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Dateline Dixon: Home, sweet home for Kennedi Jo

Kennedi Jo Smothers is home at last.

I wrote about Kennedi’s story for the weekend edition of the paper last Saturday. She was born 7 weeks early on Dec. 31 at KSB Hospital in Dixon after emergency surgery to save her mother’s life.

Kelsey Smothers, Kennedi’s mom, was taken to a Rockford hospital because doctors were concerned about pre-eclampsia, a condition that leads to eclampsia, which puts the mother’s life at risk.

Kelsey later was rushed to KSB on New Year’s Eve after having a seizure in her Amboy home.

Kelsey was discharged from the hospital last week, but wouldn’t leave without her daughter.

Justin Smothers, Kennedi’s dad, had been driving in from Amboy after work each day to be with his wife and baby.

Kelsey and Kennedi left the hospital Monday and are at home, Kelsey said. Kennedi has been described by her doctors as being more like a newborn baby than a premature baby.

They have numerous doctors appointments ahead of them, Kelsey said, but they’re both doing “great.”

It’s all in the name

The Stupor Bowl, the annual fundraiser for Dixon Public Schools, will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, at Reagan Middle School.

Just like last year, and in previous years, Sauk Valley Media will enter a team. This year, however, the team will include some fresh blood: myself and fellow reporter Christi Warren, who was voted as team captain.

We’re still in search of a name, so I thought I’d open it up to suggestions. And from the early ideas we’ve discussed, we’re fans of puns. Tweet them to @MattMencarini or @DatelineDixon or email them to

I can’t offer any reward or payment, just the fame that comes with being associated with the trivia contest’s winner. Now my team just has to back up my bold prediction.

Go to for more information or to register a team of your own.

Sauk Valley Media reporter Matt Mencarini covers government and happenings in Dixon. He can be reached at or at 815-284-2224, ext. 229. Follow him on twitter: @MattMencarini.

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