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Newman 54 v. Riverdale 7...FINAL

Congrats to the Newman Comets!

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Sycamore 35 v. Sterling 7...FINAL

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Newman 47 v. Riverdale 0.....at the half

Way to go Comets!

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Neil Anderson Sponsoring First Responder's Breakfast in Rock Falls on October 26th

State Sen. Neil Anderson is inviting constituents from Whiteside County to come to his First Responders Appreciation Breakfast and Ceremony in Sterling on Friday, Oct. 26.  The event will honor and recognize firefighters, police officers, and EMTs from the area, with several receiving awards for specific acts of bravery during the past year.  The free event takes place from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 26 at the Candlelight Inn, (2907 Locust Street) in Sterling.   If you are planning to attend, please R.S.V.P. to lyates@sgop.ilga.gov or call 217-782-2181 by Oct. 25.  Last year, the U.S. Senate passed legislation recognizing Oct. 28 as National First Responders Day.

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Sycamore 21 v. Sterling 0...at the half

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City of Rock Falls

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John Booker Met with Citizens in Fulton on Monday

John Booker, Chief Deputy at the Whiteside County Sheriff's Office, is running for the office of sherrif of Whiteside County.     He has been out talking to citizens throughout Whiteside County.  On Monday evening he was in Fulton, Illinois to knock on doors and talk to Fulton residents.  . He spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn…..

 

 

                 

 

 

He will face-off against Kris Schmidt in the November 6th election.   Schmidt is a Sergeant with the Whiteside County Sheriff's Department.

 

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Kris Schmidt Names Pat Bartel as His Pick for Chief Deputy

Republican candidate for Whiteside County Sheriff, Kristopher Schmidt, announced that Pat Bartel will serve as his chief deputy if elected.  Kris made the announcement live on his Facebook page at Centennial Park in Rock Falls next to the fountains and pedestrian bridge.  The location was picked for its symbology of bridging the gap between law enforcement and the citizens they serve, which has been one of Kris’ goals for the campaign and carry into office.

 

Pat Bartel is 47 years old, a resident of Rock Falls, and has two children, 17 year old Brycen and 8 year old Brenyn.  Pat is a lifelong resident of Rock Falls, attending St. Andrew Grade School, Newman High School, and Sauk Valley Community College, earning an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. 

 

In 1994 Pat was hired by the Sterling Police Department where he is still employed as a Patrol Sergeant.  During his time at the Sterling Police Department, Pat has served as a Community Policing Officer for one year.  During that year Pat was responsible for establishing a Citizens Academy, for several neighborhood initiatives, and along with his partner completed, distributed, and reviewed a survey for the citizens of Sterling regarding their opinions and what they saw as issues needing to be addressed by the Sterling Police Department.  After completing his position in Community Policing Pat was assigned to the K9 Division where he worked two different dogs over a 20-year period.  While serving in the K9 Division Pat worked extensively with the Detective Division, the Blackhawk Area Task Force, and numerous other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.  Along with his work with other agencies, Pat also became an instructor for the Illinois State Police K9 Program and Illinois State Police K9 Crowd Control classes.

 

Bartel stated, “I’m very honored, humbled, and a little awestruck by Kris’ decision.”  Bartel stated that he agreed with Kris’ ideas about moving the department forward into a new direction.  “I’m am in no way a yes man though, and Kris doesn’t want that.   He wants someone that will pull his string back from time to time.  I think with our strengths and our weaknesses, we will play well off each other.  We’ll work well together for the betterment of the employees of the sheriff’s office and the citizens of Whiteside County.”

 

For more information about Kris Schmidt for Sheriff and Pat Bartel, visit Kris’ website at www.SchmidtforSheriff.org or on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/schmidtforsheriff.

 

 

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Christ Lutheran School Hosts Fall Pancake Breakfast on November 10th

Christ Lutheran School will hold its Fall Pancake Breakfast to benefit the school on Saturday, November 10 at Christ Lutheran School, 2000 18th Avenue, Sterling, Illinois.    The breakfast will begin at 7 am and will continue through 11 am.  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 cls@christlutheranschool.com.   Business orders must be submitted by 3:00 pm on Friday, November 9, 2018.   For more information, contact Christ Lutheran School at 815-625-3800.

 

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One Fatality in Lee County Crash on Wednesday

On 10/17/18 at 3:30pm the Lee County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle collision on Illinois Route 2 at Sink Hollow Road, in rural Dixon, Illinois.   A pickup truck driven by Stephen Vagle, age 68, of Oregon, was northbound on Illinois route 2, when another pickup truck, driven Daniel Blum, age 60, of Dixon, was southbound on Illinois Route 2, crossed the center line and hit the Vagle vehicle head on.   Stephen Vagle was transported to and pronounced deceased at KSB Hospital.  Vagle’s passenger, Pamela Wright, age 49, of Oregon, was transported to KSB Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

 

Daniel Blum was flown from the scene to OSF Saint Anthony in Rockford with serious injuries. 

 

The Lee County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by Dixon Rural Fire Department, Dixon City Police, Advance Ambulance, Illinois State Police, Dixon City Fire Department and LifeFlight.    

 

WSDR News spoke with OSF-Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford on Thursday evening and we were told that Daniel Blum is in the Neuro-Intesnive Care Unit in critical condition. 

 

This incident remains under investigation.    

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Kris Schmidt to Announce Chief Deputy on Thursday Morning

Kris Schmidt, Republican Candidate for the Office of Whiteside County Sheriff, will be announcing his pick for Chief Deputy on Thursday Morning.    Schmidt spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn about this and new endorsements…..

 

 

 

 

 

Schmidt was also recently endorsed by retired State Representative Jerry Mitchell. 

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Fatality in Sterling on Tuesday Evening

On Tuesday, October 16th, at 8:16 p.m. the Sterling Police Department responded to a train versus pedestrian collision, located South of Dillon Avenue in Sterling.   Sterling Police officers located a deceased victim at the scene.  The identity of the victim is not being released at this time.    Sterling Police were assisted at the scene by: Rock Falls Police Department, Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department, CGH EMS, Sterling Fire Department, Rock Falls Fire Department, Union-Pacific Railroad, Whiteside County Coroner’s office, and TWIN-Com Dispatch. 

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Lincoln Unveiled

History comes to The Whiteside County Courthouse October 16th 2018

 

Tuesday evening a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph was unveiled

 

and presented at The Whiteside County Courthouse in Morrison. The photograph

 

is printed on a 30 inch by 40 inch canvas surrounded by a beautiful stained wood

frame.

 

The photograph of a beardless Lincoln was taken in Springfield on June 3rd, 1860, by

 

well known photographer Alexander Hesler. The Illinois State Historical Society owns

 

the glass-plate negative portrait.

 

The portrait of Lincoln will join those of other Illinois presidents on the 3rd floor of the the court house.

 

The ceremony opened with Girl Scout Troop No. 1504 leading the pledge of allegiance and flag presentation.

 

Honorable Stanley B. Steines offered comments on the soon to be unveiled portrait and some history on The 16th President of The United States.

