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  • New anti-drug task force working in Dixon

    DIXON – Four months after the Dixon Police Department launched a pilot street crimes division, the results are in, and it’s here to stay.
    April 18, 2014 - 10:30 am
  • Out Here: The Great Doughnut Debate in Lee County

    We cover a lot of public boards and commissions in the area. They all have traditions. Some are char ...
    April 18, 2014 - 9:03 am
  • Village of Lyndon found in violation of meetings act

    LYNDON – The attorney general's office has found that Lyndon's board of trustees broke the Open Meetings Act – a violation the village had already ack ...
    April 18, 2014 - 9:01 am
  • Area gets money for projects

    Whiteside, Lee and Ogle counties will benefit from state road projects, according to a news release from Gov. Pat Quinn's office.
    April 17, 2014 - 8:53 pm
  • Firefighter pleads not guilty

    STERLING – A Sterling firefighter accused of sexually abusing a girl has pleaded not guilty. According to court documents, Philip D. Johannsen fondled ...
    April 18, 2014 - 9:03 am
  • Teen Turf chips in at rehab center

    Teen Turf, an after-school program in Amboy visited the Amboy Rehabilitation Center on Thursday afternoon to help prepare Easter eggs for the resident ...
    April 17, 2014 - 9:02 pm
  • Your Weekend Top 5

    Egg hunt in Dixon DIXON – Walmart and the Dixon Park District present an Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. S ...
    April 18, 2014 - 9:03 am
  • Participation up at Sauk Career Fair

    DIXON – Charlene Lampert doesn't find the local job market particularly robust these days, but then her frame of reference is limited.
    April 18, 2014 - 10:20 am
  • Wahl Clipper building new headquarters in Sterling

    STERLING – Wahl Clipper will reinvest in Sterling with the help of a state economic development incentive program that targets businesses that are con ...
    April 18, 2014 - 8:56 am
  • Small investment group buys Sterling Centers

    The Sterling Commons Building was sold to a local investment group Thursday morning during an auction at the building, 301 W. Third St.
    April 17, 2014 - 8:49 pm
  • Girls soccer: Freshman leads Dixon past Warrior defense

    STERLING – Dixon forward Lauren Chacon didn’t know it, but people were talking behind her back. The ...
    April 18, 2014 - 9:08 am
  • Softball: Hawks handle rival Tigers on road

    Sommer Rhea homered and drove in two runs, and Abby Baker scattered 10 hits as the Oregon Hawks beat the rival Byron Tigers 7-2 in a Big Northern West ...
    April 18, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Baseball: Warriors earn split at home

    The Sterling Golden Warriors (3-7, 2-2) split a doubleheader with LaSalle-Peru on Thursday, bouncing back after a 12-0 loss in the opener at Gartner P ...
    April 18, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Sauk swept at home

    The Sauk Valley Skyhawks dropped both games at home against Elgin, by tallies of 10-1 and 14-2 in a doubleheader Thursday. Nathan Sharpshair picked up ...
    April 18, 2014 - 1:14 am
  • Big inning sends Newman past Missiles

    MILLEDGEVILLE – Newman pitcher Quincy Coomes' left foot kept disappearing into a hole. The junior's landing foot was swallowed up by a large divot on ...
    April 17, 2014 - 12:18 am
  • Comets outlast Missiles in 11 innings at Millwheel

    MILLEDGEVILLE – It took 11 innings to find a winner in a potential regional preview matchup between Newman and Milledgeville on Wednesday at Millwheel ...
    April 17, 2014 - 12:19 am
  • Hawks come up short at home

    Dylan Garbutt scored on an error in the top of the seventh for the game’s only run, leading the Byron Tigers to a 1-0 Big Northern West road win over ...
    April 17, 2014 - 12:17 am
  • SportShorts for Thursday, April 17, 2014

    RUNNINGNewman to host 5K fundraiserNewman High School will hold a 5K run at 9 a.m. Saturday, to rais ...
    April 17, 2014 - 12:15 am
  • SportShorts for Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    GOLFBilyeu earns CCAC honorFulton native and Olivet Nazarene junior Lydia Bilyeu was named the Chica ...
    April 16, 2014 - 12:06 am
  • Steamers take first title at own meet in 17 years

    FULTON – Fulton thrower Austin Regenwether had a few extra eyes watching him Tuesday during the 68th annual Fulton Relays. For the first time this se ...
    April 16, 2014 - 12:11 am
  • Robert C. Mundt Sr.

