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  • Sterling girls basketball coach resigns after 7 seasons

    When Julie Schroeder took over as head girls basketball coach at Sterling High School, she knew she'd have some big shoes to fill. Fresh off three se ...
    April 20, 2014 - 10:58 pm
  • Can’t touch this

    STERLING — Sterling softball catcher Lauren Fritz had a feeling before Saturday's Northern Illinois Big-12 crossover game against Rochelle that her ba ...
    April 20, 2014 - 10:58 pm
  • Rockets dig the long ball

    Rock Falls put on a hitting display in posting a road doubleheader sweep of Rockford Boylan on Saturday, 12-5 in the opener and 14-3 in the nightcap.
    April 20, 2014 - 10:57 pm
  • Roundup: Storm track second at Hall Invite

    Kane Eastwood won the 800 and anchored relays to two more wins to lead Bureau Valley to second place in the 10-team Rollie Morris Invitational on Satu ...
    April 20, 2014 - 10:56 pm
  • 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
  • Evelyn L. Saathoff

    STERLING – Evelyn Lorraine Saathoff, 84, of Sterling, died Friday, April 18, 2014, at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home.
    April 20, 2014 - 6:39 pm
  • Edward Traum

    MOUNT CARROLL – Edward Traum, 70, died Friday, April 18, 2014 at his home.Law-Jones Funeral Home in ...
    April 20, 2014 - 6:39 pm
  • James A. Schrock

    DIXON – James A. “Jim” Schrock, 69, of Dixon, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014, at his residence.H ...
    April 20, 2014 - 6:39 pm
  • Carolyn Faye Cochran

    ROCK FALLS – Carolyn Faye Cochran, 63, of Rock Falls, died Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.
    April 20, 2014 - 6:40 pm
  • 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 ...
    April 18, 2014 - 10:56 pm
  • 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.
    April 18, 2014 - 10:57 pm
  • James Schrock

    DIXON – James Schrock, 69, of Dixon, died Friday, April 18, 2014, at his home.Chapel Hill Funeral Ho ...
    April 18, 2014 - 10:57 pm
  • Jerry Dunne

    FRANKLIN GROVE – Jerry Dunne, 46, of Franklin Grove, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at his home.Cha ...
    April 18, 2014 - 10:56 pm
  • Evelyn Saathoff

    STERLING – Evelyn Saathoff, 84, of Sterling, died Friday, April 18, 2014, at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home.
    April 18, 2014 - 10:57 pm
  • 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.
    April 18, 2014 - 10:57 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 ...
    April 17, 2014 - 4:35 pm
  • 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 ...
    April 17, 2014 - 4:34 pm
  • 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.
    April 17, 2014 - 4:35 pm
  • 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 ...
    April 17, 2014 - 4:35 pm
  • 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. 
    April 17, 2014 - 4:28 pm
  • Roofing firm wins excellence award

    STERLING – Sterling Commercial Roofing Inc. received the Master Contractor Award, a commercial roofing quality honor.
    April 17, 2014 - 4:32 pm
  • 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.
    April 17, 2014 - 4:31 pm
  • 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.
    April 17, 2014 - 4:32 pm
  • 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 ...
    April 18, 2014 - 11:29 pm
  • 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.
    April 18, 2014 - 11:26 pm
  • Support Groups, Clubs, and Services

    Tuesday, April 22Childhood immunization clinic; women, infants and children clinic; and family plann ...
    April 20, 2014 - 6:48 pm
  • Spring cantata planned this week in Morrison

    MORRISON – Voices of Praise, a choir made up of Emmanuel Reformed Church's 60-voice Sanctuary Choir and other area church members, will perform the sp ...
    April 20, 2014 - 8:27 pm
  • Oregon High student project to help hungry in the area

    OREGON – An annual can drive by Oregon High School freshmen will take place Wednesday, with all items to be delivered to local food pantries.
    April 20, 2014 - 8:34 pm
  • Sign-up open for walk against birth defects

    DIXON – The March of Dimes annual March for Babies will be May 3 at Page Park on Page Park Drive.Thi ...
    April 20, 2014 - 8:34 pm
  • Sterling police to accept prescription drugs Saturday

    STERLING – Consumers with unwanted or unused prescription drugs can drop them off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday inside the Sterling Police Departmen ...
    April 20, 2014 - 8:34 pm
  • 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.
    April 17, 2014 - 4:24 pm
  • 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.
    April 17, 2014 - 4:24 pm
  • 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. ...
    April 17, 2014 - 4:18 pm
  • 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.
    April 17, 2014 - 4:18 pm
  • 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 ...
    April 17, 2014 - 4:23 pm
  • Aging mom might find relief from doctor

    Dear Abby,My 83-year-old mother has decided she wants to die. She says she’s miserable, but I think ...
    April 20, 2014 - 7:21 pm
  • 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 ...
    April 18, 2014 - 11:33 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. S ...
    April 18, 2014 - 9:03 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 - 8:56 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
  • 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 - 10:54 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 - 10:53 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 - 10:53 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 - 10:54 pm

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