 

Attorney Megan Mertes, President of the Whiteside Bar Association offered insight on Lincoln

the lawyer, noting that the would be president never attended law school.

 

Sterling Rock Falls Historical Director Terry Buckaloo discussed the connections Lincoln has to Whiteside County.

 

At presentation of the portrait, Hon. John L. Hauptman, Hon. James F. McClusky and Executive Director of The Illinois Historical Society, Bill Furry removed the black satin to reveal a rarely

viewed side of The President, young, beardless and well groomed.

 

Accepting the portrait on behalf of the county was Chairman James C. Duffy, Whiteside County Board.

 

In all over 80 persons were in the courtroom for the presentation included Whiteside Public Officials and County Board Members.

 

The historic photograph will join other portraits of Presidents from the State of Illinois on the 3rd floor of the Whiteside County Courthouse, 200 Knox St. Morrison


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City of Rock Falls

The City of Rock Falls has cancelled the Industrial Development Commission Meeting slated for October 18, 2018. 

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Missing Dog in Sterling

There is a missing dog in Sterling.  His name is Max and he weighs about 4 pounds.  He is a Yorkie.   He was last seen on Stauffer Road heading towards River Road.  If found please call 815-994-8893

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Kris Schmidt Receives Endorsement from Retired Chief Deputy Larry VanDyke

Kris Schmidt, Republican candidate for the office of Whiteside County Sheriff, has received the endorsement of retired Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy, Larry Van Dyke.   Van Dyke served as Chief Deputy for former Sheriff Roger Schipper for 20 years. 

 

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John Booker Endorsed by Carroll County Sheriff, Rock Island County Sheriff and Bureau County Sheriff

John Booker, Democratic Candidate for Whiteside County Sheriff, has been endorsed by Rock Island County Sheriff Gerald Bustos, Carroll County Sheriff Jeff Doran, and Bureau County Sheriff James Reed. The endorsements of the three Sheriffs are added to Booker’s earlier endorsements by current Whiteside County Sheriff, Republican Kelly Wilhelmi, and the former Whiteside County Sheriff, Republican Roger Schipper.   Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Booker about these endorsements……

 

 

 

 

 

“John Booker is an outstanding police officer and a great person,” said Carroll County Sheriff Jeff Doran. “He has my full support for Whiteside County Sheriff,” Doran added. “Experience and integrity are some of the most important qualities for a successful sheriff to possess,” said Rock Island County Sheriff Gerald Bustos. “John Booker possesses these tremendous qualities, and he will serve the citizens of Whiteside County well as their next Sheriff,” Bustos added. “John Booker has experience in every aspect of running a Sheriff’s office,” said Bureau County Sheriff James Reed. “I endorse John Booker for Sheriff, because he is absolutely the best candidate for the job,” Reed added. “I am honored to receive the endorsements of the Whiteside County Sheriff, former Whiteside County Sheriff, Rock Island County Sheriff, Carroll County Sheriff and Bureau County Sheriff,” Booker said. “There is no one better than an existing Sheriff to know what it takes to be a good Sheriff,” Booker said. “Sheriffs from both parties, and from all around, have now endorsed me,” Booker said. “I am flattered by their confidence in me, and I will work very hard to earn that confidence every single day,” Booker remarked

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Pray the Rosary for America Held in Sterling on Saturday

On Saturday, October 13, 2018 at noon Americans throughout the United States all prayed the Rosary for our United States at the same time.     Grandon Civic Center in Sterling was the site for the local service.  The stage was adorned with a statue of the Virgin Mary.   A nice size crowd turned out for this event despite the chilly weather.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with: Mark Tschosik, Stephanie Johnson, and Carleen Jenner just prior to the ceremony….

 





The Knights of Columbus also participated in this event. 

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Newman 47 v. Fulton 12 ...FINAL

Congrats to the Comets!

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Newman 47 v. Fulton 6 ...Rolling Clock....4th Quarter

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Sterling 49 v. LaSalle-Peru 12...FINAL

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Airplane Lands in Cornfield on Thursday Afternoon

The Illinois State Police report that law enforcement officials received a report on 10/11/2018 at 1:30 p.m. that an airplane landed in a cornfield in the southwest corner of Creston Road and Mulford Road. The airplane was a 1950 North American T-28A. The pilot and passenger took off from Tulsa, Oklahoma and were enroute to Wonder Lake, Illinois when they reportedly lost power and made an emergency landing in the cornfield. There were no injuries and no damage to the plane.

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Morrison Police Community Forum

Morrison Police Department Offers Community Forums

on the

Police Protection Tax Referendum

 

Learn more before you vote on November 6!

 

Chief of Police Brian Melton will be presenting information to the public regarding the Police Protection Tax Referendum that is on the Nov. 6 ballot for voters within the City of Morrison.  There will be two community forums offering information on this referendum.

 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Community Room (Odell Library)

 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Community Room (Odell Library)

 

Depending on questions and discussion, these forums will last less than one hour.

 

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International Trade Forum at SVCC

  

  

    

 

Sauk Valley Community College was the host site for  International Trade Forum this week.


 

The purpose of the forum was to bring import and export opportunites and business potential to the Whiteside County area. Trade Dignataries from Chicago representing eight countries from around the world were able to meet with area business and community leaders. 


 

Gary Camarano is the Economic Development Director and Enterprise Zone Administrator. 


 

Gary has been at this position for two and half years and has traveled to Chicago in the past to meet with trade representatives. The intent of the forum was to bring awareness to the Whiteside County area, and let the trade dignitaries know that business does thrive beyond the boundaries of Chicago.


 

WSDR was able to spend a few minutes on the phone with Gary as he reported on the high points of the trade forum.


Click Here to hear the interview as aired on WSDR. Also a group photo and names of those attending

is available as well.

 

 

 

Photo Left to Right

 

Deann Hinton of Regional Media - WSDR Sauk Valley Now, Saulius Pumputis -Economic Affairs of Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania , Shane Bouvet of ReNuTeq, Gary Camarano the Whiteside County Economic Development Director and Enterprise Zone Administrator, Ignatius Masebe - Marketing officer of the South African Consulate General, Carlos Espejo Hermoso the International Trade Advisor for the Trade Commission of Spain, 

Teodora Boteva the Consulate General of Bulgaria, Melchor Lalumio, Jr. the Consulate General of the Republic of the Philippines, Jose' Luis Cabascango the Trade Commissioner for the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment of Ecuador, John Gvozdjak the President and COO of FRANTZ Manufacturing Company, Glen Kuhlemier - Representative of the City of Rock Falls, Yerassimos Lazaris the Trade Commissioner of the Consulate General of Greece and President Dr. David Hellmich of Sauk Valley Community College.

 

 

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City of Sterling

There will be no Plan Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.   The next Plan Commission meeting is November 15, 2018.

