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We have plenty to celebrate in the Sauk Valley

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

News isn’t always good, and readers sometimes complain that the newspaper never publishes the positive stories about our community.

But we’ve seen plenty of good news stories on these pages in recent days. Here are a few of them:

MIDWAY DRIVE-IN east of Sterling has gone digital.

Theater owners Mike and Mia Kerz came up short of their public fundraising goal, but went ahead with installation of the new technology anyway.

That’s good news for locals who love a good double-feature outside on a warm summer night. And the new equipment ensures that the range of available movies won’t be limited by outdated equipment that couldn’t handle the new format of Hollywood productions.

Weather this weekend looks perfect for the drive-in!

LET’S FEED OUR CHILDREN, the free summer lunch program of the Whiteside County United Way, has expanded to serve hungry kids in Fulton and Prophetstown.

Lunch service began this week in the new towns, as well as Morrison, Sterling, Tampico and Rock Falls.

The program supplements meals for children who get free or reduced-price lunches during the school year, but also serves any child who needs it.

The brown bag lunches are made available through the assistance of local churches and other organizations, including the Sauk Valley Food Bank.

The 12-week program last year served more than 33,000 lunches.

A good community is one that looks out for its kids.

IH MISSISSIPPI VALLEY CREDIT UNION announced it will be the first rebuilding block for downtown Prophetstown, which was devastated by a fire last summer.

The new building, between 1,500 and 2,000 square feet, will go up on at least three lots on the south end of the business district.

Groundbreaking is scheduled for July 15, the first anniversary of the fire that destroyed eight buildings in the historical downtown. Construction should be completed by late this year or early 2015.

That’s a great first step.

AMBOY HIGH SCHOOL CLIPPERS softball team is advancing to the state tournament this weekend in Peoria for the first time in program history.

A 1-0 nail-biter over Putnam County gave the Clippers the title in the Class 1A DeKalb Supersectional this week. They will play a semifinal game beginning at 12:30 p.m. Friday at EastSide Centre in East Peoria.

Go, Clippers!

OUR CONGRATULATIONS GO to the hundreds of newly graduated youths of the Sauk Valley.

You would have seen the photos from 20 area high schools in the graduation section of this newspaper on May 15. And some commencement exercises of the 20 high schools in the Sauk Valley have been reported on these pages. The local ceremonies were completed this past weekend.

“We are always so anxious for what the future holds, but we should savor each moment,” Dixon Senior Class President Alexis Plumb told her classmates at the school’s graduation ceremony on Sunday. “We’ve sprinted through moments when we should have jogged.”

She’s right, new grads. The world isn’t going anyplace. You have plenty of time to save it.

That’s what we call good news.

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