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RCH celebrates 75th year as member of American Hospital Association

Earlier in September, Rochelle Community Hospital received a plaque from the American Hospital Association (AHA) to commemorate its 75th year as a member of its organization. In its commitment to being a member, RCH benefits from access to AHA’s resources, communications and advocacy in the future of heath care with consideration specific to small and rural health care on a national level.

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OES names September 2023 Students of the Month

Oregon Elementary School recently recognized its September Students of the Month.

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Lawrence Foundation donates $50,000 to OES for playground

Representatives from the Lawrence Foundation recently presented a check of $50,000 to Oregon Elementary School to cover a majority of the costs for the Etnyre Playground replacement. The staff and students of OCUSD #220 are entirely grateful for the Lawrence Foundation's continued generosity and support.

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Mt. Morris alum returns for free concert Oct. 15

A woodwind ensemble featuring a local high school alum will perform a free recital at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Morris.

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Congressman LaHood visits Lee-Ogle Transportation System

On Thursday, Aug. 31, Lee Ogle Transportation System hosted a visit with Congressman Darin LaHood providing the 16th Congressional District Representative with updates related to public transportation along with a tour of the expanding operation at 210 E. Progress Drive in Dixon.

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Ogle/Lee Retired Teachers meet at Stronghold

The Ogle/Lee Retired Teacher Membership Meeting was held on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Stronghold Camp and Retreat Center in Oregon

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60th class reunion had for Polo HS Class of 1963

The 60th class reunion of the Polo High School class of 1963 was held on Sept. 9, 2023 at the Polo Senior Center. 22 former classmates attended.

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McCombie, IPA’s Leahy visit OJSHS

On Sept. 20, Oregon Community Unit School District #220 welcomed several special guests to Oregon Junior/Senior High School.

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Oregon Lions announce drawdown winners

The Oregon Lions Club held their popular annual drawdown at the VFW in Oregon on Thursday, Sept. 14. A large crowd of ticket holders gathered to enjoy a generous assortment of sandwiches, snacks and desserts, compliments of the Oregon Lions.

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Ribbon cutting held for Equ.S.T. Chiropractic

On Sept. 20, a grand opening and ribbon cutting were held in Monroe Center for Equ.S.T. Chiropractic, and equestrian sports chiropractic and family chiropractic business at 16547 E. McNeal Road. The business is run by Dr. Bonnie Harder, DC VSMT. The office will also offer animal chiropractic through Holistic Balance Animal Chiropractic.

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Byron station, Constellation fleet run at near-full capacity during summer

While wildfires, hurricanes and extreme heat battered Americans from coast to coast during the hottest summer in Earth’s recorded history, Constellation’s carbon-free nuclear units ran nearly 100 percent of the time, powering more than 15 million homes and businesses. Byron Generating Station led the way, running at exactly 100 percent during June, July and August.

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County board: Ogle County no longer liable for $17.3 million after Constellation agreement

At the monthly meeting Tuesday of the Ogle County Board, Chairman John Finfrock said the county received official notification Tuesday from the Property Tax Appeal Board that it is no longer liable for $17.3 million worth of taxes following an agreement with Exelon/Constellation and the Byron Nuclear Plant regarding real property tax assessment that it approved unanimously in June.

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Ribbon cutting held for Barrio Agave, restaurant now open in Rochelle

On Sept. 15, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for Barrio Agave, a new Mexican restaurant at 1310 N. 7th St. The restaurant officially opened Sept. 15 and is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays.

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SVHS alum Hendrickson visits Meridian School District with 37th Helicopter Squadron

On Sept. 12, the Meridian School District had the distinct honor of welcoming one of its own back to the grounds as Mitchell Hendrickson, a proud alum of Stillman Valley High School, returned with the 37th Helicopter Squadron of the United States Air Force.

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Stillman Valley Class of 1968 holds reunion

The Stillman Valley Class of 1968 reunion was held Sept 9 at the SM & SF Club.

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Oregon High School Homecoming court named

Oregon High School recently held its Homecoming coronation ceremony on the school’s front lawn on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

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Mt. Morris Mobile Food Pantry is Sept. 28

Loaves & Fish Food Pantry alongside Northern Illinois Food Bank is hosting a Mobile Food Pantry on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 10-11:30 a.m. The truck will be located at Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren, 409 W. Brayton Road, Mt. Morris. Food is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Food is free to neighbors in need; no ID, proof of address or income is required.

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Rochelle Intermodal Transload Center construction nearing completion

On Aug. 16, City of Rochelle Economic Development Director Jason Anderson said that concrete, asphalt and gravel work has been completed at the Rochelle Intermodal Transload Center at 1851 S. Steward Road.

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Do Art Productions seeing growth with art workshops after getting its start in Rochelle

After getting into the swing of holding comic book workshops in and around the area early this year, Do Art Productions has seen growth in recent months. Do Art Productions was established by Rochelle native Jerry Moffitt and his best friend, Chester Roush. The business creates comics and art and offers a variety of workshops in a variety of art mediums to inspire community members.

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