 

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Illinois State Police District 1 Announces Monthly Activity for September 2018

Illinois State Police District 1 Commander, Captain Matthew Hodgdon, has announced District 1 enforcement figures and activity for September. Illinois State Police District 1 Troopers issued 388 citations, 446 written warnings, and made 29 criminal arrests during the month of September. Speeding accounted for 199 citations, 20 citations were issued for occupant restraint violations and 16 citations were issued for distracted driving violations. Troopers investigated 17 traffic crashes, assisted 70 motorists, and conducted 152 commercial vehicle inspections, 16 of which were placed out-of-service for safety reasons. There were 9 arrests made for driving under the influence. District 1, which encompasses Carroll, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties, had 1 traffic crash fatality in September

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Rock Falls Uptown Trick or Treat

UPDATE: Due to the great interest and growing success of the Rock Falls Uptown Trick or Treat, the RB&W Riverfront Park will now feature more than thirty booths hosted by local businesses and organizations. Hours for the Trick or Treat have also been extended to begin at 4:00pm and end at 6:00pm. Digital maps listing all businesses participating, parking locations, and more details will be posted on the Rock Falls Chamber’s website as registrations are received. **Booth spaces are still available for free to organizations wishing to participate.

 

“We are thankful for the support the event has received from local businesses and the City as a whole,” says Bethany Bland, President/CEO.  “The Rock Falls Chamber exists to help both our local businesses and our community grow, connect, and serve. Uptown Trick or Treat meets those goals by connecting our businesses and non-profits directly to the community in a positive way. It is exciting to see our Uptown area packed full of activity and smiling faces.  Great events happen because people care about community and want to get involved. They are excited to give-back, participate, and connect.”

 

The businesses of Uptown Rock Falls and The Rock Falls Chamber invite children and their families to Trick or Treat in Uptown Rock Falls on Friday, October 26th from 4-6pm. Businesses and organizations from our area offer games, activities, and festive fun, all in a safe environment! Kids can come dressed in their Halloween costumes and fill up their buckets with tons of FREE candy and treats. The route for Uptown Trick or Treat is along 1st Avenue, 2nd Street, and 3rd Street. Weather dependent, around 1,000 people fill the streets of Rock Falls dressed in their Halloween costumes. This is a growing event with more participants and businesses every year! Look for signs and scarecrows in the windows of participating businesses.

 

BUSINESSES & NON-PROFITS

Join the party! You can participate by handing out candy and hosting activities for kids. If you do not have a store front in the Uptown Rock Falls area, you can still join in by registering for a free space along the Trick or Treat route. Booth spaces are available by calling the Rock Falls Chamber @ 815-625-4500 or visiting our websitehttp://www.rockfallschamber.com/trickortreat

 

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"NO WAKE" ordinance is in effect in Lee County for the Rock River,

Lee County Sheriff John Simonton has announced that the “NO WAKE” ordinance is in effect in Lee County for the Rock River, which began Saturday, October 6, 2018.  The ‘NO WAKE” ordinance will remain in effect until the river levels get below the flood stage of 13 feet and flow rate returns to normal.   The National Weather Service predicted the level would rise to above 16 feet sometime late Sunday or early Monday, which it has.  River stage today is at 16 feet.

The prediction is that the level will remain at 16 feet or higher, until at least Monday, October 15, 2018.  

 

This level is indicative of flooding in low lying areas adjacent to the river – specifically the Page Park Drive area in Dixon, Woodland Shores and possibly portions of White Oaks Road.  In addition, the river current is still at a dangerous speed, almost three times the normal flow rate.     

 

It is suggested that boaters refrain from using the Rock River, due to the exceptionally strong current and floating debris.     

 

Sheriff Simonton would like to thank the public for their understanding and consideration.

 

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John Booker in studio at WSDR to discuss his campaign for Whiteside County Sheriff

John Booker in studio at WSDR on Wednesday October 10th to discuss His campaign for Whiteside County Sheriff

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Kris Schmidt in Studio with campaign info for Whiteside County Sheriff

Kris Schmidt stopped by the WSDR studios on Monday October 8th with His campaign information for Whiteside County Sheriff.

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City of Rock Falls

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Statement from the Illinois Farm Bureau Regarding Extension of Ethanol Sales

 

The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding the Trump administration’s extension of ethanol sales.  

 

“For more than a decade, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has created jobs, boosted the rural Illinois economy, and helped clean the air. But Illinois farmers have been frustrated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent actions, which have not only undermined the RFS but also softened market demand for both ethanol and corn. 

 

“During this time of low commodity prices and market uncertainty, Illinois Farm Bureau applauds President Trump’s timely announcement today paving the way for year-round blending of E-15. 

“Allowing summer sales of E-15 gives consumers greater choice at the pump, reverses economic damage caused by EPA’s waivers and signals a strong message of support to our nation’s farmers.

 

“Illinois Farm Bureau would like to thank the members of Illinois’ Congressional delegation who have urged the administration to make these changes and looks forward to seeing them implemented.” 

 

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United Way of Whiteside County Educational Programs

The United Way of Whiteside County works to help our community.  One of the ways they help is by providing literacy through the LIFE Program and the Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Dr. Sara Dail, President of the United Way’s Board of Directors about some of the United Way’s educational programs……

 

 

 

 

For more information about the programs supported by the United Way of Whiteside County please check out their website at: www.uwwhiteside.org

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Harvest Moon Festival at the Twin City Market

The Twin City Market in Sterling hosted their annual Harvest Moon Festival on September 29th.  The market was teeming with people for this annual event.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Dawn Marie Deshawn and Myra Sargent at the Harvest Moon Festival……..

 

 

 

 

The Twin City Market is open all year on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

 

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United Way of Whiteside County's Chili Cook-off

The delicious smell of spicy chili was wafting through the air thanks to the annual Chili Cook-off hosted by the United Way of the Whiteside County.  The cook-off was held on Saturday in the parking lot of the Y.W.C.A. of the Sauk Valley in Sterling.  There were 10 different teams on hand to strut their cooking stuff.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Sara Dale, Pam Martinez, and Robert Urbanski on Saturday……..

 

 

 

The CEO Program’s chili won the People’s Choice Award.

 

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Bustos & Loebsack Urge Trump Administration to allow year-round sale of E15

On Friday, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Congressman Dave Loebsack sent a letter to President Trump urging him to allow year-round sale of E15 ethanol blended fuel. Currently E15 is not permitted to be sold during the summer, however allowing year-round sale would be a boon to farmers who are struggling to get by in this tough agricultural economy.  “Too many of our hardworking agricultural producers are struggling as a result of low commodity prices and a trade war with no end in sight,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “While this is not a complete solution to all of these challenges, one way we could improve things is by allowing the year-round sale of E15 to provide a boost to corn growers across the heartland. I strongly urge President Trump to make this common-sense change to strengthen our agricultural economy.”   “Ethanol is a homegrown renewable energy source that supports millions of jobs in rural communities across Iowa and throughout the country,” said Congressman Loebsack. “Allowing the sale of E15 in the summertime would remove an unnecessary barrier to greater choices at the pump. Additionally, this move will help expand consumer choice at the pump, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil, and stimulate economic development throughout rural communities.”

