Friday at 9:00 AM in Moline, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) will host her second of two roundtable discussions on the issue of teacher shortages in the 17th Congressional District. At this event, Congresswoman Bustos will hear from administrators, teachers, union members and paraprofessionals from the Quad Cities region on education issues and factors that contribute to the teacher shortage.
The Illinois State Board of Education has identified 1,006 unfilled teaching positions in Illinois which has placed a strain on classrooms and educators across the state. This issue was raised during a series of economic roundtables Congresswoman Bustos hosted this past August. The goal of these discussions is to better identify challenges and opportunities in local schools to address this issue and strengthen our educational system.
Congresswoman Bustos to host her second Roundtable on Teacher Shortages
Who: Congresswoman Bustos, local educational leaders
What: Roundtable discussion on teacher shortages
When: Friday, February 23rd at 9:00 AM
Where: Black Hawk College. Building 4, Conference Room 1 - 6600 34th Ave., Moline, IL 61265
The Sterling Police Department received information regarding a social media threat about a school shooting at Sterling High School. The viral post has spread across social media of a screen shot by a person identified as "Ray Andres" indicating “Ray Andres” is going to bring a gun to "SHS" today.
Upon investigation, this is a nationwide post that originated out of the State of Illinois and has spread fear in many schools across the country using the acronym "SHS." The Sterling Police Department has investigated this matter and conferred with the Statewide Terrorism Intelligence Center and it has been determined there is no credible threat to Sterling High School or any local schools.
Sterling Police has increased officer presence at the schools, in addition to what is normally in place.
Again, no credible threat exists to Sterling High School at this time.
Christ Lutheran School will hold its Spring Pancake Breakfast to benefit the school on Saturday, March 10th at Christ Lutheran School, 2000 18th Avenue in Sterling. . The breakfast will begin at 7:00 a.m. and will continue through 11:00 a.m. A delicious breakfast including pancakes, scrambled eggs, farm fresh pork sausage, applesauce and juice or coffee will be served. A free will donation will be accepted for admission. The suggested donation is $5. The breakfast is also offering delivery to your place of business. Email your orders to email@example.com. Business orders must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2018. For more information, contact Christ Lutheran School at 815-625-3800.
Thirty years of caring was celebrated, with special recognition given to Charter Members and Tree of Life donors during Wednesday’s CGH Health Foundation Annual Appeal reception at CGH Medical Center.
Fifteen individuals, three businesses and one club were honored for being the only contributors who made a gift during the first fund drive that are continuing to give today. They were also acknowledged at special Pearl Parties hosted during the past anniversary year.
Foundation Campaign General Chairman Marty Benson announced nearly $360,000 had been raised toward the $350,000 goal. Thirty-nine individuals, businesses and groups were honored during the special Tree of Life dedication ceremony. Fifteen programs are funded through the Annual Appeal.
“Thank you to our past, present and new donors for your support in making the Sauk Valley a better place to raise your families,” said Mrs. Benson. “Your gifts are a testament to your amazing compassion for others and commitment to better health.”
During the last 30 years, nearly $5.5 million has been donated and invested right back into the community. Under-served children and adults have received free to low cost healthcare services. Wellness education centering on heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity has been a major focus. Scholarships have been awarded to several hundred college-bound students and capital items have been funded.
Eight Pine Cones and 30 Leaves were dedicated on the Tree of Life donor wall and two donors added to the Legacy Circle plaque. Honorees included: Legacy Circle: Robert Stevens and Verna Ward; Pine Cone ($10,000 or more cumulative): Angelo’s, Scott and Judy Borchardt, Dr. Eugene Brown, Dr. John Erickson Memorial, Joe Henderson Memorial, Dick and Penny Linville, Sauk Valley Bank, Shirley Wolford, and Cindy Zander.
Donors receiving a Leaf ($1,000 or more cumulative) included: Amboy High School Girls Basketball Team, Karla Anderson, Dana Behn, Barb and Mike Brady, Bill and Bev Burkardt, Pamela Carey, Carpetland, Amy Cassens, Jerry Conley Memorial, Julie Conley Memorial, Denny and Kay Cutter, Alicia Eyrich, Penney Fillmer and John Lorentzen, Andrew and Elizabeth Foster, Lowell Grummert Memorial, Larry and Deb Haan, Dr. Flora Interone Memorial, Glenn and Marcia Keime, Shauna Kramer, Wanda Martens, James and Karen Nelson, Prophetstown High School Volleyball Team, Ed and Deb Pruis, Cassie and Dustin Sawyers, Steve and Teresa Schreiner, Robert Stevens Trust, Ruth Thompson, Two Rivers Sail and Power Squadron, Jim and Jessica White, Heather Widolff, and Verna Ward Bequest.
Each Stone, Pine Cone or Leaf is engraved with an inscription of the donor’s choice. For more information on how to support the CGH Health Foundation, call Executive Director Joan Hermes at 815/625-0400, ext. 5672 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office would like to inform the public of an updated list of road closures that are known at this time. There are several more roads that may be impassable at this time due to flooding and the Sheriff urges everyone to not enter any standing water on the roadway.
DO NOT TRAVEL THROUGH STANDING WATER!
TURN AROUND…DON’T DROWN!
Known roads listed as impassable or water on roadway:
N. Holland Rd & E. Roberts Rd (Scales Mound)
N. Carr Rd at railroad crossing (Scales Mound)
S. Main St & S. Bench St (Galena)
S. Fulton Rd & Evergreen St (Hanover)
W. Rush Rd & S. Four Corners Rd (Hanover)
In the area of 6996 W. Blanding Rd (Hanover)
W. Steele Rd & S. Burton Rd (Elizabeth)
S. Apple River Rd & S. Goose Hollow Rd (Elizabeth)
S. Crazy Hollow Rd just off IL Rt 84 S. (Hanover)
W. Buckhill Rd & N. Bowden Rd (Galena)
Please know that any other low lying roads may be underwater and impassable until further notice
Eric Arduini, City Clerk and Collector for the City of Rock Falls, has announced that he February Ordinance License Personnel Safety Committee meeting has been cancelled the next regular meeting is scheduled for March 22nd, 2018
The City of Sterling is requesting all businesses and residents connected to the City’s sewer system to please conserve water and ensure sump pumps are not connected to the sanitary sewer system. Due to the quick snow melt and rains, the Wastewater Treatment Plant has had an increase in flow to the wastewater treatment plant from 1.1 million gallons Friday to more than 16 million gallons. Sanitary sewer pipes are running full with the addition of sump pump water, roof drain water and ground water intrusion. This is causing basement backups in areas of the City. The City’s wastewater treatment plant is also being threatened by the rising Elkhorn Creek. Please make sure sump pumps and roof drains are not connected to the sanitary sewer system. Please avoid any unnecessary use of water to help alleviate the pressure on the sanitary sewers. Delaying use of laundry machines and dishwashers as well as avoiding prolonged showers, full baths or extra flushing will greatly assist until the excess flows become more manageable. The City appreciates everyone’s efforts to assist in this situation given the large melt combined with the recent and forecasted rains. Further information will be released as it is available
Contacts: Brad Schrader, Public Works Superintendent 815-632-6657
Scott Howard 815-632-6665
JJM Printing- Sports Package: Includes (12) single side jerseys with team logo on front and player number on back; full color 4’X8’ team banner, (12) 6” window decals.
Windsor Manor Morrison- 1 bedroom assisted living apartment for 1 month. All inclusive.
Faith Christian School of Grand Detour- $250 gift certificates to be applied towards 2018-2019 school year tuition.
Resthave Home in Morrison- 1 bedroom assisted living apartment for 1 month. All-inclusive except for phone.
Brent’s Upholstery- $50 certificates valid for a remote start or a pair of heated seats. $100 certificates valid for Katzkin leather kit.
Douglas & Frye Motor Sports- $50 gift certificates
Blast Force Pressure Washing- $50 gift certificates on projects $200 or more. $100 gift certificates on projects $500 or more.
Hootie’s Design- 3’X6’ banner , 4’X6’ banner, 4’X8’ banner.
