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Governor Signs New Law to Facilitate Access to Physical Therapy Services

Reduced opioid use among the benefits predicted

 

 Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed House Bill 4643, which allows consumers to pursue and begin physical therapy services without a doctor’s referral while still ensuring professional medical oversight safeguards.   The law, effective immediately, permits physical therapists to evaluate clients and determine a treatment plan without first having to submit a diagnosis for a health care professional’s approval, speeding the path to relief and healing.   Under the legislation, a physical therapist providing services without a referral from a health care professional must notify the patient’s treating health care professional within five business days that the patient is receiving physical therapy. This does not apply to those seeking physical therapy for general, non-injury-related fitness or wellness.   “The most important benefit, however, is that studies have shown an amazing 90 percent reduction in opioid use when consumers have access to physical therapy,” he continued. “Since physical therapy is a non-addictive treatment that helps manage pain, thousands of Illinois pain sufferers will get relief without opioids. The health and cost benefits of this alone are staggering.”   “This bill was a result of collaboration within Illinois’ health care community on behalf of patients in Illinois,” said Colleen Flannery, executive director of the Illinois Physical Therapy Association. “We thank Gov. Rauner for making it a priority today, and we are grateful for the unanimous, bipartisan support of the General Assembly.”  

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Jeffrey "Todd" McThenia Memorial Tennis Tournament

The Coloma Township Park District will host the Jeffrey “Todd” McThenia Memorial Tennis Tournament to benefit the Whiteside County Cancer Fund.  Todd was a 1983 Graduate of Rock Falls High School and played on the varsity tennis team.  He went on to play tennis for 2 years under Coach Frank Palumbo on a scholarship at Sauk Valley College.  After Sauk, Todd received a scholarship to play at St. Francis College in Joliet.   While attending St. Francis College over Christmas break in 1988 Todd received tragic news that he had cancer.  Todd began his treatment immediately.  His days consisted of a treatment eveveryday, Monday through Friday, attending classes and participating in tennis practice.  Todd was a computer science major and during the time he kept up this grueling schedule he was able to make the "Dean’s List.” After a valiant fight Todd passed away on March 9, 1991 at the young age of 26 years.  Todd’s many friends especially Marc Wolens and Dick Akridge, began and still continue to direct the tennis tournament in Todd’s honor.  All proceeds from the tournament go to the Whiteside County Cancer Fund to be used locally to help cancer patients.  Everyone is welcome to play in the tournament and donations are welcome.  Donations can be sent to the Whiteside County Cancer Fund or to the Coloma Township Park District in Todd’s name.  The Todd McThenia Memorial Doubles Tennis Tournament sponsored by Wheelock Furniture and the Coloma Township Park District will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018.  All entrants may play Mens and Womens Doubles beginning at 9:00 am and Mixed Doubles at 1:00 PM.    The tournaments are open to all persons 16 and older wishing to participate.  The tournament directors will be Marc Wolens and Dick Akridge.   Matches will be played at the tennis court facilities located in Centennial Park in Rock Falls. Each team must supply a new can of Championship balls.  Winners keep the new can; losers take the used can.  Balls must be yellow and not seconds.  All of the tennis courts at Centennial Park will be closed to the public on the days the Tennis Tournaments are being played.  Rain date for the tournament will be Sunday, August 19, 2018.

 

 

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8th Annual Touch-A-Truck

This past Saturday a large crowd turned out to attend the 8th Annual Touch-A-Truck event was held on the Rock Falls Riverfront.    This event is sponsored by the Rock Falls Optimist Club.   Those large crowd in attendance had over 70 vehicles and displays to explore.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with John Watts of the Optimist Club and Brian Jones of the Wheel House who was working at the “Paint the Plow”

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The Optimist Club’s motto is “Friend of Youth”.  They donate many scholarships for local youth and contribute to other causes the help area youth. 

 

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Brittany Williams and Kids Speak with Tammy Nehrkorn at Touch-A-Truck

The 8th Annual Touch-A-Truck event was held on the Rock Falls Riverfront on Satuday.  This event is sponsored by the Rock Falls Optimist Club.   Those large crowd in attendance had over 70 vehicles and displays to explore.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Britany Williams and her children on Saturday…….

 

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The Optimist Club members also held a cookout featuring Selmi’s sweet corn to raise money for the club’s activities that benefit local youth. 

 

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Cameron Fiorini Hosts Lemonade Stand in Sterling on Saturday

Lemonade Day is a fun and experiental learning program that teaches youth how to start and operate their own business.  On Saturday, Cameron Fiorini, age 4, hosted a lemonade stand beside the Sterling Post Office.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Lindsey and Cameron Fiorini on Saturday afternoon…..

 

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The first lemonade “soft drink” debuted in Paris on August 20th, 1630. 

 

 

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Touch-A-Truck #1

On Saturday the Rock Falls Optimist Club hosted their 8th Annual Touch-A-Truck on the Rock Falls Riverfront.  There were over 70 vehicles and displays on hand for the kids to explore and learn how those vehicles make our community work.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn was on hand and spoke with people at this event…..

 

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The Optimist Club members also held a cookout featuring Selmi’s sweet corn to raise money for the club’s activities that benefit local youth. 

 

 

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Dixon Kiwanis Club help Dixon Habitat for Humanity

Dixon Kiwanis Club helped Dixon Habitat start the siding on the 2018 project home.  Pictured above in the back row from the left are: Justin Wiggins, Greg Hicks, Aaron Young, Matt Drennan, and Brad Hunsberger; and in the front row are Dee Dee Cibu and Don Knight.  Not pictured: Andy McFarland.

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Touch-A-Truck is Saturday in Rock Falls

Saturday the Rock Falls Optimist Club will be sponsoring their 8th Annual Touch-A-Truck on the Rock Falls Riverfront.  This is a free event for the community to give the opportunity to explore all types of vehicles.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with John Watts, of the Rock Falls Optimist Club for an update on this event……

 

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There will all types of vehicles and even some flying machines too.  This event is free and open to the public. 

 

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Food and Water Safety During Power Outages from the FDA

Power Outages: During and After

When the Power Goes Out . . .

Here are basic tips for keeping food safe:

  1. Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature.
    • The refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened.
    • full freezer will keep the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.
  2. Buy dry or block ice to keep the refrigerator as cold as possible if the power is going to be out for a prolonged period of time. Fifty pounds of dry ice should keep an 18 cubic foot, fully stocked freezer cold for two days.
  3. If you plan to eat refrigerated or frozen meat, poultry, fish, or eggs while they are still at safe temperatures, it is important that each item is thoroughly cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature to ensure that any foodborne bacteria that may be present are destroyed. However, if at any point the food was above 40º F for 2 hours or more (or 1 hour if temperatures are above 90 º F) — discard it.

Once Power is Restored . . .

Determine the safety of your food:

  1. If an appliance thermometer was kept in the freezer, check the temperature when the power comes back on. If the freezer thermometer reads 40° F or below, the food is safe and may be refrozen.
  2. If a thermometer has not been kept in the freezer, check each package of food to determine its safety. You can’t rely on appearance or odor. If the food still contains ice crystals or is 40° F or below, it is safe to refreeze or cook.
  3. Refrigerated food should be safe as long as the power was out for no more than 4 hours and the refrigerator door was kept shut. Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, or leftovers) that has been at temperatures above 40° F for 2 hours or more (or 1 hour if temperatures are above 90º F).