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Illinois K-12 High-Speed Internet Connectivity Rises to 96%

Bandwidth speeds more than double since 2015; Rauner committed to reaching FCC goal of one megabit per second per student 

 

On Friday, Gov. Bruce Rauner t announced that 96 percent of K-12 school districts in Illinois can access the internet at speeds of 100 kbps per student, a substantial improvement from 71 percent just three years ago. Median bandwidths also have markedly improved, increasing 2.5 times since 2015.

 

High-speed connectivity ensures that students have access to more digital resources, which in turn expands learning opportunities. By making high-speed internet accessible, educators and students gain the benefits of greater interactivity, collaboration, engagement and personal instruction

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Dixon Police Report

Kortney D. Hall, age 27, of Mt. Morris, Illinois, was arrested at the intersection of River Road and Stony Point Road on October 6th, 2018 at 1:56 a.m., for Driving Under The Influence – Alcohol, Improper Lane Usage, and Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle.  Hall was processed and released.

 

The charges are merely an allegation and all parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Doug Allen Nash pops into the WSDR Studio

Tune into Regional Media as Tom Katz sits down with Nashville recording artist Doug Allen Nash.

 

Doug Allen Nash grew up on a farm in Northwestern Illinois, right here in Whiteside County. After a

 

personal conversation with Johnny Cash, he was inspired to create a tribute to the musical legacies of the

 

legend and June Carter Cash.  Nash is a performer, writer, and publisher that has scored hits

 

internationally. Nash has performed in more than 85 countries while touring for the USO, MWR and Armed

 

Forces Entertainment. Tune in for this two part series at 9:07 A.M. on Thursday, October 4th and at 9:33 A.M.

 

on Friday, October 5th on WSDR 1240 AM, 93.1 FM, 102.7 FM Big Country and 105.5 FM.

 

 

 

Click Here to check out Doug's website!

 

Click Here to view his promo video!

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4-H invites youth to join 4-H clubs

4-H members in this county will join the 6 million youth across the country in celebrating National 4-H Week, Oct. 7 - 13. 4-H youth development programs provide hands-on learning activities for youth in Illinois and throughout the country. 4-H youth programs focus on leadership, citizenship and life skills.

 

Every county in Illinois has a 4-H program which is operated through University of Illinois Extension. 4-H club membership is open to youth aged 8 to 18. Youth 5 to 7 years of age may join the 4-H Cloverbud program.

There are several ways to participate in 4-H. Youth may join 4-H clubs, coordinated by local screened adult volunteers. Each club decides how often it meets, the location of its meetings and the activities held during the meeting. Members may select from dozens of project areas to study while they build leadership, teamwork, cooperation, decision-making and communication skills.

 

Youth may also choose to focus on a very specific project area and join a club specifically related to that one project, said Martha Ebbesmeyer, University of Illinois Extension Educator.  Robotics, quilting, horses and gardening are just a few of the popular topics for special interest clubs.

 

One may also participate in 4-H through short term projects held during school or at after school youth organizations. Some of these popular groups teach youth about caring for the environment, preparing for a career, making healthy choices or other priority issues which build a person’s life skills.

 

To learn more about 4-H and enroll your child in a local club, one may contact the Carroll County University of Illinois Extension Office at 815-244-9444, Lee County at 815-857-3525 or Whiteside County at 815-632-3611 or visit our website at go.illinois.edu/clw

 

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SVACC's Kris Noble Selected for U.S. Chamber Fellowship

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Launches Education and Workforce Fellowship Program-Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director among Inaugural class. WASHINGTON, D.C.—

 

Responding to the needs of state and local chambers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today launched a new premier business leadership program to help address their most pressing education and workforce issues. The Business Leads Fellowship Program will train and equip fellows with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers to build their capacity to address these challenges. “State and local leaders know better than anyone the critical link between education and economic development,” says Cheryl Oldham, senior vice president of the Center for Education and Workforce. “We created this program to help these leaders find opportunities to develop initiatives that will advance the growth of their local economy and put education policy into practice.” Following a competitive application and selection process, 35 state and local chamber executives have been chosen for the inaugural class of Business Leads. The fourmonth fellowship will cover the entire talent pipeline, including early childhood education, K-12, higher education, and workforce development. Upon completion, fellows will join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s dedicated network of 200 chambers of commerce and statewide associations from around the nation who regularly engage on education and workforce initiatives. Given the overwhelming interest in the program, with more than 140 applicants, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host a second cohort in spring 2019. The first meeting of the inaugural class took place from September 19-21, 2018, in New Orleans, LA. Kris Noble, Executive Director, Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, participated in the program last week in New Orleans. For a full list of participants in the Business Leads inaugural class, visit the U.S. Chamber Foundation website. For more information, contact Kris Noble, SVACC; 815-625-2400

 

 

 

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Dixon Habitat for Humanity

A volunteer crew from Wesley United Methodist Church of Sterling painted the interior of the Dixon Habitat for Humanity project home on September 22nd.  The crew was led by Jeff Davie and included David Abele, Kevin Gabrielse, Jeff Cedro, Edward Anderson, Rory Smith, Steve Downes and Andy Pitsch.

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2nd Annual Aviation and Career Day at Whiteside County Airport

A large crowd turned out for the 2nd Annual Aviation and Career Day was held on Saturday at the Whiteside County Airport.  This event was free and open to the public.  There were a wide variety of aircrafts, aviation career vendors, activities for the kids, and seminars on hand for the public to enjoy.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Darrin Heffelfinger, Airport Manager, Kris Schmidt, and Sean Weir at this event…….

 

http://saukvalleynow.com/assets/files/R21(15).mp3

 

For more information on services provided by the Whiteside County Airport check out their website at:

 

 

www.whitesidecounty.org

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7th Taste of Fiesta in Rock Falls

The 7th Annual Taste of Fiesta Celebration was held Saturday on the Rock Falls Riverfront.  It was a beautiful day for the huge crowd that turned out to celebrate and honor our community’s Hispanic heritage and to enjoy authentic cuisine.   The event included a welcoming by Rock Falls Mayor, Bill Wescott, folkloric dancers, booth vendors, music, art, and fun activites for the kids.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Fernando Garcia and Joan Padilla on Saturday………

 

 

http://saukvalleynow.com/assets/files/R20(2).mp3

 

September is Hispanic Heritage Month. 

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As Fire Prevention Week approaches, the Sterling and Rock Falls Fire Departments encourage residents to "Look. Listen. Learn." What does that mean?

Today’s home fires burn faster than ever. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice.

 

The Sterling and Rock Falls Fire Departments are teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) ­?? the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week™ for more than 90 years ?? to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere™,” which works to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire.

 

NFPA statistics show that the number of U.S. home fires has been steadily declining over the past few decades. However, the death rate per 1000 home fires that are reported to fire departments was 10 percent higher in 2016 than in 1980.

