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Santa Helping Toys for Tots in Rock Falls on Saturday

Santa Claus will be in the parking lot of Rock Falls Save-A-Lot helping out the Toys for Tots organization in their final toy drive before Christmas.  Santa and his crew will be outside at Save-A-Lot unitl 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 15th.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with one of Santa’s helpers. Terol McCarthy on Saturday…….

 

 

 

 

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Senator Neil Anderson Moves Office

State Sen. Neil Anderson has moved his district office in Moline. His new address is 1523 47th Avenue, Suite 2, Moline, IL 61244.  The phone number to his district office remains the same: (309) 736-7084. Email correspondence can be directed to senatorneilanderson@gmail.com

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Dixon 56 v. Sterling 46...FINAL

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Dixon 28 v. Sterling 20....at the half

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Dixon Police Department

The Dixon Police Department wants to remind individuals that they will continue to pursue those who are involved in selling drugs within the Dixon area. The Department continues to be aggressive in its enforcement and the following individuals were arrested on December 13, 2018, on cocaine-related charges.

 

 

 

Hunter L. Ristau, age 24, of Sterling, Illinois was arrested in the 600 block of West Second Street and was transported to the Dixon Police Department.  Ristau was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver of a Controlled Substance - Cocaine, (15-100grams) a Class X Felony, and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Cocaine, (15-100 grams) a Class 1 Felony.  Ristau was processed and taken to the Lee County Jail.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Mariann C. Poff, age 23, of Sterling, Illinois was arrested in the 600 block of West Second Street and was transported to the Dixon Police Department.  Poffwas charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver of a Controlled Substance - Cocaine, (15-100 grams) a Class X Felony, and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Cocaine, (15-100 grams) a Class 1 Felony.  Poff was processed and taken to the Lee County Jail.

 

 

  

 

 

 

Female Juvenile, age 15, of Sterling, Illinois was arrested in the 600 block of West Second Street and was transported to the Dixon Police Department.  The female juvenile was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver of a Controlled Substance - Cocaine, (15-100 grams) a Class X Felony and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Cocaine, (15 -100 grams) a Class 1 Felony.  She was processed and released to her guardian.  

 

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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Toys for Tots Collecting at Save-A-lot in Rock Falls on Saturday

This Saturday you can help out Santa Claus by donating a new unwrapped toy to the Toys for Tots program.  The event will be held in Rock Falls.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Terol McCarthy who is organizing this event….


 

 

Again, that is from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Save-A-Lot pakring lot in Rock Falls. 

 

 

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Two Vehicle Crash Closes Route 2 in Sterling for over 2 hours on Thursday

On Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 11:05 a.m., the Sterling Police Department was called to the intersection of Illinois Route 2 (E. Lincolnway) and 35th Avenue for a traffic crash involving a tractor-trailer and another vehicle. Rashid A. Turkmani, 47, of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, was eastbound in the right turn lane of Illinois Route 2 at 35th Avenue, attempting to make a U-turn in a 2017 Volvo tractor-truck and trailer, when he collided with a 2012 Dodge Avenger driven by Taylor N. Willies, 19, of Sterling, Whiles, who was eastbound on Illinois Route 2 at the time of the collision, was transported to CGH Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. Traffic in both directions of Illinois Route 2 was closed, from Polo Road to Lynn Boulevard, due to diesel fuel leaking from the tractor-trailer. At 1:22 p.m. crews completed the cleanup and Illinois Route 2 was reopened for traffic. Turkmani was cited for improper U-turn and Whiles was cited for no valid drivers license. The Sterling Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Transportation, City of Sterling Public works, Sterling Fire Department and CGH EMS.

 

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Sterling Municipal Band Announces its 25th Annual Winter Pops Concert

The Sterling Municipal Band is kicking off 2019 with its 25th Annual Winter Pops Concert, on Friday, January 4, 2019.  The FREE concert begins at 7:00 P.M., and is being held at Abiding Word Church, 806 E. Lynn Blvd, Sterling, Illinois. Doors will open at 6:00 P.M.  An optional hors de’ouvres reception will begin at 6:30 P.M., and also features a dessert buffet during intermission. RSVP’s are required for the reception by December 21st, and the cost is $25 per person.

