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  • Top 5 things to do this weekend

    In Matt's memoryDIXON – The first Matt Madness 3-on-3 basketball tournament is being played Saturday ...
    July 11, 2014 - 10:51 am
  • ‘Apes’ makes for a compelling, if predictable, summer sci-fi epic

    “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is an action-packed epic, a moving sci-fi allegory rendered in broa ...
    July 9, 2014 - 9:31 pm
  • Keri Russell goes ape over her role in sci-fi flick

    SAN FRANCISCO – Keri Russell has been working most of her life, but she can’t remember a time when a ...
    July 9, 2014 - 9:31 pm
  • Trey Songz releases strongest album of career

    TREY SONGZ“Trigga” (Songbook/Atlantic)3 starsThe awkward interviews. The harsh reviews. The Twitter ...
    July 9, 2014 - 9:30 pm
  • Review: ‘Young Frankenstein’ a monster hit at Timber Lake Playhouse

    MOUNT CARROLL – Timber Lake Playhouse opened “Young Frankenstein, The New Mel Brooks Musical” Thursday evening as a special area premiere. Originally ...
    July 6, 2014 - 9:11 pm
  • Band feels at home in small-town atmosphere

    DIXON – For a group that has played in front of huge crowds at festivals like Bonaroo, and has a song, "Luckiest Man," with more than 1 million plays ...
    July 4, 2014 - 6:15 pm
  • McCarthy lets it all hang out in new comedy

    Say this for Melissa McCarthy: A couple of years into her stardom, and not all that far past the dus ...
    July 2, 2014 - 9:06 pm
  • Festival 56 presents “Oliver!” at high school

    PRINCETON – Festival 56 will open "Oliver!," the beloved musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ "Oliver Twist," on July 11 at the Princeton High Schoo ...
    July 2, 2014 - 10:42 pm
  • Hollywood’s summer is not so sunny at the box office

    LOS ANGELES – Optimus Prime and his fellow Autobots can turn from cars into heavily armed giant robo ...
    July 2, 2014 - 9:06 pm
  • Rockford group to headline Friday's festivities

    DIXON – Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts will show Dixon what they've got at 9:30 p.m. Friday on the main stage along the Riverfront during the Pet ...
    July 1, 2014 - 10:57 pm
  • Rusted Root ready to dig into Dixon

    DIXON – Rusted Root, set to perform at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on the main stage along the Riverfront during the Petunia Festival, has been a band for nea ...
    July 1, 2014 - 10:01 am
  • Chart-toppers to take festival stage Thursday

    DIXON – The past year has been a roller-coaster ride for Parmalee, the successful country band set to perform at 10 p.m. Thursday on the main stage al ...
    June 29, 2014 - 11:06 pm
  • Sounds of Petunia Fest: Relay to replay in Dixon

    Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of stories about bands and musicians that will be playing at the 50th Petunia Festival July 2-6 in Dixon.
    June 27, 2014 - 7:50 pm
  • New installment plays like a never-ending popcorn picture

    The special effects are sharper, less blurred, and the robots far more defined in “Transformers: Age ...
    June 26, 2014 - 9:36 pm
  • Your Weekend Top 5

    Summer Splash in Rock Falls ROCK FALLS – The ninth annual Summer Splash runs today through Sunday on ...
    June 27, 2014 - 9:14 am
  • Dixon native's guidebook presents the ins and outs of stand up paddleboarding

    DIXON – What's SUP is what's happening on the water these days. SUP – stand up paddleboarding – is the subject of a new book by Dixon-area native and ...
    June 25, 2014 - 11:35 pm
  • ‘They Came Together’ winningly mocks rom-com clichés

    Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd are such reliably funny actors that you’d be safe betting they could perfo ...
    June 25, 2014 - 10:27 pm
  • Review: ‘An Inspector Calls’ delivers at Timber Lake

    MOUNT CARROLL – The season’s second show, “An Inspector Calls,” opened Thursday night at Timber Lake Playhouse, with attendance only slightly compromi ...
    June 22, 2014 - 9:37 pm
  • Harts content with taste of ‘Leftovers’

    ROCK FALLS — Frank Harts has hit what could be considered blue-collar celebrity status. He’s not an ...
    June 20, 2014 - 7:56 pm
  • Air Force colonel will be guest conductor of Sterling Municipal Band

    STERLING – Wednesday’s Sterling Municipal Band concert will feature a special guest conductor: Grammy-award winning retired Col. Lowell E. Graham, com ...
    June 20, 2014 - 8:11 pm
  • Your Weekend Top 5

    Dog Days of summer in Sterling STERLING – Sterling Main Street's annual Dog Days celebration will be ...
    June 20, 2014 - 10:30 am
  • Kasem was an island of calm in swirl of pop music

    LOS ANGELES (AP) – In pop culture, Casey Kasem was as sweet and dependable as a glass of warm milk a ...
    June 15, 2014 - 8:49 pm
  • ‘Jump’ for joy: Here’s the funniest movie of summer (so far)

    You’re pretty much going to have to see “22 Jump Street” twice – just to catch all the jokes the roa ...
    June 12, 2014 - 9:37 pm
  • Top 5 things to do this weekend

    It's Party Gras in PoloPOLO – The 2014 Polo Town & Country Days continue today through Sunday. Today ...
    June 13, 2014 - 10:16 am
  • ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ to hit park in Sterling

    STERLING – Who doesn't love a good play about love and revenge and gossip and trickery? Who doesn't love seeing it for free? The epic comedy "Much Ado ...
    June 11, 2014 - 9:29 pm

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    The seventh annual Whiteside County Barn Tour, featuring 11 barns near Sterling, is July 12-13. Have you ever gone on the tour?
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