 

“These numbers show that while we’ve made significant progress in teaching people how to prevent fires from happening, there’s still much more work to do in terms of educating the public about how to protect themselves in the event of one,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “This is particularly critical given the increased speed at which today’s home fires grow and spread.”

 

Carli also notes that although people feel safest in their home, it is also the place people are at greatest risk to fire, with four out of five U.S. fire deaths occurring at home. That over-confidence contributes to a complacency toward home escape planning and practice.

 

“Working in the fire service for many years, we know that people often make choices in fire situations that jeopardize their safety or even cost them their lives,” said Gary Cook, Chief of the Sterling and Rock Falls Fire Departments “We need to do a better job of teaching people about the potentially life-saving difference escape planning and practice can make and motivating them to action.”

 

Chief Cook says this year’s “Look. Listen. Learn.” campaign highlights three steps people can take to help quickly and safely escape a fire:

 

  • Look for places fire could start.
  • Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm.
  • Learn 2 ways out of every room.
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While NFPA and the Sterling and Rock Falls Fire Departments are focusing on home fires, these fire safety messages apply to virtually anywhere.

 

“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Chief Cook “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”

For more information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

 

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Whiteside GOP Hosted Grand Opening of Headquarters and a Candidate Meet & Greet on Monday Evening

Monday night a large crowd turned out to attend the grand opening of the Republican Headquarter in Sterling and meet various Republican candidates.   The Whiteside County Republican Headquarters is located at the corner of Freeport Road and Route 2 in Sterling.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with several of the candidates on Monday Evening…….

 

 

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The midterm election will be held on November 6, 2018. 

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Former Whiteside County Sheriff, Roger Schipper, Endorses Booker for Sheriff

Former Whiteside County Sheriff Roger Schipper has announced his endorsement of John Booker for Whiteside County Sheriff. Booker, 51, has 27 years of experience as a police officer. He is currently the Chief Deputy of Whiteside County. “John Booker is far and away the best candidate for the Office of Whiteside County Sheriff,” Schipper said. “Booker possesses all the knowledge, ability and qualifications to make him an outstanding Sheriff,” he added. “As a retired cop, probably the greatest compliment I could give Booker is I could depend on him in any situation for my safety and life,” Schipper said. “I am incredibly honored to be endorsed by Sheriff Roger Schipper,” Booker said. “Sheriff Schipper was a very effective and popular Sheriff of this County for many years,” Booker added. “His expression of confidence in me is just wonderful,” he said. Booker is running as the Democratic candidate for Whiteside County Sheriff in this year’s General Election. Schipper’s endorsement of Booker follows Sheriff Kelly Wilhelmi’s endorsement of Booker. As a result, John Booker, the Democratic candidate for Whiteside County Sheriff, has now received the strong endorsements of the last two Republican Sheriffs of Whiteside County. “This is an incredibly powerful statement of bipartisan support for me,” Booker said. “The voters of Whiteside County can go to the ballot box in November knowing that both Democrats and Republicans alike believe that I am the most qualified candidate for Sheriff,” Booker added. “This demonstrates that in the end, it’s not about politics,” Booker said. “It’s about experience and integrity,” he added.

 

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66th annual Fiesta Day Parade

The 66th Annual Fiesta Day parade was held on Saturday.   Throngs of people lined the streets of Rock Falls and Sterling in anticipation of this beloved community event.  Delicious smells were wafting through the two towns too…as many vendors were cooking authentic Mexican food prior to the parade.  The parade began in Rock Falls and traveled over the 1st Avenue Bridge through Sterling.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Zuli Sanchez, Chevelle Reyes, and Keesha Hanson in Rock Falls just prior to the start of the parade……

 

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If you did not get your fill of the great tasting cusine, The Taste of Fiesta will be held on Saturday, September 22nd in Rock Falls on the Rock Falls Riverfront from Noon to 6:00 p.m. 

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Whiteside GOP Set to Open Headquarters and Host Meet & Greet

The Whiteside County Republicans campaign headquarters will officially open at 2308 East Lincolnway, Suite E (northeast corner of Illinois Route 2 and Freeport Road), Sterling, in conjunction with the campaign office for Representative Tony McCombie who is running for a second term in the Illinois House of Representatives, 71st District.

An open house and meet and greet will be held on Monday, September 17, 2018 from 5-7pm.

Candidates scheduled to attend are Tony McCombie, current 71st District State Representative; Dana Nelson, current Whiteside County Clerk; Darlene Hook, current Whiteside County Treasurer; Kris Schmidt, candidate for Whiteside County Sheriff. Also, invited to attend are Senator Neil Anderson, 36th District; Andrew Chesney, candidate for the 89th District of the House of Representatives; Brian Stewart, candidate for the 45th District of the Illinois Senate; a campaign representative for Governor Bruce Rauner; Erika Harold, Attorney General candidate; Jason Helland, Secretary of State candidate; Jim Dodge, State Treasurer candidate; Darlene Senger, State Comptroller candidate and current candidates and members of the Whiteside County Board.

The headquarters will be open from 11am-7pm Monday through Friday and from 9am-1pm on Saturdays with the hours possibly subject to change without notice. The combined headquarters will be open through Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Fire at Lawrence Lofts in Sterling on Wednesday Night

On September 13, 2018 at 8:45 p.m. the Sterling and Rock Falls Fire Departmentsbresponded to an automatic alarm at 218 1st Ave, Sterling, at Lawrence Lofts.  After an investigation, a fire was discovered in an apartment on the 4th floor. The sprinkler system had activated and extinguished the fire in that apartment. The cause of the fire was determined to be discarded smoking materials. There were no injuries and there was minor damage.  Sterling Fire department was assisted on scene by CGH-EMS.

 

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International Trade Forum at SVCC

  

    

 

Sauk Valley Community College was the host site for  International Trade Forum this week.


 

The purpose of the forum was to bring import and export opportunites and business potential to the Whiteside County area. Trade Dignataries from Chicago representing eight countries from around the world were able to meet with area business and community leaders. 


 

Gary Camarano is the Economic Development Director and Enterprise Zone Administrator. 


 

Gary has been at this position for two and half years and has traveled to Chicago in the past to meet with trade representatives. The intent of the forum was to bring awareness to the Whiteside County area, and let the trade dignitaries know that business does thrive beyond the boundaries of Chicago.


 

WSDR was able to spend a few minutes on the phone with Gary as he reported on the high points of the trade forum.


Click Here to hear the interview as aired on WSDR. Also a group photo and names of those attending

is available as well.

 

 

 

Photo Left to Right

 

Deann Hinton of Regional Media - WSDR Sauk Valley Now, Saulius Pumputis -Economic Affairs of Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania , Shane Bouvet of ReNuTeq, Gary Camarano the Whiteside County Economic Development Director and Enterprise Zone Administrator, Ignatius Masebe - Marketing officer of the South African Consulate General, Carlos Espejo Hermoso the International Trade Advisor for the Trade Commission of Spain, 

Teodora Boteva the Consulate General of Bulgaria, Melchor Lalumio, Jr. the Consulate General of the Republic of the Philippines, Jose' Luis Cabascango the Trade Commissioner for the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment of Ecuador, John Gvozdjak the President and COO of FRANTZ Manufacturing Company, Glen Kuhlemier - Representative of the City of Rock Falls, Yerassimos Lazaris the Trade Commissioner of the Consulate General of Greece and President Dr. David Hellmich of Sauk Valley Community College.

