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RCH announces changes to visitor restrictions

With the significant reduction in COVID-19 cases, effective Monday, June 21, Rochelle Community Hospital will now allow one visitor at a time per patient.

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RTHS honor roll 2020-2021

Rochelle Township High School announced its honor roll for the 2020-2021 school year. To qualify, students must have a GPA between 3.0 and 3.599.

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RTHS high honor roll 2020-2021

Rochelle Township High School announced its high honor roll for the 2020-2021 school year. To qualify, students must have a GPA between 3.6 and 5.0.

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Changes at RCH since entering Phase 5

Although reaching this phase now allows changes for many businesses in eliminating capacity limits and masks, anyone in a healthcare setting is still required to mask.

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Pfeiffer recognized by Hope of Ogle County

Hope of Ogle County recognized Kathy Pfeiffer on Friday, June 18 for her 10 years of volunteer service at their non-profit thrift store, Hope Chest Twice Loved Boutique.

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Gleissner retires from RTHS, has coached youth sports for over 50 years

“We appreciate everything you have done for RTHS students over the years,” Superintendent Jason Harper said. “We know Rochelle is a better community due to your impact both in and out of the school. All of RTHS wishes you the best of luck.”

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Rochelle woman elected Illinois AMVETS commander

Jean Henning of Rochelle has been elected commander of AMVETS Department of Illinois. Henning is an Army veteran and an Illinois native. She is the third woman to be elected commander of the Illinois AMVETS.

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City remains hopeful about coal plant after energy bill stalls

A state clean energy bill that stands to impact the City of Rochelle stalled this week.

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Area farmers hope for rain after recent dry spell

"The past two years there's been times where right now we're still trying to get crops in the ground because of all the excess rain. Now we've gone to the flip side where we're short.”

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County Board meets in person for first time in over a year

On Tuesday, June 15, the County Board met in person for the first time in more than a year.

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Local firefighters worked Chemtool fire in Rockton this week

The fire burned for over a day and filled the sky with black smoke that could be seen from Rochelle as well as southern Wisconsin. Rockton residents in the area were evacuated due to concerns about air quality.

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State senate still has yet to strike a deal to save Byron nuclear plant

The Illinois Senate failed to come up with a Clean Energy Bill this week, with environmentalists and labor leaders far apart on the negotiations. That means the future of the Byron Generating Station is still up in the air.

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No injuries in Thursday morning house fire on Lincoln Highway

No injuries were sustained in a Thursday morning house fire in the 1,000 block of Lincoln Highway, Rochelle Fire Lt. Jeremy Good said.

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Cobos graduates from RCH cardiac rehab

Rochelle Community Hospital congratulated Raul Cobos, who graduated from the cardiac rehabilitation program on June 11 at RCH.

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Hardesty appointed Ogle County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy

Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle recently announced the appointment of Lt. Danielle Hardesty to the position of chief deputy.

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Fishing event at Flagg Township Museum June 27

It’s summer and there’s nothing better than spending the day fishing! At the museum we won’t be going to the lake and baiting our hook but we will be celebrating fishing and summer with an exhibit of fishing gear collected by local enthusiast Marv Jenner.

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Moose supreme governor visits Rochelle chapter

Bruce Berger and his wife, Donna, recently visited the Rochelle Moose. Bruce currently serves as the supreme governor and is the highest elected official of the Moose fraternity.

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Lions Club makes donation to park district

The Lions Club has made a donation to the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District in honor of Kent & Arlene Chidley and Bob & Ann Milligan.

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Summer programs at the Flagg-Rochelle Public Library

This summer, programming will be held via Zoom, not live at the Flagg-Rochelle Public Library.

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‘He was a man that gave’

Mike Hahn passed away June 5 while participating in a swimming race in Madison. The Rochelle man leaves a legacy of a father, fiancé, swimmer and craftsman

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City officials plea for Prairie State coal plant to remain open

Rochelle city officials made a plea to the public Monday to reach out to state lawmakers and the governor’s office in support of keeping the Prairie State Energy Campus in Marissa, Illinois open past 2035.

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City Council: Agreement with hotel for Hickory Grove demolition approved

ROCHELLE — The Rochelle City Council unanimously approved an agreement with Rochelle Hospitality, LLC that will pave the way for the demolition of Hickory Grove Convention Center this fall or winter.

