Today we celebrate the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior. He would have been 90 years old on January 15th. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. He was the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He made inroads into equality and civil rights that have helped: people of color, women, gays, people with disabilities, and other disenfranchised groups. King was famous for his non-violent forms of protest and resistance. Here is a portion of King’s famous “I have a Dream” speech from August 28, 1963…….
MLK Day is Monday, January 21, 2019 and is a day of National Service to help other to honor King.
Congresswoman Bustos will speak at the Carroll County Farm Bureau Ag Business Luncheon at 12:30 on Monday, January 21, 2019. Bustos will discuss the importance of agriculture to our region. This past week, Congresswoman Bustos announced that in addition to serving on the House Appropriations Committee, she will continue to serve on the House Agriculture Committee in the 116th Congress – making this her fourth consecutive term on the Committee. During the 115th Congress, Congresswoman Bustos was instrumental in leading efforts to deliver a strong Farm Bill for Illinois producers. With this appointment she will remain in a position to continue to support our family farmers and grow the rural economy.
Brad Schrader, the Superintendent of Sterling Public Works, has lifted the Snow Emergency.
Become a Hospice Volunteer. There’s no time like the present to add life to each day of a hospice patient. Volunteers provide companionship and support to the terminally ill and their loved ones. They fill a unique role in providing comfort and support to patients and families by giving their time, energy and compassion. Rock River Hospice & Home has a need for volunteers to work with patients and families. A training session will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Rock River Hospice & Home, 2706 Avenue E, Sterling, IL. To make a difference in someone’s life, call Stacey at 815-625-3858.
On January 18, 2019 at about 1:32 p.m. the Jo Daviees Dispatch Center received multiple 911 calls reporting that a 10-year-old boy had drowned 2000 Territory Drive in rural Galena. Deputies responded to the scene and learned that a child had went under the water for an extended period of time and was later pulled from the pool unresponsive. CPR was administered at the scene and the child was transported by Elixabeth Ambulance to Midwest Medical Center where the child was pronounced deceased. This incident remains under investigation.
On January 17th, 2019, the Dixon Police Department was contacted and informed of a disturbance in the 800 block of East Graham Street. As officers were traveling to this location, they observed a vehicle which was involved in the disturbance leaving the area. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle attempted to elude officers. While in the 500 block of North Jefferson Avenue, the male passenger of the vehicle exited the vehicle while still in motion. The subject then continued running westbound between East Morgan Street and East Chamberlin Street.
During the course of the investigation, officers learned the subject that exited the vehicle was Arius Jafar Malone-Ball. Officers also learned that Ball had two valid arrest warrants, one out of Whiteside County and the second out of Lee County.
Due to the location of the situation, that being near Washington Elementary School, 703 East Morgan Street, the school was placed on “Soft Lockdown,” but there was no risk to the safety of the staff and students. A “Soft Lockdown” allows staff and students to move within the interior of the school, but not the exterior. This “Soft Lockdown” was just precautionary.
Shortly thereafter, officers were able to locate Ball in a garage in the 600 block of East Morgan Street.
Arius Jafar Malone-Ball age 20, of Dixon Illinois, was charged with Unlawful Possession With Intent to Deliver of a Controlled Substance Within 500 Feet of a School, (Class X Felony), Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, (Class 4 Felony), Resisting or Obstructing a Peace Officer, (Class 4 Felony), and Criminal Trespass to Real Property, (Class A Misdemeanor).
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.
Sen. Anderson: Gun dealer licensing bill detrimental to law-abiding dealers
New regulations will not prevent crimes
Springfield, Ill… State Senator Neil Anderson releases the below statement regarding Governor J.B. Pritzker’s decision to sign Senate Bill 337 into law. SB 337 is a controversial gun dealer licensing bill that was passed during the 100th General Assembly, but held for seven months by the sponsor under a procedural motion.
“The State of Illinois has more gun regulations than just about any other state, and now we’re adding even more,” said Sen. Anderson. “This new law will be detrimental to the numerous law-abiding gun stores in my district, who already follow federal regulations.
Senate Bill 337 places a hard financial burden on our smaller gun stores—demanding high licensing fees, containing high fines, and mandating electronic based record keeping. The additional and duplicative regulations found in this bill won’t prevent gun crimes. The change will only make it harder for gun dealers who already follow the law to stay in business.”