Perishable food such as meat, poultry, seafood, milk, and eggs that are not kept adequately refrigerated or frozen may cause illness if consumed, even when they are thoroughly cooked.  Source: FDA

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Rock Falls Police Seek Man in Aggravated Battery at Rock Falls Walmart

On August 8, 2018 Rock Falls Police obtained an arrest warrant in for Ryan L. Charleston, age 35.  Charleston is wanted on charges of Aggravated Battery stemming from an incident on August 6, 2018 at the Rock Falls Walmart store.  Charleston is alleged to have struck a male employee in the head with a blunt object before fleeing the store on foot.  The employee sustained significant injuries and was hospitalized.  Charleston was identified by an eyewitness after numerous tips to police named Charleston as the suspect.   Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ryan L. Charleston is asked to call the Rock Falls Police Department at 815-622-1140. To report a tip anonymously, call Whiteside County Crime Stoppers at 815-625-STOP (7867)    

 

The charges against Mr. Charleston are merely an accusation and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Rock Falls Optimist Club's 8th Annual Touch-A-Truck to be Held Saturday

The Rock Falls Optimist Club will be sponsoring their 8th Annual Touch-A-Truck will be this Saturday on the Rock Falls Riverfront.  This is a free event for the community to give kids….and kids at heart… the opportunity to explore all types of vehicles.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with John Watts, of the Rock Falls Optimist Club for an update on this event……

 

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The Optimist Club members will be selling Selmi’s Sweet corn and other food items with the proceeds going to their youth programs.  While they last….backpacks with school supplies will be given away by TCC wireless. 

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Booker Sponsoring Kids Pedal Pull at Whiteside County Fair

John Booker candidate for Whiteside County Sheriff announces for the second year in a row Booker for Sheriff will be sponsoring the Kids pedal pull at the Whiteside County Fair . The two day event will be Tuesday August 14 at 2:00 pm

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Burglary in Rural Fulton

On 08/08/18 at 6:50 a.m., the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a burglary in rural Fulton.  Deputies reported that sometime during the overnight hours, unknown subjects entered onto the property, and  while on the property, the business and vehicles were broken into and numerous items of value were taken.  The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office Detective Section is investigating this burglary.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Whiteside County  Sheriff’s Office at 815-772-4044 or Crime Stoppers  at 815-625-7867 with any information.

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Rock River Hospice & Home

Nov. 10-18, 2018           Rock River Hospice & Home Festival of Trees Country Store

Find that special gift or holiday baked good for yourself, your family or friends at the Festival of Trees Country Store. The store will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Northland Mall in Sterling, IL, and will remain open through Sunday, Nov. 18.  For more information, call (815) 625-3858 or visit www.hospicerockriver.org.

 

Nov. 13-18, 2018          Rock River Hospice & Home 29th Festival of Trees

The 29th Rock River Hospice & Home Festival of Trees, features decorated trees and holiday items, a Country Store, Table Settings, Silent Auction Items, Entertainment and more. The Festival of Trees will be held at Northland Mall in Sterling, Nov. 13-18. For more information, or to find out how you can participate, call (815) 625-3858 or visit www.hospicerockriver.org.

 

Dec. 1, 2018                 Rock River Hospice & Home Festival of Trees Gala

Celebrate the 29th Festival of Trees and the holiday season at the Gala Evening on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Deer Valley Banquets in Deer Grove, IL. Enjoy a cocktail hour with silent auction items, followed by dinner with a live and dessert auction, all benefitting hospice services in the Sauk Valley area. For more information, call (815) 625-3858 or visit www.hospicerockriver.org.Additional details to be announced.

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Rock River Hospice & Home

Nov. 10-18, 2018           Rock River Hospice & Home Festival of Trees Country Store

Find that special gift or holiday baked good for yourself, your family or friends at the Festival of Trees Country Store. The store will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Northland Mall in Sterling, IL, and will remain open through Sunday, Nov. 18.  For more information, call (815) 625-3858 or visit www.hospicerockriver.org.

 

Nov. 13-18, 2018          Rock River Hospice & Home 29th Festival of Trees

The 29th Rock River Hospice & Home Festival of Trees, features decorated trees and holiday items, a Country Store, Table Settings, Silent Auction Items, Entertainment and more. The Festival of Trees will be held at Northland Mall in Sterling, Nov. 13-18. For more information, or to find out how you can participate, call (815) 625-3858 or visit www.hospicerockriver.org.

 

Dec. 1, 2018                 Rock River Hospice & Home Festival of Trees Gala

Celebrate the 29th Festival of Trees and the holiday season at the Gala Evening on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Deer Valley Banquets in Deer Grove, IL. Enjoy a cocktail hour with silent auction items, followed by dinner with a live and dessert auction, all benefitting hospice services in the Sauk Valley area. For more information, call (815) 625-3858 or visit www.hospicerockriver.org.Additional details to be announced.

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Door-to-Door Incident Today in Sterling with some Similarities to Morrison Incident

On July 30th, the Whiteside County Sheriff's Office received a report about an incident that happened in rural Morrison. While the resident was home, a male who appeared approximately 30 years old, wearing blue jeans and a blue shirt, entered the residence. The homeowner encountered the male and told him to leave. The male told the resident he was just putting a religious flier on the table then immediately left the residence getting into a cream colored sports utility vehicle.  Chief Deputy, John Booker, of the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office, spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn about an incident with some similarities to the Morrison incident, that occurred in Sterling on Tuesday….

 

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Please keep your doors lock at all times and call the police if you see suspicious activity.

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National Night Out in Sterling

National Night Out was celebrated in Sterling on Tuesday evening at the following locations:  St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Douglas Park, Wallace Park and Kilgour Park. National Night Out is designed to strengthen communities by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with local law enforcement.   Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Sterling Police Officer, Anothony Adamson and Whiteside County Chief Deputy, John Booker on Tuesday Night at the event at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sterling…..

 

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The goal is to heighten crime-prevention awareness, and build support and participation in local anti-crime programs.

 

 

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Dixon Police Report

James A. Abbott Jr., age 25, of Dixon, Illinois, was arrested in the 300 block of South Hennepin Avenue on August 4th, 2018 at 11:57 p.m., for Driving Under the Influence / Alcohol, Illegal Squealing / Screeching Tires, Improper Lane Usage and Operating Uninsured Vehicle .  Abbott was processed and released.   The charges are merely an allegation and all parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Turtle Race on the Rock River

Rock Falls Tourism hosted the Lucky Turtle Race on Saturday as part of the Rock Falls Days events.   The race is a fundraiser with proceeds being donated to the Rock River Development Authority…also know as the R.R.D.A.    The turtles were thrown off the First Avenue Bridge and the first three turtles to get to Lawrence Park Island were the winners. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with James Marks, President of the R.R.D.A. on Saturday, after the turtle race…..

 

 

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The Yak Yak Sister Canoe Club also assisted in retrieving the turtles.  

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CGH Healing Art Gallery to Feature Jan Harvey and Home of Hope

CGH Medical Center is pleased to present the late Summer 2018 exhibition of our healing art gallery, “Spirit of the Heart.” The gallery showcases local artists and is open to all patients and community members. It is located in the north hallway between the hospital, 100 E. LeFevre Road, Sterling and the CGH Main Clinic, 101 E. Miller Road, Sterling.

