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  • Easter processional in twin cities

    Bearing a cross, Larry Siperly of Rock Falls walks across Second Avenue in Rock Falls on the way to the First Christian Church. Thirteen mem ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Painting the stools red

    Margaret Thomas, 16, of Dixon, paints one of a dozen stools Friday afternoon for the high school’s production of “Footloose.” Thomas is a me ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • State’s mining safety chief fired

    ST. LOUIS – A top administrator with the Illinois state agency that regulates coal mining and other energy interests has been fired, becomin ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • For pizza vendors, Vegas expo is a slice of heaven

    LAS VEGAS – My old pal, Vinnie the pizza guy, called the other night. He’s coming to town, but not to gamble: Pizza people – shop owners, sa ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Out Here: A gulf between politicians and the people?

    Sometimes, our elected leaders' discussions have little resemblance to those on social media. One recent instance was the Lee County Board's ...
    April 18, 2014 - 2:15 pm
  • Your Weekend Top 5

    Egg hunt in Dixon DIXON – Walmart and the Dixon Park District present an Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. Saturday at Wooden Wonderland and the soc ...
    April 18, 2014 - 9:02 am
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  • January Student of the Month

    Brooke Smith, 18, of Franklin Grove, is Ashton-Franklin Center High School’s January Student of the ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • New nature center springing to life

    FULTON – A longtime local elementary school teacher's love for her little slice of heaven will live on in a nature center that will bear her family's ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Sewer Equipment Company of America looking for more workers

    DIXON – OK, like the book says, everyone poops, but that's not the only reason Sewer Equipment Company of America is doing so well: Some good business ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • How will Ogle sheriff transition go?

    OREGON – The result of the March 18 Republican primary election led to a "sigh of relief" for many members of the Ogle County Sheriff's Department, ac ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Crundwell lawyer: No further appeals

    Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell won't further appeal to have her sentence reduced. Paul Gaziano, her federal public defender, said this week t ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Business notebook: Rock Falls Chamber realigns resources

    Business Notebook: A little of this, a little of that on the comings and goings on the Sauk Valley business scene.
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • ‘The man with Civil War passion’

    You won't find an Xbox in 11-year-old Ethan Larson's bedroom. That's not his style. On one bedroom wall is a mural by Loreen Mead of Amboy, which he g ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Bustos still ahead in fundraising in 17th

    Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos remains way ahead in fundraising over Bobby Schilling, her Republican opponent in the November election. As of March 31, ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Painting the stools red

    Margaret Thomas, 16, of Dixon, paints one of a dozen stools Friday afternoon for the high school’s production of “Footloose.” Thomas is a member of bo ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Easter processional in twin cities

    Bearing a cross, Larry Siperly of Rock Falls walks across Second Avenue in Rock Falls on the way to the First Christian Church. Thirteen members of th ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Montgomery, Mekeel reap honors at banquet

    The northwest corner of Illinois has become famous for its excellence at the individual and dual team state wrestling tournaments.
    April 19, 2014 - 12:29 am
  • Quite a duo saying goodbye

    This coming fall, I'll be well into my 23rd year as a member of the Sauk Valley Media sports staff. I imagine in many ways it will be like the previo ...
    April 19, 2014 - 12:29 am
  • High School Extra: Q&A with Erin Ansusinha

    How long have you played soccer? I played travel soccer when I was younger, and I played club this past fall, but I moved here in fifth grade and sto ...
    April 19, 2014 - 12:27 am
  • Take me out to the ballgame?