 

Interim co-directors, both of whom are long-time band members and area music educators, Annette Hackbarth and Cheryl Neumann will share the podium for the performance which will kick off the band’s 2019 season. “It is an honor and privilege to be co-directing this fine group!” says Annette Hackbarth. “A wide variety of music has been programmed for the concert to appeal to all audience members.   Highlights from my portion of the concert include the band classic "American Overture for Band" with its powerful brass opening and reoccurring melodies.   Another favorite is the selections from the Broadway classic "The Phantom of the Opera" which includes highlights from the infamous Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway musical.”

 

Additional entertainment will be provided during the intermission by local barbershop quartet Spontaneous Combustion.

For additional information on the Sterling Municipal Band, upcoming performances, or to make reservations for the January 4th Pops Concert, please visit ci.sterling.il.us/band.cfm, find the Sterling Municipal Band on Facebook, or call 815-590-5566.

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Home of Hope Blood Drive

Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Center is happy to announce its winter blood drive on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 1637 Plock Dr. Dixon, Il 61021. Appointments are now open. Reservations can be made by calling the center at 815.288.4673. A blood donor is a hero to someone, somewhere, who received the kind gift of life. “Cancer patients depend on this life saving gesture, the reason we are happy to work with our local Red Cross, offers Joan Padilla, Executive Director, ‘it’s a quick and easy way to show you care!” The Blood Drive will take place at Home of Hope from 1-6pm.

 

The mission of Home of Hope is to enhance the community through a commitment to the emotional, educational, and physical needs of those individuals, families and caregivers facing the challenges of cancer. Home of Hope is a United Way agency

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Vehicle accident closes Rt 2

A two vehicle accident between a semi truck and tractor and a pickup truck closed Rt 2 (Lincoln Hwy)

for hours Thursday.

The collision occurred around 11:05 am at the intersection of Route 2 and 35th ave. No injuries were reported at the scene. Sterling Fire Crews and Street Department worked to clean up diesel fuel that leaked from the semi.

 

 

Traffic in both directions was detoured with Route 2 being closed

from Lynn Blvd. To 45th ave. Traffic and conditions returned to normal at 1:30. Follow up and further information expected.

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Chicago Indie Hunting God nears release

Morrison, IL (December 12, 2018) - Word has reached the Northwest Illinois Film Office (NIFO) that independent film, Hunting God, has completed post-production and is now finalizing distribution deals.

 

Principal filming for the film took place in Savanna, Illinois, in April 2018, and appears to be right on schedule for release according to Hunting God Director, Justin Jackola. Jackola announced to NIFO that the film has received official distribution offers from several entities, and the DCP, or, Digital Cinema Package (digital version of a 35mm film print) is now “in the can.”

 

The DCP’s main advantage is that it can presented to theaters to enable them to project it via a digital projector. A DCP is recognized and accepted all over the world. Jackola explained, “We’re negotiating deals with theatrical distributors, TV Networks, streaming platforms, direct to DVD, and our agents are working to finalize the deal, or, combination of deals. We’re really excited about this, and look forward to partnering with these distributors so we can put together a release schedule for the film.”

 

Hunting God, directed by Justin Jackola and written by Ken Miyamoto, follows a recent widower who, when reunited with some old buddies to film a hunting show, comes across a supernatural presence that forces him to confront his faith. The film, a found footage drama, takes place around a secluded cabin in the woods and is seen through the lenses of the characters’ own cameras during their hunting show’s production.

 

 

Shot at Bill Delp’s historic Grandpa’s Cabin, a structure that dates back to 1837, the production team soon found support from many of Savanna’s residents who stepped in when help was needed. Jackola added, “Whether it was hunting guides, a truck, or a generator, if we needed it, Savanna stepped up. In fact, Bill and his partner Rhonda, both extremely talented photographers, became part of our team shooting still photography, and behind-the-scenes photos for the crew.

