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County board: Vehicles purchase for sheriff's office approved

At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Ogle County Board unanimously approved the purchase of six 2023 Chevrolet Tahoe squad cars for the Ogle County Sheriff's Office.

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RPD’s Kovacs presents Pink Patch Fundraiser donation

Officer Kovacs presented the Living Well Cancer Resources Center with a check for the $1,575 that was raised during this year’s RPD Pink Patch Project fundraiser.

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Rep. Fritts honors Midwestern Clothing Company for November local business highlight

For his November 2023 local business highlight, State Rep. Bradley Fritts (R-Dixon) chose to highlight Midwestern Clothing Company in Rochelle. Rep. Fritts spent time touring the business and presented the owners with a certificate of appreciation for their contributions to the community.

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Groundbreaking ceremony held for Willis Senior Lofts senior housing development

On Nov. 17, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the future site of Willis Senior Lofts at 410 Willis Ave. in Rochelle.

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City presents facade grant check to Ralfie’s BBQ and Catering

On Thursday, the City of Rochelle presented a check for $5,000 to Ralfie’s BBQ and Catering Owners Ralf and Tricia Herrera as part of its facade grant program.

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$1 million winning Powerball ticket sold in Rochelle

Someone in Illinois is celebrating after winning a cool $1 million in Nov. 13’s Powerball drawing. The winning Powerball ticket was purchased at Love’s Travel Stop, located at 400 Steward Road in Rochelle, for Monday night’s drawing.

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Conor O’Rorke Memorial Blood Drive and Carryout is Dec. 2

On Saturday, Dec. 2, at Steward Elementary School, the Conor O'Rorke Tournament Committee will be hosting a mobile blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Ralfie's BBQ will be offering a "Conor's Carryout" $13 meal option to be picked up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Park district board: Presentation made on Helms Park concept design

At its monthly meeting Monday, the Flagg Rochelle Community Park District Board of Commissioners heard another presentation on the concept design for changes to Helms Park and heard feedback from residents on the project.

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RTHS Board: 2024 tax levy presented, vote next month

At its monthly meeting Monday, the Rochelle Township High School District Board of Education heard a presentation by District Business Manager Kevin Dale on the district's 2024 tax levy.

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Ribbon cutting held Thursday for 4th & Willow

On Thursday, a ribbon cutting event was held by the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce for 4th & Willow, a new venture of local business Wallyswishes and Owner Krystyn Mellor.

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Cote receives Veterans Day medal from Zekelman Industries

Bert Cote of Rochelle recently received a medal and letter from Zekelman Industries in honor of Veterans Day and his service to the country in World War II.

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Final Small Business Bingo event raises $3,760 for The Kitchen Table

On Monday, the fourth and final Small Business Bingo fundraiser event was held at the hangar at Chicagoland Skydiving Center and raised $3,760 for The Kitchen Table, Event Organizer and AP Massage Therapy Owner Ashley Patrick said.

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Elementary School Board: 8 percent tax levy increase proposed

At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Rochelle Elementary School District Board of Education heard a presentation by District Business Manager Kevin Dale on its 2024 fiscal year tax levy proposal.

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City hosts bilingual program on how to start a small business

On Nov. 9, the City of Rochelle hosted a bilingual program at Salt 251 for residents on how to start a small business. The Hispanic Community Business Expo featured presentations by a number of community stakeholders on the process of starting a business.

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35th Annual RTHS Madrigal Dinner is Dec 1-2

The 35th Annual Rochelle Township High School Madrigal Dinner is Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2 at Calvary Lighthouse Church, 14409 E. Hemstock Road in Hillcrest.

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City’s Old Fashioned Christmas Walk is Dec. 1

The City of Rochelle’s Old Fashioned Christmas Walk is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 1 in the downtown area. The lighted parade sponsored by the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce will take place down Lincoln Highway at 5:30 p.m., followed by the community tree lighting at City Hall at 6 p.m.

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Jeff Perry Auto Group names costume contest winner

Jaylee was the winner of the first annual trunk or treat costume contest that was held on Halloween at Jeff Perry Chevrolet, Chrysler, Jeep. Over 30 contestants participated and Jaylee won with over 190 votes. Her costume was “Mac n Cheese”.

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McNeilly, longtime public servant and community leader, passes away at age 79

On Oct. 26, Dr. Diane McNeilly of Rochelle passed away at age 79. She left behind a legacy of impacts made in the area on public service, education and recreation.

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Lincoln School hosts Los Juegos Olimpicos event for dual language students

On Friday, Nov. 3, Lincoln Elementary School hosted its Los Juegos Olimpicos event, a joint event between its first grade students and Tilton Elementary School’s fifth graders.

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City council: Fairways Golf Course update presented

At its meeting Monday, the Rochelle City Council heard an update on Fairways Golf Course from Course Superintendent Mitch Hamilton and City Director of Community Engagement Jenny Thompson.

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DAR seeks Wreaths across America sponsors, deadline is Nov. 28

Rochelle Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), will conduct multiple Wreaths Across America ceremonies to honor local veterans during the weekend before Christmas. Wreaths Across America is a national program for communities to honor deceased local veterans by sponsoring and placing wreaths at their graves.

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RTHS Key Club, Kiwanis Golden K have installed over 11 benches with bottle cap donations

Rochelle Township High School recently thanked its Key Club members who have sorted bottle caps. Over 3,500 pounds have been used to make benches all around the Rochelle community and surrounding communities.

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3rd Small Business Bingo event raises $3,845 for Foundation for Focus House

On Nov. 2, a Small Business Bingo fundraiser event was held in Rochelle and raised $3,845 to benefit Foundation for Focus House, Event Organizer and AP Massage Therapy Owner Ashley Patrick said.

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Hillcrest Village Board: Priority 1A Water Main project out for bid

At its monthly meeting Wednesday, the Village of Hillcrest Board of Trustees heard an update from Village Engineer Kaitlin Wright of Baxter & Woodman on its Priority 1A Water Main project.

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Creston board: Fiscal year 2024 tax levy approved

At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Creston Village Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve its fiscal year 2024 tax levy in an amount of $23,176.

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Memorial Day 2023 celebrated in Rochelle on Monday

Memorial Day was celebrated on Monday in Rochelle with a parade and ceremony at the Veterans War Memorial at Lawnridge Cemetery that featured speeches by Mayor John Bearrows and representatives of VFW Post 3878 and American Legion Post 403.

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