They let the dogs out at PetSmart in Sterling last night to celebrate Brinkley, the Sterling Police Department’s comfort dog’s 2nd birthday. The event was sponsored by PetSmart and included many fun activites and give-away items for canine and human visitors. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Tekla Martin of the Sterling Police Department, Maggie Hayes, Manager of PetSmart, and Kelly Mullen who along with some friends brought their pooches to party with Brinkley……..
Wednesday, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) helped pass legislation to provide assistance to victims of natural disasters by authorizing $12.14 billion in emergency spending to rebuild roads and bridges, provide urgent healthcare needs and bring local economies back to life. In another attempt to end the shutdown, this bill also provides a stop-gap funding measure to reopen the government until Feb. 8. This legislation gives the president and Congressional leadership several weeks to negotiate a deal on border security without holding key agencies and the federal government hostage.
“This is the eighth vote the House has taken to end this manufactured crisis and, once again, it’s identical to legislation previously supported by members of both parties,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “The president’s decision to shut the government down is hurting our economy and wreaking havoc on the financial security of far too many Illinoisans. Furthermore, it has prevented millions of Americans across the country that have been ravaged by hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters from receiving the support they need. Enough is enough – it’s time for the president and Mitch McConnell stop playing politics with the livelihood of the American people.”
Since the 116th Congress was sworn in, Congresswoman Bustos has voted to open the government and fund key agencies eight times now:
- Jan. 16 – Congresswoman Bustos helped pass legislation to end the shutdown and fund the government through Feb. 8.
- Jan. 15 – Congresswoman Bustos voted to end the shutdown and fund the government through Feb. 1.
- Jan. 11 – Congresswoman Bustos helped pass legislation to fund the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior.
- Jan. 10 – Congresswoman Bustos helped pass legislation to fund the Departments of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other key agencies.
- Jan. 10 – Congresswoman Bustos helped pass legislation to fund the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.
- Jan. 9 – Congresswoman Bustos helped pass legislation to fund the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service.
- Jan. 3 – Congresswoman Bustos helped pass legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security through February 8 – giving the president and Congressional leadership time to negotiate a compromise on border security while reopening our government.
- Jan. 3 – Congresswoman Bustos helped pass a package of six appropriations bills that have all previously either passed the Senate with unanimous or overwhelming bipartisan support.
Brinkley, the Sterling Police Department’s comfort dog, turned two on January 9th. Brinkley is having a public birthday celebration on Wednesday, January 16th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at PetSmart in Sterling. “Pupcakes” will be served to the first 100 dogs. Cake and punch will be available for the humans. PetSmart will be offering specials throughout the party.
Tobacco use kills more than 480,000 Americans every year from lung cancer, heart disease, COPD and other conditions resulting from smoking. There are more than 7,000 chemicals in cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos. Nearly 70 of these are cancer-causing chemicals known as carcinogens, including carbon monoxide, arsenic, DDT, formaldehyde and hydrogen cyanide. Nicotine is the addictive substance in a cigarette that can make it difficult for people to quit.
Quitting isn't easy, that's why Mercy Medical Center is reaching out to help people in our community stop smoking. In addition to working with patients while they are in the hospital, Mercy also is offering smoking cessation classes that are open to the community. "Freedom from Smoking®" is a seven-week course developed by the American Lung Association. The seven-week program begins in January at Mercy Medical Center – North Campus, 1410 N. 4th St., with the first session on Jan. 17, 2019, from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Participants are able to work together to prepare for a "quit" date. Call 563-244-5801 to sign up for the course. Mercy offers the Freedom from Smoking class free of charge as a community health service.
For more information or to sign up for the course, please call 563-244-5801.
Congrats to the Warriors!
YWCA, Whiteside County Animal Control and Happy Tails Humane Society
Collaborate to Help Victims of Violence.
Whiteside County Animal Control, the YWCA of the Sauk Valley, and Happy Tails Humane Society are happy to announce a joint collaboration calle Safe Haven. Project Safe Haven will allow victims of domestic violence who are fleeing abusive situations to have a safe place for their pet while they seek shelter.According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 52% of domestic violence victims in shelters leave their pets with their batterers. Up to 48% of domestic violence victims will not leave or escape abuse because they are
concerned about what will happen to their pets if they leave.