Prescott’s TV & Appliance- $100 certificates
Wilco Rental- John Deere toy packages
Morrison Hometown Auto Repair- $200, $100, $50 certificates
Behrz-Bloomz- $20 certificates
Rockford Ice Hogs tickets- $10 apiece
Extreme Hair & Day Spa- $10, $20, $30 certificates
Lotus Wellness Spa & Salon- $10 certificates
North End- $10 certificates
Family Chef- $10 certificates
Nick’s Tap- $10 certificates
The Precinct- $10 certificates
Happy Joe’s- $10 certificates
Ink Storm Tattoo & Piercing- $20 certificates
American Quality Windows- $100 certificates off work of $700 or more
Don’s Seafood & Chicken- $10 certificates
Rockin Nutrition & Wellness- $10 certificates for you and a friend
Beautiful You Boutique- $10 certificates
Peoria Riverfront Museum- Tickets for $5
Call 815-625-1240 to bid or purchase an item! You can also vist Saukvalleynow.com to purchase some of these certificates online!
One of the biggest events of the year was Saturday
night at the Sauk Valley Community College in the
Dillon Mall. A very elegant evening of indulgence
with VIP's from all around the county, including
decadent chocolate, spirits, heavy hors d'oeuvres by
Smoked on 3rd BBQ & Catering along with
Dueling Pianos which entertained the crowd dressed
in red and black attire reflecting the red and black colors
of the Sauk Valley Community College . All the proceeds
from The Sauk's Chocolate Rendezvous will support the
Sauk Valley Community College Agriculture Program.
I talked with Dr. Ryan Anderson, Ag Instructor about the Ag Program.
To hear audio click here
The Sauk Valley Community College Sauk's Chocolate
Rendezvous was a sold out event with more than 400 tickets sold.
Symphony to feature
Two area high school musicians, chosen from Clinton Symphony Orchestra’s annual Young Artist Auditions, will appear as soloists with the orchestra on Saturday [2/24]. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the Morrison High School Auditorium.
William Hicks, a senior at Clinton High School, will perform the Concert Piece for Bassoon and Strings by American composer Burrill Phillips. Hicks has been chosen for the Iowa All-State Band for the past two years.
Flutist Grace Rowland is a sophomore at Clinton High School, and will perform Il Pastore Svizzero (The Swiss Shepherd) by Pietro Morlacchi with the orchestra.
The Young Artist Auditions are held in January, and open to all area high school musicians. The Symphony holds the auditions to recognize and honor the many music educators in the area, and the student talent they encourage.
The orchestra will open the concert with the overture to Mozart’s last opera, The Magic Flute. Although composed in the last year of Mozart’s short life, it is an excited, forward-looking declaration of a young genius in his prime.
Following the two solo performance and intermission, the orchestra will return with Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony. Of Beethoven’s nine symphonies, only the sixth has a program of descriptive scenes annotated by the composer himself. It is often referred to as the “Pastoral” Symphony, because of its descriptive scenes from the countryside.
1. 1. Awakening of cheerful feelings upon arrival in the countryside:
2. 2. Scene by the brook.
3. 3. Merry gathering of country folk.
4. 4. Thunder storm.
5. 5. Shepherd’s song; cheerful and thankful feelings after the storm.
“A live performance is the only way to hear it in full-spectrum sound,” the Symphony’s Executive Director Robert Whipple said. “Live music is always the most engaging.”
The concert, under the direction of conductor Brian Dollinger, is one of the Symphony’s 64th season.
Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults, and all students are admitted free of charge. Tickets will be available at the door of the concert, and advance tickets are available at Tegeler Music in Clinton, Fitzgerald Pharmacy in Morrison, and Grummert’s Hardware in Sterling.
Make sure to visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/clw to find other information and programs.
4-H Magnificent Monday Project Workshop, February 19, 2018-8:30-Noon- St. Peters Lutheran Church, Morrison
Come join the fun in 4-H and check out our different project areas. We have lots of different sessions that we will be offering for all youth ages 8-12! We will also be having a special 5-7 year old session. This session will last the entire morning and will be for our Cloverbud aged youth. Sessions for this program will rotate every 50 minutes for a total of 3 sessions. There will also be a snack offered. We look forward to spending this day together. Register at: go.illinois.edu/MagMonday2018
Soil and Water Management Webinar, February 20, 2018- 9am-2:30pm-Lee County Extension Office, Amboy
Carroll, Lee, Whiteside Unit will host the Soil & Water Management Webinar on February 20, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost of the program is $45.00 per person. It will be presented at our Lee County Office in Amboy. For other locations across the state checkout your local Extension Office. For questions call 815-632-3611.
Register online at: go.illinois.edu/soilandwater2018
Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop-February 20-10:30am-Noon- Rock River Center, Oregon
Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. You are never too young or too old to get started training your brain, so join Karla in this fun and informative class. Class is FREE and open to the public. We will be offering this program at the Rock River Center, 810 S 10th St, Oregon, IL. Register online at go.illinois.edu/witsfitnessoregon
Small Farm Webinar Series, Thursday’s, Next Date, February 22, 2018-Noon-1pm, Webinar Series at Home
This year's series includes new topics such as High Tunnel Concepts, Intro to Certified Organic Production, Native Pollinators on Your Land, and much more. February 22 topic will be Creating Community Food Production Systems. Webinars will be held from noon -1:00 pm on Thursdays and are free. Register online at: go.aces.illinois.edu/WinterWebinars
LGE Enterprise Zones Webinar, February 22, Noon-1 pm- Webinar Series at Home
UI Extension's Local Government Education program will host Tom Henderson, Executive Director at Illinois Tax Increment Association. This webinar will educate local officials and economic development professionals on knowledge of code and how it pertains to communities and initiatives in Illinois. Register online at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lge/
Share Your Life Story, Friday’s- Starting February23-10:00 am- York Township Public Library, Thomson
Recording your life story, treasured memories, and special moments leaves a legacy for generations to come. This writing workshop will explore how to get started in sharing your life story and will include writing sessions and activities. Series is a continuation of the 2017 writing workshop; participation in past workshops is not required. Register by calling the library at 815-259-2480.
4-H Shooting Sports Archery SPIN Club, Next Class February 24, 2018-Sauk Valley Archers, Dixon Archery Classes will take place at Sauk Valley Archers, 598 Palmyra Rd, Dixon, IL. This year we will have two classes, a beginner’s class from 1-2pm and an advanced class running 2:15-3:15 pm. Call the Lee County Extension Office with more questions at 815-857-3525. Register online at: go.illinois.LeeArchery
Kids & Dogs Game Day, Feb 24 & March 24, 2018-10am- Granny Rose K-9 Enrichment Center, Dixon
Come enjoy a fun day with your dog. You and your dog will participate in 5-6 games taught by 4-H volunteer and professional dog trainer, Pat Manernach. You will need to bring a 6 foot leash, water bowl, dog toy, non-crunchy treats and a great attitude. The cost to attend is a $5 drop in fee payable at the door and classes will last 2-3 hours. Please RSVP to Tammy Norman at 815-440-6668 or Kathy Book at the Lee County Extension Office at email@example.com.
4-H Quilting SPIN Club, Next Date February 24, 2018- 2-4 pm, Naaman Diehl Auditorium, Mt. Carroll
A Quilting SPIN Club will meet monthly from October - April for ages 8-18 on Saturday afternoons from 2-4pm at Naaman Diehl Auditorium in Mt. Carroll. Three levels of quilting will be available and class size is limited to 12 participants. Register by calling the Carroll County Extension Office at 815-244-9444. Check out the flier for cost information: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/clw/downloads/69407.pdf
Around The Table Webinar Series, Monthly Webinar, February 26, 2018-Noon-1pm, Webinar Series at Home
Around the table is a free webinar series hosted by University of Illinois Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences team. We discuss topics of finance, nutrition and family all across the lifespan. The topic for February 26 will be How to Save Money on Food. To learn more and register online go to:
I Love Birds, February 26, 2018-5-6pm- York Township Public Library, Thomson
Come learn about the birds in your backyard at the February 26 event I Love Birds at the Thomson Public Library. School aged children are invited to attend this workshop and will enjoy making a feeder to take home to their backyard. Registration can be made by calling the library at 815-259-2480. There is $3 supply fee per child.
Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop-Next Date February 27-10-11:30am-Sterling Public Library
Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer each month as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. This month we will have a special guest. Certified Music Therapist, Christina Whipple, will provide information and instruction on how music benefits the brain. We will be offering this program at the Sterling Public Library. Register online at go.illinois.edu/witsfitness
Four Seasons Horticulture Webinar Winter Series-Feb 27, March 13 and March 27-1:30pm- All County Offices
Four Seasons Gardening, a 12-session program presented by University of Illinois Extension, includes a wide array of gardening and landscaping topics. Topics in the winter series include The Green Pathway to Invasion: Ornamental Invasive Plants on Feb 27, Tree Care in Urban Soils on March 13 and Keep on Growing: Tips for Extending the Gardening Season on March 27. Cost per session is $5 (free for active Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists). Webinars will be offered at 3 locations within the Unit, Carroll County Extension Office, Mt. Carroll; Whiteside Extension Office, Sterling; and Lee County Extension Office, Amboy at 1:30pm. Advance registration is needed one week prior to the webinar. To register, call (815) 632-3611 or register online at: go.illinois.edu/4seasonsCLW If you wish to listen to the webinars for free from home, you can register at: go.illinois.edu/4seasonshome
Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop- Next Date, March 1-10:30am- York Township Public Library, Thomson
Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer each month as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. You are never too young or too old to get started training your brain, so join Karla in this fun and informative class. Class is FREE and open to the public. You are welcome to join the class at any time! We will be offering this program at the Thomson Public Library. Register online at go.illinois.edu/witsfitness2
Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop- Starting March 1-1:30-3pm-Mt. Carroll Public Library, Mt. Carroll
Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer each month as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. You are never too young or too old to get started training your brain, so join Karla in this fun and informative class. Class is FREE and open to the public. You are welcome to join the class at any time! We will be offering this program at the Mt. Carroll Public Library. Register online at: go.illinois.edu/MCwitsfitness
Regional 4-H Leadership Training, March 3, 2018-10am-3:30pm-Atwood Center, Rockford
This training is a unique and wonderful opportunity to learn techniques and best practices that will help you better manage and reinvigorate your 4-H club members and meetings, and network and share ideas with 4-H volunteers and leaders from an eleven county region. Participants can choose from a variety of sessions to best fit your interests and needs. Some but not all sessions are repeated to maximize participation. A box lunch will be provided. Please contact the Extension office with questions. To register, please go to: go.illinois.edu/LeadershipTraining
Childcare University, March 3, 2018 –8:30-3:30pm– Sauk Valley Community College
Child Care University is a series of workshops for childcare providers. Join us for a day of learning, fun and great door prizes. You will receive tons of information you can put to work in your childcare setting. Register at: go.illinois.edu/ChildCareU
Let’s Live Well Series, Monthly Workshop- Next Date, March 5-10-11:30 am- Mt. Carroll Public Library
Join the University of Illinois Extension for Let's Live Well, a series featuring timely, researched informed information on
relevant topics to help you live well! The series will continue with Live Your Bucket List on March 5 and will have new topics monthly through April. Pre-registration is required online at go.illinois.edu/MCwellness or by calling the library at 815-244-1751.
Seed Starting 101, March 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2018- Various Times- Local Libraries
Are you interested in starting a garden but don’t know how? Stop by your local library in March to talk to a Master Gardener. Whiteside County Master Gardeners will be on hand to offer expert advice and knowledge on backyard gardening and demonstrate how to start seeds. Check out the assortment of free seeds to get started from the Seed Library. The Seed Library will be available throughout the growing season. Check out the following times and locations in your area.
March 7/ 9-11am-Sterling Public Library
March 14/9-11am-Rock Falls Public Library
March 14/2-4pm-Henry C. Adams Memorial Library, Prophetstown
March 21/10-noon-Odell Public Library, Morrison
March 28/ 2-4pm-Schmaling Memorial Library, Fulton
Large Predators Return…Or Are They, March 7, 2018-6-7pm- Sterling Public Library
Extension Energy and Environmental Stewardship Educator; Peggy Dotty, clarifies these animals are not planning a covert return and takeover or our communities. They are simply trying to adjust to changes in their current environment, which can send them our direction. In celebration of “World Wildlife Day-Big Cats” Peggy Dotty will discuss the animals themselves and the behaviors that may be playing a part in their attempts to return. If you are interested in learning more, join Peggy Dotty on March 7 at the Sterling Library, 6 – 7PM, for Large Predators Return….Or Are They? There is a $5 fee for the program, please register at: go.illinois.edu/largepredators
Spring Into STEM, March 8, 2018-5-6pm-York Township Public Library, Thomson
Spring is arriving and it’s time to learn about STEM! This interactive workshop is open to preschoolers and their parents or grandparents. Cost to attend the workshop is $3 per child/adult. Pre-registration is required and available at the library or by calling 815-259-2480
Illinois Cattle Feeders Day, March 9, 2018-9:00am-3:30pm– Sauk Valley Community College, Dixon
The seminar will cover nutrition, animal health, manure management, a market outlook and current topics in the cattle feeding industry. Registration is free of charge thanks to the sponsors of this event. Register online at: go.illinois.edu/CattleFeeders
Carroll County 4-H Livestock & Dairy Judging, March 17, 2018-8:00am-Carroll County Highway Bldg, Mt. Carroll
Saturday, March 17, will be the annual 4-H & FFA Livestock & Dairy judging contests, at the Carroll Co. Highway Garage west of Mt. Carroll on Rt. 64. Registration for the livestock contest will be 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m., with the contest starting at 9:00 a.m. sharp. At this time 4-H'ers and FFA members will judge steers, heifers, production heifers, swine, sheep and have a questions class. Dairy judging registration will start immediately following the Livestock judging contest. Registration will be from 11:45 – 12:15 p.m., with the contest starting at 12:30 p.m. Contact Leanne Rahn at University of Illinois Extension Office 815-244-9444, or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Ready Set Grow, March 17, 2018 –8-2:15pm– Sauk Valley Community College
Join the Master Gardeners of Carroll, Lee, Ogle and Whiteside counties for this one-day event, Saturday, March 17 at Sauk Valley Community College offering participants information about horticulture, backyard gardening, pest control and more. To register: go.illinois.edu/ReadySetGrow
Kids & K-9’s, Saturday’s starting March 17-June 30, 2018-9am & 10am- Granny Rose K-9 Enrichment Center, Dixon
This is a survey class that will introduce you to all facets of training including obedience, rally, agility, and conformation. It is also designed to help your dog become a more integral part of your family. Open to youth ages 8-18 beginning Saturday’s March 17-June 30. Advanced Classes will begin at 9am and beginners will take place at 10am. The fee will be $25 for 4-H members and $45 for non-4-H members. Register online at go.illinois.edu/kidsk9
4-H Public Presentation Contest, March 17, 2018-10am- Sauk Valley Community College, Dixon
Please see our website for a registration form or register online at: go.illinois.edu/PublicPresentation
HEA Monthly Lessons for Living, Monthly, March 20-10am- Lee County Extension Office, Amboy
Join the HEA for their monthly lessons for living at the Lee County Extension Office in Amboy starting in February. Open to the public and free of charge the March lesson will be Caregiver Self Care. Call the office at 815-857-3525 to register at least one week prior to the event.
Master Naturalist Training, Starting March 20-Every Tuesday & Thursday, 5-9pm-Carroll, Lee and Whiteside Sites
The curriculum will cover topics ranging from environmental ethics to understanding the natural world. The course will also teach people about the natural communities ranging from prairies to wetlands. Also covered will be botany, entomology, soils, weather and climate and volunteer service projects opportunities. Interested participants are encouraged to register online at go.illinois.edu/MNtrainingCLW or contact Mary Nelson at the Whiteside Extension Office at 815-632-3611.
Let’s Live Well Series, March 22, April 10, & May 17, 2018- 10:30am- York Township Public Library, Thomson
Are there things in your life that you’ve wanted to accomplish but haven’t? What’s the secret to successful aging? Join Extension Educator, Karla Belzer for a three-part series featuring timely, researched information to help you live well! “Someday is Today: Live Your Bucket List” will be offered on Thursday, March 22nd at 10:30 a.m. This session will feature practical ways to create your own bucket list and set exciting goals to pursue your interests and fulfill your dreams. To pre-register for the series, please visit or call the Thomson Public Library at 815-259-2480.