 

 

 

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Eagles Auxiliary Worked at Rock Falls Culver's on Tuesday Evening

Culver’s in Rock Falls hosted a “Share Night” on Tuesday with the Fraternal Order of Eagles #2783 Auxiliary of Rock Falls.  The ladies graced the dinning room of Culver’s and helped out in many ways like cleaning tables, running drive-thru food, opening doors and helping with anything that needed to be done.    Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Culver’s Manager, Zach Thayer and Gail Van Patter on Tuesday evening at the Rock Falls Culver’s…….

 

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Culver’s will donate a portion of their proceeds to the Eagles Auxiliary to help support the various Eagles Auxiliary charities.  

 

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Local Reaction to 9-11 Anniversary

It is hard to believe that is was 17 years ago that the United States was attacked by a members of the al-Qaeda terrorist group.   2,996 innocent people lost their lives in the four attacks and over 6,000 people were injured.   Terrorists used planes as weapons on that day to attack the United States of America.   Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Darrin Heffelfinger and Kris Schmidt about their memorie of the September 11th attack on the United States……..

 

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Schmidt went on to say we are still losing people as a result of the 9-11 attack because there are still on-going deaths of the first responders and others who are sick or have passed away due to their work during and after the attacks.

 

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Rock Falls Optimist Club & Coloma Township Park District's AnnualYouth Fishing Derby

A large crowd turned out to try their hand at fishing at the Annual Youth Fishing Derby sponsored by The Rock Falls Optimist Club and the Coloma township Park District on Saturday morning.  The lakes and canals in and around the park provided an opportunity for the kids to fish.  Our Tammy nehrkorn spoke with John Hoffmiller, Jim Miller, and Kurt and Kylen Schwab on Saturday morning…….

 

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After the kids enjoyed a morning of fishing, the Rock Falls Optimist Club provided lunch for the kids and their family members.  Each child who participated received a prize. 

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Rock Falls Optimist Club and Coloma Township Park District's Annual Youth Fishing Derby

Centennial Park in Rock Falls is the site for the the yough Fishing Derby sponsored by the Rock Falls Optimist Club and the Coloma Township Park District.  The event will be held on Saturday, September 8th.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Mike Wolber of the Rock Falls Optimist Club about this event…..

 

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For more information please check out the Rock Falls Optimist Club’s Facebook page or call the Coloma Township Park District Office. 

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September is National Library Card Sign-up Month

According to Albert Einstein, “the only thing that you absolutelu have to know is the location of the library”.  September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.  Amy Lego is the Director of the Rock Falls Public Library and she spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn about getting signing up for a library card……

 

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You can also call the Rock Falls Library and they can le tyou know if you are in their district at 815-626-3958

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Anderson, McCombie hosting free Children's Safety Expo in East Moline

State Sen. Neil Anderson and State Rep. Tony McCombie are inviting children and their families to their free Children’s Safety ExpoSaturday, September 8 at Glenview Middle School (3100 7th St.) in East Moline from 9:00 a.m. to noon.   Children will be able to see their favorite vehicles up-close and climb inside with a Touch a Truck experience. This includes a helicopter, ambulance, fire truck, police car, combine, garbage truck, bucket truck, street sweeper, and more.   Demonstrations include Dance Connection at 9:30 a.m., East Moline Police K-9 at 10:00 a.m., All Family ATA Taekwondo at 10:30 a.m., and the drawing for giveaways at noon.   Other activities include face painting, library card sign-up, CPR demonstrations, daycare information, and more. Admission, refreshments, and giveaways are all free.

 

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First Responder Training: Emergency Helicopter Operations

The Whiteside County Airport will host training for area first responders on the topic of emergency helicopter operations September 22, 2018 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.  Mercyhealth REACT, in coordination with Air Methods, will conduct a training seminar for area first responders. Topics to be covered include landing site selection and preparation, signals to be used between ground and flight operations, helicopter operations safety, and helicopter aircraft orientation.   Training presentation will take place in Hangar D and airport ramp areas, weather and helicopter availability permitting.   All area first responders and hospital personnel are invited and encouraged to attend.  To register, visit www.whitesidecountyairport.org.     The Whiteside County Airport KSQI is located one half mile south Of Interstate 88 (Exit #41) on the east side of Il. Route 40.   Address: 10950 Hoover Road, Rock Falls, Illinois.   The Whiteside County Airport features 2 asphalt runways the longest of which 7/25 has a length of 6,499 feet and a width of 150 feet.   2nd Runway 18/36 measures 3,900 feet by 100 feet wide.

 

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NAMI of Sauk Valley Partner's with Whiteside County Sheriff's Office

The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that as of August 29, 2018 we have partnered with NAMI Sauk Area (National Alliance on Mental Illness).  NAMI Sauk Area advocates for access to services, treatment, support and research, and  is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.  A sentiment shared by the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office.  Together, we will bring awareness to the mental illness epidemic that so many unfortunately live with within our community.  More importantly, with this collaboration we can provide for those individuals, as well as their families and caregivers, the programs and resources they so desperately need.    Some programs we plan to make available in our area are the Family-to-Family, and Family Support Groups, which are designed for families and caregivers of loved ones living with mental illness.  In the very near future, we will be looking into our own Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) and have already begun talks regarding the 40 hour training course here in Whiteside County.   In late September/early October NAMI Sauk Area, along with the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office will be putting on a presentation, “In Our Own Voice.”  This program is presented by two individuals with a mental illness and achieving recovery.  Also, Tracy Brooks of the NAMI Sauk Area will speak in regards to their programs and what we can accomplish together for those individuals living with mental illness.  NAMI brings years of experience in addressing mental illness issues, and it is our collective objective that we can end the stigmas associated with this illness. 

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Rock Falls Uptown Trick or Treat

The businesses of Uptown Rock Falls and The Rock Falls Chamber invite children and their families to Trick or Treat in Uptown Rock Falls on Friday, October 26th from 4:30-6pm. Businesses and organizations from our area offer games, activities, and festive fun, all in a safe environment! Kids can come dressed in their Halloween costumes and fill up their buckets with tons of FREE candy and treats. The route for Uptown Trick or Treat is along 1st Avenue, 2nd Street, and 3rd Street. Weather dependent, around 1,000 people fill the streets of Rock Falls dressed in their Halloween costumes. This is a growing event with more participants and businesses every year! Look for signs and scarecrows in the windows of participating businesses.

