The members of the Ogle County Democratic Central Committee made a difference in their community by recently donating a total of $800 amongst eight Ogle County food pantries, an idea that originated during the pandemic as a unique way to celebrate the holiday season together since in person gatherings were not possible.

The First Fridays Open Mic presents its monthly show at the Oregon VFW this March 1. The event attracts many talented performers, but musicians and singers of all skill levels find acceptance from its supportive audience.

Meridian Junior High School recently named its October Student Leaders of the Month. 

Meridian Junior High School recently named its November Student Leaders of the Month. 

Meridian Junior High School recently named its December Student Leaders of the Month. 

Meridian Junior High School recently named its January Student Leaders of the Month.

A Chicago-area actor will take the stage in Mt. Morris next month to bring a unique perspective to a centuries-old event.

Commander Cynthia Reynolds, Senior Vice Commander Becky Davis and Adjutant Marddi Rahn of Polo American Legion Patrick Fegan Post #83 delivered Battle Buddy Boxes to local veteran shut-ins and a deployed service member over the holiday season.

The Stillman Valley High School scholastic bowl team recently took fourth place in the annual Masonic Bowl competition in February.

Byron High School had students on the speech team qualify for the IHSA State Championships this school year.

Byron High School English Teacher Mrs. Angie McHale was named the Northwest Region Teacher of Year and a finalist for the Illinois Teacher of the Year through the Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel Program.

The February presentation at the Oregon Depot Museum will feature Gerald Podraza of Galena, Illinois. Plan on coming out to hear the presentation the last Saturday of February, the 24th at 10 a.m. 

The Byron Museum of History hosted an opening reception recently for the Eagle’s Nest Art Group show. The show is open to the public through March 30, every Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The museum is located at 110 N. Union St. in Byron, IL.

The Forreston FFA Alumni is very excited and proud to host the 36th Annual Farm Toy and Craft Show. The show will be held at Forreston High School on March 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Forrestville Valley School District 221 celebrated "Bus Driver Appreciation Week" from Feb. 5-9. The drivers were treated every day with a special treat from administration, athletic department, kitchen staff & the Forreston Grade Schools PTO plus many parents & students.

Emmalee Gilbert was recently named the January Student of the Month at Polo Community High School and received a scholarship from the Polo Schools Foundation for her efforts.

The Stillman Valley Chess team participated in the IHSA State Chess Tournament in Peoria on Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10.

The Byron High School ACES team took third at its regional competition.

The Stillman Valley High School ACES team finished first at its regional competition earlier this month.

Oregon Elementary School recently named its January 2024 Students of the Month.

Stillman Valley High School Students of the Month for December were recently named.

Stillman Valley High School Students of the Month for January 2024 were recently named.

The Byron High School speech team took second out of five schools in the IHSA Freeport Regional on Saturday, Feb. 3.

D&W Garage was awarded a $25,000 grant through their partnership with Holcomb Bank to upgrade existing garage equipment.

On Jan. 18, 100 Women Who Care of Ogle County heard from six charitable organizations and voted to give $8,000 to Camp Cedar Illinois Inc., a faith-based camp for sexually abused girls aged 7-17.

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