    Sunday was a beautiful day in Cincinnati. A warm breeze blew from the south, the sun was out, and there was no hint that 2 days later, the ground woul ...
    April 19, 2014 - 12:26 am
  • Mushrooms on the menu soon

    So let's take a quick trip back in time at the week that was … First there's Saturday, and I'm in boat with my lovely little daughter Taya, and we ar ...
    April 19, 2014 - 12:25 am
  • Skyhawks split twinbill

    Natalie Brown homered, doubled, and drove in three runs to lead the Sauk Valley Community College softball team to a 9-3 victory over the College of D ...
    April 19, 2014 - 12:23 am
  • Girls soccer: Freshman leads Dixon past Warrior defense

    STERLING – Dixon forward Lauren Chacon didn’t know it, but people were talking behind her back. The ...
    April 18, 2014 - 9:08 am
  • Softball: Hawks handle rival Tigers on road

    Sommer Rhea homered and drove in two runs, and Abby Baker scattered 10 hits as the Oregon Hawks beat the rival Byron Tigers 7-2 in a Big Northern West ...
    April 18, 2014 - 1:14 am
  • Baseball: Warriors earn split at home

    The Sterling Golden Warriors (3-7, 2-2) split a doubleheader with LaSalle-Peru on Thursday, bouncing back after a 12-0 loss in the opener at Gartner P ...
    April 18, 2014 - 1:22 am
  • Sauk swept at home

    The Sauk Valley Skyhawks dropped both games at home against Elgin, by tallies of 10-1 and 14-2 in a doubleheader Thursday. Nathan Sharpshair picked up ...
    April 18, 2014 - 1:14 am
  • Robert C. Mundt Sr.

    ROCK FALLS – Robert C. Mundt Sr., 87, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Loyola Hospital in Chicago. He served in the Army during World W ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Francis M. Loomis

    DIXON – Francis M. Loomis, 98, of Dixon, passed away at 11:20 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Heritage Square in Dixon.
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • James Schrock

    DIXON – James Schrock, 69, of Dixon, died Friday, April 18, 2014, at his home.Chapel Hill Funeral Ho ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Jerry Dunne

    FRANKLIN GROVE – Jerry Dunne, 46, of Franklin Grove, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at his home.Cha ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Evelyn Saathoff

    STERLING – Evelyn Saathoff, 84, of Sterling, died Friday, April 18, 2014, at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home.
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Eleanor J. Douglas

    MORRISON – Eleanor J. Douglas, 93, of Morrison, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison. She was a homemaker.
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Peggy L. Kuehl

    MORRISON – Peggy Lee Kuehl, 76, of Clinton, Iowa, formerly of Morrison, died Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Harmony House at Mercy Living Center South i ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Richard F. Williams

    STERLING – Richard F. Williams, 72, of Sterling, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at his home.He was ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Robert C. Mundt Sr.

    ROCK FALLS – Robert C. Mundt Sr., 87, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Loyola Hospital in Chicago.
    April 17, 2014 - 8:56 pm
  • Wanda J. Schaubert

    SHANNON – Wanda J. Schaubert, 91, of Shannon, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, at home.She was ...
    April 17, 2014 - 8:56 pm
  • Grateful for success of cooking event

    With the first What’s Cookin’ event coming to a close, the committee wants to share its deepest appreciation and thanks to all sponsors and teams for ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Kudos, Future Educators, for great event

    I want to send a note of thanks and appreciation to the Sauk Valley Community College Future Educators for their well-planned, creative and fun, “If Y ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Pharmacists ready to help with mandate

    As of Jan. 1, Illinois requires all sixth- and 12th-grade students to receive a meningococcal vaccination. This necessitates adding it to the current ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • ‘Little minds’ in government fail the people

    I must quote Edmund Burke in his address to the House of Commons when he said, “A great empire and little minds go ill together.”
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Support group for Parkinson’s very beneficial

    Millions of people around the world recognize April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Parkinson’s is a progressive, degenerative neurological disorder t ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Thanks SVM reporter for revealing facts

    Thank you for supporting SVM reporter David Giuliani’s work. He has discovered a reluctant Sterling Township official, Mr. Howze, who didn’t want to a ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Politicians show off with taxpayers’ money

    Gov. Pat Quinn an-nounced earlier this week the state would pass along $52 million in federal dollar ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Editorial: A fine week for local manufacturing