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Rochelle DAR hears presentation from Circle of Change

Members of the Rochelle Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution enjoyed a program presented by Circle of Change Executive Director Erin Rabon, Vice President Josh Hurliman and service dog Jack.

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Prabhakar gets TP’d for 80th birthday

In honor of John’s 80th birthday Friday, Rochelle Tres Dias group TP’d the Prabhakars’ home and rang the doorbell and sang to him. The birthday celebration continued inside the home with prayer and refreshments.

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Rochelle Garden club makes donations to park district

The Rochelle Garden Club recently presented a donation to the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District.

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RCH CEO Olson speaks at American Legion meeting

The bi-monthly meeting of the Arnold Heltness American Legion Post 403 was held at the Iron Skillet Restaurant on May 9.

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City cuts ribbon on completed RMU wastewater project

The City of Rochelle held a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday for its recently-completed wastewater plant improvement project.

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Rochelle Police run for Special Olympics of Illinois

“It brings the team together,” RPD Communications Supervisor Luisa Nambo said. “And it's something that brings awareness to what the Special Olympics is about and kids with disabilities and letting them still have those opportunities. That's why it's important for us to make sure we're still raising money for them."

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RCH CEO: ‘I will never forget our staff here. They truly were heroes’

Bed availability and COVID-19 exposure have been among challenges for RCH staff during the pandemic.

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Elementary school board: $81,415 in grant money received

Rochelle Elementary District 231 Superintendent Jason Harper said at Tuesday’s school board meeting that the district has received $81,415 in grant money from the Illinois Art Council Agency.

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Help rename Stock+Field

Stock+Field is changing its name and needs your help. The new ownership group – the R.P. Acquisition Corporation - is planning for the future of the brand and wants to hear from each community they will serve.

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Chamber holds 51st annual golf outing

One hundred and thirty four golfers took to Fairways Golf Course in Rochelle Tuesday for the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce’s 51st annual Holcomb Bank Play Day.

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White Rock Township board members sworn in

On May 12, Ogle County Clerk Laura J. Cook visited the White Rock Township Board Meeting to swear in the newly elected township officials.

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Masonic lodge installs officers

At their June 1 meeting, the Rochelle Masonic Lodge installed Clint Dickey, Cliff Smart and A.J. Parker as the three principle elected Officers of the Lodge.

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RCH CEO Olson describes ‘huge undertaking’ of COVID-19

Rochelle Community Hospital CEO Gregg Olson recently discussed the COVID-19 pandemic and the unprecedented challenges it's created along with what the future holds.

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Garden at The Kitchen Table benefits those in need

A new project at The Kitchen Table just outside Rochelle aims to provide fresh produce to local food pantries and those in need.

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Rochelle man dies after swim race on Lake Monona in Wisconsin

A Rochelle man has passed away following his participation in a swim race on Lake Monona in Madison on June 5, a press release from the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office said.

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Gati receives Stillman Bank’s Eickman scholarship

Rochelle Township High School senior Afi Gati was one of four Ogle County students to be awarded the Eickman scholarship by Stillman Trust & Wealth Management, a press release said Wednesday.

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Boy and Girl Scout Troops put out flags for Memorial Day

In preparation for Memorial Day, members of the Rochelle Girl Scout Troops 409 & 1168, Steward Girl Scout Troop 1870 and Boy Scout Troop 553, as well a troop leaders and parents assisted the Rochelle Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution in placing flags on all known veterans' graves at St. Patrick's and Trinity Cemeteries.

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RACF Board distributes $92,000 in grant money

Over the past few weeks, members of the Rochelle Area Community Foundation Board have been traveling across Northern Illinois to distribute over $92,000 in grant money to 25+ establishments benefiting 30+ projects, a press release said.

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Choose To Move Northern Rehab Challenge raises funds for Rochelle Christian Food Pantry

Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists recently presented a donation to the Rochelle Christian Food Pantry.

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Higby, VanVickle react to state of police reform changes

State lawmakers passed a follow-up criminal justice bill last week that remedied some police concerns following House Bill 3653, which was signed into law on Feb. 22.

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Creston Village Board: New library project put on hold

The new Creston-Dement Library construction project is on hold for now, Creston Village Board President Tom Byro said.

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‘I knew I wanted to give back to the community’

Emily Anaya was named the new executive director of the Rochelle Area Community Foundation in recent weeks and started her position June 1.

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