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Ogle County Coroner Lou Finch will not be seeking re-election in the upcoming March 19 election. Finch has served as coroner since 2004. 
Finch reflects on 20 years of service as Ogle County coroner
Ogle County Coroner Lou Finch will not be seeking re-election in the upcoming March 19 election. Finch has served as coroner since 2004. 
Stillman Valley High School graduate Dariusz Warzocha has overcome a Chronic Leukemia diagnosis to fulfill his dreams of serving as an EMT and firefighter and establishing his automotive videography company, ZOKA Media.
SVHS grad Warzocha overcomes adversity to reach firefighter, videographer dreams
Stillman Valley High School graduate Dariusz Warzocha has overcome a Chronic Leukemia diagnosis to fulfill his dreams of serving as an EMT and firefighter and establishing his automotive videography company, ZOKA Media.
Byron Middle School saw a brief lockdown on Wednesday morning after a report of a person carrying an item resembling a gun case was made by a student, Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle said.
Byron Middle School saw brief lockdown Wednesday after report of item resembling gun case
Byron Middle School saw a brief lockdown on Wednesday morning after a report of a person carrying an item resembling a gun case was made by a student, Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle said.
Sports

Wrestling: Ogle County athletes compete at IHSA State Championships

Oregon's Anthony Bauer tangles with Chicago Hope Academy's Tony Jones-Blakely.
Multiple Ogle County area wrestlers competed in the IHSA State Championships at the State Farm Center in Champaign this weekend.
Girls Basketball: Hawks celebrate Senior Night against South Beloit
The Oregon High School varsity girls basketball team celebrated Senior Night with a 40-28 win over South Beloit on Feb. 7.
Wrestling: Byron's Jones records 100th career victory
Byron High School wrestler Kyle Jones earned his 100th career win during the IHSA 1A Byron Sectional from Feb. 9-10. Jones finished with a 34-6 overall record for the 2023-24 season.
Wrestling: Two Tigers medal at IHSA 1A Byron Sectional
Byron High School wrestlers Jared Claunch and Brody Stien each medaled in the IHSA 1A Byron Sectional from Feb. 9-10 and earned bids to the IHSA State Championships.
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Obituaries
Obituaries
Mark L. Winterton
Mark L. Winterton
Mark L. Winterton, age 68, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, February 10, 2024.
Alan D. Nordman
Alan D. Nordman
Alan D. Nordman, age 69, died peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024 at the Serenity Hospice and Home near Oregon surrounded by his loving family.
Verna E. McIntosh
Verna E. McIntosh
Verna E. McIntosh, 84 passed away peacefully at Serenity Hospice on February 7, 2024.
Patrick M. Donaldson
Patrick M. Donaldson
Patrick M. Donaldson, age 78, passed away peacefully the morning of February 14, 2024 at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford.
Donald J. Myers
Donald J. Myers
Donald J. Myers, age 97, passed away on Wednesday February 7, 2024 in Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL. 
Opinion

Yin, yang and the immigration crisis

Americans believe two things about immigration. One is that a nation must be able to guard its borders from unwanted outsiders. The other is that immigrants are good for the country and should be encouraged to come here.

Friends, family and hardcore fanatics

This past week’s local sporting expedition took me 11.3 miles north to the Byron 1A wrestling sectional. A 1A wrestling sectional can attract up to 3,000 fans per session and Oregon and Byron are about the only facilities among the 43 schools that feed into it capable of handling it.

Letter: Support for Christie Cox

As a pastor over the course of the past twenty years, I have on multiple occasions been asked to officiate funeral services in conjunction with Christie Cox at Polo Family Funeral Home. Having known Christie and her family for over two decades, without reservation, I lend my full support and endorsement in her bid to serve the people as the next Ogle County Coroner.
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Expert Tips for Little Travelers During Winter

(Family Features) Winter is one of the busiest times of year to travel. Whether you travel by train, plane or take a long road trip, it can be overwhelming - especially when you have young children.

Money Matters

Can money buy happiness? More than half of Americans say yes in new study

(BPT) - How much money would make you happy? According to the average American, the price tag comes in around $1.2 million.New research from Empower, a leader in financial planning, investing and …

Small business

The 7 essential things you need when applying for a business loan

Lendio compiled a list of the seven loan requirements business owners need to know before filing a loan application.

Technology

7 ways doctors and nurses are using AI

AI is changing health care—mainly by cutting down paperwork. Soundry Health analyzed news and reports to understand the state of AI in the industry.

Pets

A Veterinarian’s Top Tips for a Safe, Festive Holiday Season with Pets

Have a healthy and happy holiday season with pets with these veterinarian-recommended tips.

by Dr. Whitney Miller,    DVM, MBA, DACVPM (NAPSI)—Pet parents across the country are gearing up to spread holiday cheer with their favorite furry family members. Whether cuddling by the …

Education

Teens don't know everything − and those who acknowledge that fact are more eager to learn

What makes some students eager to work hard and others prefer to avoid the struggle? Kobus Louw/E+ via Getty Images If you, like me, grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, you may have come across the …