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Local Residents Getting Mysterious Postcard

We reached out the Sauk Valley Bank about the postcards (like the one pictured above) being sent to area residents.   This is the response we received from Paige Toms, Marketing Director for Sauk Valley Bank: 


Residents in the Sauk Valley may have received a recent postcard disclosing civil allegations of a pending law suit against Sauk Valley Bank. To continue being transparent to both our customers and the community we share the following clarifications: 


Sauk Valley Bank and two Harvard employees have been civilly sued in relation to these employees leaving their past employment at State Bank Group in Harvard and joining Sauk Valley Bank in our new Loan Production Office also in Harvard, IL.  The fact is that many customer relationships have left State Bank Group and joined Sauk Valley Bank since our opening in Harvard.  Our legal counsel has confirmed there is no law prohibiting employees from pursuing alternate employment while employed in their current job. We look forward to the resolution of this matter as our legal counsel has filed for dismissal of these civil accusations.  We have the utmost confidence in the integrity of our Harvard, IL team and appreciate you as a customer and friend





SaukValleyNow Election-night Show

Tune into SaukValleyNow WSDR AM1240 on Tuesday evening at 9:00 p.m. to listen to the latest results from the local mid-term primary election and interviews with local candidates.   Regional Media’s veteran political reporter, Tammy Nehrkorn, and WSDR’s Andrew Paxton will be reporting results live, as they happen, on SaukValleyNow and our Facebook pages. 


St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the K.C. in Dixon

The Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade sponsored by the Rock River Valley Shamrock Club will be held on Saturday in Dixon.  The parade line-up begins at 1:00 p.m. at Dixon High School on Hennepin Ave and the parade kicks off at 3:00 p.m.  Awards will be given for best float, largest clan and others. The party will be held following the parade at The Knights of Columbus Hall, including an authentic Irish meal, located at 506 W 3rd Street in Dixon.   There will be a 50/50 raffle, silent auctions and other raffles with all proceeds going to the local food pantry. Admission to the party is a free-will cash donation OR canned goods.  The Irish band, The Gleason’s, will perform all your Irish favorites from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Dixon K.C. Club House. 

Fatal Crash in Lee County

On 3/14/18 at 5:36pm the Lee County Sheriff’s Department responded to a one-vehicle collision on Shaw Road just west of South Meridian Road.  The vehicle, driven by Jesus Payan, of Aurora, IL., was eastbound on Shaw Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle, entered the north ditch, struck a utility pole, then a tree.  Payan, the sole occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The Lee County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by the West Brooklyn, Sublette, and Amboy Fire Departments, Advanced Ambulance, OSF Life Flight, Illinois State Police and the Lee County Coroner’s Office.  This incident remains under investigation. 



Coloma Township Park District Sponsors 36th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Coloma Township Park District is sponsoring their 36th Annual Easter Egg Hunt Contest on Saturday, March 24th at Centennial Park with registration starting at 12:30 p.m. till 1:15 p.m. at Storybook Village Shelter and the hunt starting promptly at 1:30 p.m.  The hunt is open to boys and girls ages 3 through 8 as of March 24, 2018.  There are two categories: 3 through 5 years of age and 6 through 8 years of age. Each category will hunt for colored eggs in a different section of Centennial Park.  The children are asked to bring a sack or basket to gather eggs in.  The Easter Bunny has laid an egg; in fact she's laid lots of eggs.  We have been told that the Easter Bunny has left some 2100 eggs for all of the age groups.  So, kids, let's get out and find them.  The Easter Egg Hunt will test the ability of each participant to find hidden colored plastic eggs.  Prizes will be awarded in all of the age categories to the children who find the various eggs.  All participants will receive an award.       There is no registration fee for the Easter Egg Hunt.  The Easter Egg Hunt is open to all interested children in the Coloma and Montmorency Townships. Registration forms are available at the Park District Office, 508 East 11th Street in Rock Falls or youngsters may register the day of the hunt from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Advance registration is encouraged and telephone registration will be accepted.  Hunt will be held regardless of the weather.  For additional information call the Park District Office at 1-815-625-0272.