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  • From hobby to passion

    STERLING – Computer monitors, electronics, folding chairs, and a file cabinet fill a snug room – items not uncommon for a storage area.
    NEW: May 22, 2015 - 6:09 pm
  • Cities learn share of video gambling pot

    The fiscal year-end numbers are out, and the state’s municipalities know what their online gambling share will be for the recently closed fiscal year.
    May 22, 2015 - 5:15 pm
  • A lesson in weather at St. Mary School in dixon

    Nick Jansen, a meteorologist with WREX-TV in Rockford, asks students at St. Mary School in Dixon who would like to be on TV. Jansen visited the school ...
    May 22, 2015 - 4:11 pm
  • His band of brothers

    AMBOY – It was the trumpet that saved his life. Ted Fredenhagen was just a kid — a Marine in Califor ...
    May 22, 2015 - 4:00 pm
  • THE PEOPLE'S VOICE: Not just a workout for Workman

    "How many more can you give me?" Shelley McCarty asks Matt Workman. Matty pops out his thumb, looks ...
    May 22, 2015 - 3:13 pm
  • Special meeting to address 100-day agenda for Dixon

    DIXON – Discussions will continue on Mayor Li Arellano Jr.'s 100-day agenda during a special meeting of the Dixon City Council on Tuesday.
    May 22, 2015 - 4:02 pm
  • Milledgeville completes industrial park sale

    MILLEDGEVILLE – An agriculture consulting company plans to break ground this summer on a fertilizer blending and distribution facility in the village' ...
    May 22, 2015 - 2:46 pm
  • Fundraiser planned for Milledgeville swine flu survivor

    MILLEDGEVILLE – Silent auction item donations are wanted for a June 7 benefit to help a Milledgeville man with expenses in his recovery from swine flu ...
    May 22, 2015 - 2:39 pm
  • School's out: Teachers who are retiring from local districts

    Listed below are all teachers retiring this spring from local school districts. Also included is their years of experience and the subject they taught ...
    May 22, 2015 - 2:35 pm
  • Longtime Dixon elementary teacher will be missed by students

    DIXON – Though only 7 years old, Presley Lappin had no trouble putting into words what teacher Lori Whitson has meant to her.
    May 22, 2015 - 4:33 pm
  • Longtime Sterling High School teacher, coach to retire

    STERLING – Sterling teacher Bob Ptak said that some advice from his dad, Ted, stuck with him."My dad ...
    May 22, 2015 - 4:33 pm
  • Sand dune that trapped Sterling boy to remain closed this summer

    SOUTH BEND, Indiana (AP) – A popular sand dune along Lake Michigan will remain closed this summer as scientists continue investigating what caused a S ...
    UPDATED: May 22, 2015 - 6:13 pm
  • Rock Falls man identified as traffic victim

    MORRISON – Police Friday reported it was a Rock Falls man who was killed Thursday when he walked in front of a semitrailer along Lincolnway (U.S. Rout ...
    May 22, 2015 - 2:42 pm
  • Bowes settles into Rock Falls office

    ROCK FALLS – A small, suburban-based home health care company is finding a responsive market in the Sauk Valley.
    May 21, 2015 - 9:43 pm
  • Rock Falls High School April Student of the Month: Carmina Lopez

    ROCK FALLS – Carmina Lopez, 17, of Rock Falls, is Rock Falls High School’s April Student of the Month. She is the daughter of Beatriz and Carmelo Lope ...
    May 22, 2015 - 10:23 am
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