Heritage Arts, March 24, 2018- 9-1:30pm- Stephenson County Farm Bureau, Freeport
Heritage Arts Make and Take Workshop is an event sponsored by University of Illinois Extension and the Home Community Education Associations of Carroll, Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Lee Counties. This workshop promotes the continuation of skills and arts once passed down from generation to generation. Call 815-244-9444 to register or for more information.
4-H Service Learning SPIN Club, March 26-31, 2018-9-11:30am-Harvest Time Bible Church, Rock Falls
Come join us during spring break and learn about starting a service project in your community. For all youth grades 3-8. For more information call Allie Johnston at 815-362-3611 or register online at go.illinois.edu/SpringBreakSPIN
I’m Positive I’m Aging, March 27, 2018-1 pm- Post House Community Center, Dixon
“I’m Positive, I’m Aging” will help participants explore the characteristics of positive aging and making the most of our later years. Karla Belzer, University of Illinois Extension family life educator, will conduct this workshop. This workshop is provided free of charge, but advance registration is suggested. To register, call U of I Extension at 815-632-3611 or register on-line at go.illinois.edu/positiveaging
Healthy Aging Summit: The POWER of Aging, March 29, 2018-8:30-2pm-New Life Lutheran Church, Sterling
Having a healthy lifestyle and knowledge of resources can help you stay healthier longer while improving your quality of life. Featuring three dynamic speakers, "The POWER of Aging" will help you examine the physical, nutritional, emotional and social factors of healthy aging. The workshop fee is $10 which includes a box lunch. To register, call U of I Extension at 815-632-3611 or register on-line at go.illinois.edu/powerofpositiveaging
Carroll County Federation Fun Day, April 7, 2018-1:40-3pm- Vertical Jump Park, Dubuque, IA
All 4-H members are welcome to bring a friend and their family to the fun day on April 7 at the Vertical Jump Park in Dubuque, IA. . For more information, contact the Mt. Carroll Extension Office at 815-244-9444 and register online at: go.illinois.edu/CCFederation
Being Mindful In a Busy World, April 11, 2018- 1 pm-Post House Community Center, Dixon
“Being Mindful in a Busy World” will help participants explore the benefits of mindfulness meditation and teach them techniques that reduce stress and increase life satisfaction. Karla Belzer, University of Illinois Extension family life educator, will conduct the seminar. The seminar is provided free of charge, but advance registration is needed. To register, call U of I Extension at 815-632-3611 or register online at go.illinois.edu/beingmindful.
Creative with Clay, April 14, 2018- 10am- Carroll County Extension Meeting Room, Mt. Carroll
Enjoy the day learning how to make a clay bowl and pinch pot. This workshop is $2 per person for supplies and for all ages but ages 5-7 must be accompanied by an adult. Register online and learn what to bring at: go.illinois.edu/CreativeClay
Illinois 4-H Feeding & Growing Our Communities, May 29, 2018-5:30pm-Lee County 4-H Center, Amboy
Come out to the fairgrounds on May 29 at 5:30pm to help your local 4-Her’s and volunteers pack over 12,000 meals for local food pantries. We need as many volunteers as possible to make this meal packaging event a success. For questions contact Kathy Book at the Lee County Extension office at 815-857-3525. RSVP online by May 18 at go.illinois.edu/FeedingandGrowing
4-H Summer Camp at LOMC, June 11-15, 2018-Week Stay at LOMC, Oregon
Camp is open to anyone ages 8 to 14. Camp facilities are located in Oregon, Illinois at Camp LOMC. Campers enjoy a week of hiking, team building, arts and crafts, canoeing, swimming, enjoying nature and making new friends. Visit
go.illinois.edu/4HCampLOMC to register online or for more information.
Illinois Cattle Feeders Meeting set for March 9th in Dixon
Illinois cattlemen and cattlewomen will have the opportunity to hear from several experts at the 2018 Illinois Cattle Feeders Meeting planned for Mar. 9th at Sauk Valley Community College outside Dixon. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
“This meeting is a must-attend for Illinois cattle producers. First-hand access to this kind of knowledge in the cattle industry is rare,” says Travis Meteer, University of Illinois Beef Extension Educator.
Speaker Allison Cooke, director of governmental affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, will discuss agricultural policy issues. She will give an update on the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), electronic logging device regulations for truckers, and other issues pertinent to Illinois cattlemen.
Ted Funk, U of I professor emeritus, will discuss manure handling best management practices and give an update on the Illinois Livestock Management Facilities Act. Funk will also be able to answer questions regarding building citing and environmental regulations.
Josh McCann, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at U of I, will share new research concerning transitioning diets for cattle.
Nathan Pyatt, technical consultant for Elanco Animal Health, will discuss benchmark data collected in Midwestern feedlots and explain how using technology can be a good investment for the cattle feeder.
A market update and outlook will be given by Lance Zimmerman, an analyst for CattleFax. Zimmerman will give producers insight into current and future market dynamics.
An optional Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training, led by Meteer, will be held from 2:45 to 4:45 for a fee of $10. Producers that opt to attend the training will leave BQA-certified. Pre-registration is suggested for the meeting, but there is no fee to attend. Please RSVP online at go.illinois.edu/cattlefeeders. The meeting will be held in room 1K4 at Sauk Valley Community College, at 173 Illinois 2, Dixon, IL 61021.
READY SET GROW Gardening Workshop – March 17
Join the Master Gardeners of Carroll, Lee, Ogle and Whiteside counties in cooperation with Sauk Valley Community College on March 17 for this one-day horticulture workshop. Participants will hear keynote presenter Sandra Mason, State Master Gardener Coordinator, attend three breakout sessions, and shop vendors during breaks and lunch.
15 breakout sessions will be available including: Wildlife In The Garden
Join Peggy Doty, University of Illinois Extension Energy & Environmental Stewardship Educator as she shares her knowledge on Wildlife in the Garden. What are the potential animals you may find in your garden or on your property and what are their intentions? This program will list most of the possible critters you may encounter and will help you decide when it can stay or if it needs to go and how to evict it legally.
A keynote presentation on These Are Not Your Granny’s Bloomers: How Flowers Have Changed Over The Decades, will be presented by Sandra Mason, State Master Gardener Coordinator. The program fee is $45.00 and includes morning refreshments, lunch and select handouts. To register, call Ogle County Extension at (815) 732-2191 or visit their website at: go.illinois.edu/ReadySetGrow Registration is required by March 9.
Boys Science Siesta and Girls Science Siesta Scheduled for March and April!
“Science Siesta is once again being offered this year for both boys and girls,” said Johnna Jennings, University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development Educator. “This year we will be offering a Science Siesta event just for boys on Friday, March 16 to Saturday, March 17, and another Science Siesta just for girls on Friday, April 13 to Saturday, April 14 both at the Discovery Center Children’s Museum in Rockford,” said Jennings. Both of these events are open to youth in 4th to 6th grades.
“Both events will be action-packed programs that combine hands-on science, an opportunity to meet real scientists, to learn about a particular field of science and to spend an awesome night in a museum. This is an excellent program and we are excited to have the opportunity to offer it once again,” said Jennings.
At Science Siesta the participants will interact with scientists in science career fields from throughout northern Illinois. The scientists will share information about their background and involve the youth in activities that they might complete in their work every day.
Following the face-to-face interaction with the scientists, youth participate in activities based on the “Wonderwise” curriculum developed by the University of Nebraska. This curriculum highlights the work of scientists and then translates their work into hands-on science based activities, which are fun and engaging. Participants may choose one of three workshop tracks for breakout sessions. Their choices for this year include activities from “African Plant Explorer,” “Sea Otter Biologist” and “Pollen Detective.”
Both events will begin with registration at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and will conclude with checkout at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. The registration fee is $40 per participant. The registration fee covers pizza, snack, breakfast, admission to the Discovery Center Children’s Museum, a t-shirt and all hands-on activities. The University of Illinois Extension is providing this program, which is open to all boys and girls in 4th-6th grades. For additional information, as well as to register for Science Siesta go to the University of Illinois Extension website at go.illinois.edu/ScienceSiesta2018 or call (815) 758-8194.
The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding over $53,500 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2018-2019 academic year. The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois.
Sheriff John Simonton, Lee County, will be awarding two scholarships in the amount of $500 each.
