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  • 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. 11, 2016 - 11:36 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
  • 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
  • Dixon One task force visits other communities for ideas

    DIXON – The group tasked with creating a one-stop shop for marketing, tourism and development made a few stops of its own recently, to do some shoppin ...
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 9:36 pm
  • Fire officials: Cause of fatal Rock Falls fire likely electrical

    ROCK FALLS – The investigation is over, but the cause of the Jan. 13 fire that killed five members of a Rock Falls family likely never will be determi ...
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 9:34 pm
  • Thousands of dollars could be in the cards for you

    DIXON – Feeling lucky? You might want to pay a visit to the VFW Thursday. For 38 weeks, the club ha ...
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 9:40 pm
  • Newman's Max Oswalt: Cool, calm, focused

    STERLING – Newman High School senior Max Oswalt is what you might call an accidental collector. His memory is like a steel trap, and he even surprises ...
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 9:32 pm
  • Sauk official: Don't delay; fill out student aid form now

    DIXON – Plan on attending college – any college – in the fall, and think you might need financial assistance? Officials are urging students to get the ...
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 9:18 pm
  • Coroner: Heroin overdose likely in Amboy man's death

    AMBOY – A 35-year-old Amboy man found dead Sunday afternoon at his house on state Route 26 is the first suspected heroin-related death of the year in ...
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 9:38 pm
  • Morrison will regain police sergeant position

    MORRISON – Police Chief Brian Melton has been given the green light to hire a sergeant. After discu ...
    Feb. 11, 2016 - 11:50 pm
  • Morrison inks deals with neighboring townships

    MORRISON – By joining forces, a town and its neighbors will not only save money, but help keep residents safer.
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 9:10 pm
  • A swab could save a life

    DIXON – Greer Bond is a sweet, cheerful 2-year-old. To look at her, you'd never know she has leukemia.
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 10:59 pm
  • New resale store opening Friday in Rock Falls

    ROCK FALLS – A new resale and consignment store is coming to town. Treasure Chest LLC will open at ...
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 9:33 pm
  • Sterling finds the right balance

    STERLING – The city dissected its general fund during a 3-hour study session held Monday in council chambers.
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 11:03 pm
  • Dixon council takes first look at budget

    DIXON – The city will need to dig its general fund out of a deficit before the next budget is approved, and city council members want to make sure the ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 11:19 pm
  • Pickleball? It's kind of a big dill around here

    STERLING – Looking to kick cabin fever? Folks of all ages and levels of athletic abilities are recommending pickleball fever as the cure – and you pro ...
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 9:10 am
  • School officials skeptical about funding fix

    The funding formula for Illinois school districts hasn’t been updated since 1997, and legislators and school administrators alike say a fix is long ov ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 9:26 pm
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