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Witzel Bauer to turn 100 years old April 9

Phyllis Witzel Bauer was born on April 9, 1920, in Ashton, to Adam and Annie Witzel. Adam had a filling station in the eastern part of Ashton and also drove a school bus.

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State gives guidance on mortgage payments, student loan debt, banking

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation issued guidance for lenders and borrowers Monday regarding debt collection during the COVID-19 pandemic. Evictions are suspended for homes and rental units in Illinois per an executive order by Gov. JB Pritzker, and IDFPR is urging all mortgage servicers to defer payments for 90 days for those suffering hardship as a result of the pandemic.

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Effects of virus hits home

The coronavirus pandemic hit home Sunday. No, I’m healthy and so is my family. I’m grateful for that. But an artist I’ve long admired is ailing.

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Light a candle in support

Many communities, including Rochelle, are lighting a candle or turning on a light to show appreciation for all the medical workers battling the current COVID-19 outbreak.

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Plugging in

With kids home from school all day and many parents working from home as well, Internet providers have seen both a shift and increase in data usage.

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Hunting for hearts

A local mother and the City of Rochelle are working together to help kids be creative and get some fresh air and exercise, while also practicing social distancing.

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Several Kiwanians awarded at annual banquet

The Rochelle Kiwanis Golden K held its annual awards banquet in February at the Hickory Grove Conference Center.

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Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom offers online lessons and resources

Illinois families doing their part to social distance during school and restaurant closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic can add additional agriculture educational activities to the digital resources at their fingertips.

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“We continue to work for you, you stay home for all of us”

Americold, one of the largest cold storage companies in the United States, provides critical infrastructure for the food supply chain through our network of temperature-controlled warehouses and transportation hubs. Americold’s facilities are essential in helping keep shelves and freezers stocked during crucial times like these.

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More important than ever to support small businesses

Social distancing is a sensible response to the spreading coronavirus, but it’s taking a toll on Illinois’ small businesses.

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A layer of protection

As healthcare facilities and providers across the country face a shortage of protective masks, one local seamstress is doing her part to help keep them supplied.

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Kishwaukee College Foundation announces recipients of Spring 2020 scholarships

The Kishwaukee College Foundation announces the student scholarship recipients for Spring 2020. The Foundation awarded 207 scholarships to the total of $138,111.

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Businesses making adjustments

In these trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses have had to make adjustments to how they do business. This is especially true in the food service industry.

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Rep. Kinzinger announces 2020 Congressional art contest

Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) has announced the start of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition. As the competition celebrates its 39th year, the Office of Congressman Kinzinger will now be accepting submissions from all high school students that live in the 16th Congressional District.

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Dutch Days festival cancelled this year

The Fulton Dutch Days Festival Committee has announced the cancellation of the 46th annual Festival, scheduled for May 1 and 2.

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Schroeder promoted to Environmental Division Manager with Fehr Graham

Fehr Graham, a leading Midwest engineering and environmental firm, announced the promotion of Matt Schroeder to Environmental Division Manager.

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Working together we will get through this

As our local region deals with the effects of COVID-19 in the coming weeks, we at the Rochelle News-Leader and News Media Corporation are committed to helping stop the virus spread by following the CDC recommendations of social distancing.

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It’s time to hunker down

Well, the proverbial human waste has hit the fan. As I write this, I have not read of any confirmed cases in our area, although one person told me there were some people who were tested in Dixon and are under quarantine while awaiting final test results.

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Think about the health of others right now

Well, that escalated quickly. The COVID-19 virus, known as Cononavirus, has pretty much shut everything down. Schools, museums, state parks – you name it, it is probably closed. I am here to say that is a good thing. The World Health Organization has said this is a pandemic, and we certainly don’t want to mess around with a pandemic.

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