There will be no restriction on any applicant by reason of race, age, creed, color, sex or national origin. The only limitations are as follows:
- Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents
- Scholarships must be utilized at institutions of high learning within the State of Illinois
- Students must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2018-2019 school year (excluding summer session)
Applications are now available at your local Sheriff’s office or on the ISA website www.ilsheriff.org. Students must complete the application, answer the essay question and return all documentation to the Sheriff’s office in their permanent county of residence by March 15, 2018 (must be postmarked by this date).
For more information, please contact your local Sheriff’s Office, Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, high school advising center or college financial aid office.
On February 15, 2018 at approximately 11:50 PM, the Lee County Joint Operations Group with assistance from the Illinois State Police Blackhawk Area Task Force executed a search warrant at 2849 US Route 30, The Candy Factory (a gentlemen's club in Compton, Il) , in regards to an ongoing drug investigation. During the course of the investigation, detectives received information of suspicious activity and drug activity which was occurring at the business.
As a result of the search warrant the following individuals were arrested: Harvey D. Haars, age 54, of 2849 US Route 30 in Compton, IL was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Class 4 Felony) and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Class 1 Felony); Carley M. Foley, age 24, of Loves Park, IL was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Class 4 Felony); and Karrie D. Kinnison, age 23, of Sterling, IL for an outstanding Whiteside County Warrant for Failure to Appear-Traffic Offense. The investigation is ongoing and other arrests are pending.
Anyone with information in regards to any illegal activities is asked to contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at (815) 284-6631, the Dixon Police Department at (815) 288-4411, or Crimestoppers at 1-888-Caught-U (1-888-228-4488). Callers do not have to leave their names and are eligible for rewards of up to $1000.00 with information leading to an arrest.
The charges are merely an allegation and all parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
We just received notification that Frontier notified the Whiteside County Sherif's Office that their 911 system is now working after a Fiber Optic Cable was cut earlier in the day on Prophetstown that resulted in no 911 service for several hours.
Whiteside County Sheriff's Office has been contacted by Frontier Phone Company, reporting a fiber phone line has been damaged in the Prophetstown area. Because of this damaged phone line, the land lines are affected in this area. YOU WILL NOT be able to call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance. If you call 9-1-1 from a land line you will get a busy signal. For emergencies call Whiteside County Sheriff's Office at 815-772-4044. Whiteside County Sheriff's Office will keep everyone informed with any further updates as they become available.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Funding will support local hospital and improve traffic safety
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced $43 million in federal loans from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to Midwest Medical Center in Galena, Illinois.
The funding comes from the USDA’s Office of Rural Development, and these low-interest loans allow Midwest Medical Center to continue providing high-quality health care to the community of Galena. 80 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, making access to affordable financing, like that offered by USDA, more important than ever.
The funding will also be used to construct new traffic safety infrastructure around the hospital, including a new entrance to the facility.
“Our small and rural communities need access to high-quality health care. Midwest Medical Center provides that for Galena and the surrounding area and is an important part of the local economy,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “These loans allow the Center to continue to serve the community and enhance the important services they provide. Traffic safety around the hospital has long been a concern. Improvements to the nearby highway as well as the construction of a new turn lane will ensure that patients can now enter the hospital safely. I was proud to help Midwest Medical Center secure this funding and look forward to their continued service to our region.”
Midwest Medical Center opened on December 5, 2007, but its only entrance is a service road. Proximity to the intersection of Highway 20 and W. Norris Lane has led to several collisions as drivers attempt to enter and exit the hospital. Improvements to Highway 20, including the addition of a designated turn lane, will prevent future traffic accidents.
The only hospital in Jo Daviess County, Midwest Medical Center has 260 employees and had 27,000 patient visits to its hospital and clinics in Fiscal Year 2017. Galena-Stauss Senior Care provided 28,000 days of care to its clients. The interest savings from these federal loans will allow Midwest Medical Center to expand its services to nearby communities.
Flags to fly at Half-Staff from Sunrise, Feb. 15 until Sunset Feb. 18.
Gov. Bruce Rauner has directed all entities governed by the Illinois Flag Display Act to fly both the United States and Illinois state flags at half-staff in remembrance of Chicago Police Commander Paul R. Bauer.
Commander Bauer, a 31-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, was killed in the line of duty Tuesday, February 13, 2018 during a struggle with a suspect outside the James R. Thompson Center, in downtown Chicago.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Commander Bauer, a hero who dedicated his life to protecting the people of Chicago and the state of Illinois,” Gov. Rauner said. “Commander Bauer was a man of honor who earned nearly 70 awards and honorable mentions during his career, a testament to the pride he had in doing what he loved. His wife, daughter, family, and the entire law enforcement community are in our prayers as they mourn this tragic loss.”
The Illinois Flag Display Act governs the protocol for statewide flag-lowering. It calls for flags to be lowered to half-staff two days before the funeral, and on the day of the funeral, for a law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. Flags will be lowered from sunrise Thursday, February 15 until sunset Saturday, February 17, to honor Commander Bauer.
The Morrison Chamber of Commerce is having a Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser on February 28th from 11 a.m. to noon at the Sterling location. Show your digital or printed tickets to the waiter and 15% of your bill will go to support the Chamber and Morrison events!
The City of Rock Falls Industrial Development Commission Meeting slated for Thursday, February 15th has been canceled.
Sterling, IL (February 12, 2018) – The CGH Auxiliary will host a Linen Sale on Thursday, March 1 from 7 am to 5 pm and Friday, March 2 from 7 am to 3 pm. The sale is located in the CGH Ryberg Auditorium, 100 E. LeFevre Road, Sterling, IL. This is a new vendor for the CGH Auxiliary and the event is open to the public. The sale will feature a huge variety of luxury and comfort such as blankets, quilts, pillows, sheet sets and more. Customer satisfaction is guaranteed. All proceeds to benefit CGH Auxiliary projects. For more information, please contact the CGH Auxiliary, 815-625-0400, ext. 5727, or visit www.cghmc.com/auxiliary
02-10-18 @ 05:18 AM
Whiteside County Deputies responded to a vehicle stuck in the median of Interstate 88 near mile marker 32. Once on scene, the deputies arrested a 17 year old female from Hanover Park, Illinois, for traveling Too Fast for Conditions and No Valid Driver’s License. She was also processed for the Illinois Zero Tolerance Implied Consent. After processing at the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office, she was released on bond to her parents with a future court appearance pending. Williams’ Towing assisted on scene.
02-11-18 @ 11:00 AM
Jason J. Bardoner, age 44 of Sterling, was arrested at the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office on a Whiteside County Warrant for Contempt of Court. He was remanded to the jail in lieu of bond.
02-11-18 @ 1:20 PM
Whiteside County Deputies responded to a crash with injuries on Jersey Road at the Hennepin Feeder Canal south of Tampico. A snowmobile operator named Madeline L. Tornow, age 19 of Tampico, was traveling northbound through a field west of the canal when she pulled up onto Jersey Road and failed to yield an eastbound vehicle driven by Todd E. Blosser, age 29 also of Tampico. Blosser took evasive action in attempted to avoid the crash but was unable to avoid the snowmobile. Tornow was transported to CGH and then later airlifted to a Rockford Trauma Center for treatment of her injuries. Occupants in the Blosser vehicle were uninjured. Tampico Fire, Tampico Ambulance, and CGH Ambulance assisted on scene. This crash was turned over to the Illinois Department of Conservation Police for their investigation into the crash.
On February 2 nd the Lee County Republican Central Committee hosted
“An Evening to Remember Ronald Reagan“ Dinner at the Dixon Elks
Lodge. The event included memories of the late President Reagan and
political speeches by local, state, and federal Republican politicians and
candidates. Richard Morthland, who is seeking the nomination for Lt.
Governor in the Republican primary was making a speech critical of the
Rauner administration when the Governor walked into the dinner. Jeanne
Ives is seeking the Illinois Republican Party’s nomination for Governor and
Morthland is running as her Lt. Governor. Our Tammy Nehrkorn asked
Morthland why he and Ives are seeking to replace Republican Governor
Bruce Rauner in the March Primary election……..
Morthland was the Representative for the 71 st State of Illinois
Congressional district from 201 to 2013.