 

The entire shoot was just a fantastic experience.” Gary Camarano, NIFO Director, said, “This is great news, it caps off a successful first year for our film office. We had three projects in Northwest Illinois this year, Hunting God, HBO’s Lovecraft County, and an industrial documentary. It has been a pleasure working with all of them. Moreover, we are especially ecstatic to hear about Hunting God’s progress, and we cannot wait to see it. Our office will announce when a distribution deal is finalized, and looks forward to coordinating a showing of the film in the region.”  

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Happy Anniversary Morrison Garden Club

The Morrison Garden Club celebrated a 70th anniversary on December 10th.

 

Since 1948 The Morrison Garden Club has been involved in community improvement, civic pride and gardening.

The Club meets the first Thursday of every month at The Odell Public Library at 2pm. Unless an outing is planned.

 

Mary Latweson, Club President stopped by the WSDR studios on Wednesday December 12th to talk about the club activities and community involvement.

 

Click link below to hear what Mary shared with listeners.

 

 

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Whiteside County Sheriff's Department

On Wednesday December 12, 2018 at 2:30pm Whiteside County Deputies arrested 39 year old Jason A. Harkless on a Mercer County Warrant for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in the parking lot at 36 Grove Street, Prophetstown.

 

  The warrant was issued out of Mercer County with a set at $10,000.00  10% applies.  Deputies were assisted by Prophtetstown Police and Mercer County Sheriff's Office, taking Harkless into custoday.

 

 Harkless was transported to Whiteside County Jail.

 

This arrest is merely a charge and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty. 

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Sterling Municipal Band

 The Sterling Municipal Band is kicking off 2019 with its 25th Annual Winter Pops Concert, on Friday, January 4, 2019.  The FREE concert begins at 7:00 P.M., and is being held at Abiding Word Church, 806 E. Lynn Blvd, Sterling, Illinois. Doors will open at 6:00 P.M.  An optional hors de’ouvres reception will begin at 6:30 P.M., and also features a dessert buffet during intermission. RSVP’s are required for the reception by December 21st, and the cost is $25 per person.

 

Interim co-directors, both of whom are long-time band members and area music educators, Annette Hackbarth and Cheryl Neumann will share the podium for the performance which will kick off the band’s 2019 season. “It is an honor and privilege to be co-directing this fine group!” says Annette Hackbarth. “A wide variety of music has been programmed for the concert to appeal to all audience members.   Highlights from my portion of the concert include the band classic "American Overture for Band" with its powerful brass opening and reoccurring melodies.   Another favorite is the selections from the Broadway classic "The Phantom of the Opera" which includes highlights from the infamous Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway musical.”

 

Additional entertainment will be provided during the intermission by local barbershop quartet Spontaneous Combustion.

For additional information on the Sterling Municipal Band, upcoming performances, or to make reservations for the January 4th Pops Concert, please visit ci.sterling.il.us/band.cfm, find the Sterling Municipal Band on Facebook, or call 815-590-5566.

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Free Career Workshop Offered at BEST, Inc. in Sterling

In November of 2018 the United States Unemployment rate was 3.7%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018).   These statistics indicate that now is the time to look for a job.  BEST, Inc. is offering a free Career Workshop on Thursday, December 27, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in their Sterling Office located at 2323 East Lincolnway in Sterling.  The Career Workshop will provide the latest information on: resumes, on-line job searches, effective networking, cover letters, interviewing skills and interview follow-up, completing job applications, handling “difficult” interview questions, and job resources.  For more information or to register for the Career Workshop please call BEST, Inc. at 815-625-9648. 

 

Pictured are BEST, Inc Career Advisors Paige Fritz and Matt Gingrich

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Angelo's Pizzeria Repeats Pink Pizza Promotion

 With the help of pizza-loving folks throughout the Sauk Valley, Angelo’s Pizzeria has contributed $17,957 to the CGH Health Foundation Women’s Health Program.

 

All four locations in Sterling, Rock Falls and Dixon took part in the pink promotion to raise funds for breast cancer awareness during the month of October. The employees wore special pink t-shirts that were also sold to patrons. Last year their efforts yielded $16,230 from their promise to donate $1 for every pizza sold.

