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Poliska wins IPA Non-Certified Supper Personnel award

Rochelle Township High School District 212 recently announced that RTHS Athletic Secretary Ronda Poliska is recipient of the Illinois Principals Association 2022 Non-Certified Support Personnel award for the state's Northwest Region.

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Busching earns RTHS Student Council’s Upbeat Attitude Award

Rochelle Township High School Spanish teacher Hannah Busching was recently given the RTHS Student Council's Upbeat Attitude Award.

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Wolter retiring from RTHS as production technology teacher

Over the course of his career, Wolter has taught drafting, CAD computer-aided drafting, business technology, game design, product management, internet technology, computer coding, drafting, engineering, robotics and introduced students to 3-D printing.

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Museum hosting Veterans Cemetery Walk May 26

In honor of Memorial Day, the Flagg Township Museum will host a Veterans Cemetery Walk on Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. both virtually and at the museum.

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Sound the Alarm event took place Saturday

On Saturday, local volunteers and members of the Red Cross came together to install 229 free smoke alarms for Rochelle families vulnerable to home fires during a Sound the Alarm event.

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Ogle County Sheriff’s Office reminds motorists to ‘Click It or Ticket’

The Ogle County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that it is stepping up enforcement for the Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket” campaign May 13-31 and reminds motorists to buckle up. “Click It or Ticket” focuses on safety education and law enforcement support to save lives.

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Serenity hosting memorial golf play day honoring Jonathon Knodle

Serenity Hospice and Home will be holding their 30th Annual Jonathon Knodle Memorial Golf Play Day. This event honors the life of Jonathon Knodle, the son of Lynn and Doug Knodle, who died in 1990.

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Psychologist Roberts wins IPA Leadership award

Ogle County Education Cooperative Psychologist Chris Roberts was recently named the winner of the Illinois Principals Association Certified Supported Personnel Leadership Award.

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RTHS names foreign language quarterly merit award winners

French students honored were Aaliyah Losoya, Jimmy Chavez, Grecia Orozco and Andy Buskohl. Honored Spanish students were Julia Livingston, Alivia Henkel, Erick Fulgencio Milán and John Green.

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Hub Hickory Nuts 4-H club tours Holcomb Huber Feed

On May 2, the Hub Hickory Nuts 4-H club met at Holcomb Huber Feed for a tour.

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Get to know RPD: Officer Rogers in 9th year with department

Officer Cassie Rogers of the Rochelle Police Department is a patrol officer on day shift. She’s also a certified car seat technician. Rogers has been with the department for nine years, seven of which were spent as a 911 dispatcher before the past two as a police officer.

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DAR expanding Wreaths Across America program to Creston

The Daughters of the American Revolution’s Rochelle Chapter, which has participated in the Wreaths Across America program at Rochelle and Oregon cemeteries, is pleased to announce a further expansion to its sponsorship program to include Woodlawn Cemetery in Creston.

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Lincoln School teacher wins IPA Teacher Leadership Award

Rochelle Community Consolidated District 231 announced that Lincoln School Kindergarten Teacher, Mrs. Nicole Tobler, has been recognized as the recipient of the Illinois Principal Association (IPA)’s “Teacher Leadership Award” for the state's northwest region.

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Lynn-Scott-Rock Fire’s fish fry is June 3

The 69th annual Lynn-Scott-Rock Volunteer Firemen’s Fish Fry is Friday, June 3 from 4-7 p.m. at the Lindenwood station at 15940 E. Lindenwood Road.

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Two Eswood School students nominated for IPA Student Leadership Award

Jerelyn Ortega and Philip Winters, both eighth graders at Eswood School, were nominated by the Eswood faculty and staff for the Illinois Principals Association Student Leadership Award.

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Registration is open for city’s Citizens Academy

Citizens Academy is a program that offers the opportunity to learn about local government, Rochelle's municipal utility and the services delivered that impact residents' quality of life.

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3 transported to hospital after Ashton single-vehicle accident

On May 10 at 3:31 p.m. the Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one-vehicle rollover crash on Ashton Road, just north of the Interstate 88 overpass, south of Ashton, a press release said.

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RPD responded to 2 robbery incidents and a shooting this week

The Rochelle Police Department responded to two robbery incidents and a shots fired call in the past week, RPD Chief Eric Higby said. No injuries occurred in any of the incidents.

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Headon’s to open second location in Davis Junction

Headon’s Fine Meats Owner Mark Hibshman said Thursday that his business will be opening a second location in Davis Junction at the end of this month.

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Elementary board: Administration gives end-of-year details

During Tuesday’s Rochelle Elementary School District Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Jason Harper said Rochelle Middle School’s eighth grade graduation will be held Friday, May 27 at Rochelle Township High School outdoors on the football field weather-permitting.

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Mayor: Offer accepted on building with plans for daycare

Rochelle Mayor John Bearrows said last week that an offer has been accepted on the Kishwaukee Family YMCA Child Care Center building at 1010 N. 15th St. that closed in 2020 and the buyer has plans to make it a daycare once again.

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RCH Auxiliary presents healthcare scholarships to five students

The Rochelle Community Hospital Auxiliary recently presented healthcare scholarships to students Josie Lundquist, Madison Ost, Grace Pfeiffer, Schuyler Podolski and Megan Thompson.

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Community of Opportunity hiring expo was held Friday

The event featured on-the-spot interviews, hiring incentives and more from 40-plus employees. A similar event was held last fall in a continuing effort to combat the impact a nationwide workforce shortage has had on the area.

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City council: Potential long-term railroad park improvements discussed

At Monday's Rochelle City Council meeting, a presentation was made on potential long-term improvements to the city's railroad park.

