Action Network) Director Pat Burch and C.A.N. president Michelle Pease.

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Oregon Woman’s Club donates to Lincoln Elementary School

Members of the Oregon Woman's Club brought the gift of warmth to Lincoln Elementary School in Rochelle last week. Three OWC members delivered a collection of warm hats, gloves and mittens to the office at the school.

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Ogle County Fair Association hosts annual meeting

The Ogle County Fair Association held its annual meeting Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Ogle County Farm Bureau auditorium with 4-H and adult Volunteers, fair association members and board members present. 

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Rochelle valued veterans for 2020 and 2021 awarded

This year, the Rochelle Moose honored Jim Mecklenburg for 2020 and Russ Lechner for 2021.

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Hibshman speaks at Kiwanis Golden K

Last week, the Rochelle Kiwanis Golden K hosted Headon’s Owner Mark Hibshman as its guest speaker.

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DCEO officials visit Rochelle

On Tuesday three officials from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) came to Rochelle for a briefing on the industrial development opportunities being created by the City of Rochelle Railroad.

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County board: COVID-19 positivity rate is up again

The COVID-19 positivity rate is up again in Ogle County, Kyle Auman told the Ogle County Board at its Nov. 16 meeting.

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City receives GFOA budget award

Government Finance Officers Association announced last week that the City of Rochelle received GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget for its fiscal year that began Jan. 1. 2021.

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Chamber to host Small Business Saturday Nov. 27

The Rochelle Chamber of Commerce will celebrate Small Business Saturday on Nov. 27 with a Holiday Hunt.

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TV show ‘Still a Mystery’ covers Tyler Smith

The Nov. 10 show brought back “a lot of raw emotions” for Tyler's parents, Sandy Halsne and Keith Smith. The Illinois State Police are still investigating the 2018 death of the Rochelle Township High School and Western Illinois University grad.

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Sunrise Family Restaurant celebrates 30 years in Rochelle

Sunrise Family Restaurant celebrated being open for 30 years in Rochelle on Thursday with family, employees and customers. Free coffee and desert were offered the entire day.

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How the $1.2 trillion federal infrastructure bill could impact Rochelle

Rochelle City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh said he’s interested to see how the money will be allocated and and eventually received by cities like his and how it can be spent. He believes it could possibly help the city fund some projects sooner than anticipated.

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2 Ton Thanksgiving Food Drive held this week

102.3 The Coyote held its 16th Annual 2 Ton Thanksgiving Food Drive on Thursday at Prescott Brothers Ford in Rochelle.

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Chuck, Lydia Roberts speak at museum Veterans Day event

On Sunday, Nov. 14, Lydia and Chuck Roberts gave presentations to those at the Flagg Township Museum on veterans-related history.

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Kish hosts Veterans Day event

The program included a recognition of military service members by Greg Putra (director of financial aid, Kishwaukee College), a presentation on the transition from active duty to a full-time student by Anthony Schumaker (student), a presentation by Chuck Roberts (senior vice commander, American Legion Post 403, Rochelle) on what veterans did while in the service and a reading by John Gruben (commander, American Legion Post 403, Rochelle) from a passage by Larry Johansen.

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First Presbyterian Church honors veterans

The First Presbyterian Church small group “Ushers in Uniform” participated in the Sunday service on Nov. 14 to honor veterans.

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Park district board: 2nd Street property to be put up for sale

The Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District board discussed plans to put its former office and storage buildings on 2nd Street up for sale at its monthly meeting Monday.

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Koolidge launches congressional campaign

Syndicated radio host and Rochelle resident Mike Koolidge announced his run for Congress Monday night at an event at the Regale Center in Sycamore, a press release said.

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RTHS Board: Tennis court repairs will go out for bid

The Rochelle Township High School board unanimously approved going out to bid for a tennis court repair project that is estimated to cost $500,000 at its monthly meeting Monday.

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