“Angelo’s donates to many causes, but this cause is near and dear to our hearts,” said Michelle Hodge, operations manager of Angelo’s. “So many people shared their stories with us at the restaurants about loved ones that have dealt with breast cancer. We want to make sure that local women in need can have access to mammograms and other tests.”

 

The CGH Health Foundation has been devoted to raising awareness about early detection of breast cancer for almost three decades. “We have also provided funding for breast health services for thousands of under-served women in our service area,” according to Joan Hermes, executive director of the Foundation. “We are so very grateful to Angelo’s for partnering with us. This past summer we began partnering with CGH Medical Center Diagnostic Imaging Center to help fund no-cost screening mammograms for all of our patients, regardless of a woman’s ability to pay.”

 

Angelo’s has been a part of the Sterling/Rock Falls communities since the mid-1950s. They are a popular spot after sporting activities, for birthdays and other special events.

 

Some 25,000 children and adults in the Sauk Valley were impacted last year with donations from businesses, clubs, churches and individuals. The collective generosity of donors allows CGH to reach into area communities in a profound way. For more information, call Joan at (815)625-0400, ext. 5672 or visit cghmc.com/foundation.  To schedule a no-cost screening mammogram, please call (815) 625-3610.

 

The amazing contribution was presented recently by staff members, from left, Tara Walker, Celia Meyer, Michelle Hodge and Danielle Dempsey. Accepting the gift is Joan Hermes, center, CGH Health Foundation executive director. Many thanks to Angelo's and the Wright Family for hosting the second annual benefit in behalf of the women of the Sauk Valley!!?

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SPD's Brinkley at Pizza Ranch on Monday Night

Every Monday evening Pizza Ranch in Sterling hosted their weekly Community Impact Night.  Last night, Brinkley who is the comfort dog with the Sterling Police Department, was on hand to greet everyone who was stopping by for a bite to eat.   Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with: Sterling Chief Tim Morgan, Scott Berge the manager of Pizza Ranch, Tekla Martin Sterling Police Community Serive Office, and Serena and Brockson Surratt at this event…….

 

 

For more information about Brinkley please contact the Sterling Police Department at 815-632-6640

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SPD's Brinkley at Pizza Ranch on Monday Night

Every Monday evening Pizza Ranch in Sterling hosted their weekly Community Impact Night.  Last night, Brinkley who is the comfort dog with the Sterling Police Department, was on hand to greet everyone who was stopping by for a bite to eat.   Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with: Sterling Chief Tim Morgan, Scott Berge the manager of Pizza Ranch, Tekla Martin Sterling Police Community Serive Office, and Serena and Brockson Surrat at this event…….

 

 

 

For more information about Brinkley please contact the Sterling Police Department at 815-632-6640

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Name Released in Fatal Crash in Fulton on Friday Night

On 12/7/18 at about 9:01 p.m., Whiteside County Deputies responded to a 3-vehicle crash on Rt 84 and Covell Rds in rural Fulton.

 

Investigation revealed a s/b 2005 Chrysler van driven by Judith K Pray, 73, of Clinton Iowa, crossed the centerline into the n/b lane and collided with a n/b 2012 Ford pickup driven by Ronald J. Ferris, 65, of Savanna IL. 

 

Then a n/b 2009 Honda Civic driven by Manuel Beltran, 21, of Savanna IL collided with the disabled van.

 

Both Ferris and Beltran were transported to Mercy Medical Center for injuries.

 

Pray was pronounced dead on scene by Whiteside County Coroner, Joe McDonald.

 

Deputies were assisted by Fulton Police, Fire and EMS, Thomson Police, Fire, and EMS, Carroll County Sheriff's Office, and the Illinois State Police.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

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Carroll, Lee and Whiteside Counties Gain New Master Gardener Trainees

On November 13, 2018, the University of Illinois Extension in Carroll, Lee, and Whiteside Counties graduated six new Master Gardener Trainees Sheila Carey, Terry Durham, and Debbie Thormahlen of Whiteside County; Toby Green and Lana Soldat of Carroll County; and Darla Emmert of Lee County.