    What a fine week it was for manufacturing in the Sauk Valley. Thursday’s paper carried the story abo ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Township coverage is important

    I must say a loud thank you to SVM reporter David Giuliani for his coverage of the ongoing debacle in Coloma Township.
    April 17, 2014 - 8:57 pm
  • Kudos to those who answer emergency calls

    The second week of April each year is recognized as National Telecommunicators Week. Telecommunicators are recognized for the pivotal role they play i ...
    April 17, 2014 - 8:58 pm
  • New board members named

    Sterling Federal Bank has announced the appointment of Dean Ahlers of Sterling to its board of directors. He has been with the bank since 2007, having ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Public comments sought for plan

    ROCK FALLS – The Blackhawk Hills Regional Council has posted the draft of its 5-year Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy plan on its ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Grants available for county youth

    LOVES PARK – The Mill Foundation, a local nonprofit organization that provides funds to other nonprofits, recently adopted an annual grant cycle.
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • BorgWarner wins eighth award

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – BorgWarner Inc. received an Automotive News PACE Innovation Partnership Award for its collaboration with General Motors on the E ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • RE/MAX earns recognition

    CHICAGO – RE/MAX Sauk Valley and its associates recently earned several honors from the RE/MAX Northern Illinois region for 2013 achievements. 
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Roofing firm wins excellence award

    STERLING – Sterling Commercial Roofing Inc. received the Master Contractor Award, a commercial roofing quality honor.
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Recyclable disposal May 3

    OREGON – An electronic recycling collection will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3 the Ogle County Farm Bureau parking lot, 421 W. Pines Road.
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Local agency earns top spot

    The Cornerstone Agency Inc. in Morrison and Tampico recently was named to the Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co. President’s Club.
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Sewer Equipment Company of America looking for more workers

    DIXON – OK, like the book says, everyone poops, but that's not the only reason Sewer Equipment Company of America is doing so well: Some good business ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Business notebook: Rock Falls Chamber realigns resources

    Business Notebook: A little of this, a little of that on the comings and goings on the Sauk Valley business scene.
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Historical society to present show

    STERLING – Brian “Fox” Ellis will give a program about Gen. “Black Jack” Logan at 2 p.m. April 27 at Bethel Reformed Church, 230 E. 23rd St.
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Homemakers to discuss health

    AMBOY – A free lesson on strong bones will be at 1 p.m. May 6 at the Lee County Extension office, 280 W. Wasson Road.
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Shopping, pancakes to return to church

    DIXON – Men’s and Women’s Fellowship members of the Dixon Church of the Brethren will present their annual spring bazaar and pancake breakfast at 7 a. ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Domino fundraiser to help society

    TAMPICO – Tampico Area Historical Society will host Mexican Train Domino Nite April 26 at the Tampico Community Building, 106 W. Market St.
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Quilt finishing part of program

    FORRESTON – Terri Linder with the Stitching on State store in Hampshire will speak Monday to the Country Crossroads Quilt Guild at Forreston Grove Chu ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • State politicians to talk on issues

    DIXON – National Alliance on Mental Illness Sauk Area, formerly NAMI Sauk Valley, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sinnissippi Centers, 325 state Rou ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Hospice memorial program planned

    STERLING – Hospice of the Rock River Valley of Dixon will have a memorial service at 6 p.m. May 13 at New Life Lutheran Church, 702 W. Lynn Blvd.
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Teen Turf gets ready for dance, fun night

    AMBOY – A fun night and dance will be from 7 to 10 p.m. April 25 at Boehle Youth Center, 235 W. Main St.
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • College brief

    Western Illinois UniversityMACOMB – Western Illinois University’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi National ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Area students to show art in Freeport

    FREEPORT — Art by students from West Carroll School District and other Freeport area schools will be shown at the Freeport Art Museum’s Aspiring Artis ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Girl’s boyish figure often deceives others