    ROCK FALLS – Robert C. Mundt Sr., 87, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Loyola Hospital in Chicago.
    April 17, 2014 - 8:54 pm
  • Wanda J. Schaubert

    SHANNON – Wanda J. Schaubert, 91, of Shannon, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, at home.She was ...
    April 17, 2014 - 8:54 pm
  • Eleanor Douglas

    MORRISON – Eleanor Douglas, 93, of Morrison, formerly of Fulton, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison.
    April 17, 2014 - 8:54 pm
  • Francis M. Loomis

    DIXON – Francis M, Loomis, 98, of Dixon, died Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Heritage Square in Dixon.
    April 17, 2014 - 8:54 pm
  • Eugene O’Neal

    PORTALES, N.M. – Eugene O’Neal, 82, of Portales, received his heavenly degree Sunday, April 13, 2014, surrounded by family.
    April 17, 2014 - 8:54 pm
  • George E. Beatty

    STERLING – George E. Beatty, 96, of Sterling, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Heritage Square in Dixon.
    April 17, 2014 - 8:54 pm
  • Judith L. Shipman

    STERLING – Judith L. Shipman, 67, of Sterling, died Thursday, April 17, 2014, at her home. She was employed by Aramark Food Services.
    April 17, 2014 - 8:54 pm
  • Janet ‘Jan’ Love

    STERLING – Janet “Jan” Love, 87, of Sterling, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Rosewood Care Center in Moline.
    April 17, 2014 - 8:54 pm
  • Richard S. Williams

    STERLING – Richard S. Williams, 72, of Sterling, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at his home.McDonal ...
    April 16, 2014 - 9:25 pm
  • Elsie A. Merrill

    WALNUT – Elsie A. Merrill, 94, of Walnut, formerly of Ohio, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at Walnut Manor Nursing Home. She helped on the farm, and was ...
    April 16, 2014 - 9:25 pm
  • Reduced prices offered at shelter

    ROCK FALLS – Whiteside County pet owners with limited income can have their pets spayed or neutered at a reduced cost under a new program provided by ...
    April 10, 2014 - 4:49 pm
  • RNA comes through for charities

    STERLING – Royal Neighbors of America Chapter 30 donated to several individuals and organizations during February and March.
    April 10, 2014 - 4:50 pm
  • Company acquires German firm

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Global powertrain supplier BorgWarner finalized its acquisition of Gustav Wahler GmbH & Co. KG on March 1.
    April 10, 2014 - 4:49 pm
  • NICIL to sponsor business class

    STERLING – “Starting A Business,” an introductory course to small business ownership, will be April 23 at Northwestern Illinois Center for Independent ...
    April 10, 2014 - 4:49 pm
  • Business Notebook: Brothers Flooring opening second store

    DIXON – The brothers Grell are inviting a whole new set of customers to walk all over them. Keith an ...
    April 11, 2014 - 7:09 pm
  • Engineering firm expands staff

    ROCKFORD – Fehr Graham of Rockford announced its acquisition of the civil engineering and land surveying firm Arnold Lundgren Associates of Rockford.
    April 10, 2014 - 4:48 pm
  • Fenwick cycles back

    DIXON – A local cycling enthusiast who closed his downtown sporting goods store 2 years ago has kept on his path, reopening a bicycle shop near KSB Ho ...
    April 11, 2014 - 7:09 pm
  • Family Dollar to close stores as shoppers pinched

    Dollar stores are feeling the pinch from mounting financial pressures on low-income shoppers. Family Dollar said Thursday that it will cut jobs and cl ...
    April 11, 2014 - 6:48 pm
  • McDonald’s ready to rebuild?

    ROCK FALLS – Plans in the works for more than 2 years to tear down and rebuild McDonald's at 1003 First Ave. seem to be coming to a head.
    April 11, 2014 - 7:04 pm
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    April 3, 2014 - 10:50 am
  • Day Trip: Flight takes wing

    The Prairie Aviation Museum in Bloomington came into existence 30 years ago. Its collection includes seven planes and three helicopters.
    April 17, 2014 - 8:59 pm
  • Support Groups, Clubs, and Services

    Saturday, April 19Alcoholics Anonymous, 9 a.m., closed, Big Book, United Methodist Church, 201 E. Ch ...
    April 17, 2014 - 8:56 pm
  • Sign-ups sought for retired teachers meeting

    STERLING – Registration is due by Wednesday for the May meeting of Rock River Valley IEA Retired, set for May 1 at the Wagon Wheel, 1711 W. Fourth St.
    April 17, 2014 - 8:52 pm
  • Underage drinking talk set for Thursday

    OREGON – Lutheran Social Services of Illinois will present a meeting on prevention and reduction of underage drinking Thursday at the Nash Recreation ...
    April 17, 2014 - 8:52 pm
  • Votes sought for art competition

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Votes will be accepted through April 30 for area high school students' artwork from the 17th Congressional District in the annual C ...
    April 17, 2014 - 8:53 pm
  • Support Groups, Clubs, and Services

    Friday, April 18Women, infants and children clinic and family planning services, all by appointment ...
    April 16, 2014 - 8:38 pm
  • CPR class planned for Wednesday