 

The featured artist for the late Summer 2018 exhibition is: Jan Harvey. Jan’s art, self-described as “Country Flavored Watercolors,” have been inspired by 16 years of farm life as a “pinecreeker” in rural Oregon, IL. She loves to paint buildings, especially barns and farmland. In recent years she has been working in oils and doing “plein air painting” (painting outdoors). 

 

“I’m amazed at God’s handiwork,” Harvey says, “as I study His originals to do mine.”

 

Jan Harvey studied art at Avapaii College, Prescott, AZ for 3 years, plus many workshops and encouragement from art friends. She has an RN from KSB School of Nursing and is a Rock Falls High School graduate.

 

Home of Hope is also featured in the late Summer 2018 exhibition, presenting “This is Me! This is Hope! – A Collaboration of Patient & Artist.”  A cancer diagnosis is a life-altering event. The mission at Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Center is to be there for the patient as they navigate his/ her “journey.”  Each client is a special person with a unique story.  This has been a therapeutic process for both the artist and patient. The exhibit started at The Next Picture Show, Dixon, IL and will be traveling through the Sauk Valley area. The display at CGH will be available for viewing until mid-September.

 

“I am grateful to the artists and Home of Hope clients that came together to put this amazing exhibit together,” said Joan Padilla, Executive Director, Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Center. “I was unsure the concept I had imagined could be fulfilled. As you will see, those involved surpassed my expectations! A big thank you to the artists involved.”

 

The purpose of the gallery is to host a venue for local artists to exhibit, and provide CGH patients, families and staff with the value of the creative process of art as a healing force. Select items are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds donated to the CGH Auxiliary. 

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City of Rock Falls

The City of Rock Falls has canceled the Rock Falls Tourism Committee meeting slated for August 8, 2018. 

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Movies on the Rock Falls Riverfront

Friday night the banks of the Rock Falls side of the Rock River were filled with people of all ages who turned out to see the free outdoor movie on the Rock Falls Riverfront.    This event was part of the Rock Falls Days Celebration.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Janel yordy and Luva Watts on Friday evening……

 

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The movie that was shown was Tangled.       

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Hazardous Weather Outlook

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for portions of northwestern Illinois, northeastern Iowa.  Severe thunderstorms are possible for Sunday evening and overnight, mainly north of Highway 30 in Illinois and Iowa.  The main risk will be damaging wind and large hail.  Locally, very heavy rainfall is possible, especially along Highway 20.  Please be careful and stay alert to changing conditions.  

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The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 364 Supports Dixon Habitat for Humanity

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 364, has supported Dixon Habitat for Humanity for many years with their skilled electrical work.  Together with their partner contractors, this year Complete Electrical Contractors in Rock Falls, IBEW again is taking care of the electrical work on the new home.  Pictured above are the lead electricians Larry Weinrich, on the left, and Sam Watkins

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Free Senior Health Fair in Moline Aug. 8 hosted by Sen. Anderson and Rep. McCombie

State Sen. Neil Anderson and State Rep. Tony McCombie are encouraging seniors to come to their free Senior Health Fair on Wednesday, August 8 at the New Hope Foursquare Church (2305 7th Ave.) in Moline. The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.  At Anderson and McCombie’s free Senior Health Fair, more than 40 vendors and health professionals from the area will offer free health screenings including a blood pressure check, hearing screenings, and spinal screenings. Information from various health professionals will be available including hospice, nutrition, wound care, transportation, financial security, assisted living, veterans benefits, and more.  

 

Free chair massages and free refreshments will also be available.

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Whiteside County Sheriff's Office is Investigating Incident on Moline Road

The Whiteside County Sheriff’s office is investigating an incident that occurred on July 31, 2018 at 1:21 a.m. on Moline Road, between Lyndon and Sterling. A white van was following another vehicle changing speeds, flashing its headlights causing the other vehicle to pull off to the side of the road. The driver of the vehicle placed a 9-1-1 call and stayed on the telephone with the dispatcher until a deputy arrived on scene. If anyone has information regarding this incident, or if a similar incident has happened to anyone please call Whiteside County Sheriff's office at 815-772-4044

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Whiteside County Sheriff's Office is Investigating Incident of Man Found in Rural Home

The Whiteside County Sheriff's Office is investigating an incident that happened in rural Morrison.   This incident happened on July 30, 2018 at approximately 1:15 p.m., in rural Morrison. While the resident was home, a male who appeared approximately 30 years old, wearing blue jeans and a blue shirt, entered the residence. The homeowner encountered the male and told him to leave . The male told the resident he was just putting a religious flier on the table then immediately left the residence.  He was seen getting into a cream colored sports utility vehicle. Whiteside County Sheriff's Office encourage all citizens to immediately report any suspicious activity to local Law Enforcement.

 

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Demmer Sponsors Bill Concerning Adult Protective Services

Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation sponsored by State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) which will clarify and expand the types of cases Adult Protective Services may investigate.   House Bill 4847 was supported by the Illinois Department on Aging, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Department of Human Services, and many other senior advocacy organizations…….

 

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Rep. Tom Demmer said “This bill helps protect seniors and closes a jurisdictional  loophole.”    To report suspected abuse, exploitation or neglect of an older person, call the statewide, 24-hour Adult Protective Services Hotline: 1-866-800-1409

 

 

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Big Red Church to Host Corn Boil

The Big Red Church will be hosting a Corn Boil on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.  The menu will include:  Selmi’s Sweet Corn, Barbeque, Home made potato salad, Dessert, and beverage.  The proceeds from this event will be used to provde free recordings of their church services to shut-ins. 

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City of Sterling Cancels Meeting

The City of Sterling has announced that there will be no Plan Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The next Plan Commission meeting is September 20, 2018.

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Turtle Races 2018 in Rock Falls 0n August 4th

Many years ago, Rock Falls had their very own Rubber Ducky Races along the Rock River. The ducks would be dropped at Seward's Park, float (race) downstream and would be captured right before the Lower Dam. Rock River Development Authority and Rock Falls Tourism are bringing it back and giving back to our community!    They will be racing mini turbo turtles down the Rock River in Rock Falls with the help of the Yak Yak Sisters, a local kayak club. They hope to raise money to keep our beloved Hennepin Canal beautiful and to add port-a-potties for all trail users to utilize year round.  The Turtle Races will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at the Bowman Park Gazebo in Rock Falls.   Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Tammy Marks, of the R.R.D.A. about the Turtle Races……

 

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HOW DO YOU ADOPT A TURTLE ? You can Adopt a Turtle for only $5.   If you would

like more information about this topic, please contact Janell Loos at (815) 622-1106.  

 

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CGH Wound Healing Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Center Receives Award

 

Pictured from left to right, Theresa Krueger, APN-BC, and Jason Green, Program Director, CGH Wound Healing Center, shared their Healogics Center of Excellence Award at the CGH Wound Healing and Hyberbaric Oxygen Treatment Center’s 10 year anniversary celebration at CGH on July 18.