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Cinco De Mayo festival was held downtown Saturday

On Saturday, Rochelle’s downtown gazebo area was filled with area residents celebrating Cinco De Mayo. The festival was held for the first time after two years off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Plaque installed for Memorial Day

On Thursday, a bronze plaque was installed on the pedestal of the kneeling soldier at the Rochelle Veterans War Memorial at Lawnridge Cemetery.

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Sterling man sentenced to 10 years for criminal sexual assault

Ogle County State's Attorney Mike Rock announced on Tuesday that Christopher J. Sprague, 47, of Sterling, was sentenced to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by the Honorable Judge John B. Roe for the offense of criminal sexual assault.

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Sheriff’s Office K9 Haze to get donation of body armor

Ogle County Sheriff’s Office K9 Haze will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

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Sheriff’s Office announces distracted driving enforcement results

The Ogle County Sheriff’s Office announced it issued 26 citations for using cell phones while driving and 665 other citations during the April distracted driving enforcement period.

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RTHS Class of 2022 awarded scholarships

Rochelle Township High School Honors Night recognizes students for academic achievement. On May 2, more than $155,000 in local scholarships were presented to members of the RTHS Class of 2022. More than $2.24 million in institutional awards were presented.

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Awards given to students during RTHS Honors Night

During Rochelle Township High School’s honors night on May 2, students were presented with more than $2.24 million in institutional awards.

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RCH employees recognized for years of service

Rochelle Community Hospital would like to congratulate employees receiving service awards in 2022. The 33 employees being honored represent 410 years at Rochelle Community Hospital.

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City, Northern Illinois Disposal donate to bottle cap program

Two donations were presented recently to the Rochelle Township High School Key Club and Kiwanis Golden K’s bottle cap donation program to bring park benches to the community.

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Rochelle flower shops prepare for Mother’s Day

"I think it's very fulfilling to see people do nice things for their mothers and families,” Colonial Flowers and Gifts Owner Naomi Baldwin said. “Even talking to the girls when they deliver, almost everybody smiles. Flowers make people smile. They create emotion."

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Creston board: Engineering for quiet zones at rail crossings approved

At its Tuesday meeting, the Creston Village Board unanimously voted to spend $10,400 on engineering to start the process of possibly getting the village's railroad crossings turned into "quiet zones" to end train horns in Creston.

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Brewski’s Bar & Grill opens downtown

The fishing-themed bar and grill held a ribbon cutting Thursday and officially opened for business Friday in the former site of The Rack Bar & Grill.

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Man sentenced to combined 30 years for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child

Ogle County State's Attorney Mike Rock announced on April 27 that Eric Simpson, 38, was sentenced to a combined 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for multiple counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

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RTHS students visit Feinberg School of Medicine

Select students from Nelson Baker’s human anatomy and physiology classes at Rochelle Township High School visited the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University recently.

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RTHS senior Hueramo wins DAR Good Citizen award

Rochelle Township High School senior Marlen Hueramo was presented the DAR Good Citizen Award by the Rochelle Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution at the recent honors ceremony.

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County electronic recycling event is May 21

The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department (OCSWMD) will be holding a residential electronic recycling event on Saturday, May 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the County Annex Building at 909 Pines Rd. in Oregon.

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Rochelle Community of Opportunity Spring 2022 Hiring Expo is May 6

The City of Rochelle and the Office of Mayor John Bearrows announce the Rochelle Community of Opportunity Spring 2022 Hiring Expo to be held on May 6 in the Blue Gym at the Rochelle Township High School, 1401 E. Flagg Rd.

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6 from RTHS in CFNIL scholarship class of 2022

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) announced its 2022 scholarship recipients recently. Six students from Rochelle Township High School were awarded scholarships.

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Planning & Zoning: Hickory Grove items continued to June meeting

At Monday’s meeting, the City of Rochelle Planning & Zoning Commission voted unanimously to continue two Hickory Grove-related agenda items to its June 6 meeting.

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Wet, cold weather hindering planting season for area farmers

Ogle County Farm Bureau Manager Ron Kern said last week that wet and cold conditions have hindered the spring work of area farmers.

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Parents register online for students’ RTHS classes

Online school registration for the 2022-2023 school year is open at Rochelle Township High School.

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RCH goes live with new electronic medical record

Effective today, May 1, Rochelle Community Hospital is now live with Epic, their new electronic medical record.

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RACF to guest bartend at Flight Deck on May 5

The Rochelle Area Community Foundation (RACF) will be guest bartending at Flight Deck Bar & Grill on Thursday, May 5 from 6-9 p.m.

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Section 2 FFA elects new officer team

The new team includes Kelton Schwamberger (president), Emma Dinges (vice president), Natalie Pratt (reporter), Bruce Gehrke (secretary), Ally Cytrych (treasurer) and Megan Seebach (sentinel).

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Portion of 4th Avenue to be closed starting May 2

Fourth Avenue between Third Street and Main Street, including the intersection of Main Street and Fourth Avenue, will be closed for storm sewer improvements beginning May 2. All work is scheduled to be completed by Friday, May 6.

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Sound the Alarm event is May 14: ‘It saves lives’

The Red Cross is teaming up with the City of Rochelle and the Rochelle Fire Department for the smoke alarm and home fire safety event next month for Rochelle residents. Smoke alarms with 10-year lithium batteries will be installed by volunteers free of charge.

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Rochelle dentist returns from Army National Guard deployment in Poland

Dr. Mike Wattles of Maintain Your Smile Dental in Rochelle recently returned from a nearly five month-long Illinois Army National Guard deployment in Poland as a dental officer in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

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Rochelle’s Cinco De Mayo festival is May 7

Rochelle’s Cinco De Mayo festival is Saturday, May 7 from 4-11 p.m. in the downtown gazebo area.

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