 

Master Gardener Training was held on Tuesdays in Dixon at the Lee-Ogle Transportation System (LOTS) from August 28th through November 13th. Each week was a different hands-on horticultural and gardening topic including botany, fruits and vegetables, entomology and plant pathology, annuals and perennials, turf and trees, landscape design, and integrated pest management. University of Illinois Extension Educators from Northern and Central Illinois taught these courses.

 

“I went home after fruit class and that night I told my husband, ‘over breakfast we are going to try and experiment,’” said Darla Emmert, a Master Gardener Intern. “We are going to count the apple seeds when we eat our morning apples.” One of the hands-on activities for fruits was about the connection between seed development and the flavors of the apples.

After completing their 60-hour volunteer internship over the next two years, the Master Gardeners Interns will become active Master Gardeners.

 

University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners use their training and knowledge to improve the lives of the people in their communities by providing education to the community and youth, and expertise on a variety of projects, emerging horticulture, and garden-related topics.

 

“I could not be prouder of our Master Gardeners,” said Bruce J. Black, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator. “The passion, expert knowledge, and the willingness to share their love of gardening and nature with their communities is truly inspiring. The ability to collaborate with and learn from them is one of the best things about working in Extension.”

 

 If you are interested in more information about becoming a Master Gardener, please contact your local Extension office.

Carroll County: (815) 244-9444

Lee County: (815) 857-3525

Whiteside County: (815) 632-3611

 

See attached picture: Front-Darla Emmert, Debbie Thormahlen, Terry Durham Back: Shelia Carey, Toby Green, and Lana Soldat

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Three Friends Become Candidates for the School Board in Dixon School District 170

Three friends have decided to become candidates for the School Board in Dixon School District 170.  Pictured from left to right are Melissa Gates, Rachael Gehlbach and Rachel Cocar after taking out their petitions.  All are mothers with children in the school district and citizens who have been active in Parent Teacher Association and other district activities.  Petitions for the candidates are now being circulated for signatures.

 

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City of Sterling

There will be no Plan Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The next Plan Commission Meeting is January 17, 2019.

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Whiteside County Sheriff Department

On 12/7/18 at about 9:01 p.m., Whiteside County Deputies responded to a 3-vehicle crash on Rt 84 and Covell Rds in rural Fulton. Investigation revealed a s/b vehicle crossed the centerline into the n/b lane and collided with a n/b 2012 Ford pickup driven by Ronald J. Ferris, 65, of Savanna IL.

 

Then a n/b 2009 Honda Civic driven by Manuel Beltran, 21, of Savanna IL collided with the disabled vehicle. Both Ferris and Beltran were transported to Mercy Medical Center for injuries.

The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead on scene by Whiteside County Coroner, Joe McDonald.

 

Deputies were assisted by Fulton Police, Fire and EMS, Thomson Police, Fire, and EMS, Carroll County Sheriff's Office, and the Illinois State Police.

 

The name of the deceased is being held pending notification of family. The crash remains under investigation

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Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce

Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce seeks Nominations for the 5 th Annual CHAMBER CHAMPION Award.

 

The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for an individual or group to receive the fifth annual SAUK VALLEY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CHAMPION AWARD. The SVACC Champion award will be given to an individual or group who “goes above and beyond” to improve the quality of life for the people of the Sauk Valley.

This award recipient can be someone who has made an impact through his/her/their work as an individual, organization, or business to make a positive difference in the community either through volunteer efforts or outstanding contributions through their business efforts.

 

Prior recipients include Tim McNinch, John Gvodjak, Matt Prescott and Rock River Hospice and Home Board of Directors.

 

Key Criteria: In narrative form, please share how this person/organization has positively affected our community and made the Sauk Valley area a better place to live and work through their efforts. Please provide examples of the nominee’s impact. Please email to chamber@essex1.com or fax to 815-625-9361. Forms can also be downloaded at www.saukvalleyareachamber.com. Include the nominee’s contact information as well as contact information for person submitting the nomination.

 

Please submit nominations by Friday, January 4 th , 2019.

 

The SVACC Champion Award will be presented at the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner on Thursday, January 24 th at the Brandywine Banquet and Event Center. For more information contact the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce at 815- 625-2400.

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