Digital Access

Digital Access
Access and all Shaw Local content from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, Daily including the e-Edition or e-Edition only.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports scores, school closings, weather, and more. Text alerts are a free service from, but text rates may apply.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Sign up for free e-newsletters today.
Local Business

Business Notebook: New slots place coming, studio closes, handmade goods find new homes

Route 30 Slots and Cocktails coming to Rock Falls

ROCK FALLS – Route 30 Slots and Cocktails will open “in the next week or 2” at 2000 E. U.S. Route 30, owner Jason Willett said, once a license is granted from the state.

Willett is leasing the building owned by his father, Bruce “Bongo” Willett, who ran an auto shop there before recently retiring.

There will be a full-service bar, jukebox and pool table, and Willett said he plans to have live music and host birthday parties.

It will be open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.

Call 815-625-5292 for more information.

Final note for music studio

MORRISON – Musician Steve Bearsley has closed his production studio, Straightaway Productions, 13690 Lincoln Road.

Bearsley announced the closure on Facebook last week. The studio opened in 2012 and has helped numerous local musical acts record songs in a professional atmosphere.

“I want to thank all my friends, family and clients that have supported me through tour the years in this dream of mine,” Bearsley wrote. “I am very blessed to have you all in my life at some point. As I prioritize my life, I am choosing to close down the business for my own reasons.”

Among the popular musical acts Bearsley has worked with before opening his studio include Creed, Britney Spears, Jay-Z, and R. Kelly.

Business in harmony

ARGO FAY – Locally homemade soaps, hemp lotions, lip balms and jellies from Nature’s Harmony now can be found at local stores.

Sullivan’s grocery store, 300 N. Madison St. in Morrison, began carrying the line of products last week, and Shaw’s Express convenience store and gas station, 855 S. Mill St. in Mount Carroll, stocked them 2 weeks ago. The line also has been at Health and Nutrition Plus, at the Northland Mall in Sterling for nearly a year.

Melissa Coverdill makes her creations from her home in Argo Fay – a small community between Chadwick and Thomson in Carroll County.

Soaps include Dead Sea salt, peppermint chocolate, rosemary mint and flax seed milk soap.

A recent popular seller, not available at the stores, has been “The Stick,” which comes in a Chap Stick-like tube and is made from organic beeswax, avocado, coconut and hemp seed oils.

Find Nature’s Harmony on Facebook, shop online at, or call 815-275-2806 for more information.

Have a business tip? Let us know. Email SVM reporter Cody Cutter at, or call 815-632-2532.

Loading more