• MEYERS

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    February 23rd, 2024

    February 23rd, 2024

    LENA, IL – Anna Esther Meyers, 93, of Lena, Illinois, passed away on Friday, February 23rd, 2024 with family by her side.  She was born at home in rural Orangeville, Illinois on November 13th, 1930 to Walter and Anna (Baumert) Brandli. As the daughter of a cheesemaker, her family moved to Lena to the Excelsior Cheese Factory.  She attended Excelsior country school prior to her family moving to Lena and graduated from Lena High School in 1949. She worked at the Lena Drug Store after school as a “soda jerk.”  As a child, she spoke both Swiss and English and played the accordion.  

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  • HICKS

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    February 23rd, 2024

    February 23rd, 2024

    STOCKTON, IL – Charles M. Hicks, age 86, of Stockton, Illinois passed away Saturday, February 3rd, 2024 at Allure of Stockton. He was born in High View, West Virginia on April 13th, 1937 to the late Boyd and Elsie (Whitlock) Hicks. Charles married Shelby Shumate on September 11th, 1962. She passed away in 2008.

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  • RILEY

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    February 22nd, 2024

    February 22nd, 2024

    DARLINGTON, WI – Zane Riley, age 69, of rural Darlington, Wisconsin passed away Wednesday, February 21st, 2024, at his home with his family by his side.

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  • 60TH ANNUAL GALENA LIONS PANCAKE BREAKFAST

    Written By: MICHELLE BARTCH on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    GALENA, IL – On February 11th the Galena Lions Club held their 60th Annual Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale. It was held in the Galena High School Cafeteria.

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  • SENIOR ISAAC RIFE EARNED A FULL NROTC SCHOLARSHIP TO MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY ALONG WITH TWO RIVER RIDGE STAFF MEMBERS RECEIVING AWARDS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    HANOVER, IL – On February 14th, Chief Anthony Blansett of the U.S. Navy visited River Ridge to award school counselor Marie Brzezinski and math teacher Susan Miles with the Impact Influencer Award. These staff members received the award for writing recommendations that helped senior Isaac Rife earn a full NROTC scholarship to Marquette University. Only four students across all of Illinois and Iowa received a full NROTC scholarship, so this is a huge honor! Isaac plans on studying mechanical engineering in college. If you see Isaac around, be sure to congratulate him on this phenomenal accomplishment!

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  • STATE EV COORDINATOR SAYS 30,000 MORE CHARGING PORTS NEEDED TO REACH ENERGY GOALS

    Written By: COLE LONGCOR • CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS • CLONGCOR@CAPITOLNEWSILLINOIS.COM on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois’ electric vehicle charging infrastructure is on pace to double this year, buoyed by an influx of state and federal dollars.

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  • ‘PRAIRIE WIND’ MAGAZINE SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    FREEPORT, IL – Submissions are now being accepted for the 14th annual “Prairie Wind” art and literary magazine. “Prairie Wind” is a diverse collection of original poetry, prose, visual art, and recorded music contributed by Highland Community College students, staff, alumni and members of the public. The submission deadline is on Friday, March 8th. Drop submissions off in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center, Building F, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, Illinois.

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  • HIGHLAND CONCERT BAND AND ORCHESTRA TO HOLD JOINT CONCERT AND WINTER RECITAL

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    FREEPORT, IL — The Highland Community College Concert Band and Orchestra will hold their joint Concert and Winter Recital at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 25th in the Fine Arts Theatre in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, Illinois.

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  • THE GALENA LIONS CLUB SIGHT AND SOUND SCHOLARSHIP

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    GALENA, IL – The Galena Lions Club Sight and Sound Scholarship has been established to  provide financial assistance to individuals who are residents of Jo Daviess County and are pursuing college level studies in the professions that aid the sight and hearing impaired. These professions may include, but are not limited to: Audiologist, Option, Braille Instructor, Deaf School Teacher, or Optometry Assistant.

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  • STEPHENSON COUNTY FIBER ART FAIR SATURDAY, APRIL 6TH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    FREEPORT, IL – Saturday, April 6th, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Jane Addams Community Center located at 430 West Washington Street in Cedarville, Illinois.

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  • ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH EVENTS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    PEARL CITY, IL - St. John’s Lutheran Church, Pearl City, will celebrate the second Sunday in Lent on Sunday, February 25th  at 9:00 a.m.

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  • FAMILY DAY CELEBRATES BLOCKBUSTER BASEBALL EXHIBITION OPENED FEBRUARY 17TH AT DUBUQUE MUSEUM OF ART

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    DUBUQUE, IA – Picturing America’s Pastime A Snapshot of the Photograph Collection at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum opened Saturday, February 17th, and continues through June 16th (Father’s Day) in the Falb Family Gallery.

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT – BOYS BASKETBALL – FEBRUARY 21ST, 2024

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    February 21st, 2024

    ROCKFORD LUTHERAN REGIONAL

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH

    (1)  Orangeville  72
    (8)  Alden-Hebron  32

    (4)  Rockford Lutheran  92
    (6)  Rockford Christian Life  43
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    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH

    CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

    (4)  Rockford Lutheran 57
    (1)  Orangeville 42

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT – GIRLS BASKETBALL – FEBRUARY 21ST, 2024

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    February 21st, 2024

    NUIC-SOUTH DIVISION ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

    FIRST TEAM

    Taylor Jahn*         SR   AFC
    Camrynn Jones*       SO   Polo
    Brianna Gonnerman  SR   AFC
    Maeve Larson          SR   Amboy
    Lily Mullen            SR   Eastland
    Olivia Klinefelter     JR   Eastland
    Trixie Carroll         SO   Eastland
    * Denotes Unanimous Choice

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  • LARSON FINISHES  SECOND AT STATE

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    CHAMPAIGN, IL – At the state finals wrestling tournament the PantherHawks sophomore Eli Larson reached the championship match in the 175 pounds weight class but would drop a 7-2 decision to Carter Watkins from Manteno.  Eli in Round 1 pinned Joey Barrows from Auburn before winning a 6-3 decision over Tolono Unity’s Thayden Root.  In the semifinals, Larson took Red Bud’s Ty Carter out with a close 7-5 decision.

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  • UW-PLATTEVILLE ANNOUNCES  FALL 2023 DEAN’S LIST 

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    PLATTEVILLE, WI – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville announces its Dean’s List, honoring those full-time students who earned high honors in the fall 2023 semester.

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  • ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS LAUNCHES NEW LOGO

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs today introduced a new logo to elevate its visibility and to better connect with Illinois veterans. For 78 years, the agency has been identified with the Illinois state seal, and while it is steeped in history, this is the first logo designed specifically for the agency.