Pamela Sue Knight, age 59, of Dixon, died Thursday morning, and the Cook County Medical Examiner has ruled her death a homicide as a result of the complications of blunt force trauma and head injuries. Knight was attacked by Andrew Sucher, age 25, when she was attempting to take his two-year-old son in to protective custody in Milledgeville, Illinois on September 29, 2017. Sucher knocked her down and kicked her in the head and fractured her skull and caused permanent brain damage. The beating occurred in the Milledgeville home of his parents. He is currently in the Stephenson County jail after being charged with Attempted First-Degree Murder, among other charges he is facing in Whiteside County. He has pled not guilty. Sucher has also been charged with Aggravated Battery of a Peace Officer after punching a Carroll County Deputy when he was incarcerated in the Carroll County Jail on December 19, 2017. He also faces other charges; he pleaded not guilty in Whiteside County to: Aggravated Battery of a Child, Battery, and Interfering with the Reporting of Domestic Battery on July 29, 2017. He was out on bail on these charges when he attacked Department of Children and Family Services Investigator, Pamela Knight.
The nationwide flu outbreak is shaping up to be the worst on record, and federal health officials say they can't predict when the deadly epidemic will end.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a grim report on Friday, revealing that at least 63 children have died from influenza for the 2017-2018 season so far. Ten of them died in the past week alone. A nationwide flu outbreak is showing no sign of easing up. Remember to thoroughly wash your hands and cover your cough. Wash your hands for 20 to 30 seconds with warm water and soap.
It is not too late to get a flu shot. If you or your children are sick….PLEASE stay home
Brad Schrader, Superintendent of Sterling Public Works, has announced that due to the snow that fell overnight and the anticipation of more tonight, the Snow Emergency for the City of Sterling will remain in effect until further notice.
Theresa Salguero, age 58, of Dixon, Illinois, was arrested in the 1600 block of South Galena Avenue on February 8, 2018 at 5:15 p.m., for Retail Theft Under $300.00. Salguero was transported to the Dixon Police Department where
she was processed and released. Calvin Locey, age 31, of Sterling, Illinois, was arrested in the 100 block of West Everett Street on February 9, 2018 at 10:24 p.m., for a Whiteside County Warrant for a Body Attachment. Locey posted bond and was released with a pending court date.
The Lee County Democratic Party is in need of Election Judges. We have some precincts for the March 20th General Primary that we have no Democratic Judges. If you could contact your precinct committee people and ask them to contact Democratic registered voters to see if they would be willing to serve as Election Judges it would be greatly appreciated. They can then contact the Election Department at 815-288-3309 and give us the names.
Candidate for State Representative 71st District
MEET & GREET
Sunday, February 18th
Loft 112 Main Street, Morrison, IL
Light refreshments will be served
The Coloma Township Park District is sponsoring their 21st Annual 2ball Competition on Saturday, February 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Rock Falls Middle School. The fee is $3 per player. 2ball is an exciting basketball game played by a two-player team. Each team has one minute to score as many baskets as possible from any of the seven shooting spots identified on the game court. Point values range from 2 to 8 points.
The game is open to participants age 9 – 18 years old based on the player’s age on February 17, 2018. The 2ball Competition is open to all interested persons. Registration forms are available at the Park District Administrative Office, 508 East 11th Street in Rock Falls. Players cannot change partners once they have entered the competition. A player can enter the competition in the same gender division. They can also enter the Adult/Child division, which means a participant, could compete up to 2 times. A waiver form must be completed prior to the competition. Each team is assigned to 1 of 8 categories of competition based on age and gender. The 3 age categories are 9 - 11, 12 – 14 and 15 - 18 years old in boys, and girls division. Again this year is the Adult/Child Division. Any child can compete in the Adult/Child division for example an 8-year-old competes with dad/mom in 19+ years and 11 & under and 19+ years and 12-14 years. Adults are classified as any individual 19 years and older. There is no Adult/Child division for children 15 and older. Adults may compete multiple times in the Adult/Child division, provided they are competing with a different youth participant each time, i.e. dad can play with each of his children. Children may compete only once in the Adult/Child category.
The rules of the game are as follows: One player begins at the half court line with the ball. The second player begins at any place within the half-court area. The Referee indicates when play begins. The player at half-court dribbles to any shooting spot and either shoots or passes the ball. A player cannot shoot consecutively from the same spot. All invalid shots will not be counted. Teammates must alternate shots. If a player shoots (2) consecutive baskets, the second basket will not count. Scoring will continue when the second player on the team attempts a basket. When shooting, the player must begin a shot with a portion of one-foot touching the shooting spot. Jump shots are allowed. Players must pass or dribble the ball from one shooting spot to another. One (1) point will be deducted for each dribbling or motion violation (traveling, double-dribbling, palming), Each team can score a maximum of two (2) lay-ups worth two (2) points each during the one-minute competition. The lay-up is worth two (2) points and must be attempted from within a three- (3) foot radius of the basket. There is no out-of-bounds. The last shot must leave the player’s hand before the final buzzer in order to count.
The following are the seven predetermined Shooting Spots in the competition and their point values: Lay-up (only 2 scores allowed) for 2 points, 7 Point Spot (17’ 5” from basket, left corner); 8 Point Spot (19’ 9” from basket, left of key); 2 Point Spot (10’ from basket, top of key); 3 Point Spot (foul line); 5 Point Spot (15’5” from basket, right of key); 2 Point Spot (10’ from basket, right corner). Registration forms are available at the Park District Administrative Office, 508 East 11th Street in Rock Falls
All participants will receive an award. Trophies will be awarded to the 1st place winners in each of the girls, and boys age categories and the Adult/Child category. 2nd – 6th will receive placement ribbons; all others will receive a merit ribbon in each of the age categories.
If you have questions on this Coloma Township Park District special event or for additional information please call the Park District Administrative Office at 1-815-625-072 or stop by at 508 East 11th Street in Rock Falls from 9:00 am – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.
There will be no Plan Commission meeting rescheduled for Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The next Plan Commission meeting is March 15, 2018.
Whiteside County Sheriff's Office would like remind all the citizens, of a few precautions to take with the possible winter storm approaching. If you must travel somewhere, travel at a slower speed due to hazardous road conditions and allow extra time for traveling. Keep a blanket in your vehicle, if you bury your car in a snowdrift and it won't start, you have the ability to keep yourself warm. In addition keep a few hand warmers with you as well. You may also need a bag of sand in your vehicle not only does this add weight to your car(improving traction)but can be spread to help you get traction if you get stuck in a bad position. Pack a small bag of dried food like beef jerky and granola bars. If you can avoid traveling please do so. If you get in an emergency situation Call 9-1-1
02/07/18 At 3:53 P.M. Deputies responded to a multiple vehicle accident on US. RT. 30 just east of Lyndon Road. During the course of the investigation it was determined that a bus driven by Chauncey L. Gibbs (78) of Sterling IL. Was traveling west on US. RT. 30 and did not see traffic stopped on the roadway. Traffic was stopped due to a school bus which was unloading students. Gibbs’ vehicle rear ended a truck driven by Nicholas G. Crocker (37) Prophetstown IL, a car driven by Elizabeth R.P. Anderson (22) Spring Grove IL, and a school bus driven by Maddison M. Ducker (23) Morrison IL. Prior to coming to a rest in the south ditch. The accident remains under investigation by the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were assisted on scene by Morrison EMS, Morrison Fire Department, Prophetstown/Lyndon fire and EMS, and the Illinois State Police.
02/08/18 At 5:50 A.M. Deputies responded to a single vehicle rollover accident on Interstate 88 near mile marker 29. During the investigation it was determined that a vehicle driven by Mariana C. Vasquez Gallegos (21) Zion IL, was traveling east on Interstate 88 when she lost control of her vehicle. The vehicle rolled multiple times coming to a rest on the roadway. Vasquez Gallegos and her passenger Esmeralda J. Avalos (20) Beach Park IL, we both transported by Prophetstown Ambulance to CGH for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Vasquez Gallegos was cited for driving while license suspended. The investigation remains under investigation. Deputies were assisted on scene by Prophetstown/Lyndon Fire and Ambulance.
