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  • Sterling students graduate from D.A.R.E. program

    Cora Allen, a fifth-grader in Mrs. Hesser's class at Lincoln Elementary School in Sterling, grabs her D.A.R.E. graduation certificate Friday from Ster ...
    April 29, 2016 - 6:29 pm
  • Former Amboy mayor arrested during sex investigation

    ROCKFORD – Former Amboy Mayor Francis J. Mekeel was arrested Thursday during a 2-day Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department operation in county forest ...
    April 29, 2016 - 7:14 pm
  • A green day at Sterling school

    First- and second-graders from Jefferson Elementary School in Sterling takes turns Friday digging a hole for one of three trees that were planted at t ...
    April 29, 2016 - 5:25 pm
  • After industrial exodus, recession, low-income student numbers still rising

    When Brody Rude accepted the assistant principal job at Rock Falls High School in 2006 and moved back to his hometown, the world he came from had chan ...
    April 29, 2016 - 8:31 pm
  • The Departed: Turnover spurred by 'generational' differences, interim police chief says

    The Sterling Police Department in 2015 logged notable decreases in traffic stops and tickets, DUI arrests, and community policing – a direct result of ...
    April 29, 2016 - 3:28 pm
  • Care Mobile coming to Oregon

    OREGON – On May 5, uninsured or underinsured kids in the Oregon School District can get free physicals, free immunizations, free restorative dental wo ...
    April 29, 2016 - 2:01 pm
  • Sauk won't pay spring MAP grants retroactively

    DIXON – Sauk Valley Community College’s share of the $164 million released by the comptroller’s office Thursday will repay the college for the fall MA ...
    April 29, 2016 - 7:18 pm
  • Lots more room: Majeski Motors expanding space, inventory

    STERLING – Majeski Motors is putting in another parking lot to make room for its larger inventory. ...
    April 29, 2016 - 1:25 pm
  • Prophetstown Main Street needs new blood

    DIXON – After 5 years, Eileen Detra is stepping down Dec. 31 as executive director of Prophetstown Main Street.
    April 29, 2016 - 1:26 pm
  • Landfill death that claimed Dixon man's life under investigation

    ROCKFORD – OSHA is investigating the death of a Dixon man killed Thursday afternoon at the Winnebago Landfill.
    April 29, 2016 - 7:56 pm
  • Oakwood Cemetery begins transition to GIS mapping

    DIXON – Oakwood Cemetery staff soon will input all of its records – dating back more than 145 years – into a geographic information system that will m ...
    April 28, 2016 - 9:42 pm
  • Districts preparing for new student discipline law

    STERLING – Before a new student discipline law that makes suspension and expulsion a last resort kicks in on Sept. 15, all Illinois school districts m ...
    April 28, 2016 - 9:21 pm
  • Books and bridles: Retired teacher connects kids with horses

    STERLING – In a classroom setting where desks and chalkboards are replaced by haystacks and horses, Joan Harms found a new way to satisfy her passion ...
    April 28, 2016 - 8:59 pm
  • Is there a doctor in the schoolhouse? M.D. visits Sterling class

    Doctor Kelley Guthrie talks to Amanda Spohn's third-grade class Thursday at Washington School in Sterling about what it takes to become a doctor.
    April 28, 2016 - 9:11 pm
  • New principal to take the helm at West Carroll High

    SAVANNA – A new principal will roam the halls at West Carroll High School this fall.Jeff Utsinger, a ...
    April 28, 2016 - 9:43 pm
  • Dixon High School March Student of the Month: Emily Brooks

    DIXON – Emily Brooks, 17, of Dixon, is Dixon High School's March Student of the Month. She is the daughter of Julie and Andy Brooks and she has a brot ...
    April 28, 2016 - 11:08 pm
  • Top 5 things to do this weekend

    Looking for something fun to do this weekend in the Sauk Valley? Here are five suggestions from the Sauk Valley Media news staff.
    April 28, 2016 - 11:13 pm
  • Oregon art book unravels the mystery and connects the threads

    OREGON – A list. A catalog. That’s all Beth Simeone had in mind in 2013, when she set out to detail ...
    April 27, 2016 - 9:43 pm
  • Organizers announce free concerts in Mount Morris

    MOUNT MORRIS – The Mount Morris Jamboree Committee has announced this summer’s schedule of performers for free concerts from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday nights ...
    April 27, 2016 - 10:40 pm
  • Comedy show to benefit Happy Tails in Rock Falls

    ROCK FALLS – Professional comedians Mike Brody, Angelo Vescio and Ben Katzner will headline “Raise the Woof,” a comedy show fundraiser for Happy Tails ...
    April 27, 2016 - 9:36 pm
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