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The Union Pacific Railroad’s Big Boy No. 4014 train engine will return to Rochelle this fall for the weekend of Sept. 7-8, City of Rochelle Director of Community Engagement Jenny Thompson said. 

Hub City Furniture at 429-433 Lincoln Highway in Rochelle will be closing its doors for the final time at the end of this month after 45 years in business as Owner Susan Andracke is retiring.

At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Ogle County Board heard a presentation from Ogle County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Charlene Coulombe.

Seebach’s Sweet Corn kicked off its 2024 season of sales at 11594 E. Kyte Road in Flagg Center last week. The Seebach family has grown and sold sweet corn at the location for over 40 years.

Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle said July 9 that “things are starting to return to normal” for both his office and the Ogle County Emergency Response Team following the June 12 shooting in Lost Nation that resulted in three ERT members and a barricaded subject being shot.

The baseball diamond at Focus House in Rochelle has been restored to playing shape in recent weeks after years in disrepair thanks to the efforts of community organizations and Focus House students, staff and foundation board members, Focus House Community Projects/Marketing and Volunteer Coordinator Jeni Hardin said. 

On Thursday, a ribbon cutting was held for Royal Scoop, Rochelle’s newest ice cream shop at 316 N. 6th St. 

On Thursday, the Lee-Ogle Transportation System hosted two public meetings in Rochelle concerning its plans for public transit in Rochelle, including a potential deviated fixed bus route and a microtransit service alternative.

In October of last year, the Ogle County Health Department received a CDC Addressing Conditions to Improve Population Health (ACTion) grant for $500,000 each year from 2023-2026 to increase access and availability to healthy and nutritious foods, education for home-based food production, food pantries, and mini food centers (refrigerated and dry food).

The Village of Progress and Kreider Services have plans for The Hill Street Neighborhood development in Mt. Morris in the coming years. The duplex apartment project is planned to serve both people with disabilities and people from the general population.

The transition into the summer months brings an increase in referrals for the Rochelle Community Hospital Rehabilitation Services Department, Evan Tracy, the department’s manager, said.

At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Ogle County Board heard an update from Board Member Dan Janes (R-Stillman Valley, District 5) regarding ongoing petition work by Constellation, the owner of the Byron Nuclear Plant, to change the zoning classification of some of its property.

At its monthly meeting Monday, the Rochelle Township High School Board of Education unanimously approved a two-year boys and girls tennis cooperative pilot program with Oregon High School.

At Tuesday's monthly meeting of the Ogle County Board, Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle presented a critical incident briefing on the June 12 shooting in Lost Nation that resulted in three Ogle County Emergency Response Team members being shot.

The suspect in a June 12 shooting in Lost Nation that resulted in three Ogle County Emergency Response Team members being shot has been taken into custody and charged with four counts of attempted first degree murder, a Tuesday press release from Ogle County State’s Attorney Mike Rock said.

Three Ogle County Emergency Response Team members and one barricaded suspect were shot late Wednesday morning at a residence in Lost Nation in the rural Dixon area and survived after being transported to area hospitals, Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon. 

On Friday, a grand opening event was held for Luna at 531 S. 7th St. in Rochelle. The event included a ribbon cutting, appetizers & drinks, and live music. 

Rochelle Community Hospital’s XCEL Orthopedics will provide sports physicals this month on June 11, 18 and 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sports physicals will be performed this season by Harrison Swalla, MPAS, PA-C; and Carter Gallick, PA-C, ATC of XCEL Orthopedics. 

Residents of Lincoln Manor have spent the past two months making sleeping mats from recycled plastic shopping bags to donate to Miss Carly's, a non-profit dedicated to the homeless in Rockford.

Local charitable organization From the Heart has established a Queen of Hearts drawing that will take place weekly on Thursday evenings at Luna starting June 13.

An Infinity Event in Memory of Maggie and Amos (Rosko) Meyer is set for Saturday, June 8 at the Rochelle Wildlife Conservation Club.  This yearly event hosted by The Maggie & Amos Foundation features something for all to enjoy including live music, a corn hole bags tournament, live and silent auctions, free kids activities, a scavenger hunt, beer garden, a trail run, and much more.  

At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Ogle County Board approved the setting of elected official salaries for the Ogle County circuit clerk and coroner through fiscal year 2028 by a vote of 14-8 with one board member abstaining. 

Last month in April, the Rochelle Christian Food Pantry served 645 families (2,177 individuals total), which broke a record for the most need the pantry has seen, RCFP Manager TyAnne Unger said. In April 2023 it served 498 families and in April 2022 it served 326 families. 

Rochelle Community Hospital celebrated National Hospital Week from May 13-17. 

Ogle County farmers have gotten a “decent start” to planting season, Ogle County Farm Bureau Manager Ron Kern said May 13. 

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