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  • Spend time with sweetie at Second Saturdays in Dixon

    DIXON – Second Saturdays Art Happenings will return this weekend to downtown Dixon. Second Saturdays features art, music and other cultural events.
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 9:13 pm
  • Area's drug problem: 'It's a wildfire'

    STERLING – The founder of a Naperville-based drug intervention group brought an arsenal of powerful testimony Wednesday to a group of nearly 40 local ...
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 10:41 pm
  • Figures of speech shine at Sterling High School

    STERLING – Evan Lobdell hit the deck of the Centennial Auditorium stage, then rolled under a pretend door. The Sterling High School senior was a crayo ...
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 8:52 pm
  • New thrift store will hold grand opening Friday

    ROCK FALLS – It's been up and selling for a couple of weeks, and now the new St. Andrew Thrift Shop is inviting the community to its grand opening Fri ...
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 8:53 pm
  • Oregon schools support staff still without a contract

    OREGON – A recent mediation session did not produce a contract between the Oregon School Board and the Oregon Education Support Personnel Association, ...
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 6:04 pm
  • Plan to make downtown Mount Morris an artists haven draws support

    MOUNT MORRIS – A former resident's vision to turn the downtown into an artists' haven has won the support of the village’s Economic Development Group.
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 6:28 pm
  • Morrison hopes to land business near sewer plant

    MORRISON – The city is working to sell some extra land near the site of its new wastewater treatment plant, and hoping to create a few jobs in the pro ...
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 8:54 pm
  • Students will see how math skills add up at competition

    DIXON – Months of preparation have added up to this: Saturday, four local schools will compete for a spot in the state Mathcounts competition.
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 9:02 pm
  • LEARN AND LIVE: State not getting with the program, but schools are

    At no point did I think the education beat would be exclusively sunshine, rainbows and unicorns. But of late, I’ve had to cover some pretty emotionall ...
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 8:58 pm
  • Support groups, clubs and services

    Friday, Feb. 12Women, infants and children clinic, and family planning services, Lee County Health D ...
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 5:41 pm
  • Lifescape will take on some LSSI senior services

    A Rockford-based nonprofit agency will provide services for seniors that Lutheran Social Services recently announced it no longer would offer in the a ...
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 8:51 pm
  • Northern Illinois enrollment drops during spring semester

    DEKALB (AP) – For the first time in at least four years spring enrollment at Northern Illinois Unive ...
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 9:26 pm
  • Police: 3 dead in suburban Chicago apparent murder-suicide

    OAK FOREST (AP) – Police say they found a father, mother and their teenage son dead in suburban Chic ...
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 9:28 pm
  • Goodyear reports fourth-quarter loss

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. on Tuesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $380 ...
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 9:24 pm
  • Trump, Sanders victorious in New Hampshire primaries

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders swept to victory in Tues ...
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 10:17 pm
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