02/08/18 At 7:40 A.M. Deputies responded to a multiple vehicle accident at the intersection of US. RT. 30 and Elston Road. During the investigation it was determined that a vehicle driven by Timothy K. Perry (22) Albany GA, was traveling west on US. RT. 30 and did not observe traffic slowing in front of him. Perry swerved to avoid colliding with a passenger car and went onto the north shoulder of the roadway. Perry then struck a school bus which was traveling west on US. RT. 30 and turning onto Elston Road. As a result of the crash Perry as well as 3 students were transported to Mercy Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Perry was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. The accident remains under investigation. Deputies were assisted on scene by Fulton EMS, Fulton Fire Department, Albany EMS, Clinton Fire Department, and Fulton Police Department.
Happy Senior Night to all of the SHS Girls Basketball Seniors.
Due to the forecast of heavy snowfall the City of Rock Falls City Hall will be closed on Friday, February 9, 2018.
Dixon Police Notification
With the anticipated snowfall tonight, we want to remind citizens of the applicable ordinance. The Dixon Police Department has made a big push last night and again this morning to get vehicles moved so the streets will be clean for the impending storm. If we get the anticipated snow storm, the snow ordinance below will be in effect in the following days. Our agency does not want to tow vehicles as it costs the owners a minimum of $150 for the tow and $75 for the snow parking violation.
The City of Dixon would like to remind citizens of the Even/Odd parking procedure. This procedure was adopted by the City Council in 2011.
This ordinance is in effect when there is more than 2 inches of snow on the street between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.:
· On even numbered days (ex. – December 20th), cars will be required to park on the even numbered side of the street (ex. – the side of the street 320 West 9th Street is located on).
· On odd numbered days (ex. – December 21st), cars will be required to park on the odd numbered side of the street (ex. – the side of the street 321 West 9th Street is located on).
· Residents who live on streets where parking is only permitted on one side of the road are still required to follow the ordinance. Residents are encouraged to use their driveway until the road has been cleared. If there are not parking options for your residents, please contact the police department, so arrangements can be made.
· Even / Odd parking rules do not apply to the Central Business District. No parking is allowed in the Central Business District, to include parking lots, between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., so the city crews can clean the streets and lots for the next business day.
Once a side of the road has been cleared for an entire block, parking can resume as normal. The fine for “Snow Parking” violations is $75.00 and the vehicles will be towed. If anyone has questions about this ordinance, please contact the Dixon Police Department at 815/288-4411.
CITY OF STERLING
COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
PRESS RELEASE (for immediate release)
The City of Sterling has declared that a Snow Emergency will be in effect commencing as follows:
Thursday February 8th, 2018 at 5:00 PM
After that time, all vehicles must be parked in accordance with the City of Sterling’s Snow Emergency
1. No parking on Snow Routes until all snow has been removed from the full width of the street.
2. No parking in the Central Business District and in city parking lots from 1:30 A.M. to 5:30 A.M.
3. Odd and even parking restrictions will be in effect on all other City Streets. On the odd days of the
month, you park on the odd-numbered side of the street; and on even days of the month, you park on the
even-numbered side of the street. Odd and even days will be considered as beginning between 6:00A.M.
and 8:00 A.M. You will not be ticketed between 6:00A.M. and 8:00 A.M. Odd and even numbered
sides of the street refer to the usual residence and building address numbers.
These parking restrictions will terminate block by block after the snowfall stops and when all accumulated
snow has been removed from the full width of the street or when the snow emergency is cancelled by the
All other parking restrictions remain in effect. No parking will be permitted on streets where parking is
restricted or prohibited.
Cars parked in violation of the above restrictions will be ticketed and may be towed, at the owner’s expense.
If you have any questions regarding these parking restrictions, please call the Sterling Police Department at
815-632- 6640 or the Public Works Department at 815-632- 6657.
If this release is received prior to a snow event it has been issued in anticipation of forecasted weather.
Please be a good neighbor and shovel your sidewalk after the plows have completed clearing the streets. It
helps your neighbors, your postal carrier, the children who walk to school and it shows that you care about
Rock Falls City Clerk and Collector, Eric Arduini, has announced that the City of Rock Falls has cancelled the Building Code, and Planning / Zoning meetings for February.
“An Evening to Remember Ronald Reagan“ Dinner was held at the Dixon Elks
Lodge on Friday evening. The event was hosted by the Lee County Republican
Central Committee to honor the birthday of the late President Ronald Reagan who was
born on February 6, 1911. The event included memories of the late President Reagan
and political speeches by local, state, and federal Republican politicians and
candidates. Lee County State’s Attorney Matt Klahn introduced Governor Bruce
Rauner as he gave a shout out to some of our local politicians…….
Tune in this week to hear more of Regional Media’s coverage from this event.
The Rock Falls Street Department has declared a Snow Emergency starting at Noon on February 5th and ending at noon on February 7th, All vehicles parked on posted designated Snow Routes are required to be removed from those routes until the Snow Emergency Parking ban is lifted. Parking will be banned in the downtown area after 200 am on West 2nd street from 1st Ave to 4th avenue E 2nd street to E 3rd street 200 blk of 2nd ave, 3rd ave and 4th ave First avenue from the Bridge to Dixon Ave. Vehicles left in these areas will be ticketed and towed at owner's expense. Parking on side streets No person shall leave parked or standing any motor vehicle on an even-numbered side of the following streets during an even numbered day of the month, or an odd-numbered side of the following streets during an odd numbered day of the month.
The City of Sterling has declared that a Snow Emergency will be in effect commencing as follows:
Monday February 5th, 2018 at 12:00 PM
After that time, all vehicles must be parked in accordance with the City of Sterling’s Snow Emergency Parking Regulations.
1. No parking on Snow Routes until all snow has been removed from the full width of the street.
2. No parking in the Central Business District and in city parking lots from 1:30 A.M. to 5:30 A.M.
3. Odd and even parking restrictions will be in effect on all other City Streets. On the odd days of the month, you park on the odd-numbered side of the street; and on even days of the month, you park on the even-numbered side of the street. Odd and even days will be considered as beginning between 6:00A.M. and 8:00 A.M. You will not be ticketed between 6:00A.M. and 8:00 A.M. Odd and even numbered sides of the street refer to the usual residence and building address numbers.
These parking restrictions will terminate block by block after the snowfall stops and when all accumulated snow has been removed from the full width of the street or when the snow emergency is cancelled by the City.
All other parking restrictions remain in effect. No parking will be permitted on streets where parking is restricted or prohibited.
Cars parked in violation of the above restrictions will be ticketed and may be towed, at the owner’s expense.
If you have any questions regarding these parking restrictions, please call the Sterling Police Department at 815-632-6640 or the Public Works Department at 815-632-6657.
If this release is received prior to a snow event it has been issued in anticipation of forecasted weather.
Please be a good neighbor and shovel your sidewalk after the plows have completed clearing the streets. It helps your neighbors, your postal carrier, the children who walk to school and it shows that you care about your community.
Friday evening the Lee County Republican Central Committee hosted “An Evening to
Remember Ronald Reagan“ Dinner at the Dixon Elks Lodge. February 6 th will be the
107 th anniversary of Reagan’s birth in Tampico, Illinois. The event included memories
of the late President Reagan and political speeches by local, state, and federal
Republican politicians and candidates. Richard Morthland, who is seeking the
nomination for Lt. Governor in the Republican primary was making a speech critical of
the Rauner administration when the Governor walked into the dinner. The audience
appeared uncomfortable as Morthland continued while the Governor waited in the back
of the room. Governor Rauner showed our Tammy Nehrkorn he has pretty thick skin
when she gave him an opportunity to respond to Morthland’s comments…….
Tune in this week to hear more interviews from this event.
Tune into WSSQ 94.3 FM to listen to the Sterling Boy's Basketball Team take on the Rochelle Hubs!
“Before Washington Republicans released the Nunes memo, the FBI expressed its ‘grave concerns’ and stated there are ‘omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.’ I trust the hardworking men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our nation much more than I trust Chairman Nunes.
“Today, Washington Republicans broke a sacred trust between the House of Representatives and our national security, law enforcement and intelligence agencies. I have real concerns that the release of this memo could make it easier for our enemies abroad to avoid surveillance and embolden them to carry out attacks on Americans. This partisan memo is designed specifically to undermine the Mueller investigation into possible ties between President Trump and Vladimir Putin. And with two guilty pleas already secured, Americans should not be fooled by this obvious attempt to distract them.”
