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  • AFC High School October Student of the Month Lexi Meurer

    Lexi Meurer, 18, is Ashton-Franklin Center High School's October Student of the Month. Her parents are Dave and Kelly, and her siblings are Laci, 18, ...
    Dec. 10, 2016 - 1:15 am
  • Online donation option available at Morrison library

    MORRISON – Gift-givers looking to help Odell Public Library, 307 S. Madison St., with non-budgetary needs can make e-donations to the library foundati ...
    Dec. 10, 2016 - 1:15 am
  • The Police Beat: Assistant to suicide charged with misdemeanor

    DIXON – When an Amboy man gave a minor drugs to commit suicide Nov. 18, but the attempt failed, the Lee County Sheriff's Department charged him with a ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 6:30 pm
  • Funds, time running out for domestic violence agencies

    YWCA of the Sauk Valley found out last week that there's no funding for its domestic violence services, and the Illinois Department of Human Services ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 6:28 pm
  • Sterling district relies on in-house assessments, accolades, not PARCC

    STERLING – Amazing, the power of a preposition.Sterling Public Schools Superintendent Tad Everett su ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 8:26 pm
  • 'These are starting to be our scores': School administrators starting to analyze, use PARCC scores

    Some local school administrators say the time is coming – if not already here – to start using PARCC scores to better shape curriculum.
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 8:48 pm
  • Restoring the fallen: Dixon scout rehabs 8 tombstones from Oakwood Cemetery

    A 15-year-old Dixon native is working to restore some of the oldest gravestones at Oakwood Cemetery.
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 6:26 pm
  • Leaving his mark: Tattoo artist opens shop in Dixon

    DIXON – Tattoo artist John Gabor doesn’t always like a blank canvas. Gabor, 54, gets customers from ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 4:57 pm
  • Sterling sales tax ordinance needs more work

    STERLING – A sales tax ordinance that was brought before the City Council on Monday was tabled so some language changes could be made before it is put ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 4:54 pm
  • Former Dixon administrator candidate for Clinton post

    CLINTON, Iowa — The city of Clinton identified Thursday the five candidates vying for the open city ...
    Dec. 8, 2016 - 10:05 pm
  • Dixon council candidates weigh in on city issues

    DIXON – Three candidates have their sights set on two open City Council seats that incumbents won’t try to retain this spring.
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 9:19 am
  • Coat drive for schools Saturday at Walmart

    STERLING – Folks from First Student Bus Service hope to fill one of their vehicles beyond capacity Saturday morning.
    Dec. 8, 2016 - 8:52 pm
  • Whiteside County taking applications for state's attorney

    MORRISON – Whiteside County is looking for a qualified Democrat to replace Trish Joyce as state’s attorney.
    Dec. 8, 2016 - 9:59 pm
  • Fulton teen eyes City Hall, optometry career

    FULTON – One of the first things visitors to Paula's Archiving will notice isn't the age of the owner – although not every 17-year-old is helping pres ...
    Dec. 8, 2016 - 9:57 pm
  • Top 5 things to do this weekend: Dec. 9-11, 2016

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    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:13 pm
  • Victims of fatal crash in Lee County identified

    ROCHELLE – The victims of Wednesday’s fatal crash on Interstate 39 south of the Rochelle exit have been identified
    Dec. 8, 2016 - 10:00 pm
  • Kreider recycling division to close in Dixon

    p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} DIXON – Secure Recycling Services ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 3:12 pm
  • Oregon mayor introduces public to TIF

    OREGON – More than four dozen residents turned out at a meeting Tuesday night to learn more about a proposed TIF district in Oregon, and share their c ...
    Dec. 7, 2016 - 7:29 pm
  • Nashville artists to perform in Dixon

    DIXON – Jay Vonn and Triple Threat, an American/bluegrass band from Dixon, will open for Lillie Mae Rische, a fiddle player for Jack White, on Dec. 17 ...
    Dec. 7, 2016 - 7:32 pm
  • LOTS stays afloat with state payment

    The Lee-Ogle Transportation System will keep its doors open past Dec. 31 thanks to a state payment of about $250,000.
    Dec. 8, 2016 - 10:05 pm
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    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.
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