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Dave Tess, Russ Crull and Eric Arnquist of Tess, Crull & Arnquist made a surprise visit to the Rochelle Food Pantry on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

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Local educator wins University of Illinois Individual Extension Excellence Award

Peggy Doty, energy and environmental stewardship educator serving Boone, Dekalb and Ogle counties, was honored by University of Illinois Extension for dedicated and innovative work in natural resource education.

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Dental office holding non-perishable food drive

Midwest Dental, located at 1223 N. Caron Road, is hosting a non-perishable/canned food drive.

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Card shower set for Thompson’s 90th bday

Arline Thompson will be celebrating her 90th birthday on Dec. 10, 2020.

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Grateful for experience with program

My name is Gabrielle Gonzales, and I am a high school graduate of Rochelle Township High School. I recently worked with Sinnissippi Centers participating with the ELC program at Northern Illinois University.

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Fat “jokes” have become more commonplace

We live in a society where it is unacceptable to ridicule a candidate’s race or religion, but increasingly a politician’s size is fair game.

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Making an impact

The scheduled closing of the Byron Generating Station would certainly hurt Byron and the Byron Community School District 226.

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For the love of reading

The Flagg-Rochelle Public Library recently implemented the Hoopla program for its patrons to borrow a variety of services and one local family made a donation in honor of a loved one when they learned of the program.

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Rochelle VFW Post 3878 Commander Bill Bumgarner presented Rochelle Foods on Friday with a plaque in recognition for the support it has given to the post through donations including turkeys for the post’s annual Thanksgiving dinner.

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City of Rochelle receives Distinguished Budget Award

Government Finance Officers Association is pleased to announce that the City of Rochelle, Illinois, has received GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2020 budget.

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A gift for police officers and firefighters

A gift for police officers and firefighters

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Ogle County court announces two-week pause in service

Ogle County Circuit Clerk Kim Stahl announced Saturday a pause in operation of the Ogle County Judicial Center due to a COVID-19 outbreak within two Ogle County offices.

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Ribbon cutting for new jail in Oregon Dec. 3

The Judicial Center annex, the name for the new Ogle County jail, will have a ribbon cutting and open house on Dec. 3 at 12:30 p.m.

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Foundation receives ComEd contribution

The Rochelle Area Community Foundation is the recipient of a $30,000 contribution from ComEd to enhance the quality of life in the Rochelle area.

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Tree sales begin Nov. 27

The Friday after Thanksgiving is not just for holiday shopping but the first day to purchase a live Christmas tree from the Knights of Columbus in Rochelle.

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The holidays should be different this year

The world is a very different place today than it was at the beginning of the year. Yes, we will have a new president in this country next year. But I am really taking about COVID-19, the virus that has changed all of our lives.

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Schools moving to full remote learning

Parents of students in the Rochelle Elementary District and Rochelle Township High School were notified Friday afternoon of plans for both districts to transition to fully remote learning following the Thanksgiving break.

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Conor O'Rorke events scheduled for December

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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District 212 to continue with hybrid learning model

Rochelle School District 212 will continue with its hybrid learning model despite recent recommendations from the Ogle County Health Department to move to remote learning from Thanksgiving break until mid-January due to rising COVID-19 cases in the area.

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Recreation center on track to open Dec. 1

The Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District recreation center at Helms South remains on schedule to open its doors to the public on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The Board of Commissioners received an update on the project during its monthly meeting Monday night

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Sponsor soldiers through annual wreath program

Last year the Rochelle community came together to sponsor wreaths on all 156 known veterans’ graves at St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

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