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  • VILLAGE OF WARREN    

    Written By: Board minutes submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    Regular Board of Trustees Meeting • Saturday, January 22nd, 2024 • 7:00 p.m.

    Published February 21st, 2024

    The regular board meeting was held on January 22nd, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. at the Warren Village Hall.

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  • SCAHCE OFFERING 2024 SCHOLARSHIP

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    FREEPORT, IL – Stephenson County Association for Home and Community Education is offering a scholarship of $300.00 to a student seeking higher education.  This scholarship is open to a student of any age, sex or race, who has a high school diploma or GED certificate. The recipient of an SCAHCE Scholarship must be a current resident of Illinois, regardless of whether they attend a vocational institution or institution of higher learning working toward a vocational certification, undergraduate degree or graduate degree.

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  • HIGHLAND HONORS FACULTY AND STAFF WITH EXCELLENCE AND SERVICE AWARDS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    FREEPORT, IL — Highland Community College recently recognized colleagues at its spring semester kickoff last month to honor individuals receiving Excellence Awards and Service Awards. The awards recognize employees for professional excellence over the past year or their total years of service.

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  • AUGUSTANA COLLEGE’S FALL SEMESTER DEAN’S LIST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    ROCK ISLAND, IL – Augustana College announced more than 1,100 students were named to the Dean’s List for the 2023-2024 fall semester. Students who have earned this academic honor have maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a four-point scale for courses taken during the term.

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  • MAKING THE BIG MOVE

    Written By: Scott Cernek, pastor of Peace Church in Browntown, Wisconsin on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    I was only ten years old when my world was turned upside down. It happened like this, after my parents did a couple year search for dairy farms to buy, it finally happened. They found one and all at once, one day we loaded up our farm machinery, tools, and household furniture into four or five grain trucks and headed up the road from Indiana to Wisconsin to begin a whole new life. With those big loads and slow-moving trucks, it took about six hours to make the two-hundred-mile trip which included stopping to let air out of our combine tires to get under an overpass near Chicago.

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  • LOCAL STUDENTS NAMED TO PRESIDENT’S AND DEANS’ LISTS AT DRAKE UNIVERSITY

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    DES MOINES, IA – The following local students have been named to the Deans’ and President’s Lists at Drake University.

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  • This ‘N That from the Stockton Heritage Museum

    Written By: ANN COPPERNOLL on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    In the last column I noted that the Museum was the recipient of a Stockton Bottling Works artifact.  I finally remembered to take a picture of the bottle, pictured here.  We are still looking for more information on this business. 

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  • ILLINOIS FARMER APPEARS IN NEW TV SHOW SPOTLIGHTING WOMEN IN AG

    Written By: RHIANNON BRANCH • FARMWEEK on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – Television series like “Yellowstone” that depict the way of life for an American farmer or rancher have tugged at the heartstrings of viewers across the country.

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  • DONATION TO BATTLE BUDDY BOXES FROM KIWANIS CLUB OF GALENA

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    GALENA, IL - At the Kiwanis Club of Galena meeting on February 13th, The American Legion was presented a $100.00 donation for The Battle Buddy Boxes for Veterans Program. From left to right is Earl Slayton (American Legion member of Post 193 and program originator), Stacy Bouldoukion (Kiwanis Club) and Valerie Slayton (Adjutant Post 193 and program originator).

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  • The Galena HUSH Report

    Written By: John Huschik • jhush-flash@lycos.com on
    February 21st, 2024

    Dazed and Confused

    February 21st, 2024

    Sometimes as we write this column, we come across an issue, or an item, that really tends to confuse us. When that happens we do our best to do our research and gather as much information as we can before we form an opinion. Then we consider the options and write how we feel about the subject. As we have written so many times, this is an opinion column, but we always base our opinion on the facts or, the reasons, that we have.

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  • UW-PLATTEVILLE ANNOUNCES FALL 2023 GRADUATES

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    PLATTEVILLE, WI – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville awarded diplomas to nearly 500 students for the fall of 2023.

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  • A LETTER ON BEHALF OF WARREN CUSD #205

    Written By: Shawn Teske, Ed. D. Superintendent on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    Hello, Warren Warriors!

    On behalf of Warren CUSD 205, I hope you had an enjoyable Holiday Season and an excellent start to the new year. We had a great first semester, and we are excited to finish strongly this spring. Many community members have been into our facilities for miscellaneous events throughout the school year, but we are aware that some have not had the opportunity to see our most recent upgrades and renovations. With that being said, we want you to mark your calendars and save the date for our State of the School District Address.

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  • INCI*DENTAL*LY

    Written By: Dr. Stephen Petras, DMD • An Illinois Licensed General Dentist on
    February 21st, 2024

    POST-NATAL AND INFANT ORAL CARE

    February 21st, 2024

    The most important thing a new mother can do to ensure her child’s dental health is to take care of herself and her oral health. If you are not healthy, you will not have the energy to make sure that your baby is healthy. For both oral and overall health, new moms need to stay hydrated. Dehydration drains your energy and your ability to think clearly. To stay hydrated, while also rinsing away food particles and neutralizing the acid that can lead to decay and gum disease, drink fluoridated tap water throughout the day.

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  • ILLINOIS FARMERS AND PROCESSORS SUPPLY DELICIOUS AND NUTRITIOUS LOCAL MEAT

    Written By: KIM HILL • ILLINOIS FARM BUREAU PARTNERS  on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – Looking for local meats? You’re not alone. Demand for purchasing beef, pork and lamb directly from farmers has skyrocketed in recent years. Fortunately, Illinois is home to a growing number of farm families raising cattle, hogs and more – and selling their products directly to consumers – as well as meat processors supporting these farm-to-table efforts.

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  • TRI-STATE FOREST STEWARDSHIP  CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN FREEPORT

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    ELIZABETH, IL – Make plans to attend the Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference scheduled for March 2nd, 2024, in Freeport, Illinois, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The conference is designed specifically for forest landowners in the Midwest, but forestry professionals, consultants, volunteers, Master Naturalists and students are all encouraged to attend. Check-in will be from 8:00  to 9:00  a.m. that morning. The conference begins promptly at 9:00  a.m. at the Highland Community College Student Conference Center (Building H, Parking Lot A), 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, Illinois.

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  • ILLINOIS EPA RELEASES SECOND FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FOR THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Energy has announced a second round of grant funding with $2 million available for the development of local strategic energy plans. Under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG), grant awards ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 will assist eligible municipalities or counties in implementing strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce total energy use, improve energy efficiency in the transportation sector, and build a clean and equitable energy economy prioritizing disadvantaged communities.