All of the organizations involved hope that this partnership can help victims of domestic violence seek the help that they need. Knowing there are safe resources available for their pet will give them the peace of mind to seek help. If you or anyone you know are in a domestic violence situation, please contact the YWCA of the Sauk
Valley for information about this program.
Youngest member to serve on caucus leadership team in over a century
Springfield, Ill. – State Senator Neil Anderson was appointed to the Senate Republican Leadership team Tuesday, Jan. 15. Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) appointed Sen. Anderson to serve as Assistant Republican Leader.
In his new role, Sen. Anderson will work closely with Senate Republican Leadership on important legislation and issues facing the state.
“I’m really proud of the leadership team we’ve assembled for the 101st General Assembly,” said Leader Brady. “Sen. Anderson brings not only years of experience and a vast knowledge of state government, but also a unique perspective from the northwestern region of Illinois. I’m grateful to have Sen. Anderson on the team.”
“I’m extremely honored to be recognized and promoted to a leadership position, and look forward to serving in this role,” said Sen. Anderson. “As we enter a new General Assembly with a new Governor, working bipartisanly is more important than ever. Under the leadership of Sen. Brady, I’m confident that we’ll continue to stand up for the hardworking people of Illinois.”
According to records available for the past 110 years, Sen. Anderson is the youngest member known to serve on Senate Republican Leadership.
Interview with Senator Neil Anderson Monday January 14th
On 1/15/19 at 6:23 am, Whiteside County Sheriff's Office responded to a two vehicle traffic crash on US Route 30 at County Line Road, in rural Rock Falls.
Upon further investigation, it was determined Melody A. Lerette, 65 of Dixon, IL, was traveling northbound on County Line Road when she failed to yield/stop at the intersection. Lerette traveled onto Us Rt 30 and was struck by an eastbound vehicle driven by , Buddy J. Bennett, 57 of Sterling, IL,
Bennett and Lerette were both transported by CGH EMS to Cgh Hospital. Lerette was later airlifted to Rockford for her injuries. Lerette was issued a citation for Failure to Yield/Stop at intersection.
Whiteside County Sheriff's Office were assisted on scene by Lee County Sheriff's Office, Illinois State Police, Rock Falls Fire, Sterling Fire, and CGH EMS.
On 01/11/19 at approximately 6:30 AM Ogle County Sheriff's Deputies and the Franklin Grove Fire Department responded to a 2 vehicle accident with injuries on Lowden Road about 1/4 mile south of Stone Barn Road in rural Franklin Grove. A white Mazda passenger car driven by Michael Chavera, 49, of Dixon was driving northbound on Lowden Road and a red Mazda passenger car driven by Frank Castaldo, 28 of Byron was driving southbound. Both vehicles collided nearly head-on, rolled over at least once and came to a rest in the east ditch of the roadway. Chavera was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ogle county Coroner. Castaldo sustained only minor injuries and declined medical attention. The accident remains under investigation
Mercy Medical Center – Clinton to adopt new name and visual identity
Mercy Health Network (MHN), a leading health care system, today announced it will soon become MercyOne. With the name change set to officially launch Feb. 1, 2019, the system will unify its statewide footprint by implementing a strategic brand initiative to connect the many points of care across the state and surrounding regions to better enable consumers to recognize and navigate its vast network of services.
On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, Buffalo Wild Wings in Sterling will be sponsoring the Lee County Sheriff’s Office K-9 initiative. Buffalo Wild Wings will be donating 15% of all proceeds generated by patrons from 11am – 12 midnight, to support the purchase and training of a new K-9 for the Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Simonton is encouraging the public to participate in this event and thanks Buffalo Wild Wings for their generosity and support of law enforcement.
Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Leo P. Schmitz regretfully announces the line of duty death of ISP District 15 (Downers Grove) Trooper Christopher Lambert.
Saturday, January 12, 2019, at approximately 4:45 p.m., Trooper Christopher Lambert #6527, was on scene of a three-vehicle traffic crash, in the left lane on I-294 near Willow Road. While handling that crash another vehicle in traffic failed to stop and struck Trooper Lambert while he was outside of his patrol car.
Trooper Lambert sustained serious injuries as a result the crash and was given CPR by an off duty nurse, before being transported to Glenbrook Hospital. At approximately 7:24 p.m., Trooper Lambert succumbed to his injuries.
