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Colonial Flowers & Gifts wins Merry and Bright Contest

Colonial Flowers & Gifts was recently awarded first place in the business portion of the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce’s Merry and Bright decorating contest.

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Ashton woman creates 100 barn quilts a year

In the 19th century, barn quilts were used as directions for the Underground Railroad. Now, they are used across the country as directions. Sue Pascarella, of Ashton, has been creating barn quilts for six years.

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RCH hosting holiday drive thru dinner

Rochelle Community Hospital is hosting a holiday drive thru dinner for anyone in need on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

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Museum to host school bell dedication event Dec. 11

The Flagg Township Museum will host a dedication event for the Flagg Center School Bell on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m.

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VCCT’s 2022 Winter Gala is Dec. 10

The Vince Carney Community Theatre will host its 2022 Winter Gala fundraising event on Saturday, Dec. 10.

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City planning improvements to second floor of City Hall

The City of Rochelle is planning improvements to the second floor of City Hall, City Director of Community Engagement Jenny Thompson said Nov. 21.

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City, OLFPD receive county ARPA funding for planned fire training facility

At its November meeting, the Ogle County Board awarded the Rochelle Fire Department and the Ogle-Lee Fire Protection District $50,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds for a planned multi-disciplinary training facility project to serve local and regional public safety personnel.

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3 from RTHS chosen to perform at ILMEA band festival

Rochelle Township High School Band Director Keaton Shumard announced last week that three students in the band program were selected to perform in the Illinois Music Educators Association District 8 Festival on Saturday, Nov. 19 at DeKalb High School.

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City’s Old Fashioned Christmas Walk is Friday, Dec. 2

The City of Rochelle’s Old Fashioned Christmas Walk is planned for Friday, Dec. 2 downtown from 4-8 p.m. with additional happenings Saturday and Sunday.

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City looking at installing cameras in downtown area

The City of Rochelle is looking at the possibility of installing cameras in the downtown area, City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh said Nov. 21.

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City council: 2023 budget approved

At its meeting Monday, the Rochelle City Council held a public hearing for and unanimously approved its fiscal year 2023 budget.

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A look at the city’s 2023 budget

Ahead of Monday’s public hearing and approval of the City of Rochelle’s 2023 budget, City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh spoke with the News-Leader on Nov. 21 about the city’s guiding document for the next year.

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Rochelle man displaying Native American artifact collection at library

Currently on display at the Flagg-Rochelle Public Library is a Native American artifact collection owned by Steve O’Connor of Rochelle.

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Get to Know RPD: Dispatcher Jackson going on 2nd year with department

Rochelle Police Department Dispatcher Candice Jackson has been with the department for one year and works overnight shifts.

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Former Rochelle resident recovering from Hurricane Ian

A childhood friend is fundraising to help a Florida newspaper editor and former Rochelle resident recover from the devastating damage of Hurricane Ian.

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Swinton heads up bottle caps to benches program

Dennis Swinton of Rochelle and Kiwanis Golden K has spent the past three years heading up a plastic bottle cap recycling program with youth clubs and donors in the community. The project has yielded six benches.

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AFCHS academic teams competes in Stateline Quiz Bowl

A few members of the Ashton-Franklin Center High School academic team traveled to Rockford to compete in the Stateline Quiz Bowl against Sterling Newman on Saturday.

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RTHS Cultural Reform Alliance raises money for RCH Foundation

Rochelle Community Hospital recently sent out a thanks to the Rochelle Township High School Cultural Reform Alliance. The group raised $639.50 in one week during their October cancer awareness fundraiser.

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RTHS student council and FFA distribute meals

The 17 RTHS students and three staff members with help from the food pantry’s Jennie O’Rorke, Cal Jacobs, Chet Olson and a few other volunteers kept the drive thru line moving.

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Health department reports increase in GI illness outbreaks

The Ogle County Department of Health (OCDH) reports an increase in gastrointestinal (GI) illness outbreaks and encourages people to take action to prevent the spread of the virus, a Nov. 21 press release said.

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Kisner named Valued Veteran of the Year by Rochelle Moose

Since 2017, the Rochelle Moose has held a Valued Veteran Banquet in November for all Rochelle Moose members who have self-identified as having served our nation in the United States Armed Forces.

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Park board: Shelter purchase approved

At its monthly meeting Monday, the Flagg Rochelle Community Park District Board of Directors unanimously approved a $28,650 purchase of a new shelter for Cooper Park.

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RTHS board: Bid approved for HVAC system work

At its monthly meeting Monday, the Rochelle Township High School Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a bid to upgrade the building's HVAC automation system.

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Beauty Bar celebrates third anniversary with ribbon cutting

On Friday, Beauty Bar, a salon at 310 N. Main St., celebrated its third anniversary and joining the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting.

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Chamber hosting Merry and Bright decorating contest this holiday season

The Rochelle Chamber of Commerce will once again be sponsoring the Merry and Bright decorating contest this holiday season.

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Ogle County farmers wrapping up 2022 harvest

Ogle County Farm Bureau Manager Ron Kern said Thursday, Nov. 17 that soybean harvest is wrapped up and around 10 percent of corn remains in fields for the 2022 harvest in the county.

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Get to Know RPD: Sgt. Sester in 12th year with department

Rochelle Police Department Sgt. Joe Sester is in his 12th year with the department and 14th as a police officer. He works night shift.

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County board: Budget approved

At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Ogle County Board approved its new 2023 budget and appropriations by a vote of 22-1.

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