 

BUSINESSES & NON-PROFITS

Join the party! You can participate by handing out candy and hosting activities for kids. If you do not have a store front in the Uptown Rock Falls area, you can still join in by registering for a free space along the Trick-or-Treat route. Booth spaces are available by calling the Rock Falls Chamber @ 815-625-4500 or visiting our websitehttp://www.rockfallschamber.com/trickortreat

 

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Booker Announces Endorsement

John Booker who is a candidate for the office of Whiteside County Sheriff is honored to announce that he has receied an endorsement of Teamsters Local Union #722.   Local #722 says “John Booker is a friend of the labor  and fully supports Booker on this upcoming Sheriff’s election. “    Booker is a 27 year police officer, and has been a union member for many years and with his current position of Chief Deputy he works well with the union.     Booker is endrosed by current Sheriff Kelly Wilhelmi and retired Sheriff Roger Schipper .

 

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United Way of Whiteside County Let's Feed Our Children Summary

On Friday, August 17, 2018, we ended our 17th year of the Let’s Feed Our Children Program of United Way of Whiteside County.   This past summer, 30,169 lunches were served by 300 plus volunteers across Whiteside County.

The sites this year included:

 

Rock Falls - Coloma Homes, Rock Falls Methodist Church, and mobile sites Rock Falls Public Library, Cedar Wood and Easy Living; Sterling - First United Methodist Church (Broadway), St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Macedonia Church, and mobile sites Douglas Park – Steelton, Salvation Army, Sterling Public Library, SterLynn Apartments; Tampico-Community Building; Fulton-First Reformed Church; Albany-Albany Methodist Church; Prophetstown-Eclipse Park; Erie / Lyndon; and Morrison-Crossroads. Milledgeville and Chadwick also had a site this year. 

 

The Let’s Feed our Children program began in 2001 and continues to be a well-run, well-supported program.

 

Financial donations may be sent to the United Way of Whiteside County (Let’s Feed Our Children) at P.O. Box 806, Sterling. Call 815-625-7973 if you have questions.

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"NO WAKE" ordinance will be in effect in Lee County for the Rock River, beginning today, September 4, 2018

Lee County Sheriff John Simonton has announced that the “NO WAKE” ordinance will be in effect in Lee County for the Rock River, beginning today, September 4, 2018.   The ‘NO WAKE” ordinance will remain in effect until the river levels get below the flood stage of 13 feet and flow rate returns to normal.   The National Weather Service is predicting that the level will rise to above 16 feet sometime tomorrow, causing flooding in low lying areas adjacent to the river – specifically the Page Park Drive area in Dixon, Woodland Shores and possibly portions of White Oaks Road.   At this time, the river is predicted to be at or below the “action stage” late Friday, pending any more precipitation.  In addition, the river current is still at a dangerous speed, over twice the normal flow rate.     

 

It is suggested that boaters refrain from using the Rock River, due to the exceptionally strong current and floating debris.     

 

Sheriff Simonton would like to thank the public for their understanding and consideration.

 

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Blooming Through Therapeutic Horticulture Offered by U of I Extension

The University of Illinois Extension program will be offering Blooming Through Therapeutic Horticulture on November 2, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at The - Sterling Federal Bank.   This will be three-session seminar for long term care providers which include activity directors, recreation staff, social workers, administration, volunteers, and special education teachers to learn about providing therapeutic horticulture programming in their facilities and agencies.   Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Janice McCoy, of the U of I Extension about this program…….

 

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There is a $15 registration fee and an additional fee if CEU’s are desired. Please

 

register online at go.illinois.edu/blooming

 

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Dixon High School Golfer Charlotte McCoy

Mary Queen of Scots was the first woman to play golf.  It was during her reign that the famous golf course at St. Andrews was built in 1552.  Charlotte McCoy is a Junior at Dixon High School and has been playing golf since she was in sixth grade.  She is a member of the Dixon High School Golf Team and spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn….

 

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McCoy is the daughter of Jim and Janice McCoy.

 

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Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Morrison Chamber of Commerce Planning Candidate Forum

The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Morrison Chamber of Commerce are in the process of planning a Candidate Forum. Candidates running for District 71 of the Illinois House of Representatives, Tony McCombie and Joan Padilla, will attend. As well as Whiteside County Sheriff candidates, John Booker and Kris Schmidt. The purpose of this evening is to discuss issues so voters can make informed decisions.

 

Questions from the public are welcome. Please submit questions in advance to the Chamber of Commerce by Sept 7 via this form, email Morrisonchamber@morrisonil.org, or mail to 221 W. Main Street, Morrison, IL 61270 or call 815-772-3757.

 

The Chambers do not endorse any candidate.

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"In-House Work Extends Infrastructure Dollars: 7 More City Blocks Added to This Year's Street Resurfacing Project.

Seven more city blocks have been added to this year’s street resurfacing program.  A combination of in-house work completed by the Dixon Street Department on ADA intersections and less than expected concrete patching has added roughly $200,000 additional funds to be spent on Dixon streets.

 

The newly added streets are as follows:

 

  • Madison Avenue from West 3rd Street to West 7th Street
  • South Ottawa Avenue from East 2nd Street to East 3rd Street
  • Marclare Street from Brinton Avenue to North Jefferson Avenue

 

City Manager Danny Langloss said, “Our shift to completing more in-house work by our highly skilled staff is paying incredible dividends.  We are working to get the most out of every tax dollar.  This new strategy saved us an incredible amount of money and allowed us to add seven more blocks of streets to be resurfaced.  This is a big win for our residents.” 

 

In addition to the Street Resurfacing project, the Water Department is leading the installation of new water main on Depot Avenue from 5th Street to Woodlawn Avenue.  Using an in-house construction team is saving the citizens more than $200,000.  A City Hall construction team also completed the City Hall 2nd floor remodel and saved $100,000 from the original engineering estimate. 

 

Year 2 of the Street Resurfacing project will include approximately $2.5 million in street projects.  Next summer, City Street and Water crews will continue to complete projects that will significantly reduce overall costs while increasing the amount of work that is done. 

 

 

 

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Rock Falls Police Arrest Suspect in Rock Falls Wal-Mart Assault

On August 31, 2018 at approximately 12:58 p.m., the Rock Falls Police went to the 1100 Blk of 5th Avenue in Rock Falls and arrested Ryan L. Charleston, age 35, on an outstanding arrest warrant for a charge of Aggravated Battery stemming from an incident which occurred earlier in the month at the Rock Falls Walmart store.  Charleston is alleged to have struck a male employee in the head with a blunt object, resulting in significant injuries to the employee.  Charleston was processed and taken to the Whiteside County Jail.   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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Heitkamp, Bustos Announce New Bill to Use Tariff Revenue to Help U.S. Producers Hurt by Trade War

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Thursday announced they will introduce new legislation to direct funds the government is collecting from tariffs on imported goods toward trade promotion assistance to help open new markets for farmers and ranchers hurt by the trade war.   The government has already collected over $3.5 billion from tariffs, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Meanwhile, farmers and ranchers are suffering as the trade war impacts their ability to sell goods abroad, hurting their bottom lines and their livelihoodsWith the administration’s trade war impacting everything from commodity prices to input costs for producers in North Dakota, Illinois, and elsewhere around the country. Heitkamp and Bustos’ legislation would take action to help mitigate some damage caused by retaliatory tariffs imposed on U.S. goods. Heitkamp will introduce in the U.S. Senate and Bustos will introduce companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.   “As markets shrink and commodity prices continue to plummet, hardworking farmers across the heartland are facing the very real consequences of this reckless trade war,” said Bustos. “I am proud to introduce legislation with Senator Heitkamp to stop the bleeding and invest the revenue from these damaging trade tariffs into growing our rural economy. USDA’s Market Access Programs and Foreign Market Development Programs have been proven to generate more than $30 in economic activity for every dollar invested. Our farmers feed not only our country, but the world, and we're committed to helping them grow their business.”