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  • CURRENT  NEEDS FOR THE  STEPHENSON COUNTY VA  PANTRY

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    LENA, IL – The current needs for the Stephenson County VA Pantry include:

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  • VILLAGE OF SCALES MOUND                   

    Written By: Board minutes submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees • Stone House • December 26th, 2023 • 7:00 p.m.

    Published February 21st, 2024

    The Regular Meeting of the President and Board of Trustees was called to order at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 26th, 2023.  Members present were Nicole Winter, John Duerr, Ruth Foley, Garrett Hillary, Scott Ohms, Kristy Schueller and Janet Werner.  Deven Morgensen, Village Clerk, Steve Stadel, Village Treasurer, Ron Duerr, Dave Carscallen, Kevin Stier and Jerry Edwards were also present. 

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  • VILLAGE OF STOCKTON       

    Written By: Board minutes submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    REGULAR MEETING OF THE PRESIDENT AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES

    MINUTES • JANUARY 9TH, 2024

    Published February 21st, 2024

    Call to Order:

    President Kunz called the meeting to order on January 9th, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. and asked the Clerk to call the roll.

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  • SPREAD THE LOVE COOKIE DROP WITH AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY UNIT 193

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    GALENA, IL – The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 193 had another successful cookie drop.  American Legion Auxiliary Unit 193 delivered over 30 dozen cookies to our local heroes for the Spread the Love Cookie Drop!  Our Galena area is so blessed to have these amazing people and services helping us, protecting us and keeping us safe.  We want to make sure that the Fire department, sheriff and police department, EMS and Jo Davies County Transit all know how much they are appreciated!!!

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  • TYLER’S  JUSTICE CENTER  FOR CHILDREN OPEN HOUSE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    STOCKTON, IL – The public to is invited to an Open House at Tyler’s Justice Center for Children on March 12th, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to take a tour of our beautiful facility, learn about the services we provide and what our role is in the community. Their address is: 400 West Front Avenue, Stockton, Illinois 61085. Light refreshments will be served. To find out more information, visit www.tylersjusticecenter.org or call 815-947-6030.

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  • 2024 WORKSHOPS AT STEPHENSON COUNTY FIBER ART FAIR!

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    CEDARVILLE, IL – The 2024 Brochure and Workshop Schedule for the Stephenson County Fiber Art Fair on Saturday, April 6th, 2024 is now available!  Yay!

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  • STEPHENSON COUNTY  ASSOCIATION FOR HOME AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION SPONSORING POLLINATORS PROGRAM

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    FREEPORT, IL – Stephenson County Association for Home and Community Education is sponsoring a program on Pollinators on Saturday, March 9th, 2024, 1:00 p.m., at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau Building, 210 West Spring Street, in Freeport.

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  • BRAMBLES: FROM RASPBERRIES TO BLACKBERRIES WITH U OF I

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    ELIZABETH, IL – Join University of Illinois Extension as they kick off their Spring Break Gardening Series with “Brambles: From Raspberries to Blackberries” on Thursday, March 21st, 2024 at 1:30 p.m. This program is being held at the Jo Daviess County Extension Office, 204 North Vine Street, Elizabeth, Illinois 61028.  This program is being offered free of charge, but pre-registration is requested. To register or for more information call the Jo Daviess County Extension Office at 815-858-2273 or visit us online at go.illinois.edu/jsw.

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  • LOCAL GIRL SCOUT COOKIE BOOTHS OPENED FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2024

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    NORTHERN ILLINOIS – The 2024 Girl Scout Cookie Program is going strong! Customers may continue to purchase cookies for in-person delivery, shipping, or donation to the military, veterans, and first responders through each Girl Scout’s Digital Cookie website. Keep an eye out for these safety-conscious and marketing-savvy entrepreneurs as they take Cookie Walkabouts with cookies in hand, so customers can buy cookies directly with no waiting.

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  • HELP SUPPORT THE USA  PARA CHEER SPIRIT WOLVES

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    PEARL CITY, IL – Jayelle Spahr is a 13-year-old who is an eighth grader at Pearl City School District. While many students have focused on volleyball or basketball, Jayelle has focused on competitive tumbling and cheer. Through her participation she had the opportunity to join the Para Cheer Spirit Wolves. This adaptive abilities group has been invited to represent USA Cheer at the ICU World Competition, being held at the ESPN studios in Orlando, Florida in April 2024. Because her brother has epilepsy and has had two brain surgeries, she has firsthand experience with supporting and working with individuals who are differently abled. This team combines her love for cheer with her passion for assisting anyone who needs a helping hand. She is thankful and excited to be continuing on this journey, but she needs your support!

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  • FREE INCOME TAX PREPARATION ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR QUALIFYING TAXPAYERS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    CHICAGO, IL – Free income tax preparation is available through several trusted programs across Illinois for qualifying taxpayers needing assistance filing their 2023 income taxes.

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  • NEED EXTRA CA$H?  WHAT’S IT WORTH ON EBAY?

    Written By: Paul Connor on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    GALENA, IL – If you have an item and you would like to know what it is worth, send digital pictures with a brief description to paulhconnor@gmail.com or you can make an appointment to visit me at 201 North Commerce Street, Galena, Illinois. Be sure to check out our website at www.ezsellusa.com.

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  • REPRESENTATIVE TRANEL INTRODUCES STARRY SKIES PRESERVATION BILL

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    MADISON, WI – On Thursday, February 15th, State Representative Travis Tranel (R-Cuba City) introduced the Starry Skies Preservation Bill to address the disproportionately impacted families and small-town communities who depend on clean, clear skies and outdoor tourism for their livelihood in areas such as the Driftless Region. Immediate action is needed help ensure a just and equitable transition to a carbon-free energy future from creating extensive environmental light pollution.

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  • CONGRATULATIONS STOCKTON  LITTLE BLACKHAWKS OF THE WEEK

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    STOCKTON, IL – Our Little Blackhawks for the week! Students were recognized for doing great things and following the Blackhawk Way! Congratulations, everyone!

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  • JO DAVIESS COUNTY COURTHOUSE  REMODELING PROJECT

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    GALENA, IL – The Jo Daviess County Courthouse will be undergoing a major remodeling and addition project beginning in the Spring of 2024.  As part of the remodeling project, County Government Offices and Courts will be moving out of the Courthouse. 

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  • PEARL CITY STUDENT WINS REGIONAL SPELLING BEE HELD TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 21st, 2024

    February 21st, 2024

    FREEPORT, IL – The 42nd Annual Carroll, Jo Daviess and Stephenson County Regional Spelling Bee was held Tuesday, February 13th, at Highland Community College. Twenty-two students in grades four through eight competed in the Spelling Bee coordinated by the Regional Office of Education #8. The participants of the Regional Spelling Bee are the first and second-place winners from their local school district spelling bee contests.