    STERLING – A free American Heart Association cardiopulmomary resuscitation class will be presented from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Whiteside County Sen ...
    April 16, 2014 - 8:53 pm
  • ‘Game Night’ fundraiser April 26 in Dixon

    DIXON – The fourth annual Donnie Melendrez “Game Night” Memorial Fundraiser, a benefit for Peoria St. Jude Children’s Cancer Center, will be April 26 ...
    April 16, 2014 - 8:50 pm
  • Egg hunts still on schedule in area

    The Easter bunny continues to hop across the Sauk Valley, as Easter egg hunts spring up throughout the area.
    April 17, 2014 - 2:07 pm
  • Support Groups, Clubs, and Services

    Thursday, April 17Childhood immunization clinic; women, infants and children clinic; and family plan ...
    April 15, 2014 - 8:34 pm
  • Your Weekend Top 5

    Egg hunt in Dixon DIXON – Walmart and the Dixon Park District present an Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. S ...
    April 18, 2014 - 9:03 am
  • Assistant’s gruff attitude needs adjusting

    Dear Abby: How do I deal with an assistant who keeps calling me a "brownnoser"? She did it again yesterday at a staff meeting in front of my boss and ...
    April 17, 2014 - 8:56 pm
  • Thriller can’t transcend sci-fi cliches

    For years, the rumor about Johnny Depp was that he wouldn’t take a role that required him to get a h ...
    April 16, 2014 - 8:40 pm
  • Father is selfish to put his health at risk

    Dear Abby: I am a 34-year-old wife and mother of four. I'm concerned about my husband. He is 44 and drinks at home every evening after work.
    April 16, 2014 - 8:39 pm
  • Brunching it up for Easter

    First comes church, for those who go to church. Then comes brunch.Easter brunch has become almost as ...
    April 15, 2014 - 8:50 pm
  • Nuts and seeds are good nutrition

    Many weight-conscious people know that nuts and seeds are high in calories and might shy away from them for that reason. While you need to watch your ...
    April 15, 2014 - 8:35 pm
  • Cellular snoop discovers boyfriend is cheating

    Dear Abby: I have been in a long-distance relationship with "Victor" for several years.Recently I be ...
    April 15, 2014 - 8:34 pm
  • Signs of an abuser apply to women too

    Dear Abby: I read your Jan. 8 column about the warning signs of an abuser. Would you use your influence to say that men are also victims of abuse?
    April 14, 2014 - 7:17 pm
  • Communication online lacks personal touch

    Dear Abby: I recently exchanged pleasantries via email and text messaging with a lady I met on a website. One day later, I received a message from her ...
    April 13, 2014 - 11:26 pm
  • Tulips help young scientists track seasonal change

    AKRON, Ohio – When Renata Fossen Brown checks on the progress of a patch of tulips at Cleveland Bota ...
    April 10, 2014 - 8:22 pm
  • Brunching it up for Easter

    First comes church, for those who go to church. Then comes brunch.Easter brunch has become almost as ...
    April 15, 2014 - 8:50 pm
  • Nuts and seeds are good nutrition

    Many weight-conscious people know that nuts and seeds are high in calories and might shy away from them for that reason. While you need to watch your ...
    April 15, 2014 - 8:35 pm
  • Stalk some asparagus this spring

    A sure sign of spring is asparagus poking out of the ground. This vegetable is crazy good for you and has amazing flavor.
    April 8, 2014 - 9:17 pm
  • Fresh from the plant

    Nuts. And water. That’s really all there is to nut milk.Maybe you’ve noticed all the dairy-free milk ...
    April 9, 2014 - 2:20 pm
  • Salute spring with strawberry shortcake

    Skip the salutation. Follow the lead of strawberries, which offer no preamble, no “Dear Eater.” One fine day they simply appear – entirely welcome, ne ...
    April 1, 2014 - 11:46 pm
  • Need cheering up? Have a tapas party

    I’d had enough of the snow and freezing temperatures. And I was bored. So, it was time to throw a party – a tapas party.
    April 1, 2014 - 11:46 pm
  • Masters Tournament known for its green jackets -- and simple sandwiches

    The Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., is one cheesy place. The first time my husband, Roy, and I w ...
    March 25, 2014 - 10:54 pm
  • Reporter puts kitchen to test

    I’m not a germaphobe. But for a few hours, I tried to become one.A City of Milwaukee health inspecto ...
    March 25, 2014 - 10:53 pm
  • Adding nutrition to frozen pizza

    We all try our best to plan meals in advance, have all our ingredients on hand, and pre-prep for meals when possible. There are times, however, when l ...
    March 25, 2014 - 10:53 pm
  • Fresh asparagus signals start of spring

    Spring, for me, isn’t sprung on the say-so of meteorologists or a calendar date but on the sudden, d ...
    March 25, 2014 - 10:54 pm

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