 

“The trade war is causing real pain for North Dakota farmers and ranchers, which is why I’ve been working on commonsense actions to open markets and support producers. Our new bill is another needed step to help those being harmed with the funds being brought in from the tariffs,” Heitkamp said. “We can’t just sit by and watch orders get cancelled and markets disappear, so I’m doing everything I can to speak out against this trade war and to help relieve some of the pain it is causing. What North Dakota producers ultimately want is markets, so this bill specifically aims to boost exports and help them find new buyers for the goods they work hard to produce. We need smart trade policies that support hard working North Dakotans and strengthen our rural economy. Period.”

 

The legislation would direct the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to direct funds collected by the Treasury from tariffs on imported goods toward trade promotion programs that help U.S. farmers and ranchers, including the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD).

 

From the beginning of this administration, Heitkamp has been proactively fighting for smart trade policies to protect North Dakota producers. The bill she announced today builds on her legislative strategy to mitigate the impacts of the trade war to help North Dakota’s largest industries. In July, she introduced legislation to help farmers and ranchers recover losses they face because of the administration’s trade war. Her bill would make Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) available – at no additional cost to the existing TAA program – to farmers and producers whose exports are hurt by retaliatory tariffs caused by the administration’s trade policies.

 

Earlier this year, Heitkamp joined U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) leading a bipartisan group of eight other senators inintroducing legislation to require congressional approval of tariffs designated for national security reasons. Heitkamp also cosponsored bipartisan legislation introduced by Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona to nullify the aluminum and steel tariffs.

 

Congresswoman Bustos has been extremely vocal about the impact of the trade war which has threatened Illinois’ top economic driver and the livelihood of thousands of family farmers. After spending August traveling more than 2,400 miles and holding 21 events for her annual 21st Century Heartland tour, Bustos consistently heard from farmers about the need to open new export markets which this legislation would help address.

 

Congresswoman Bustos has been a longtime advocate for expanding MAP and FMD programs that help farmers establish and expand markets around the globe. Bustos is an original co-sponsor of the Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act and took part in the bipartisan agricultural trade mission to Cuba to learn more about existing barriers.

 

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State Sen. Neil Anderson's free Informational Opioid Seminar on Sept. 4, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Parents, teachers, coaches, students and community members interested in learning more about the opioid epidemic in Illinois are encouraged to come to State Sen. Neil Anderson’s free Informational Opioid Seminar on Sept. 4, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at United Township High School (1275 Avenue of the Cities) in East Moline.   “Opioid overdoses are a serious problem, and they touch all areas of the state and all kinds of neighborhoods and schools,” Anderson said. “Opioid overdoses have killed about 11,000 people since 2008 in Illinois. In 2016, more than 1,800 people died of overdoses – twice the amount of fatal car accidents. Eighty percent of drug overdose deaths in 2016 were caused by opioids. These statistics are shocking. If you have children or are around young people or work with students, I highly encourage you to come. What you learn here could help save someone’s life.”   Panelists from the Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois State Police, Trinity UnityPoint Health, Moline Fire Department, and the Moline Police Department will discuss warning signs for opioid abuse, where to get help, and ways to combat the problem.

 

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2018 Whiteside County Sheriff's Department and Mounted Patrol's Youth Fishing Derby

The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department has been receiving calls pertaining to the 2018 Youth Fishing Derby and its location at the Rockwood State Park with it being under construction.  Currently, the docks are being replaced, but keeping in the nearly 50 years of tradition, the Derby will go on as planned at the Rockwood State Park.    They are asking for a little patience with the parking and limited space for fishing on the outer banks.    Nonetheless, this will still be a fantastic day for the children and look forward to seeing you there!  The derby will be held on Saturday September 8th from 9:00 to 

11:00 a.m.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. 

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Dixon Police & Department of Homeland Security Make Narcotics Arrest

On August 28, 2018, the Dixon Police Department in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security executed a search warrant at 610 West Third Street in Dixon.  During the search of the home, officers located 8.4 pounds of Tramadol Hydrochloride tablets, a Schedule IV controlled substance.     The investigation revealed that the Tramadol Hydrochloride had been transported into the State of Illinois for the purpose of manufacturing or the intent to deliver in this or any other state.  The investigation concluded with the arrest of Marci A. McGee.    Marci A. McGee, age 49, of 610 West Third Street was arrested on August 28, 2018 at her home.  McGee was taken into custody and was transported to the Dixon Police Department.  McGee was charged with Controlled Substance Trafficking, a Class 2 Felony, Unlawful Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Tramadol Hydrochloride), a Class 3 Felony, and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Tramadol Hydrochloride), a Class 4 Felony.  McGee was processed and taken to the Lee County Jail.   Anyone with information in regards to any illegal activities is asked to contact the Dixon Police Department immediately 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.

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U of I Extension "Share your Life Stories" Events

“Grandma tell me a story about when you were my age” is something most of us have said at one time of another to our grandparents when we were children.   Sharing family stories is a great way to pass on the family legacy.  The U of I Extension Office is providing an opportunity to preserve those family stories on paper for the next generation.  Janice McCoy, of the U of I Extension, spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn about their free class titled” “Share Your Life Story”…….

 

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Schmidt Participated in Grain Bin Rescue Simulation

Grain bins are commonly found on farms to store grain like corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, and grain sorghum.   Grain bins are notoriously dangerous.  On July 28, 2010, 14 year-old Wyatt Whitebread and 19 year-old Alejandro Pacas died inside a

Consolidated Grain and Barge Companty grain elevator in Mt. Carroll.  20-year-old Will Piper was also injured in this incident, but survived.   Kris Schmidt participated with Stateline Farm Rescue in their demonstration of a grain bin rescue simulation at the Whiteside County Fair on August 17, 2018.  Schmidt spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn

about what it was like to participate in the simulated grain bin rescue……

 

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For more information about State Line Farm Rescue check out their website at

www.statelinefarmrescue.com

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Dixon Rotary Provided the Volunteer Crew at the Dixon Habitat for Humanity

Dixon Rotary provided the volunteer crew at the Dixon Habitat for Humanity work site on Saturday, August 25th.  The crew worked on siding and insulation.  Pictured above is the Rotary crew including: (left to right) Rick Curia, Kathy Yount, Dave Cain, Aaron Young, Larry Farley, and Kevin Schmitt.

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