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Byron High School honors SAT high achievers

Eighteen seniors were recently honored at Byron High School before the start of a home football game. The students were recognized for their incredible performance on the SAT they took last spring. The student’s scores were high enough to be considered in the top 15 per cent of over 400,000 tests taken by juniors across the state of Illinois.

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Fire destroys business in Polo

Dambman Lawn Mower Hospital in Polo was destroyed by fire on Oct. 15. No one was hurt in the blaze.

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Open mic event in Mount Morris

MOUNT MORRIS – Fulfilling its role as one of Northern Illinois’ most progressive music venues, the Mount Morris Moose Family Center, 485 E Hitt St., will once again host the Songwriters Open Mic held on the third Friday of each month. This month’s date of Oct. 19 is joined by Nov. 16, and a Christmas Finale on Dec. 21 to round out the 2018 schedule.

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Republicans, Democrats ready for November election

Being a Democrat in Ogle County can be a bit lonely. According to County Clerk Laura Cook, there are 31, 242 registered voters in the county. Of that number, 13,689 are registered Republican, while only 5,488 are registered a Democrats. Undeclared voters account for 12,065 of the total number.

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Byron Masons celebrate 160 years

BYRON – In the spring of 1858, 160 years ago, seven Master Masons living in the Byron area met and organized, and petitioned the Grand Lodge of Illinois for the authority to meet under dispensation pending the granting of a charter. The request was granted and Byron Lodge held its first meeting under the Grand Lodge dispensation on March 25, 1858. The officers of the Lodge included Master Charles F. Wertz, Senior Warden Charles F. Lewis and Junior Warden Edmond Connor. Wertz appointed Anning O. Campbell as Senior Deacon and Treasurer, Eleazer Lockwood as secretary, and George Wertz as tyler. Lewis then appointed J. Goodwell as Junior Deacon.

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After school program at Taft Campus in Nov.

OREGON – The Oregon Park District and Loredo Taft Campus have teamed up to offer a new program to 3rd through 8th graders on Monday, Nov. 19. Join us at Taft Campus for this after school program from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

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United Methodist churches welcome new pastor

The Forreston and Leaf River United Methodist Churches are pleased to announce that Pastor Sung-Eun Kim has been appointed to lead their ministry's.

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Swim lessons being offered

OREGON – Learn to swim this Summer at the Oregon Park District. Morning and evening classes are available. Summer swim lessons begin on June 4.

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