“Trooper Lambert was a great trooper and was respected by those within and from outside the ISP, this is a tremendous loss which could have been prevented and should have never happened,” said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. “Trooper Lambert deliberately placed his vehicle in a position to protect the lives of the victims of the previous crash, and took on the danger himself. He will be remembered for his dedication to the Illinois State Police and for giving the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve the citizens of Illinois.”
Trooper Lambert was a five year veteran of the Illinois State Police District 15 in Downers Grove and was assigned to the Criminal Patrol Team. Trooper Lambert was also a prior member of the United States Army. Additional information will be released once it becomes available.
Trooper Lambert’s visitation and funeral arrangements are pending.
Dixon Public Schools, Woodlawn Arts Academy Partnership Yields Another Great Production
Dixon Public Schools and Woodlawn Arts Academy got a chance to show off their partnership skills the weekend of January 11th during three performances of Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka Jr.” at the Dixon High School James A. Wiltz Auditorium.
The production cast 35 fourth- through eighth-graders from Dixon’s Reagan Middle School and Madison Elementary. The production crew was made up of Faith Morrison, director; Mardi Huffstutler, music director; Sean Ports, assistant director; and Ashley Aurand, stage director. Terry Fuger provided technical direction, and a number of Dixon High School students did lights and sound, and served as stage manager and crew members.
“Everyone did a fantastic job,” said Ms. Morrison. “We could not be more proud of each one of the students and how well they did. They worked so hard to memorize lines, blocking and choreography, and their dedication shined through on the stage.”
Woodlawn Arts Academy Executive Director Christy Zepezauer is grateful that the Academy was able to partner with Dixon Public Schools for a fourth year. “At Woodlawn we have many partnerships and outreach programs. I am always amazed and so proud to watch the impact, the growth and the opportunities given,” she said. “We are truly blessed with such dedicated staff and a community that embraces our offerings.”
Woodlawn Arts Academy Academy is an agency of United Way of Whiteside & Lee Counties, and programs are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. The Academy’s spring musical theatre program, open to all sixth- through eighth-graders, is “Mary Poppins Jr.” Rehearsals begin January 28th. Registration is available by calling (815) 626-4278 or visiting the main office at Woodlawn Arts Academy. For more information, visit WoodlawnArtsAcademy.com.
Generations of Sauk Valley residents have enjoyed sledding at Lawrence Park. Sunday the snow had stopped and the sun was out so a new generation and their parents turned out to sled at the park. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Missy Capp, Sky Alison, and Sully Neilsen on Sunday…….
In the 1880s, Samuel Leeds Allen invented the first steerable runner sled, the Flexible Flyer.
In December, Majeski Motors wanted to give back to the community by a portion of all their sales being donated to local not-for-profit organizations. But they also wanted to get their facebook followers involved by having the Majeski Motors Facebook followers give suggestions on where the donations should go to help the local community. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with John Watts of Majeski Motors……
Congrats to the Warriors!
Who doesn’t like snacks? During this six session Special Interest 4-H Club, kids with special needs will learn, make, and try healthy snacks and drinks. The Snacking Fun Special Interest Club will meet twice a week for three weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Dixon starting February 12, 5:15-6:15pm. It is open to youth ages 8-18 (as of Sept 1, 2018). While geared towards kids with special needs, all are welcome. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required at go.illinois.edu/SipSnack or by calling 815-632-3611
The 4-H Archery Special Interest Club is now accepting enrollment! This popular club teaches decision-making, self-discipline, teamwork, self-confidence and problem solving. All while promoting the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior. Our State 4-H trained instructors provide a safe, controlled environment for the learning of safe and responsible use of archery equipment.
The 4-H Archery Club will meet on Saturdays at Sauk Valley Archers, 598 Palmyra Rd, Dixon. Dates include Jan 26, Feb 9, Mar 2, 23, April 6, 13. Beginner archers will meet at 1pm and advanced archers (2 + years of training) will meet at 2:30pm. While having your own equipment is not required, it is recommended to have for the advanced class or if you plan on competing at archery contests. Cost to join the archery club is the $20 yearly 4-H membership fee. Youth must be between the ages of 8 and 18 as of Sept 1, 2018 to join.