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4th annual Tyler Smith Memorial 5K is Sept. 11

The fourth annual Tyler ”Smitty” Smith Memorial 5K and after party is Sunday, Sept. 11.

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Rotary installs 3 little libraries across Rochelle

On Tuesday, Aug. 9, the Rochelle Rotary Club installed three little libraries across Rochelle.

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2022 American Legion Banquet held

Members of the American Legion Post 403 attended the August banquet at Storybook Gardens. Tom Demmer, candidate for state treasurer, gave a presentation on his vision of what he would do if elected to that office.

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Locals win awards at Ogle County 4-H Fair

Local residents were recently crowned at the Ogle County 4-H Fair in Oregon.

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Best of Ogle County 2022 voting begins Monday

The voting phase for Best of Ogle County 2022 will begin on Monday, Aug. 15 at 10:01 a.m.

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Roberts Armory World War II Museum will be open Aug. 20 for heritage festival

The Roberts Armory World War II Museum will be open from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 as part of the Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival in Rochelle.

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DAR Patriot Tree on display at Flagg Township Museum

On July 4, 2026, we celebrate America’s 250th birthday – the Semiquincentennial – and while 2026 is a long way off, start celebrating today at the Flagg Township Museum by viewing the Rochelle Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Patriot Tree.

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Rochelle Moose collects and donates pop tops for good cause

For 25 years, the Rochelle Moose has been collecting pop tops to donate to Ronald McDonald Homes.

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Kiwanis Golden K inducts new members

Last month, the Rochelle Kiwanis Golden K club inducted two new members, Phil Lascola and Keith Holland.

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County electronics recycling event is Aug. 26

The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department (OCSWMD) will be hosting a residential electronics recycling event on Friday Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 909 Pines Road in Oregon.

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Ribbon cutting held for The End Zone Friday

On Friday, a ribbon cutting event was held downtown for The End Zone, a new bar at 417 Cherry Ave. owned by Kevin Crandall and Shane Erdman.

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Kennay Farms Distilling holds tapping event for beer brewed for nonprofit

On Friday, Kennay Farms Distilling hosted a tapping event for Homefront IPA, a beer brewed in collaboration with Hops for Heroes that supports military service members and veterans.

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City council: Improvements for COR southside location approved

At its meeting Monday, the Rochelle City Council unanimously approved an ordinance waiving competitive bidding requirements for the first phase of improvements to the building it purchased last year at 1030 S. 7th St. that houses its water, water reclamation and electric departments and will soon include its engineering department.

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Shumard welcomed as new RTHS marching band director

The Rochelle Township High School Hub Marching Band recently welcomed new director Keagan Shumard.

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Village of Creston to recognize William Heal Aug. 20

The Village of Creston will be holding a William Heal Memorial Plaque dedication on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. at Creston Village Hall at 110 N. Main St., Creston, IL 60113.

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Ribbon cutting held for Studio C Dance on Tuesday

A ribbon cutting for Studio C Dance was held Tuesday by the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce. The business, located at 101 Eighth Ave. (Teen Town), offers dance classes for ages 3-18 in different styles and has competitive and recreational environments for anyone that wants to participate.

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Frye named 2022 Steward Outstanding Citizen

On Saturday, July 30 during a ceremony at the Steward Park Pavilion, Logan Frye was presented with the 2022 Steward Outstanding Citizen award.

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RPD hosted National Night Out on Tuesday

On Tuesday night, the Rochelle Police Department hosted its annual National Night Out event at Atwood Park.

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Creston Board: Donation for Booster Days fireworks approved

At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Creston Village Board voted unanimously to make a donation of $2,700 to the Creston Booster Club to help pay for this year’s Creston Booster Days fireworks.

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RMU billing services provider change happening in August

Rochelle Municipal Utilities Customers will notice an update to their utility bills later this month and in early September as the utility undergoes a complete overhaul of its billing software system.