 

 

CGH Medical Center physicians, leaders, and clinicians gathered on July 18, 2018 to celebrate the Robert A. Warriner III, M.D., Center of Excellence award, which was given to the CGH Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Center. This Center has achieved patient satisfaction rates higher than 92 percent and a healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 30 median days to heal, for a minimum of two consecutive years. The Center was awarded this prestigious honor by Healogics, the nation's largest provider of advanced wound care services. Out of 340 eligible Centers, 268 were honored with this award. The award is named for Dr. Robert A. Warriner III, a pioneer in wound care and the former Chief Medical Officer for Healogics.

 

“This is a significant accomplishment to receive this award,’’ said Jason Green, director of the CGH Wound Healing Center. “It demonstrates the dedication the physicians and staff at the CGH Wound Healing Center have towards achieving high healing outcomes for our patients.

 

The CGH Wound Healing Center is a member of the Healogics network of nearly 700 Wound Care Centers®, with access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating approximately 2.5 million chronic wounds. The CGH Wound Healing Center offers highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. Advanced treatments included negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.   

 

“Our goal is to help our patients heal,” said Green, “and get back to living happy, healthy lives.”

 

About CGH Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Center

 

Open in locations in both Sterling and Dixon, CGH Wound Healing Center is available for those with prolonged wounds that will not heal. Using advanced technologies and clinical therapies, the CGH Wound Healing Center helps to create a personalized treatment plan to help you return to a better quality of life. The center offers pain management, laboratory evaluation of the wound, surgical debridement of the wound, and education about self-care for wounds, while also connecting patients with other departments within CGH Medical Center, including physical therapy, diabetic educators and vascular services.  For more information, please visit www.cghmc.com/wound.

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Halo Branded Solutions Cuts Ribbon on New Building in Sterling

On Tuesday, July, 31, 2018, Halo Branded Solutions had a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new building in Sterling.  Those pictured include: Marc Simon – CEO, Sterling Mayor Skip Lee, Members of the Halo Staff, Members of the Sterling City Council and Members of the SVACC Board of Directors and Ambassadors.  The new building is located at 1500 Halo Way in Sterling.  Terry McGuire, is the VP of Marketing & Communications for Halo Branded Solutions.  

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Car Seat Check Up

One of the most important safety tools to keep your child safe in a moving vehicle is the car seat, but the most important safety factor is knowing how to install the car seat. I had a chance to talk with Clark Leidberg of the Sterling Fire Department, a certified Car Seat Technician, about the up coming Car Seat Check Up At The Sterling Fire Department Sub Station...

 

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Nationally Certified Technicians will be on hand to help you safely install your car and booster seats...again that will be at the Sterling Fire Department, Sub Station.

 

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Emergency Sewer Repair – Road Closure in Rock Falls

July 30th, 2018 Rock Falls, IL

 

5th Avenue in Rock Falls will be closed between 6th Street, and 7th Street until further notice while crews work on sewer repair.

 

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2018 Fiesta Parade

The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Hispanic Business Leaders Committee is organizing the 66th annual Fiesta Parade which will be held Saturday, September 15th. All groups are encouraged to incorporate Hispanic Culture into the parade entries. The Parade will begin at 1:00pm in Rock Falls. Parade Entries will line up on 10th street. The parade will travel north on First Avenue in Rock Falls, cross the First Avenue bridge to Sterling. At the base of the bridge the parade will travel north on Locust Street to 4th and end at Grandon Civic Center in Sterling. There will also be food vendors in downtown Sterling and Rock Falls before, during, and after the parade For more information or questions please call the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce at 815-625-2400 or email us at chamber@essex1.com. Visit www.saukvalleyareachamber.com to register for the parade online.

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SVCC Named Great College to Work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education

Sauk Valley Community College is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. The results, released in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 53,000 people at 253 institution colleges and universities across the country.  

 

This is the first year SVCC has participated in The Chronicle Great Colleges to Work For® program survey conducted in partnership with ModernThink LLC. Sauk was awarded excellence in four categories for 2-year colleges with attendance of 500-2,999:

 

  • Collaborative Governance
  • Confidence in Senior Leadership
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Work/Life Balance

 

The Chronicle Great Colleges to Work For® program recognizes institutions that successfully create great workplaces. At the core of the program is a two-part assessment process: a faculty/staff survey (The ModernThink Higher Education Insight Survey©) and an institutional audit capturing information detailing various institution demographics, policies, practices and infrastructure.

 

As one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country, Sauk is very proud to be recognized by The Chronicle Great Colleges to Work For® program.  SVCC President, Dr. Dave Hellmich shared, “Sauk Valley Community College is a great place to work because the faculty and staff strive to live our college’s shared ethical values—respecting the work and dignity of all people; standing for integrity and fairness; and encouraging responsibility, accountability and persistence in a caring, supportive environment. We strive every day to achieve these values as we pursue our mission of dedication to teaching and scholarship while engaging the community in economic development.”  

 

Full-time and part-time faculty and staff were randomly selected to participate in the survey. The ModernThink Higher Education Insight Survey© has been used in over 55 “Best Place to Work” programs with more than 4,000 organizations. The survey measures the extent to which employees are involved and engaged in the organization and ultimately, the quality of the workplace experience.

 

To be eligible for participation, institutions must be non-profit, located in the United States, and have at least 500 students. For more information about the survey and recipients, visit https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/greatcolleges18.

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Illinois State Police Investigate Fatal Crash

On Saturday, July 28, 2018, at approximately 1:27 a.m., the Illinois State Police (ISP) responded to a traffic crash on IL 72 at Oak Court in Ogle County. ISP troopers arrived and found Unit 1, a 2003 Dodge pickup had been traveling eastbound on IL 72. Unit 2, a 2007 Jeep SUV, was traveling westbound on IL 72 at Oak Court. Unit 1 crossed the center line striking Unit 2 head on. Unit 1 driver, Randall L. Hilliard, male, age 50, from Byron, was pronounced dead at the scene. Unit 2 driver, Rick A. Sgro, male, age 51, from Oregon, was transported to Swedish American Hospital in Rockford along with two other passengers, Allison R. Sgro, female, age 24, from Mount Morris and Abigail E. Sgro, female, age 20, from Mount Morris. A third passenger in Unit 2, Daniel W. Merritt, male, age 20, from Gering, Nebraska, was transported to Mercyhealth Hospital in Rockford. The ISP Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and the crash investigation is on-going. ISP was assisted on the scene by the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office, Ogle County Coroner’s Office, Byron Fire/EMS, Stillman Valley Fire/EMS and Maggio’s Towing.

 

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Cross Roads Community Church in Polo provided the volunteer work crew for Dixon Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, July 28th.  The crew included Mark Ebert, Rick Schwartz, Brian Barrett, Ron Bardell, Randy Cox, Phil Michael Scarantino and Shawn Patton, all pictured above.

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Unity Christian Class of 2021 Hosts 5K Color Run

The Unity Christian School class of 2021 invites the public to join them for the Do or Dye 5K Color Run on Saturday, August 11th.  The color run is a fundraiser for the class of 2021 and is open to all ages and ability levels.  Participants may choose either the competitive race beginning at 9:30am or the recreational walk/run at 10:30am.  All participants will receive an event tee shirt included with their registration fee to be worn during the race.

 

The color run will be a down-and-back style race beginning in front of The Fulton Corporation located at 303 8th Ave. in Fulton and following the bike path toward the south bridge.  Check-in for both race times opens at 8:30am at the starting point. 

