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The first Foundation for Focus House scholarship is supported by the LaVerne & Margaret Franklin Adams Scholarship Fund. It was established in May 2002 following Mr. Adams’ death. A longtime resident of Ogle County, Mr. Adams sat on the Ogle County Board from 1972 until 2002.
Longtime Foundation for Focus House scholarships honor Adams couple, Judge Lenz 
Foundation for Focus House has opened the application for its 2024 scholarships, Executive Director Jeni Hardin said. 
At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Ogle County Board unanimously approved a resolution of support for an amendment to the Lee-Ogle Enterprise Zone that would see it grow in size. 
Ogle County Board: Enterprise zone amendment approved
At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Ogle County Board unanimously approved a resolution of support for an amendment to the Lee-Ogle Enterprise Zone that would see it grow in size. 
On Tuesday, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the Rochelle Recovery Center at 242 May Mart Drive in Rochelle. 
Ribbon cutting ceremony held Tuesday for Rochelle Recovery Center
On Tuesday, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the Rochelle Recovery Center at 242 May Mart Drive in Rochelle. 
Sports

Boys Basketball: Byron bounces Riverdale in IHSA 2A Sectional Semifinals

Byron’s Ryan Tucker drives around Riverdale’s Jake Willems.
An 11-0 run from Port Byron Riverdale tested the Byron Tiger basketball team during the fourth quarter of the IHSA 2A Mendota Sectional Semifinal matchup on Wednesday.
The Byron High School varsity wrestling team fell 48-28 against Marian Central Catholic in the IHSA 1A Dual Sectional at Newman Central Catholic on Tuesday. Above is a photo from the team’s IHSA 1A Individual Regional title at BHS in early February.
Wrestling: Byron falls to Marian Central Catholic in IHSA 1A Dual Sectional match
The Byron High School varsity wrestling team faced off with Marian Central Catholic during the IHSA 1A Dual Sectional meet at Newman Central Catholic on Tuesday.
Oregon's Anthony Bauer tangles with Chicago Hope Academy's Tony Jones-Blakely.
Wrestling: Ogle County athletes compete at IHSA State Championships
Multiple Ogle County area wrestlers competed in the IHSA State Championships at the State Farm Center in Champaign this weekend.
The Byron High School boys basketball team won the IHSA 2A Genoa-Kingston Regional this past week.
Boys Basketball: Byron wins IHSA 2A Regional at Genoa-Kingston
The Byron basketball team began its road to the sectional tournament at the IHSA 2A Genoa-Kingston Regional, where the No. 1 seeded Tigers showed dominance in each of their games to take home their first regional championship since the 2017-18 season. 
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Obituaries
Obituaries
Dean Hagemann
Dean Hagemann
Dean Hagemann, 60, of Byron IL passed away on Wednesday February 21, 2024 from a sudden medical condition.  
Morris ‘Bud’ Wiener
Morris ‘Bud’ Wiener
Morris “Bud” Wiener, age 93, passed away on February 1st, 2024 at Serenity Hospice and Home.
Penny Jean McCoy
Penny Jean McCoy
Penny Jean McCoy, 79, of Leaf River went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 11, 2024. 
June D. Kereven
June D. Kereven
June D. Kereven, 94, of Oregon, died Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at Serenity Hospice and Home, near Oregon, with her family by her side.
Vonard “Dutch” L. Johnson
Vonard ‘Dutch’ L. Johnson
Vonard “Dutch” L. Johnson, 93, of Polo, passed away Friday, February 16, 2024, at his home. 
Opinion

What did we learn?

What did we learn from girls sectionals and boys regionals in basketball?

Letter: Re-elect Janes for County Board

We would like to express our support for Dan Janes in the upcoming Republican primary on March 19 for the District 5 Ogle County Board position.

Letter: Vote for Christie Cox

I was initially supporting Christie Cox for coroner simply because I’ve known her for many years and always found her to be a person of integrity. 
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