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Rochelle Community Hospital celebrated National Hospital Week from May 13-17. 
RCH celebrates Hospital Week 2024
Rochelle Community Hospital celebrated National Hospital Week from May 13-17. 
May is Stroke Awareness Month. Rochelle Community Hospital has been designated as an Acute Stroke-Ready Hospital for several years and strives to see good outcomes for area patients that suffer strokes, RCH Emergency Services Manager Janis Astle said. 
RCH marks Stroke Awareness Month in May, serves as Stroke-Ready Hospital for local patients
May is Stroke Awareness Month. Rochelle Community Hospital has been designated as an Acute Stroke-Ready Hospital for several years and strives to see good outcomes for area patients that suffer strokes, RCH Emergency Services Manager Janis Astle said. 
At the end of the school year, Rochelle Township High School School Psychologist Chris Roberts will retire after serving at the school since 2007. 
RTHS School Psychologist Chris Roberts to retire after 17 years, 2 stints with OCEC
At the end of the school year, Rochelle Township High School School Psychologist Chris Roberts will retire after serving at the school since 2007. 
Sports

Bass Fishing: Polo wins IHSA Sectional at Mississippi River (Pool 13)

The Polo High School bass fishing team finished first in the IHSA Sectional at the Mississippi River (Pool 13) on Friday, May 3.

Bass Fishing: Stillman Valley takes third at IHSA Shabbona Lake Sectional

The Stillman Valley High School bass fishing team competed in the IHSA Sectional at Shabbona Lake on Friday, May 3.
Polo High School holds 2024 Athletic Signing Day
Polo High School held its 2024 Athletic Signing Day Ceremony this past week.
Oregon High School held its 2024 Athletic Signing Day Ceremony on Wednesday. Pictured above are Kenna Wubbena, Lexi Ebert, Sarah Stevens, Gracen Pitts, Olivia Paul (front row from left to right), Leo Carednas, Kylar Early, Anthony Bauer, Jameson Caposey and Jackson Glendenning (back row from left to right).
Oregon High School hosts 2024 Athletic Signing Day
Oregon High School held its 2024 Athletic Signing Day Ceremony on Wednesday, with several student-athletes finalizing their commitments to play sports at the collegiate level.
Byron High School held its 2024 Athletic Signing Day Ceremony on Wednesday, May 1. Above from left to right are Ryan Tucker, Jacob Barber, Braylon Kilduff, Ashton Henkel, Joshua Harris and Maison Brandt.
Byron High School holds 2024 Athletic Signing Day
Byron High School held its 2024 Athletic Signing Day Ceremony on Wednesday, May 1. Several Tiger student-athletes made their commitments official to play sports collegiately.
Stillman Valley High School held its 2024 Athletic Signing Day Ceremony on Friday evening.
Stillman Valley High School holds 2024 Athletic Signing Day
Stillman Valley High School held its 2024 Athletic Signing Day Ceremony on Friday evening.
Girls Track: Byron qualifies four athletes for IHSA State Championships
The Byron High School girls track and field team competed in the IHSA 2A Rochelle Sectional on Wednesday, May 8.
Boys Track: Byron wins 1600-meter relay at Big Northern Conference meet
The Byron High School boys track and field team competed in the Big Northern Conference meet at Dixon on Thursday, May 9.
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Obituaries
Obituaries
Dale A. Pool
Dale A. Pool
Dale A. Pool, age 70, of Rockford and formerly of Adeline, IL passed away peacefully Wednesday May 8, 2024.
Linda R. Lynch
Linda R. Lynch
Linda R. Lynch, 73, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at Freeport Memorial Hospital in Freeport, IL.
Larry G. Hackbarth
Larry G. Hackbarth
Larry G. Hackbarth, 81, of Polo, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at Allure Pinecrest Terrace surrounded by his family. 
Robert (Bob) H. Ryder
Robert (Bob) H. Ryder
Robert (Bob) H. Ryder, age 80, passed away on April 26, 2024 in Oregon, IL.
Ronald M. Kuntzelman
Ronald M. Kuntzelman
Ronald M. Kuntzelman 90, of Leaf River passed away Thursday, May 2, 2024, at Allure of Pinecrest in Mt. Morris, IL.
Opinion

Forreston-Polo girls track could emerge as area power

Things have been hot and heavy this week with all of spring sports engaged in the post season. At press time, the only thing to report on is girls track and field, with a sectional taking place May 10.

Recognizing OCFB scholarship recipients

Breanna Cisketti, Gracie Prose, Cooper Alderks, Molly Blum, Carter Conderman, Aylivia Danekas, Bailey Jackson and Jack Richolson were all recently named as recipients of scholarships awarded by the Ogle County Farm Bureau in 2024.

Crime, morals, and the case against common sense

We Americans are practical. We cast a suspicious eye on theories. We rely on common sense — self-evident ideas that nearly everyone shares.
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