 

The deadline for registration is Monday, August 6th and may be done by credit card online at http://getmeregistered.com/DoOrDye5K or by cash or check at Unity Christian School located at 711 10th St.  Fulton, IL.  The fee for children kindergarten-6th grade is $10, and 7th grade-adult is $20.  Preschool age children may participate for free but will not be provided a shirt. 

 

For more information go to http://getmeregistered.com/DoOrDye5K.  

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Area Resident Wins Ford Mustang at Menards.

Rhonda Crawford of Sterling, IL won the keys to a a new Ford Mustang Convertible today. Rhonda was selected as the Grand Prize Winner after registering for the Menards June 2018 Vehicle Sweepstakes.

 

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Christmas In July; Pork Gift to Foodbanks

 

 

Pork donation to provide more than 3,000 servings to those in need in Illinois


 As part of the Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois campaign, the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), along with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and the Illinois Soybean Association Checkoff Program have provided nine regional Foodbanks with over 4,000 pounds of ground pork this month as part of a special “Christmas in July” donation.

 

Since its inception in 2008, Pork Power has generated nearly 570,000 pounds of pork - enough for nearly 2.9 million meals - for families throughout Illinois. Pork, soybean and corn farmers commit funds from their respective checkoff programs to support this program.  The Pork Power program is also an opportunity to promote pork as families are educated on how to prepare and incorporate pork into their favorite dishes. Families receive information on the important nutritional, mental and physical benefits of including protein in the diet.

 

“We recognize that the need for high quality protein is year-round and Pork Power offers a practical way for Illinois farmers to work together to feed our communities,” said IPPA president, Mike Haag.

 

The following foodbanks will receive a portion of the 4,000 pounds of pork: Central Illinois Foodbank, Eastern Illinois Foodbank, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Midwest Foodbank, Northern Illinois Foodbank, Peoria Area Foodbank, Riverbend Foodbank, St. Louis Area Foodbank and Tristate Foodbank.

 

Farmers and partnering commodity groups give pork and monetary donations all year round. At the end of each giving season IPPA turns the remaining funds into ground pork and divides it among the regional foodbanks in the state.

 

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The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) represents more than 2,000 pork producers throughout Illinois and the Illinois pork industry, which contributes more than $1.8 billion and more than 10,500 jobs to the state’s economy. IPPA is comprised of county pork producer groups in approximately 20 counties throughout Illinois. IPPA is an affiliate of the National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board

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Rock Falls Rotary Corn Boil

The 79th Annual Rock Falls Rotary hosted their annual Corn boil on Monday.  The event was held at the Community Building in Rock Falls you could either go in and eat or enjoy the convenience of their drive-thru service.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Mike Albert, President of the Rotary, on Monday night…..

 

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435 dozen is 5,220 ears of corn. 

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Ski Broncs Perform in Rock Falls

On Saturday the banks of the Rock River in Rock Falls at Seward Park were filled with those who came out to see the Ski Broncs Water Ski Team performance.  The crowd started linning up early to get a good seat.   Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with: Tammy Marks, Valerie Butcher, James Marks, Eric Arduini, and Matt Hicks…..

 

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Hicks organized and brought the Ski Broncs performance to the area at no charge to those who attended this event. 

 

 

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President Trump Coming to Dubuque, Iowa on Thursday

According to a tweet by Iowa Congressional Representative Rod Blum, President Trump will be visiting Dubuque, Iowa on Thursday for a round-table discussion.  We will bring you more details when they become available. 

 

 

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Dixon Police Charge Man on Outstanding Warrants

Dixon Police Department Officers conducted a traffic stop on July 21, 2018 at approximately 10:54 p.m.  One of the passengers in the vehicle was identified as Justin M. Charleston, age 22, of Dixon, Illinois.  Charleston had two outstanding warrants.  One warrant was the result of a motor vehicle accident investigation in June, 2018.  The warrant was issued for Charleston for Failure to Report an Accident Involving Injury, a Class 2 Felony, and Aggravated Reckless Driving with Great Bodily Harm, a Class 4 Felony.  Charleston also had a Lee County Warrant for probation violation that included several charges that included Burglary, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and 2 counts of Driving on a Suspended License. 

 

 Charleston was placed under arrest and transported to the Dixon Police Department.  Charleston was unable to post bond, $200,000 – 10% to apply, and was taken to the Lee County Jail after being processed. 

         

Citizens are reminded to call the Dixon Police Department at (815)288-4411 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-Caught-U. (1-888-228-4488)  Callers can remain anonymous and receive rewards of up to $1,000.00 if their information leads to an arrest. 

 

All charges are merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

           

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Dixon Police Report

Breanna L. Mekemson, age 19, of Dixon, Illinois, was arrested in the 100 block of South Hennepin Avenue on July 19th, 2018, at 2:45 p.m., for an Ogle County Warrant for failure to appear, Possession of Stolen Vehicle and Theft.  Mekemson was processed and taken to the Lee County Jail.   Malik Lindsey, age 20, of Dixon, Illinois, was arrested in the 300 block of South Peoria Avenue on July 20th, 2018, at 4:45 p.m., for a Lee County Failure to Appear Warrant.  Lindsey was released with a pending court date after posting bond.  Troy Ordean, age 32, of Sterling, Illinois, was arrested in the 4000 block of West Everett Street on July 20, 2018 2:128 a.m., for two Whiteside County Failure to Appear Warrants.  Ordean was taken to Lee County Jail.   Garret J. Graff, age 34, of Dixon, Illinois, was issued a city ordinance in the 1000 block of Academy Street on July 20th, 2018, at 2:13 a.m., for Possession of Cannabis.   The charges are merely an allegation and all parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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More Road Work Slated for Emerson Road

The Whiteside County Highway Department announces that Emerson Road from IIlinois Route 2 to US Route 30 is scheduled to be paved on Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th, weather pending. Prior to paving, the roadway will be coated with liquid asphalt binder. Due to the use of the liquid binder and potential delays during paving, drivers may want to choose an alternate route. However, the road will remain open to one lane traffic at all times. Driveways and sideroads scheduled for paving will be completed the following week. Civil Constructors of Freeport IL is the contractor for the project. The Whiteside County Highway Department would like to thank the traveling public for their patience during this construction.

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Gov. Rauner Receives Fletcher Award from National Black Chamber of Commerce

