Chicken skewers recalled due to misbranding

Custom Made Meals, LLC, a Denver, Colorado, establishment, is recalling approximately 7,954 pounds of chicken skewer products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

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Martin Luther King’s influence resonates in Illinois

“He would have been 90 this year,” says the Rev. Jesse Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

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Ways to keep a realistic budget

Successful financial plans often begin with the creation of a budget.

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Ringing loud and clear

The spirit of the season once again rang loudly in Rochelle. With the final tally in, more than $8,500 was collected during the Salvation Army’s kettle campaign.

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Learning family lineage

Lydia Roberts shares what it means to be a member of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).

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Workers reach contract with Silgan

Union workers and company officials agree to new three-year deal.

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Winter hits back hard

Several inches of snow coupled with high winds and cold temperatures hit Rochelle area.

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Local school districts receive part of large library grant

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White awarded over $1.3 million in FY19 School District Library Grant Program awards to 694 public school districts. More than 1.6 million Illinois students served by school library media programs have benefited from the grants.

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Story hours, ‘readapalooza’ set

The Flagg-Rochelle Public Library offers more than a wealth of knowledge. Beginning this month, the library is host to several programs for children of all ages.

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County gives nod to some solar projects

The Ogle County Board suspended its moratorium on solar development in the county for about 4-and-a-half hours Thursday night, long enough for it to vote on nine solar developments that had been awaiting a decision. During a special meeting in front of a packed Ogle County Board Room, Board members approved amended recommendations governing solar projects from an ad hoc committee created for that purpose. It then suspended the moratorium and approved five of the nine projects. Three of the projects were denied, and one withdrew its letter of application.

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New challenges and opportunities

State Sen. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) was sworn in as State Senator for the 45th District during inaugural ceremonies in the Senate Chambers, as the 101st General Assembly convened Jan. 9.

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OPINION: Supports plans for rec center

The recreation center proposed by the Flagg-Rochelle Park District would be a terrific addition to life in the Rochelle area it seems to me. It would add to our physical well-being giving all of us a convenient place to exercise and it would add to our sense of community to see and be with other area residents.

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OPINION: Politicians hold voters in contempt

In case you haven’t figured it out, some politicians hold the people who elected them in contempt. Skeptical?

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OPINION: Supports new recreation center plan

Local retired physician points out positive benefits of community facility.

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OPINION: Washington politics starting to mirror Illinois antics

Writers says "my way or highway" approach not good for government.

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OPINION: Newspaper plays important role in community

Columnist shares some history of local publication.

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Nordstrom joins Stillman Bank

Stillman Bank recently added a key member to its successful team in northern Illinois. Susie Nordstrom joined Stillman Bank as mortgage lender, according to chairman and CEO Martin C. Larson.

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Couple welcomes baby boy Dec. 10

Proud parents Katie White and Scott Reed of Steward are happy to announce the birth of their son, McClane Thomas Reed.

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DaVilo sworn in as juvenile probation officer for county

Ogle County Court Services’ newest juvenile probation officer, Denise DaVilo, was sworn in recently by the Honorable Robert T. Hanson.

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Reiter takes new Focus House position

The Foundation for Focus House has announced that Christa Reiter has transitioned from Focus House residential counselor/juvenile probation officer to the alternative program and quality assurance coordinator.

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Secret Santa

A recent act of kindness shows how the season of giving has extended into the new year.

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