Booths #110-112 and #215-217
AP (Automated Production Systems) will introduce its EDGE Bin Scale System with new Precision Load Cell at the 2018 Illinois Pork Expo being held Feb. 6-7 at the Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield.
This advanced system provides pork producers with the highest level of accuracy with extensive feed management control. Designed with a convenient built-in lifting mechanism, EDGE Precision load cells can be easily installed on a feed tank without the need for additional lifting equipment.
Other benefits include complete remote access and virtual switches along with scenario features and HTML reports.
AP will also showcase its:
· Compident 8 Electronic Sow Feeding (ESF) system providing individualized nutrition for improved sow health and productivity.
· Positive Pressure Ventilation System to reduce the risk of swine viruses entering barns.
Media are invited to visit AP at Booths #110-112 and #215-217 throughout Illinois Pork Expo for interviews as well as photo/video opportunities.
To arrange for a specific interview time, please contact Randy Myers as shown above – or media can simply come to AP’s booth either day of the show and ask for Alan Hays, Jeff Schoening or Barry Nelson.
AP (Automated Production Systems) has been a proven and dependable global manufacturer of swine production equipment since 1988. AP is committed to solving the problems of today’s swine producers by providing forward thinking solutions that maximize production efficiencies. Together with our network of local dealers, AP has the experience to design and build a system to fit the needs of your operation. AP offers a full-line of feed storage and delivery, watering, ventilation, environmental controls and alarm systems. AP is a part of GSI, a global brand of AGCO (NYSE: AGCO).
Woodlawn Arts Academy’s 2018 Student-Teacher Art Exhibit opens Friday, February 23rd with an opening reception from 5-7pm. The public is invited to attend the opening and can also view the exhibit during open hours. The public is also encouraged to vote, until March 9th, for their favorite pieces. Winning pieces will be featured in the Academy’s summer program guide, and select winning pieces will be displayed on banners along the First Avenue Bridge.
Student & teacher artwork will be on display starting at the exhibit opening, from 5-7pm Friday, February 23rd, and will remain on display in the halls and lounge at Woodlawn Arts Academy throughMay 4th. The Academy is open from 9am-8pm Monday-Thursday, and 9am-6pm Fridays. There is no charge to the view the exhibit. The public can vote on their favorite pieces in three categories: grades K-4, grades 5-8 and grades 9-12. Voting will remain open until March 9th. The top four pieces from each category will be featured in the Academy’s 2018 Summer Arts Program Guide, which is mailed to 24,000 homes in the Sauk Valley area. Select winning pieces from the art exhibit will be displayed on the First Avenue Bridge between Sterling and Rock Falls.
“The Bridge the Community Run is a great event that showcases our two communities to the participants. As a result of this event, we are able to showcase the talent and artwork of local artists,” said Jack Spencer, a member of the Bridge the Community committee. “We are able to display banners that create a nice welcome for people coming to our community and interest for those who live here.”
Woodlawn Arts Academy is a United Way of Whiteside County agency, and financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Details on the Academy’s programming and financial assistance applications are available in the Academy office or on the website at www.woodlawnartsacademy.com. The Academy’s programs are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Tune into SaukValleyNow WSDR AM1240 to listen to our coverage of the Lee County Republican Dinner held on Friday evening.
Date 2/1/18 Time 8:00pm
Water Supply Name City of Morrison Facility Number 1950350
Due to a broken water main, pressure fell below 20psi in part of our water system; therefore we must issue the following boil order: Everyone living west of North Genesee Street and north of West Main Street is advised to boil their water until further notice. This Boil Order is given as a precaution and pursuant to IEPA’s Safe Drinking Water Act; boil orders are required whenever the water system pressure drops below 20 psi. Therefore; you are advised to boil all water used for drinking and cooking for at least five minutes before consumption. Water samples will be taken today and sent to an IEPA certified lab for analysis, as soon as we receive notice of satisfactory results the boil order will be lifted, and you will be notified. We apologize for this inconvenience.
City of Morrison
Director of Public Works
Phone number: (815) 772-7657
“Illinois continues to lag in job creation, there are more people moving out than moving in, and the opportunities and financial stability still isn’t where it needs to be. We can change that through reforms that will help Illinois grow economically, create jobs, lowering the tax burden for families, and changing the culture in Springfield through term limits. Our state and its people have tremendous talents and resources – but we won’t be able to fully tap into that until state government offers the help Illinois truly needs.
“Both parties have proven they can work together to solve problems. This includes helping farmers, helping flood victims, and saving thousands of jobs by keeping nuclear power as the backbone of our energy supply. The state’s other critical issues will require solutions that have everyone involved.”
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Did you know that every 80 seconds a woman dies from cardiovascular disease? That means 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year, compared to 1 in 31 dying from breast cancer. The national day, February 2, sponsored by the American Heart Association, draws attention to the fact that more women are dying now from heart disease than men. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. In honor of Wear Red Day on Friday, February 2, all CGHers are invited to wear red. Special red t-shirts have been sold and are still available to the public through the CGH Health Foundation for wearing these shirts during February. Please call 815.625.0400, ext. 5575 for more information.
“By going red in your own life, women and men alike can make lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of heart attack,” said Sherry DeWalt, CGH Health Foundation Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator and ACE Certified Health Coach. “Just knowing your numbers could save your life. Keep blood pressure in check, cholesterol low, weight reasonable, and activity up. And, don’t smoke!” But it doesn’t affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men. There are several misconceptions about heart disease in women, and they could be putting you at risk. What’s more: These facts only begin to scratch the surface. Go Red For Women is a national movement to convince women to learn the most critical numbers in their life: blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), blood sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI). February is Heart Month and CGH has several heart happenings to keep you heart healthy this month. Get your numbers with free blood sugar and blood pressure screenings provided by the CGH Health Foundation. These are free and do not require fasting. Thursday February 1, 8 am – 9:30 am, CGH Main Clinic Lobby; Thursday, February 8, 11:30 am – 1 pm, CGH Medical Center lobby; Thursday, February 15, 3 pm – 4:30 pm, County Market, Sterling; and Friday February 16, 8 am to 9:30 am, Westwood Fitness & Sports Center. Or for $30, get your total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL, HDL, glucose, blood pressure and health information at the February 22 Cholesterol and Glucose screening. A 12 hour fast and appointment is necessary for this event. Call 815-625-0400, ext. 5716 to make an appointment. The public is invited to the free Growing Healthier program on Tuesday, February 22 at 6 pm in the CGH Ryberg Auditorium, located at 100 E. LeFevre Road, Sterling. Dr. Ismaila (Is-MY-la ) Bello, CGH Cardiologist will be presenting, “Prevention of Heart Disease.” To register for this free heart event, please visitcghmc.com/growinghealthier or call (815) 625-0400, ext. 5716. During the month of February, the CGH Fresh Café will be offering heart healthy options sponsored by the CGH Health Foundation. The public is invited to try these specials: February 5 – 9th will feature Heart Healthy options from our Heart Healthy Menu (just look for the red heart on the menu.) February 12-16 is Eat Red week – featuring various red food items in the cafeteria. February 19 – 23 – “Lettuce (Let us) sponsor your salad” featuring a $1 discount on your salad bar purchase. For more information visit cghmc.com CGH Home Nursing will be presenting a free health discussion on common problems and common solutions with heart disease on Wednesday, February 14 at 10:45 am at Whiteside County Senior Center. Together, we can Go Red in February to raise awareness and take action to prevent cardiovascular disease in our community.
The Coloma Township Park District is sponsoring a Free Throw Contest on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018, at the Rock Falls Middle School Gymnasium starting at 1:30 PM. The competition is open to boys and girls and men and women ages 8 and up. The most free throws made out of 30 shots will be the winner. First place trophies will be awarded and second through sixth place will receive placement ribbons. Registration fee for the Free Throw Contest is $3.00 and the contest is open to all interested persons in the Coloma and Montmorency Townships and any surrounding township that does not have a formally organized Park District. Registration may take place on the day of the event, and forms are available at the Park District Administrative Office, 508 East 11th Street in Rock Falls. For additional information call the Park District at 815-625-0272.