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  • LEAMON

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    February 16th, 2024

    February 16th, 2024

    LENA, IL – Mary Emily Leamon 96, of Lena, Illinois passed away on Thursday, February 15th, 2024 at her home surrounded by her family following a brief illness. She was born in Macomb, Illinois on April 22nd, 1927 to Thomas “Lee” and Bertha (Yetter) Murphy. She graduated from Carthage High School in 1945. After high school she attended Carthage College and graduated with a degree in physical education. While at Carthage College she met her future husband on a blind date. She and Jack Leamon were married on June 18th, 1949 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Carthage, Illinois.

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  • HARTZELL

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    February 15th, 2024

    February 15th, 2024

    WARREN, IL – Brandon J. Hartzell, 39 of Warren, Illinois passed away peacefully at home with his wife and daughters by his side, on Monday February 12th, 2024. He was born on February 6th, 1985, in Monroe, Wisconsin to the late Harry Hartzell and Cathy Burmeister. Brandon attended Warren Jr. Sr. High School, and went on to work at Monroe Truck Equipment, Stagecoach Trails Limestone, and most recently the Jo Daviess County Highway Department. On September 1st, 2007, Brandon married the love of his life, Ashley Dagle in Apple River, Illinois.

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  • GALENA LIBRARY IS LOOKING FOR BOOK DONATIONS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    GALENA, IL – Start cleaning your bookshelves! The annual Friends of the Galena Library Pre-owned Book Sale will accept book donations beginning Monday, March 4th. Please bring books in good condition to the lower level of the Galena Public Library, 601 South Bench Street, Galena, Illinois.

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  • UW-LA CROSSE ANNOUNCES FALL 2023 DEAN’S LIST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    LA CROSSE, Wi – The following area students have been named to the Dean’s List at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for the fall semester of the 2023-24 academic year, ending December 2023.

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  • KNEE PAIN

    Written By: Drs. Mike & DeeDee Wampfler  • Premier Chiropractic - Stockton, Illinois on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    People of all ages can experience knee pain and there can be many causes so finding the proper treatment and provider can be frustrating.  Injury, infection, and wear and tear can all contribute to knee pain.  What options are there for treatment other than surgery and physical therapy?

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  • TRACKS, SCAT AND SIGN: WINTER LIFE ON THE PRAIRIE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    HANOVER, IL – The Northwest Illinois Prairie Enthusiasts (NIPE) is sponsoring a family-friendly event at their Hanley Savanna property west of Hanover on February 18th. This activity will include walking some of the trails on the property. 

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  • GALENA EAGLES TRIVIA TOURNAMENT ON MARCH 2ND

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    GALENA, IL – The Galena Eagles had such a tremendous response to its first Trivia Tournament that we are hosting a second Trivia Tournament on Saturday, March 2nd.

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  • FHN PART OF TWO FREE HEART HEALTH EVENTS IN FEBRUARY

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    FREEPORT, IL – The educators and care professionals at FHN are celebrating American Heart Month this February, offering free information, screenings, and healthy snacks at two community events.

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  • AREA STUDENTS NAMED TO DEAN’S LIST AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    MILWAUKEE, WI – The following individuals from your area have been named to the Dean’s List at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the Fall 2023 semester:

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  • KIRKWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES DEAN’S LIST HONORS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Kirkwood Community College has released its Dean’s List for the fall 2023 semester. These students have achieved a 3.3 grade point average or higher after completing 12 or more credit hours at the college.

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  • SHAW

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    WARREN, IL – Judith “Judy” A. Shaw, age 76, of Warren, Illinois passed away peacefully at the SSM Health Hospice Home in Monroe, Wisconsin on Tuesday, February 13th, 2024.She was born on July 24th, 1947 in Freeport, Illinois to Delvin and Gladys (Ritter) Jones. She attended Warren High School and was a 1965 graduate. Shortly after graduating she married the love of her life Duane Shaw on December 18th, 1965, at the Warren United Methodist Church in Warren, Illinois. Judy spent her younger years raising her two children. Once her youngest went to school she got a job at Wagner’s insurance in Warren, Illinois where she remained for the next 20 years. She then went on to serve as an Administrative Assistant at US Bank until her retirement.

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT – WRESTLING  – FEBRUARY 14TH, 2024

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    February 14th, 2024

    BYRON CLASS 1A SECTIONAL

    TOP 4 ADVANCE TO STATE FINAL

    IN CHAMPAIGN AT THE STATE FARM CENTER

    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH

    106 Pounds 

            1 Augustus Swanson   SO   32-1     Princeton

                2 Eric Bush                 FR   30-4    Johnsburg

                3 Austin Hagevold       SO   34-16  Woodstock Marian

                4 Brandon White         SO   37-9    Dakota

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT – GIRLS BASKETBALL  – FEBRUARY 14TH, 2024

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    February 14th, 2024

    LE-WIN CLASS 1A REGIONAL

    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH

    WARREN  38 

    FORRESTON  23

    WARREN, IL – A 38-23 win over Forreston advanced the Warriors to a semi-berth in their own regional on Monday when they faced the top seeded Galena Pirates for the fourth time this season on Monday.  Points were hard to come by in a Warren 6-2 first quarter before they gained some breathing room with a 13-7 second period to lead 19-9 at the half.  The struggling Cardinal continued to have scoring problems in 10-4 Warren third quarter but behind five Jenna Greenfield fourth quarter points the Cardinals finish their 7-21 season on a positive note with a 10-9 final eight minutes.

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT – BOYS BASKETBALL  – FEBRUARY 14TH, 2024

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    February 14th, 2024

    SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 3RD

    GALENA  72 

    ORANGEVILLE/AQUIN  51

    GALENA, IL – Orangeville/Aquin hung with the 17-10 Pirates for a half, but the home team would pull away midway through the third while going on to 72–51 win.  Galena got points from six different players in a Pirates 18-14 opening quarter.  Then in a Galena 13-11 second period Drew Koenigs scored half of his twelve points while Kaden Hauber netted five of his sixteen points that made it a 31-25 Galena game at the half.  Following the intermission the Pirates then used a 20-7 third quarter run to open up a 51-32 lead at the end of three which saw Hauber score seven points in the frame.  In the closing minutes the winners continued to stay ahead but twenty or more points while putting it on cruise control.

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  • TREYTON PAFFORD SCORES HIS 1,000 POINT FOR WARRIORS

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    WARREN, IL – Warren junior Treyton Pafford scored his 1,000th point during the Warriors’ games against Galena on Friday, February 9th.