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Rochelle resident helps to break record at Mustang Week

Longtime Rochelle resident Dwayne Rangel recently attended Mustang Week 2022 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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Seebach’s Sweet Corn kicks off 2022 season

On Friday, Seebach’s Sweet Corn kicked off its 2022 season of selling at 11594 E. Kyte Road.

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Herrera details chamber changes as she marks 2 years as director

Thursday, Aug. 4 will mark Tricia Herrera’s two-year anniversary since being named executive director of the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce.

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2023 From the Heart calendars now on sale

2023 From the Heart cash calendars were recently printed and are now on sale for $20, From the Heart President and Founder Dave Eckhardt said last week.

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No injuries after car fire on Flagg Road Monday afternoon

No injuries resulted from a car fire on East Flagg Road on Monday afternoon, Rochelle Fire Department Lt. Jeremy Good said.

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Sewer cleaning and televising begins Aug. 1

The City of Rochelle has contracted with National Power Rodding Corp. to clean and televise sanitary sewers in the areas of McConaughy, Meadow Lane, North 2nd Street, Lincoln Highway, North 3rd Street and North Main Street in the upcoming weeks.

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Hogan named president of new Ogle Natural Areas Alliance board

Enjoying and protecting the natural beauty of Ogle County clearly means something to Trevor Hogan. The Byron native has served on the Byron Forest Preserve District board and is now president of the new Ogle Natural Areas Alliance board.

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6th Street closure between 1st Avenue and Washington Street Begins Monday

City Engineer Sam Tesreau has announced that 6th Street from 1st Avenue south to Washington Street will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday, Aug. 1 at 7 a.m.

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Ribbon cutting held for Skin Tea with Shanti

On Wednesday, a ribbon cutting was held by the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce for Skin Tea with Shanti, a new business at 951 S. 7th St., Suite J.

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RCH hosts Back to School Kick-off event

On Thursday afternoon, Rochelle Community Hospital hosted a back to school kick-off event on its lawn. The event included health books, tips and demos, free backpacks to the first 100 attendees, free Kona Ice Treats, visits with comfort dogs and giveaways and games.

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Rainwater Farms opens 2022 sweet corn season

Rainwater Farms started selling sweet corn for the season on July 22 and opened its stands at 17557 Twombly Road and just off Illinois Route 64 in Kings.

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City opts to not accept Hickory Grove proposal from RFP process

“The City of Rochelle has received one proposal to redevelop the Hickory Grove property,” the city statement said. “The city council will not accept the RFP provided at this time. We appreciate the developer's willingness to invest in Rochelle and look forward to issuing a new RFP for the future development of the property in the coming months.”

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Steward marks celebration garden anniversary

On Saturday, July 23, the Steward Celebration Garden committee celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the celebration garden at the historic village hall in Steward with an open house and an old-fashioned sing along by Pauline Barnes Cultra.

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REC summer camp students visit RPD

On Monday, Rochelle Police Department Communications Supervisor Luisa Nambo, Officer Jim Jakymiw and Detective Sgt. John Kaltenbach gave a tour to The REC Center's summer camp students. Students also got to visit with RPD Chief Eric Higby. The department thanked the students for stopping by and asking great questions.

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VCCT’s ‘Tuna Does Vegas’ opens Aug. 5

The Vince Carney Community Theatre will open its latest production, “Tuna Does Vegas,” on Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Arts Center at 108 S. Main St.

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Get to Know RPD: Wittenberg in 18th year with department

Rochelle Police Department Officer Matthew Wittenberg is in his 18th year with the department and works day shift.

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City council: New streetlights for Walmart area approved

At its Monday night meeting, the Rochelle City Council unanimously approved an ordinance amending the purchase authority for the purchase and installation of streetlights on both sides of Illinois Route 38 near Walmart.

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City moves development department, plans to move engineering

Rochelle City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh said July 20 said that the city’s community development and building departments have moved from the Rochelle Municipal Utilities Building at 333 Lincoln Highway to City Hall.

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