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The Illinois State Police responded to 1591 IL Route 251 in rural Steward on 11/19/2018 at 6:52 p.m. after receiving a report a person had been run over.

A preliminary investigation revealed a truck tractor/semi-trailer driven by Derrick G. Finley, 54, of Flint, Michigan, pulled into the driveway of the residence to turn around and the property owner, Robert L. Barkei, 61, attempted to make contact with the driver as the vehicle left.


During the attempt to make contact, Barkei was run over by the semi-trailer and Finley continued onto the highway without stopping. Barkei was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Lee County Coroner’s Office.

Law enforcement located the truck tractor/semi-trailer a short time later at a truck stop in Rochelle where Finley was taken into custody and charged with aggravated leaving the scene of a fatal accident.


He was transported to the Lee County Jail and is awaiting a bond hearing.


The incident remains under investigation and further charges may be pending. The state police were assisted by the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, Lee County State’s Attorney’s Office, Lee County Coroner’s Office, Ogle/Lee/Steward Fire Department, and Advance EMS Ambulance Service.


All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. ?

Rock Falls Hometown Holidays

Over 600 love-lights glowed at the 31st Annual Rock Falls Hometown Holiday’s event that began on Friday evening.  The Love-light Tree is adorned with lights to honor those who have passed away and includes a ceremony to read the names of those represented by each light on the tree.  After the tree lighting ceremeony, the Hometown Holiday Christmas Walk was held on Friday night in Rock Falls.  On Saturday, there was a parade the wound from Sterling to Rock Falls to celebrate the holiday season.  The Annual Children’s Christmas Party was held at Merrill School in Rock Falls on Saturday.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Bethany Bland, CEO and Executive Director of the Rock Falls Chamber, Tracy DeVries a Chamber Ambassador, and Sue Kavanaugh from Rock Falls Middle School………..




There were also various arts and crafts show and turkey dinners held in conjunction with the Rock Falls Hometown Holiday events. "The Pulse" November 19th

In today's edition of the Pulse, Sam Woolsey discusses the Sterling Golden Warrior's run through the class 5A playoffs, the Bears victory over the Vikings, and the NFL playoff picture!


Click Here to check it out!

Interview with A Country Legend

Interview with A Country Legend


Friday November 16th was an extraordinary morning

on WSDR. Country legend Leroy VanDyke called the station

and spent about 15 minutes on the air discussing his

upcoming show at Wild Rose Casino and Resort in Clinton,

New Years Eve. He also talked about the beginnings

of The Country Gold Tour, initiated by His Wife Gladys,

many years ago. Leroy has no plans of slowing down, at

age 89, He only gets better. Leroy and The Country Gold Tour,

with David Frizzell, T. Graham Brown and Mandy Barnett.


Click below for full interview


Whiteside Area Career Center invests in 2nd CEO Class to better serve Lee and Ogle Counties

Whiteside Area Career Center (WACC) announces the creation of its second Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) class to provide better access to high school students from Lee and Ogle Counties. The class is to be located in Dixon, IL.


Jerry Binder, WACC Director of Development, announced today that a position for facilitator will be posted for a second WACC CEO class. “Now in our fifth year, the CEO program has been a phenomenal success. To date 122 students have been through the program, of which 26 are in the current year’s class. That is more than an optimal class size yet distance has prevented even more students from the eastern region of our geography from applying. We want to give those students the opportunity to experience CEO.”  said Binder.


The CEO program provides high school students with the opportunity meet with various entrepreneurs and business leaders throughout the region. The goal is to learn from the local businesses here with a mission to create their own real business.   They sell their wares at a trade show held near the end of the second semester.  “The program teaches them not only the techniques and challenges to create a business, but also exposes them to leaders of a wide variety of organizations in our communities.  We want them to think about coming back here to start businesses or work as leaders in the organizations here in the Sauk Valley.” said Binder.


The CEO program is privately funded by 67 individual, community, and corporate investors who are passionate about the program and eager to continue its success.  A second class will require additional investment and the CEO Advisory Board is pleased to announce that the Clifton Larson Allen (CLA) Foundation, has invested $5,000 in seed money for the new class.


According to Kent Sorenson, Manager, CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen), in Dixon, “CLA is about creating opportunities and the CLA Foundation exists as an extension of that into our communities by creating career opportunities through education, employment, and entrepreneurship. The CEO program matches our Foundation’s mission perfectly.” Over $2 million has been granted out nationally and $70,000 in Illinois since 2015. Every dollar raised and granted comes from within the CLA family.


The second CEO class will begin with the fall semester of 2019. Applications are being accepted now through January 31st.


The CEO program is organized under the umbrella of the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship.   Established by the Midland States Bank, the Institute endeavors to establish transformational CEO programs in communities in the Midland States Bank footprint and beyond.   There are currently 41 active CEO programs in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Colorado.

Toy for Tots Fundraiser Held at Sterling Moose on Sunday

Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children.  The program was founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill Hendricks.  A fundraiser for the local Toys for Tots was held at the Sterling Moose Family Center on Sunday.  The event included: bake sale, food, silent auction, face/hair painting, 50-50 raffle, and a silent auction.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Galen McKenna and Terrol McCarty at this event……..






Entertainment was provided by Problem Child, New Shoes, and American Legion Jammers. 

Toys for Tots Fundraiser at Sterling Moose on Sunday

The Sterling Moose Family Center will be the site for a Whiteside County Toys for Tots fundraiser on Sunday, November 18, 2018.  The event begins at Noon and will include: bake sale, food, silent auction, face/hair painting, 50-50 raffle, and a silent auction.  Entertainment will be provided by Problem child, New Shoes, and American Legion Jammers