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A powerful tribute: Farmers line up to honor a fallen father and son

More than 50 area farmers parked their tractors across from an Amboy cemetery to pay tribute to two of their fallen brothers Saturday.


Sterling police help make a wish list come true

Sterling police took some time Saturday to do a little shopping with some kids from the community during the annual Shop With a Cop event. Members of the force were out in force at Walmart to help their purchasing partners pick out gifts for family members. Each shopper was given a budget of $175 with which to fill their Christmas wish list. The program helps kids in need make their family’s Christmas merrier, and it also fosters positive relationships with members of law enforcement. Walmart Training Coordinator Chris Oppendike donated the paper to wrap gifts and Walmart provided a grant for the program. Store employees also donated money and time to make the day special for the children. Fifteen kids were chosen to take part in the progra

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Her coffee cups runneth over with kindness

A cash mob from Amazing Grace Church in Sterling descended upon Flipside Coffee and Espresso in Rock Falls on Saturday to help owner Valerie Howe celebrate her business’ 1-year anniversary and show their support for local business. The church picks a business each December and congregation members flock to it with money in hand to purchase goods and services. About 30 cash-mobbers saw Valerie on the Flipside.

How the Green Bay Packers could have been Chicago’s home team

Editor’s note: The weekly Illinois Bicentennial series is brought to you by the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors and Illinois Press Association. More than 20 newspapers are writing stories about the state’s history, places and key moments in advance of the Bicentennial on Dec. 3, 2018. Stories published up to this date can be found at 200illinois.com.

Police reports for Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 9-10, 2017


Study: It's time to cut the cord: Window blind industry will phase out deadly drawstrings

Deaths from window blinds show need for cord ban, study says

A risky reprieve for pesticide? Reversal of insecticide ban met with relief from farmers, fear on health front

Rural residents say Trump administration’s decision to reverse insecticide ban puts them at risk

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Hazel Brown, 85, of Sterling; Natalia Freed, 83, of Sterling; Phyllis M. Lingle, 89, of Dixon; Marian I. Weidman, 93, of Amboy.

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