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  • Milledgeville man restores big bike for 'American Pickers'

    Milledgeville tinkerer Allen Polhill has had his run-ins with the stars of "American Pickers," and even got to go on a bike ride with Mike Wolfe – on ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 9:27 am
  • Falls bridge deteriorating; federal funds could help

    The latest bridge inspection report shows the condition of the East 11th Street bridge has deteriorated enough to make it eligible for federal funds.
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 12:06 am
  • Whiteside County confirms shots fired in Yeowardsville

    ROCK FALLS – The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that shots were fired during a fight in Yeowardsville just after 11 a.m. today.
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 9:36 pm
  • Sauk group collecting Toys for Tots donations

    DIXON – Sauk Valley Community College’s Student Veterans Organization is collecting donations of toys and money for Lee and Ogle counties’ Toys for To ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 4:28 pm
  • Pearl Harbor memorial Sunday in Sterling

    STERLING – American Legion Post 296's annual Pearl Harbor attack memorial service begins at 11 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot at the corner of East Si ...
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 3:49 pm
  • Dateline Dixon: Helping the hopeful

    What's going on in Dixon? The 10K donation the Dixon Firefighters Charitable Association gave to Home of Hope Tuesday marked the group's largest contr ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 9:14 am
  • Rock Falls saloon on a mission for Toys for Tots

    ROCK FALLS – Here’s a fun challenge for all you big-hearted Sauk Valley residents: Can you help fill a 17-foot trailer with toys to help kids have a m ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 4:29 pm
  • Road closure planned Monday in Rock Falls

    ROCK FALLS – East Second Street will be closed from Avenue F to the Hennepin Canal from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday because of maintenance at the hydroele ...
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 3:36 pm
  • Rock Falls High School November Student of the Month: Rollie Elder V

    ROCK FALLS – Rollie Elder V, 18, of Rock Falls, is Rock Falls High School's November Student of the Month. His parents are Rollie IV and Kelly. His si ...
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 9:39 pm
  • Fourth cellphone robbery suspect arrested in Dixon

    DIXON – One of two Kankakee men suspected in the armed robberies of two local U.S. Cellular store 3 weeks ago turned himself in at the Dixon Police De ...
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 9:37 pm
  • Be a merry mannequin Friday in Fulton

    FULTON – The annual Christmas Walk will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Fulton. A manneq ...
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 10:44 am
  • ‘A Christmas Twist’ debuts tonight at Dixon Stage Left

    DIXON – “A Christmas Twist by the Illegitimate Players,” directed by Kevin Tumelson, will debut at 7:30 tonight at Dixon Stage Left, 306 W. First St.
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 11:08 am
  • Celebrate Christmas on the Village Square

    MOUNT MORRIS – The streets of Mount Morris will be full of holiday cheer throughout the day Saturday for Christmas on the Village Square.
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 10:40 am
  • Almost time for 'It's a Wonderful Life' in Polo

    George Bailey (left), played by Doug Smith, and Clarence, played by Denny Scott talk on the bridge during a rehearsal of the Polo Area Community Theat ...
    Nov. 30, 2016 - 11:38 pm
  • Dixon Park Board considers referendum to expand tax base

    The Dixon Park Board decided to hold off on raising out-of-district program fees Wednesday to focus on pursuing a bigger source of revenue.
    Nov. 30, 2016 - 11:40 pm
  • Sauk hires dean of foundation

    DIXON – Sauk Valley Community College promoted one of its leaders to a new dean position, charged with the task of helping fix its financial woes.
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 11:58 pm
  • Ex-detective's attorney wants evidence thrown out

    Attorneys for a former Rock Falls police detective asked that evidence in her case be excluded when she goes to trial.
    Nov. 30, 2016 - 11:37 pm
  • Klahn takes command of Lee County State's Attorney's Office

    DIXON – The mission of the State’s Attorney’s Office is to ensure public health, safety and protection and to seek justice. That’s exactly what new St ...
    Nov. 30, 2016 - 9:52 pm
  • My wish: Gimme all the time I can have

    My girls were up about 5 Wednesday morning. I’m not commiserating, just setting the scene.OK, maybe ...
    Nov. 30, 2016 - 9:56 pm
  • Sterling Park District's total tax levy estimate same as last year

    The Sterling Park District has approved a tax levy ordinance that looks a lot like last year's. There is no increase in the total levy estimate from l ...
    Nov. 30, 2016 - 11:42 pm
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    Reader Poll

    Rock Falls is considering a ban on leaf burning. Should the city finally take that step?
    Yes. Sterling and Dixon have had bans for years. It’s time for Rock Falls to impose a ban.
    No. It would be too great a burden for homeowners to dispose of fallen leaves in other ways.
    Not sure
    No opinion