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  • HEATH POPPY, SHULLSBURG’S NEW POINT LEADER

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    SHULLSBURG, WI – Heath Poppy became the new point leader in Shullsburg’s basketball game on February 5th, 2024 against Boscobel.

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  • LLINOIS FARMERS FEATURED IN THE BIG GAME COMMERCIAL

    Written By: TAMMIE SLOUP • FARMWEEK on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – Little did Matt Boucher know a social media post spotlighting three generations on his farm would springboard his family to a role in one of the big game commercials.

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  • PIRATE COMPETITOR OF THE WEEK: EMMA BLAUM, SPEECH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    GALENA, IL – Pirate Competitors of the Week are:

    Emma Blaum, Speech

    This week at the IHSA sectional competition, Emma placed first in oratorical declamation. This makes her the sectional champion, as well as the regional champion. She will compete next weekend in Peoria at the state tournament. “Emma is one of the best public speakers I have ever had the privilege of coaching,” said Coach Susan Bookless. “When she steps in front of an audience, she comes alive in a way I cannot even describe. I cannot wait to see what happens this weekend.”

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  • NWILED ANNOUNCES 2024 ENTREPRENEURIAL SCHOLARSHIP

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    HANOVER, IL – Northwest Illinois Economic Development (NWILED) is excited to announce the application window for our annual John D. Cooke, III Memorial Entrepreneurial Scholarship is now open. Like in 2023, there will be one $2,000 first place award and two $1,500 runners up awards.

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  • BRIANNA ANDERSON COMPETES AT  COUNTY FAIR PAGEANT

    Written By: MICHELLE BARTCH on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – Brianna said she enjoyed the experience and is excited for the next steps. She is currently in grad school at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and is working on managing her time as wisely as possible. She is currently working on a Doctorate in Pharmacy Degree with an MBA degree with concentration in Diabetes.

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  • ATTENTION VETERANS!

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    GALENA, IL – The American Legion Fickbohm-Hissem Post 193, Galena, meets the 3rd Tuesday each month.

    Time: 12:00 p.m. lunch followed by the meeting.

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  • KEN BUSKE’S COUNTDOWN TO RETIRE AFTER 50 YEARS OF DOING STATS 

    Written By: MICHELLE BARTCH on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    STOCKTON, IL – If you have attended a basketball game played by Stockton High School from 1974 until now…chances are you have caught a glance of Ken Buske.

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  • 1826 CREATIVE COMPANY AWARDED GENZ FUND WHICH IS NWILED’S LARGEST AWARD YET

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    HANOVER, IL – Northwest Illinois Economic Development (NWILED) has announced the presentation of the organization’s Genz Small Business Development Fund to the 1826 Creative Company.  A check for $9,625 was issued to co-owners Michelle and Brendan Sullivan from the fund, NWILED’s largest award yet.  According to the Sullivans, the grant will specifically be used to assist in the purchase of a 2023 Mac Studio workstation and an industry specific camera package.

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  • SCALES MOUND FFA HOSTS BLOOD DRIVE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    SCALES MOUND, IL – On February 8th, the American Red Cross collected 60 units of blood product at the Scales Mound drive.  The FFA goal for the drive was 55 units, and 59 people came through the door to help.  We celebrate the five first-time blood donors and the eight high school students who added to the total.

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  • UWNIL IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE OPENING OF THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE 2024-2025 COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANTS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    FREEPORT, IL – The United Way of Northwest Illinois (UWNIL) is pleased to announce the opening of the Request for Proposals (RFP’s) for the 2024.2025 Community Impact Grants. The RFPs are for Education, Financial Stability, Health, and Basic Needs in Stephenson, Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties. Funding will be for the period of July 1st, 2024 to June 30th, 2025. In 2023, United Way funded over $247,000 towards local Community Impact Initiatives.

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  • The Galena HUSH Report

    Written By: John Huschik • jhush-flash@lycos.com on
    February 14th, 2024

    A Not-So-Hidden Gem…

    February 14th, 2024

    The residents of Galena and Jo Daviess County are fortunate to have the services of the Jo Daviess County Transit (JDCT) folks in our community. You can’t go out driving on any day and not see a JDCT van on the road. They are better, safer and cheaper than any cab or Uber. JDCT takes riders to local stores, doctor visits and even some to work. They have now even increased their travel radius to 100 miles. They provide actual door-to-door service with drivers that are CPR trained and even handle walkers and wheelchairs. Nicole Hermsen is the Transit Director and she is passionate about the service her department provides. JDCT has a total of 22 drivers. These are Jo Daviess County employees with benefits and right now they make $15.72 an hour.

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  • FHN, HCC OFFERING CNA OPEN HOUSE FEBRUARY 21ST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    FREEPORT, IL – FHN and Highland Community College in Freeport will hold an open house for HCC’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program this month.

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  • PIPER GOLDEN’S ART FEATURED AT GALENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    GALENA, IL – You can see Piper’s art, along with other art pieces by several other River Ridge students, on display at the Galena Center For the Arts located at 971 Gear St, Galena, Illinois 61036. This work is featured in a show which will be up until February 27th and features work from CTE, Stockton, Galena, Scales Mound and East Dubuque as well as River Ridge. Come check out the local works and see the up and coming artists of the future.

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  • PEACE IN A CRAZY WORLD

    Written By: Scott Cernek, pastor of Peace Church in Browntown, Wisconsin on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    In all my years of life, I have never seen the world as crazy as it is today.  When I was a kid, I thought the world was perfect.  I thought every family was an all-American family like ours.  My parents made sure we kids weren’t exposed to very much of the real world, and that was good by me. 

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  • CENTRAL ILLINOIS FARMER-VETERAN CULTIVATING MORE THAN CROPS

    Written By: ALI PRESTON  • FARMWEEK on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    SPRINGFIELD, iL – Two years of active duty as an infantryman in Germany laid the foundation for the resilience that would later define Brad Dearing’s approach to farming.

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  • OPTIMIST CLUB OF DARLINGTON DONATES TO FAMILY CONNECTIONS

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    DARLINGTON, WI – At their board meeting on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024, the Optimist Club of Darlington presented a check for $100.00 to Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin – Darlington branch.  The location provides a community closet at no cost, family events and activities throughout the year and holds car seat installation and inspections.  Pictured, left to right are Optimist Treasurer Tom Daly, Optimist President Lori Garvey, Family Connections Darlington Coordinator Renee Krahenbuhl and Optimist board member Hailee Kammerud.

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  • NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    CANCELLED – Ad-Hoc Courthouse Committee Meeting
    Date: Thursday,  February 15th, 2024
    Time: 4:30 p.m.
    Place: Jo Daviess County Board Room – 3rd Floor
    Agenda:   Any items that require the attention of the committee.