The National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) today gave its prestigious Arthur A. Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. The award is conferred on leaders who, in NBCC’s estimation, have demonstrated an undeniable commitment to diversity in the procurement sector.   The award was presented by Larry Ivory, a previous Fletcher Award winner and the CEO of the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce.   “In this decade, there has been no elected official who has done more for the development of Black-owned businesses than Gov. Bruce Rauner,” said Harry Alford, NBCC co-founder and CEO.   “His example is one for all elected officials to emulate,” added NBCC co-founder Kay DeBow. “His sheltered markets program and his recent executive order addressing procurement fairness for Black-owned businesses in Illinois demonstrate his dedication to diversity and the role that business plays in achieving enterprise and, ultimately, social objectives.”   Rauner told attendees gathered for the 26th Annual NBCC Conference in Washington, D.C., that business development transforms people, families, neighborhoods and communities through ownership and employment.   “It is a strategy we are using in Illinois to help lift quality of life as well as reduce poverty and violence,” he said. “It is a three-pronged strategy that involves education, enterprise development, and capital access. The idea is to build employment by preparing people for work in the 21st century economy and building minority businesses to hire them.”   During the program, a number of Rauner’s initiatives were highlighted. His education program has pumped $1.4 billion of new funding into Illinois school systems. The increase came along with a new school funding formula that distributes state funds based on need.   He created sheltered market programs in the state so that only businesses owned by women, minorities and people with disabilities could bid on contracts in sectors where minorities were grossly underrepresented. Rauner signed an executive order this year stipulating that state contracts be canceled if minority participation goals are not met.    With the fairness moves, Rauner has added programs to help Black-owned businesses compete more effectively for state contracts. He’s also helped to support entrepreneurs and expand career pathways for disadvantaged youth through technical education, apprenticeships and community college and workforce training programs.    Finally, the governor has moved to make capital more accessible through low-interest loan programs, investment programs to strengthen startups and small businesses, and greater participation in the state’s capital access programs for business.  The governor’s programs are producing results. At the Illinois Tollway, total payments to African-American-owned professional services firms has increased by 142 percent since 2015, when he took office. At the state’s Central Management Services Department, African-American businesses have seen $32.7 million in growth under its business enterprise programs.   Ivory commended the governor for his pro-Black business stance. “We have made substantial progress in Illinois,” he said. “The governor has worked with us every step of the way. He understands what we need to overcome barriers and he is helping us get the tools we need to succeed.”   “We have a long way to go; our job is far from done,” Rauner said. “The levels of unemployment in Black neighborhoods are unacceptable. We need to get the Illinois economy growing faster to accomplish our minority business goals faster.”   

There are 2.6 million Black-owned businesses in the United States. Black businesses account for over $138 billion in revenue each year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The National Black Chamber of Commerce® is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African-American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity within the United States.   NBCC has approximately 151 active chapters in the United States; 40 are in the developmental stage and 50 chapters are offshore.

 

 

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Blackhawk Area Task Force Arrest Lyndon Man

On July 18th, at approximately 4:00PM, the Illinois State Police Blackhawk Area Task Force culminated a methamphetamine distribution investigation with the arrest of Joseph H. Greul age 38, of Lyndon, Illinois.  Greul was arrested while in his vehicle in the 600 Block of West 5th Street Rock Falls, Illinois. At the time of his arrest, Greul had a loaded .357 Smith and Wesson revolver and a Ruger semi-automatic handgun in close proximity to his person. Agents also seized 54 grams of methamphetamine, $2,640.00 United States Currency, a scale, packaging material and additional rounds of ammunition from his vehicle.    Greul was charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine a CLASS X Felony, Aggravated Delivery of Methamphetamine a CLASS X Felony, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, a CLASS 1 Felony, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, a CLASS 3 Felony, and Unlawful Possession of Firearm Ammunition by a Felon, a CLASS 3 Felony.   The Balckhawk Area Task Force was assisted by the Whiteside County K-9 Unit, The Dixon Street Crime Unit and the Whiteside County States Attorney's Office.   Greul was transported to the Whiteside County jail in lieu of bond.   The Illinois State Police Blackhawk Area Task Force is a Multi Jurisdictional Task Force comprised of the Dixon Police Department, Kewanee Police Department, Sterling Police Department, Rock Falls Police Department, Whiteside Sheriff's Office and the Illinois State Police.   All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.  For any further information or questions please contact Sgt. Mark Thatcher at 815 716-3039

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Hazardous Weather Outlook

July 19, 2018

The National Weather Service has announced a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the following Illinois Counties: Whiteside Carroll, Stephenson, Lee, and Jo Daviess.  This is for the following portions of Illinois and Iowa: Northwestern, Central, and East Central in Iowa.  Widespread rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue overnight over east central Iowa into northwest Illinois. Severe weather is not expected, but there will continue to be a threat of locally heavy rainfall.  Widespread rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue overnight over east central Iowa into northwest Illinois. Severe weather is not expected, but there will continue to be a threat of locally heavy rainfall.

 

July 20, 2018:

 

Thunderstorms are expected again on Friday. Severe weather is not

expected.

 

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Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Appointed to Help Negotiate the Final Version of the Five-Year Farm Bill

On July 18, 2018, Committee. The Conference Committee, made up of a select group of House and Senate members, will merge the House and Senate versions of the bill into a final version. After the conference completes its work, the final version of the Farm Bill will be voted on in both chambers of Congress before going to the President's desk to be signed into law.

 

“At this pivotal moment for our agricultural economy, I am honored to have the opportunity to negotiate a bipartisan Farm Bill that supports our family farmers, strengthens rural communities and puts food on the plates of families across our nation,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “While I was disappointed by the partisan Farm Bill that passed the House, we have a real chance at a fresh start. My hope is that, through this conference committee process, we can all come to the table and restore the historically bipartisan nature of the Farm Bill. Only by working together will we be able to develop a Farm Bill that provides our farmers with the support and certainty they need as they work through a challenging agricultural economy that's only getting tougher because of President Trump’s trade war. Northwest and Central Illinois have some of the hardest working farmers who are responsible for feeding not only our country, but the world, and I am proud to fight for them in this effort.”

 

In June, the Senate passed a version of the Farm Bill which includes language from four bipartisan bills Bustos helped introduce to bolster small towns and rural communities across America. These provisions include The Farmers of Tomorrow Actwhich modifies existing USDA farm ownership loans to make it easier for young farmers and veterans to afford farmland. As a longtime advocate for rural health, Congresswoman Bustos was also able to getThe Addiction Recovery for Rural Communities Act included in the versions passed by the House and Senate; this legislation would help rural America combat the opioid epidemic. Furthermore, Bustos’ Rural Health Liaison Actwas incorporated into the Senate’s version, which creates a designated liaison at the USDA to improve healthcare in small towns and rural communities.

 

Bustos also helped lead The Broadband Connections for Rural Opportunities Act, which seeks to close the digital divide by awarding grants for rural broadband projects. This language reflects Bustos efforts to bring high speed internet to the 23 million rural Americans without service through the Universal High-Speed Internet Better Deal proposal. Similar proposals were also included in the House Farm Bill.

 

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Emergency service agencies in Whiteside County will be chosen to receive an aggregate of $9,269 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs through a federal appropriation from Congress to the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

Emergency service agencies in Whiteside County will be chosen to receive an aggregate of $9,269 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs through a federal appropriation from Congress to the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. A local volunteer board under guidance of the United Way will determine how these funds — along with any additional funds available under this phase of the program, if any — will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the county.

 

Public or private voluntary organizations interested in applying for available funds must contact Diana Verhulst, United Way Chief Executive Officer, or Pam Martinez, Director of Programs and Services at (815) 625-7973 for information and an application. The deadline for application acceptance is 4 p.m., Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

 

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local organizations chosen to receive funds must: be private voluntary non-profits or units of government; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and if a private voluntary organization, must have a voluntary board. Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.

 

The selection of the Whiteside County region was made by a national board chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) comprised of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities, USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, and United Way Worldwide, which will provide the administrative staff and function as fiscal agent. The Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

 

United Way has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds in previous years.  Distributed funds provided meals and 120 nights of lodging.

 

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program began in 1983 with a $50 million federal appropriation. The program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter.

