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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.

Due to the recent extreme weather conditions the Coliseum Museum has rescheduled their Artist Reception to Friday, Feb. 2, from 6-8 p.m.

The First Fridays Open Mic presents its monthly show at the Oregon VFW this Feb. 2. The event attracts many talented performers, but musicians and singers of all skill levels find acceptance from its supportive audience.

Forreston Junior High School held its annual spelling bee on Friday, Jan. 19.

Kiwanis of Oregon/Mt. Morris Members Tim Huber and Mark Probasco recently presented Debbie Herman of the Oregon Public Library District with a $500 sponsorship for the 2024 children’s summer reading program. 

Scholarships are available through the Rochelle Community Hospital Auxiliary to area students who are planning to pursue careers in the healthcare field. Five scholarships are available in 2024 which include the Ward A. and Mabel T. Miller Scholarship.

Are you looking for a fun, friend-filled, free club to learn about vegetables and gardening? Ogle County 4-H is excited to partner with Flagg-Rochelle Public Library and the Ogle County Master Gardeners to teach youth about growing vegetables. This new horticulture club, Rochelle Green Thumbs 4-H Club, is open to any youth in Ogle County, ages 8-18, by Sept. 1, 2023.

regon Avalanche's 2024 spring and summer fast-pitch softball registration is happening now! Open to all Oregon Community Unit School District girls ages 8-14, all skill levels welcome as well as athletes who are involved in other sports and activities.

Dr. A. Timothy Appenheimer recently retired after 40 years of work in the local community.

On Jan. 21, State Sen. Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) stopped by the annual football banquet for the Byron High School football team to deliver honorary recognitions from the Senate to the athletes and coaches.  

The Byron High School speech team had several students earn top honors during the Taylor Swift Eras Tour-nament in Elgin on Saturday, Jan. 20.

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