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  • JO DAVIESS COUNTY H.C.E. MAKES VALENTINES

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    WARREN, IL – State Legislators, Andrew Chesney and Tony McCombie launched a Valentine’s Day card drive and Jo Daviess County H.C.E. (Home and Community Education), located in Warren responded. Our group hand made a very nice variety of cards sure to put a smile on the recipients face. The 120+ cards will be distributed to Nursing Homes and Senior Living facilities throughout northern Illinois.

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  • ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH EVENTS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    PEARL CITY, IL - St. John’s Lutheran Church, Pearl City, will celebrate Ash Wednesday service with the imposition of ashes on Wednesday, February 14th at 7:00 p.m. and the first Sunday in Lent on Sunday, February 18th at 9:00 a.m.

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  • PRESIDENTIAL ILLINOIS EXHIBITION OPENS AT THE ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois State Museum announces its newest exhibition, Presidential Illinois, is now on view at its Springfield museum on the Capitol Complex.

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  • ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD HONORS FORMER GUARDSMAN, PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN

    Written By: Barb Wilson, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois National Guard recognized its most notable militiaman and 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, during a ceremony at his tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois, February 12th, marking the 215th anniversary of his birth.

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  • DOING, THINKING, CREATING AND FUN AWAITS KIDS AT 4-H SUPER SATURDAY

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    FREEPORT, IL – University of Illinois Extension is hosting its annual 4-H Super Saturday on Saturday, February 24th from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau, 210 West Spring Street, Freeport, Illinois. Super Saturday is a three-hour event designed to give area youth ages 5 to 18 a chance to explore the many project areas available through the 4-H program.  This event is open to all area youth, regardless of 4-H membership.

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  • RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY OLIVO TACOS ON FEBRUARY 16TH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    FREEPORT, IL – The Greater Freeport Partnership is excited to announce the opening of Olivo Taco in Freeport.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony is being held to celebrate the business and all are invited to join.

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  • HIGHLAND’S CLARENCE MITCHELL LIBRARY PRESENTS THE BLACK CHICAGO RENAISSANCE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    FREEPORT, iL – Highland Community College’s Clarence Mitchell Library will present “The Black Chicago Renaissance,” at 2:00 p.m. on February 20th in the Clarence Mitchell Library for Black History Month. Guest speaker, Dr. Amira Millicent Davis will guide participants through the Chicago Black Renaissance. The presentation focuses on the early to mid-20th-century migration of Southern Blacks to Chicago and the cultural revolution they trailblazed in their new setting. The presentation will include a Q&A and an opportunity for attendees to share their family migration stories.

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  • HIGHLAND CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH ‘JAZZIN’ IT UP FOR PEACE’ CONCERT

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    FREEPORT, IL — Join Highland Community College for an evening of music at the “Jazzin’ it up for PEACE,” a concert celebrating Black History Month. This free event will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16th in the Fine Arts Theatre at the Ferguson Fine Arts Center, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport.

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  • TIMBER LAKE PLAYHOUSE TO HOLD LOCAL AUDITIONS FOR 2024 SUMMER SEASON ON FEBRUARY 17TH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    MOUNT CARROLL, IL – Timber Lake Playhouse, the premier professional summer theatre of northwest Illinois, announces auditions for local children, teens and adults for their upcoming 2024 Season.

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  • Edward Jones Financial Advisor,  Ashlie Stoddard

    Written By: Ashlie Stoddard on
    February 14th, 2024

    BENEFITS OF FIXED-INCOME INVESTMENTS

    February 14th, 2024

    When many people think about investing, the first thing that comes to mind is the stock market. But if you’re going to achieve your goals, you may need to look beyond stocks and add fixed-income investments to your portfolio.

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  • CONGRATULATIONS STOCKTON  LITTLE BLACKHAWKS OF THE WEEK

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    STOCKTON, IL – Our Little Blackhawks for the week! Students were recognized for following the Blackhawk Way and being good citizens. Congratulations to everyone!

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  • BROADENING OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE TO BROAD IDEA SHOW PARTICIPANTS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    GALENA, IL – The concept behind Broad Ideas is empowerment and solidarity. Seven years ago, when we began this journey, we were able to offer one $500.00 scholarship.

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  • NEED EXTRA CA$H?  WHAT’S IT WORTH ON EBAY?

    Written By: Paul Connor on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    GALENA, IL – If you have an item and you would like to know what it is worth, send digital pictures with a brief description to paulhconnor@gmail.com or you can make an appointment to visit me at 201 North Commerce Street, Galena, Illinois. Be sure to check out our website at www.ezsellusa.com.

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  • Guest Column From Senator Andrew Chesney

    Written By: Andrew Chesney on
    February 14th, 2024

    New Threats to Public Safety

    www.SenatorChesney.com

    February 14th, 2024

    The same Chicago Democrat who brought us the SAFE-T Act (House Bill 3653) has filed new legislation that would further threaten public safety and impede law enforcement efforts to keep our communities safe.

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  • ASH WEDNESDAY AT CALVARY CHURCH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    STOCKTON, IL – All are invited to the Ash Wednesday Service of Prayer and Anointing on February 14th at 7:00 p.m. at Calvary Church in Stockton.  Pastor Scott Hess, our Pastor as of January 1st,  will be officiating. This is a special service to start off Lent.

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  • 25-CENT EVENT HOSTED BY MIDWEST MEDICAL CENTER AUXILIARY A SUCCESS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 14th, 2024

    February 14th, 2024

    GALENA, IL— Turner Hall in Galena was packed on Wednesday, January 31st with participants ready to bid quarters to win prizes. The event raised over $6,400 for the Midwest Medical Center Auxiliary Foundation—funds that will be used on projects at the hospital or senior care to benefit patients and residents.

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  • SCHOVILLE

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    February 12th, 2024

    February 12th, 2024

    WARREN, IL – Victoria L. Schoville, 72, of Warren, Illinois, formerly of Monroe, Wisconsin, passed away on Sunday, February 11th, 2024, at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her family by her side.  Vicki was born on June 22nd, 1951, in Freeport, Illinois to Margery Watson. She grew up in the Lena-Winslow and Warren area with her grandparents.  Vicki married Stephen Schoville on April 30th, 1976, and together they raised a family.

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  • MARCURE

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    February 12th, 2024

    February 12th, 2024

    ELIZABETH, IL – Betty Kristin (Knauer) Marcure, age 74 of Elizabeth, Illinois passed away on Friday, February 9th, 2024, at MercyOne Hospital, Dubuque, Iowa. She was born July 2nd, 1949, in Freeport, Illinois to William and Mary “Mac” Magdalene (Meyerhofer) Knauer. Betty was number seven of eleven children. She lived most of her life in Elizabeth, graduating with the Class of 1967.