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West Nile Virus Found in Lee County

On July 12, 2018, the Lee County Health Department recorded the first positive West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito batch test of the season. The sample was obtained in the Dixon area. This was the first positive result recorded for Lee County this season. Additionally, a sample collected in the Amboy/Sublette area tested positive on July 17, 2018. These tests merely confirm the continued presence of WNV in our area. This news should not cause alarm, but rather serve as a reminder to use caution the remainder of your summer when outdoors. West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Most people with the virus have no clinical symptoms of illness, but some may become ill three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. Only about two persons out of 10 who are bitten by an infected mosquito will experience any illness. Illness from West Nile Virus is usually mild and includes fever, headache and body aches, but serious illness, such as encephalitis and meningitis, and death are possible. Persons older than 50 years of age have the highest risk of severe disease. The best way to prevent West Nile disease or any other mosquito-borne illness is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Precautions include: • Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn. Use prevention methods whenever mosquitoes are present. • When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt; and apply insect repellent that includes DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants. • Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut, especially at night. • Eliminate all sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires and any other receptacles. In communities where there are organized mosquito control programs, contact your municipal government to report areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes. Public health officials believe that a hot summer could increase mosquito activity and the risk of disease from West Nile virus. Additional information about West Nile Virus can be found on the state health department’s website at www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm or people can call the West Nile Virus Hotline at 866-369-9710 Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. You may also contact the Lee County Health Department at 815-284-3371 for additional information.

 

 

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Dixon Habitat for Humanity

BorgWarner sent a crew to Dixon Habitat for Humanity to work in the rain and heat on Saturday, July 14th.  The crew included Erik Desch, Pat Grounds, Ryne Krall, Lee Naffziger, Parker Kaminski and Wade Kaminski.

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Meet Shelley and Roger with Best Inc.

Best, Inc. is Business Employment Skills Team that serves Northwest Central Illinois.  They work to help those who are seeking employment with resources and training to help their clients obtain employment.  They also work collaboratively with the business sector.  This program is funded through an Act of Congress called the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA).    Roger Anderson is a Business Relations Representative and Shelley Zinke is a Career Advisor with Best, Inc and both work out of the location just inside the Dillon Mall at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with the duo about Best, Inc……..

 

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And that number is 815- 835-6371.   Best, Inc. can help those eligible with up to $13,000 in tution, books, and fees for those who are:  low income, underemployed, dislocated, impacted by layoffs, unemployed, or impacted by business closures

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Rock Falls Man Dies in Motorcycle Accident Early Sunday Evening

On July 15th at 6:05 p.m. Whiteside County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a motorcycle crash on IL Route 40 north of Pilgrim Road.  A motorcycle operated by Jeffery A. Burgess, age 45 of Rock Falls, was southbound when he lost control of his motorcycle went onto the west gravel shoulder of the roadway, struck a guardrail, and was ejected from the motorcycle.  He was not wearing a helmet.  Jeffery was pronounced deceased at CGH, Sterling and this crash remains under investigation by the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office. 

 

Deputies were assisted on scene by Milledgeville Fire & EMS, Illinois State Police, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, and Slim-n-Hank’s Towing.

 

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Congresswoman Bustos Announces USDA Rural Development Funding for the Villages of Tampico and Joy

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Bustos announced more than $5 million in grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development for both the Village of Tampico in Whiteside County and the Village of Joy in Mercer County. The USDA Rural Development loans and grant assistance program is designed to forge partnerships with rural communities and fund projects that bring housing, business guarantees, services and other critical utilities to rural America. These rural development funds will go towards improving clean water systems in both villages.

 

“I’m pleased to announce these important investments in our rural communities,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “Having access to clean water is essential and these Rural Development dollars will ensure that residents have the infrastructure needed to deliver it to their homes.”

 

Last month, Congresswoman Bustos helped announce a Democratic Joint Economic Committee report that examined the current state of the rural economy, and proposed policies that could revitalize rural communities and help them thrive in the 21st century. Specifically, the report, “Investing in Rural America,” looked at several aspects of rural infrastructure across our nation that have long gone overlooked, including water and sewer systems.  The report highlighted the fact that more than 50 percent of water systems across the country with health-cased violations serve 500 or fewer, which these funds will help address.

 

Background on the funding:

 

Village of Tampico:

 

For Tampico, USDA Rural Development has approved a loan of $1,565,000 and a grant of $1,000,000 that will be used to replace 2.47 miles of water main line, which will address health and sanitary issues, as well as support water flow. This project will provide potable water to approximately 790 residents in the Village.

 

Village of Joy:

 

The Village of Joy received a USDA Rural Development loan of $1,530,000 and a grant of $1,471,400 that will be used to construct a new water treatment facility to replace the existing system. The new facility will include an emergency generator, rehabilitation and chemical treatment of wells, installation and replacement of water lines, a ground storage tank and aerator, elevated water tower and the replacement of 100 residential water meters.

 

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Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Statement on President Trump's Meeting with Vladimir Putin

“President Trump should be holding Russia accountable for its attack on our nation, instead he stood at a podium and essentially gave Vladimir Putin a pass to do whatever he wants. There is unanimous consensus among our law enforcement leaders, intelligence community and foreign affairs experts that Russia carried out a coordinated strike on our last election – the only person who refuses to accept the truth is the one person who benefitted the most from it, President Trump. We must allow the Mueller investigation to follow the facts wherever they lead, without any political interference, because the American people demand accountability.

 

“As the President continues his attack on our media, our intelligence community and our core democratic principles, it’s the American people who pay the price every day - through a trade war that's hurting hardworking farmers across the heartland to rising prescription drug prices that undermine families across our nation. There is a very real cost to this never-ending dysfunction coming out of the White House.”

 

Underscoring the non-partisan fact that Russia did attack our election in 2016, Bustos pointed to a statement by Republican Speaker Paul Ryan today that there is “no question that Russia interfered in our election.”

 

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Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society's Annual Ice Cream Social

The Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society hosted their annual Ice Cream Social Fundraiser on Sunday at the Lincoln Learning Center in Sterling on Sunday.  The event included: ice cream, homemade pie, and leamonade.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Marilyn Anderson and Terry Buckaloo at the event…….

 

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July 15th is National Ice Cream Day

July 15th is National Ice Cream Day.   87% of Americans have ice cream in their home freezer at any given time.  .  The average American eat 48 pints of ice cream each year.  Chocolate syrup is the world’s most popular ice cream topping topping and vanilla is America’s favorite flavor, according to icecream.com    Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Terry Buckaloo about National Ice Cream Day……..

 

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It takes 3 gallons of milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream.

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West Nile Virus Found in Whiteside County

Mosquitoes collected late last week on the west edge of Sterling and on the north end of Rock Falls near the high school have tested positive for West Nile virus according to Gene Johnston, Environmental Health Director for the WC Health Department. "This discovery is the earliest on record for mosquito pools in Whiteside County since the West Nile virus surveillance program began back in 2002. Recent ninety degree weather and drier conditions are likely contributing factors to this early finding," Johnston said. Presence of the virus in Whiteside County is now clearly present in at least two of our populated areas and will likely be found in other communities placing the public at greater risk of contracting West Nile related disease. The threat will remain elevated until the first hard frost causing mosquitoes to become less active. Until then it is important for the public to continue their vigilance and take some simple precautions to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and protect themselves from exposure. Precautions include practicing the three "R's" — reduce, repel and report. REDUCE exposure - avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.  Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut, especially at night.  Eliminate all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including flowerpots, wading pools, old tires, clogged rain gutters, old boats and any other receptacles. Change water in birdbaths weekly.  REPEL - when outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repelleRt that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants. REPORT — report dead birds to your local health department. In communities where there are organized mosquito control programs, contact your municipal government about areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.

