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  • The story begins: First student groups will walk Storybook Trail

    ROCK FALLS – Ribbons will be cut today, and the first student groups will experience the Storybook Trail.
    Oct. 8, 2015 - 10:06 pm
  • Rock Falls High School September Student of the Month: Tess Schaefer

    Tess Schaefer, 17, of Rock Falls is Rock Falls High School’s September Student of the Month. She is the daughter of Kelly and Martin Schaefer, and she ...
    Oct. 8, 2015 - 10:05 pm
  • Spooky and Snoopy: Parkview's Halloween game on point

    "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown," was one of three rooms decorated for Halloween at Parkway Center at 1801 Ave. G in Sterling. Staff members wor ...
    Oct. 8, 2015 - 10:02 pm
  • Have a close encounter at Brookfield Zoo

    BROOKFIELD – Visitors were welcomed to something different this July at Brookfield Zoo as the door was flung wide open to more interaction with the an ...
    Oct. 8, 2015 - 4:50 pm
  • Sauk gives public inside look at breast cancer

    Jennifer Patterson of Forreston walks through the breast health awareness exhibit AmeriBreast on Thursday morning at Sauk Valley Community College.
    Oct. 8, 2015 - 10:01 pm
  • Nearing the finish line on sale of Crundwell assets

    DIXON – The wait is over. The last belongings of Rita Crundwell will be auctioned online from Oct. ...
    Oct. 8, 2015 - 4:00 pm
  • '101 Dalmatians Kids' to hit stage at SVCC

    STERLING – Woodlawn Arts Academy will present Disney’s “101 Dalmatians Kids” at 7 pm. Oct. 16 and 17, and 2 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18 in the Mathis Theatre ...
    Oct. 7, 2015 - 8:37 pm
  • Fundraiser set for Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home in Dixon

    DIXON – The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home will host its third Mystery Dinner Fundraiser on Oct. 16 at the Elks Lodge, 1279 Franklin Grove Road.
    Oct. 7, 2015 - 8:52 pm
  • Spend an 'Evening at the Mill' near Franklin Grove

    FRANKLIN GROVE – The Franklin Grove Creek & Preservation Committee will hold an “Evening at the Mill” dinner and program Oct. 17 at the Franklin Creek ...
    Oct. 7, 2015 - 8:37 pm
  • West End festival to feature local bands

    DIXON – The first West End festival will please rock fans in the Sauk Valley on Saturday as it takes over First Street from Peoria to Highland avenues ...
    Oct. 7, 2015 - 8:47 pm
  • Prospective students can meet teachers at event

    MOUNT MORRIS – Aireloom Music will hold a Meet the Teachers open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at the facility, 4167 Mud Creek Road.
    Oct. 7, 2015 - 8:37 pm
  • Newman students hungry to volunteer their time

    Newman sophomores (from left) Bailey Boesen, Torrie Bolin, Cody Bonnell, and Eli Blaney form one of the groups of students that helped pick up donatio ...
    Oct. 7, 2015 - 8:41 pm
  • Bucket brigades met with resistance in Sterling

    STERLING – Residents have become accustomed to seeing volunteers flag down motorists for donations on Saturdays in the downtown.
    Oct. 7, 2015 - 8:45 pm
  • DATELINE DIXON: The full scoop on half staff

    Have a flag? Ever wonder when’s the right time to lower it to half staff? Ever drive by a city of Dixon flag and wonder why it’s lowered?
    Oct. 7, 2015 - 10:30 pm
  • Expert to talk to Morrison students, parents about bullying

    MORRISON – It takes a village to raise a child. And to prevent a bully from being born. The Morriso ...
    Oct. 7, 2015 - 8:45 pm
  • Local third-graders learn about the great outdoors

    DIXON – For the 18th consecutive year, about 1,000 third-graders from Lee and Ogle counties came to Lowell Park Tuesday and Wednesday for some hands-o ...
    Oct. 7, 2015 - 8:43 pm
  • Rochelle man dies in crash

    CRESTON – A Rochelle man was killed Wednesday when the vehicle he was driving collided head-on with a semitrailer on state Route 38 near Creston.
    Oct. 7, 2015 - 8:47 pm
  • Council OKs city's EPA loan plans in Rock Falls

    ROCK FALLS – The city council Tuesday approved an ordinance allowing Rock Falls to take another step toward borrowing up to $1.2 million for a water w ...
    Oct. 7, 2015 - 11:36 am
  • Rock Falls plans for state funding scenarios

    ROCK FALLS – The council received a sobering update Tuesday on the local financial implications of the state budget impasse.
    Oct. 7, 2015 - 11:47 am
  • Lending a hand at Lawrence Park

    Kurt Schwab and his son Kylen, 11, rake along the banks of the Rock River Tuesday afternoon at Lawrence Park after clearing out some shrubs earlier in ...
    Oct. 6, 2015 - 9:23 pm
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