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  • DITTMAR

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    February 12th, 2024

    February 12th, 2024

    SCALES MOUND, IL – Melvin Dittmar, 90, of Scales Mound, Illinois, passed away Saturday, February 10th, 2024, at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community.

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  • ADKINS ENERGY LLC 2024  SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    LENA, IL – Adkins Energy LLC is proud to once again offer its annual scholarship. The application is available on the Adkins website: www.adkinsenergy.com; application deadline is Monday, April 1st 2024.

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  • ILLINOIS CONSERVATION FOUNDATION ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2024 CONSERVATION ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIPS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    SPRINGFIELD , IL – Illinois high school seniors are encouraged to apply by March 3rd for the 2024 Conservation Achievement Scholarship, sponsored by the Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF).

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  • FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS BURN; ILLINOIS STATE FIRE MARSHAL FOCUSES ON SAFETY AND PREVENTION 

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) wants to raise awareness about the importance of safety around flammable liquids as burn injuries can create life altering impacts. National Burn Awareness Week is February 4th-10th with this year’s theme of “Flammable Liquids Burn.” National Burn Awareness Week is a window of opportunity for organizations to mobilize burn, fire, and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in communities.

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  • RHETT REUTER NAMED TO MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD TEAM AT UW-WHITEWATER

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    WHITEWATER, WI – Rhett Reuter from Gratiot, Wisconsin, who is studying Physical Education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, has earned a roster spot on the Warhawk men’s track and field team for the 2024 season.

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT – WRESTLING – FEBRUARY 7TH, 2024

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    February 7th, 2024

    STILLMAN VALLEY CLASS 1A REGIONAL

    TEAM SCORES: Byron 196, Le-Win/Stockton 195, Oregon 126, Dakota 110.5, Stillman Valley 104.5. Genoa-Kingston 68, Galena 50, Durand 25, West Carroll 18, Winnebago 6, Rockford Boylan 1

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT – GIRLS BASKETBALL – FEBRUARY 7TH, 2024

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    SATURDAY, JANUARY 27TH

    EASTLAND  45   

    FORRESTON  26

    FORRESTON, IL – With the season winding down the Lady Cougars improved to 16-9 and 10-0 in the NUIC-South where they have a firm grip on winning the conference crown with a 46-26 win at Forreston.  The visitors bolted out to a 18-7 first quarter advantage before making it a 28-9 Cougars game at the half with a 10-2 second period.  In that opening period the Cougars senior Keni Burkholder had eight of her game high fourteen points which included half of her four three pointers.  Following the break the Cougars backed off with a 17-17 final two quarters.

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT – BOYS BASKETBALL – FEBRUARY 7TH, 2024

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    February 7th, 2024

    ERIC OTTENS SHOOTOUT

    SATURDAY, JANUARY 27TH

    BUREAU VALLEY  62

    WARREN  55

    FULTON, IL – At the Eric Ottens Shootout in Fulton on Saturday the Warriors had a sizeable 50-41 lead heading into the fourth quarter but turnovers and the inability to score from very close range would cost them greatly as the Bureau Valley Storm took advantage of those weaknesses in handing Warren a disappointing 62-55 setback. 

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  • SMALL BUSINESS SERIES & PITCH CONTEST TO BE HELD FOR GREEN COUNTY ENTREPRENEURS 

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    MONROE, WI – Green County Development Corporation and The Bank of New Glarus will once again host a five-part training series for Green County entrepreneurs. The FREE five-part series incorporates targeted training sessions and includes a cash prize Pitch Contest.

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  • HEARING OFFICER SAYS CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGES SHOULD BE DECIDED BY COURTS

    Written By: PETER HANCOCK • CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS • PHANCOCK@CAPITOLNEWSILLINOIS.COM on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – Former President Donald Trump’s name will appear on the March 19th Republican primary election ballot in Illinois, barring any extraordinary action by state or federal courts to remove him.

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  • CARBON MONOXIDE AND HOME HEATING SAFETY AWARENESS KEY TO STAYING WARM AND SAFE THIS WINTER

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – As Illinoisans turn up their thermostats to stay warm the rest of this winter the risk of a home heating fire or Carbon Monoxide incident increases. This is why the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) encourages residents to have their furnaces checked, change furnace filters, and make sure carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke alarms are functioning properly. Unlike smoke, carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas only detectable by special devices and CO alarms.

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  • HIGHLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE FALL GRADUATES 2023

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    FREEPORT, IL – Highland Community College announces the 2023 fall graduates. Graduates were awarded associate degrees, associate of applied science degrees, or certificates.

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  • THE JOY OF SLEDDING WITHOUT ALL THE WORK

    Written By: Scott Cernek, pastor of Peace Church in Browntown, Wisconsin on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    I have to say that over the past decade my wife and I have experienced the greatest blessing we could ever have hoped for. That blessing is the birth of our grandchildren. In those ten years, they have come pretty regularly at the rate of a little more than one per year and we have two more due in the next few days.

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  • JACOB FURLONG OF GALENA NAMED TO FALL DEANS’ LIST IN NEBRASKA

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    LINCOLN, NE – Jacob Furlong of Galena has been named to the Deans’ List at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the fall semester of the 2023-24 academic year.

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  • GREEN COUNTY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ANNUAL DINNER

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    MONROE, WI – Green County Development Corporation (GCDC) will hold its Annual Dinner and Awards night on Thursday, March 21st at Turner Hall in Monroe. Business leaders and community members are invited to attend the event, which will highlight 2023 achievements for GCDC, provide insights into the future of economic development in Wisconsin, and recognize local businesses and leaders in Green County.

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  • FHN OFFERING TWO $129.00  HEART MONTH SPECIALS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    FREEPORT, IL – Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and early diagnosis is key in fighting the disease. FHN is celebrating American Heart Month in February with special pricing on two heart health tests.

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  • The Galena HUSH Report

    Written By: John Huschik • jhush-flash@lycos.com on
    February 7th, 2024

    Gentlemen…Start Your Engines

    February 7th, 2024

    Sorry readers, I got that wrong. That’s the headline for the column ahead of the Daytona 500 in a few weeks. This headline should read: Lady…Start Your Engine. We are specifically talking about Taylor Swift and her possible epic flight from Japan to Las Vegas in order to be in her usual skybox seat in time to catch the opening kick-off of the Big Game.

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  • AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY MEETING

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    LENA, IL – The February  meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary will meet on Wednesday, February 14th, at the Lena American Legion Home at 6:00 p.m.  We will selecting delegates to American Legion Auxiliary Illini Girls State and will be making tray favors for the hospitalized veterans.  Dues will be collected.  New members are always welcome. Kathy Pignato is in charge of the social hour.  Junior members will meet on February 10th at 10:00 a.m. at the American Legion Home.  We will be working on earning patches, doing a fun project and doing a service project.