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Law Enforcement Center Project

The construction bids were received and reviewed by Ringland-Johnson, our Construction Manager for the project.   During this past week, the County Board Chairman and Sheriff reviewed the bid awards with each committee.   The Chairman subsequently signed a “Notice to Proceed” for the project, accepting the bids. 

 

As you recall, the County Board set a cap for the project this past spring, at $18.5 million.   The construction bids received totaled $16,830,347.   This is nearly $1.7 million under the cap and nearly $1.2 million under the estimated goal set by Ringland-Johnson of $17,959,000.   All in all, this is great news for the county. 

 

The construction schedule has not changed.   Some excavating work is already starting, with a formal groundbreaking ceremony set for August 1, 2018 at 11:00am at the new site – 240 Progress Drive. 

 

The Notice to Proceed was essential, as this begins the mobilization process for the successful bidders, as well as setting the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for this project.  The only additional costs left, at this point, are expenses related to IT networking, computers, phones, furniture, etc (FFE line item).   This is estimated to be at a cost of approximately $300,000.00.  Final figures should be set in the next month or so. 

 

I want to take this opportunity to thank the public for their understanding and trust in us, through the passage of the referendum.   This project could not have been possible without their assistance.  This savings is indicative of the extremely hard work we have all put into this project – from the Planning and Finance Ad-Hoc committees, to the nucleus of Sheriff’s Department command personnel and that of our Construction Manager Ringland-Johnson.  The communication and coordination to this point has been nothing short of amazing.   I, along with everyone else in Lee County, are looking forward to the groundbreaking ceremony and construction to begin.   The estimated date of completion is November 2019.   

 

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Business After Hours at Sauk Valley Community College

Sauk Valley Community College was the sight for a Business after Hours event on Thursday evening.   Business after Hours allow Chamber members to socialize and get to know other chamber members in a relaxed setting.  This event was sponsored by the following chambers: Rock Falls, Sauk Valley Area and Dixon Chamber/MainStreet.   Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Sauk's and Dr. Lori Cortez and Sauk Valley Community College’s President Dr. David Hellmich about how Sauk partners with area chambers…….

 

http://saukvalleynow.com/assets/files/R20(9).MP3

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City of Sterling

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Blackhawk Area Task Force Make Arrest

The Blackhawk Area Task Force (BATF), Dixon Police Department and Lee County Sheriffs Department Joint Operations Group, recently concluded an investigation into the production/possession of cannabis in Harmon, Illinois.  Information was obtained which indicated David C. Smith (DOB: 01/14/63) of rural Harmon, was in possession of a significant quantity of cannabis. On July 11, 2018, a search warrant was obtained for his residence and as a result, approximately 100 pounds of cannabis and cannabis derived consumables, a THC extraction lab and a rifle were seized. David C. Smith was arrested at the residence.   Smith, who was arrested by BATF under similar circumstances in 2004, was jailed and charged with Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver over 5,000 gms (Class X Felony), Unlawful Possession of Cannabis over 5,000 gms (Class 1), Unlawful Use of Cannabis-based Product Manufacturing Equipment (Class 2 Felony), Unlawful Possession fo Cannabis Plants (50-100) (Class 2 Felony) and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon (Revoked FOID) (Class 3 Felony). Smith was taken to the Lee County Jail to await a bond hearing.  The Blackhawk Area Task Force is a multijurisdictional drug enforcement unit based in Northwest Illinois comprised of the following departments: Whiteside County Sheriffs Department, Dixon Police Department, Sterling Police Department, Kewanee Police Department, Rock Falls Police Department and the Illinois State Police.  All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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Look Before You Lock!

On average, 37 children die each year form being left inside a vehicle from vehicular heat stroke.  The inside of a vehicle can get dangerously hot in just a few minutes.  42 children died from vehiclular heat stroke during 2017, alone.  As of July of 2018,23 children have died, so far this year,  from being accidently left in a vehicle, according to Kids and Cars.   Look before you Lock.  Get in the habit of always opening the backdoor to check in the backseat before you leave your vehicle. Create a way to remind yourself to check the backseat.   Never leave a child alone in a car…not even for a minute.  Children should never be allowed to play inside a vehicle.  Keep car keys and car remotes out of the reach of children.  Keep you vehicle locked at all times so a child cannot get into your vehicle.  If a child goes missing  immediately check all

compartments of the vehicle.   Ask your daycare provider to contact you immediately if your have not cancelled and you do not drop off your child.  If you see a child left inside a vehicle call 911 immediately.  If the child seems sickly or hot get them out of the vehicle.  88% of children who have died from vehicular heat stroke are age 3 and younger.  Don’t think it can’t happen to you …the vast majority of parents who have forgotten their child was in the car were loving and responsible parents.  Remember to Look Before You Lock!

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ABCs of School Nutrition Professional Standards Training

University of Illinois Extension and the Illinois State Board of Education entered into a grant partnership to provide required USDA professional standards trainings to Illinois school foodservice staff, called the ABCs of School Nutrition.

 

University of Illinois Extension is offering a school food service professional standards training Tuesday, July 30 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at Amboy High School. Amboy High School is located at 11 E Hawley St, Amboy, IL and Thursday, August 2 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at Eastland High School. Eastland High School is located at 500 S School Dr Lanark, IL.

 

This training will provide 6 hours of USDA Professional Standards continuing education credit for the 2018-2019 school year. Training topics include Saved by the Breakfast Bell, Positive communication, Quality Standards, Portioning Food, and Customer Service, Merchandizing, and Food Presentation.

 

There is no charge for this training; however, preregistration is required. To learn more about the training or to register, visit us online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/clw/ or call the Whiteside County Extension office at 815-632-3611.

 

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Whiteside County Extension office.

 

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City of Rock Falls

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City of Rock Falls

The City of Rock Falls has cancelled the Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting slated for July 12, 2018

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Registration Open for Gardening Extravaganza July 28 in Sterling

Whiteside Master Gardeners will be hosting a gardening workshop on Saturday, July 28 from 1:00-4:00pm at the Whiteside Extension Office, 12923 Lawrence Rd., Sterling, IL 61081. There will be topics of interest for everyone from the novice to the expert gardener. Individuals of all ages will learn something new and take home useful materials. The afternoon will include three separate sessions entitled: 1) Shade Gardening, 2) Grace of Gardening, and 3) Homemade Natural Hand Scrub and Bug Spray.

 

The Grace of Gardening session will specifically detail the multiple benefits of gardening as it applies to all ages from toddlers to senior citizens. Gardening is an adventure that holds both challenges and blessings for multi-generational families or individuals. Attendees will analyze their needs and interest by designing their own garden plan. Master Gardeners will assist with decisions and offer suggestions to meet your specific personalized plan.

 

Registration fee for the Garden Extravaganza Workshop is $15; which includes cost of all take home materials. Online registration can be made at go.illinois.edu/GardenDay2018. For more information, please contact the Whiteside Extension office at 815-632-3611.

 

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