    Dear Abby: I’m a 14-year-old girl with a problem. Because of my buzzed short hair, slim hips, and flat chest, I frequently get mistaken for a boy. It ...
    NEW: April 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Your Weekend Top 5

    Egg hunt in Dixon DIXON – Walmart and the Dixon Park District present an Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. S ...
    April 18, 2014 - 9:02 am
  • Assistant’s gruff attitude needs adjusting

    Dear Abby: How do I deal with an assistant who keeps calling me a "brownnoser"? She did it again yesterday at a staff meeting in front of my boss and ...
    April 17, 2014 - 9:01 pm
  • Thriller can’t transcend sci-fi cliches

    For years, the rumor about Johnny Depp was that he wouldn’t take a role that required him to get a h ...
    April 16, 2014 - 8:40 pm
  • Father is selfish to put his health at risk

    Dear Abby: I am a 34-year-old wife and mother of four. I'm concerned about my husband. He is 44 and drinks at home every evening after work.
    April 16, 2014 - 8:39 pm
  • Brunching it up for Easter

    First comes church, for those who go to church. Then comes brunch.Easter brunch has become almost as ...
    April 15, 2014 - 8:50 pm
  • Nuts and seeds are good nutrition

    Many weight-conscious people know that nuts and seeds are high in calories and might shy away from them for that reason. While you need to watch your ...
    April 15, 2014 - 8:35 pm
  • Cellular snoop discovers boyfriend is cheating

    Dear Abby: I have been in a long-distance relationship with "Victor" for several years.Recently I be ...
    April 15, 2014 - 8:34 pm
  • Signs of an abuser apply to women too

    Dear Abby: I read your Jan. 8 column about the warning signs of an abuser. Would you use your influence to say that men are also victims of abuse?
    April 14, 2014 - 7:17 pm
  • Communication online lacks personal touch

    Dear Abby: I recently exchanged pleasantries via email and text messaging with a lady I met on a website. One day later, I received a message from her ...
    April 13, 2014 - 11:22 pm
  • Brunching it up for Easter

    First comes church, for those who go to church. Then comes brunch.Easter brunch has become almost as ...
    April 15, 2014 - 8:50 pm
  • Nuts and seeds are good nutrition

    Many weight-conscious people know that nuts and seeds are high in calories and might shy away from them for that reason. While you need to watch your ...
    April 15, 2014 - 8:35 pm
  • Stalk some asparagus this spring

    A sure sign of spring is asparagus poking out of the ground. This vegetable is crazy good for you and has amazing flavor.
    April 8, 2014 - 9:17 pm
  • Fresh from the plant

    Nuts. And water. That’s really all there is to nut milk.Maybe you’ve noticed all the dairy-free milk ...
    April 9, 2014 - 2:20 pm
  • Salute spring with strawberry shortcake

    Skip the salutation. Follow the lead of strawberries, which offer no preamble, no “Dear Eater.” One fine day they simply appear – entirely welcome, ne ...
    April 1, 2014 - 11:46 pm
  • Need cheering up? Have a tapas party

    I’d had enough of the snow and freezing temperatures. And I was bored. So, it was time to throw a party – a tapas party.
    April 1, 2014 - 11:46 pm
  • Masters Tournament known for its green jackets -- and simple sandwiches

    The Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., is one cheesy place. The first time my husband, Roy, and I w ...
    March 25, 2014 - 10:55 pm
  • Reporter puts kitchen to test

    I’m not a germaphobe. But for a few hours, I tried to become one.A City of Milwaukee health inspecto ...
    March 25, 2014 - 10:54 pm
  • Adding nutrition to frozen pizza

    We all try our best to plan meals in advance, have all our ingredients on hand, and pre-prep for meals when possible. There are times, however, when l ...
    March 25, 2014 - 10:54 pm
  • Fresh asparagus signals start of spring

    Spring, for me, isn’t sprung on the say-so of meteorologists or a calendar date but on the sudden, d ...
    March 25, 2014 - 10:55 pm

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