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  • INCI*DENTAL*LY

    Written By: Dr. Stephen Petras, DMD • An Illinois Licensed General Dentist on
    February 7th, 2024

    ORAL HEALTH CARE BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER PREGNANCY

    February 7th, 2024

    As National Children’s Dental Health Month begins, it is a suitable time to stress that women who are pregnant, or planning to be pregnant, should be aware that their oral health has a direct impact on their developing fetus. Rising hormone levels and physiological changes that occur during pregnancy can lead to dental problems such as gingivitis, (swollen, red gums) loose teeth in the absence of oral disease, tooth erosion, tooth decay, and periodontal disease (which is associated with premature birth and low birth weight). They may also develop pregnancy tumors of the gums (pyogenic granuloma). These are not cancerous, may bleed, and are the result of increased progesterone levels and inflammation.

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  • PIRATE COMPETITOR OF THE WEEK: OWEN HEFEL, VARSITY BASKETBALL

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    GALENA, IL – Pirate Competitor of the Week are:

    Owen Hefel, Varsity Basketball

    This week in three games Owen averaged 11 points three rebounds and four assists.  In the biggest game of the week for us, Owen stepped up in a big way with ten points (all in the second half), three steals and six assists.

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  • AGRICULTURE NEEDS A STABLE WORKFORCE IN 2024

    Written By: BRIAN DUNCAN • ILLINOIS FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT  on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    Finding and affording labor are among the top challenges Illinois farmers, suppliers and processors tell me they face in 2024.

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  • UPCOMING FFA AUCTION  AT SCALES MOUND

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    SCALES MOUND, IL – The Scales Mound FFA is hosting our Labor and Product Auction on Saturday, February  17th at 6:00 p.m. The auction will be in the old gym, and a complimentary meal will be served from 4:30-5:45 p.m. in the cafeteria before the auction begins. In addition to the live auction, there will be a silent auction and random drawings throughout the evening. Donation commitments are viewable at https://bit.ly/FFA24auction and student labor will be available for purchase on the silent auction block.

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  • RIVER RIDGE FFA WINS POULTRY CDE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    HANOVER, IL – Sixteen high school members of the River Ridge FFA Chapter competed in the Section One Poultry Career Development Event on January 29th at River Ridge High School. These students challenged themselves in several areas of poultry judging and critical thinking skills.

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  • EXPLORING THE BENEFITS OF ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS 

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    MONROE, WI – Stemming from interest from the Housing Action Forum in December, Green County residents were able to learn about Accessory Dwelling Units, or ADUs on January 25th at the Justice Center in Monroe. This topic followed the cooperative housing models session in mid-January. Both topics were presented as alternative considerations for addressing the limited housing and rental opportunities in Green County.

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  • LEGISLATION INTRODUCED TO CHANGE ILLINOIS ESTATE TAX

    Written By: ERIN HENKEL, FARMWEEK on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – New bipartisan measures aimed at ensuring the preservation of family farms in the event of a family member’s death were announced Wednesday after years of attempting to reform the Illinois Estate and Generation Transfer Tax Act.

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  • ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH EVENTS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    PEARL CITY, IL - St. John’s Lutheran Church, Pearl City, will celebrate the sixth Sunday after Epiphany on Sunday, February 11th at 9:00 a.m. and Ash Wednesday service with the imposition of ashes will be on Wednesday, February 14th at 7:00 p.m.

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  • LOCAL GIRL SCOUTS REACH $15,000 GIVINGTUESDAY TARGET FOR TRAVEL   

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    NORTHERN IL – Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) set a high goal this past GivingTuesday (November 28th, 2023). The non-profit hoped to raise an unprecedented $15,000 for its Travel Endowment Fund, increasing accessibility for local Girl Scouts from all over northern Illinois to experience life-changing travel opportunities. Thanks to generous community support, the organization reached its goal and will now add over $15,000 to prepare Girl Scouts for a bright future as they travel to new places.

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  • MEMORIAL HOSPITAL OF LAFAYETTE COUNTY CELEBRATES THE RETIREMENT OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON, DR. DAN STORMONT

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    DARLINGTON, WI – On January 27th, the Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County celebrated the retirement of Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Dan Stormont. Dr. Dan Stormont joined the MHLC team in November 2013 and finished his career in December 2023.

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  • STOCKTON HIGH SCHOOL 2023-2024   FIRST SEMESTER  HONOR ROLL

    Written By: Honor roll submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    First Semester High Honor Roll (All A’s)

    Grade 12:

    Dominick Bilich, Bennett Graves, Carson McPeek, Gracie Raab, Ashlyn Schubert, Leah Warner, Mavrick Winters

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  • CARL’S FEBRUARY BLAST!

    Written By: Marilyn and Carl Johnson on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    GALENA, IL – Leap Year!!!…I looked at the calendar this morning and discovered that 2024 is a leap year. Wow!

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  • LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION AND PRINCIPLES FOR BEGINNERS WEBINAR SERIES

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    ELIZABETH, IL – The Livestock Production and Principles for Beginners Webinar Series returns in 2024. This monthly series, first launched in 2023, addresses the needs of those who are getting started, exploring the concept of, or even assists those currently raising livestock. With a focus on helping those who are brand new to livestock, 4-H families may be interested in these sessions.

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  • GALENA EAGLES HOSTING KARAOKE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    GALENA, IL – Cabin Fever Got You Down? Whether you are a singer or a listener, we want to help lift your spirits. Join us for karaoke on Saturday, February 10th and Saturday, February 24th, at the Galena Blackhawk Aerie, located directly across from the DeSoto Hotel, at 237 South Main Street in Galena.  Karaoke is open to the public, and starts at 7:00 p.m. 

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  • CONGRATULATIONS STOCKTON  LITTLE BLACKHAWKS OF THE WEEK

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    STOCKTON, IL – Our Little Blackhawks for the week! Students were recognized for doing great things and following the Blackhawk Way! Congratulations, everyone!

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  • ELIZABETH COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    ELIZABETH, IL –  Help out the American Red Cross by coming out for the Elizabeth Community Blood Drive on Friday, February 23rd, 2024 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to The Community Building – 402 North West Street in Elizabeth,  Illinois. The blood drive is sponsored by  the Knights of Columbus #10212.

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  • LOCAL STUDENT NAMED TO THE FALL 2023 DEAN’S LIST AT AURORA UNIVERSITY

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    AURORA, IL – Aurora University has named Abigail Weber of Stockton, Illinois, to the Dean’s List for the fall 2023 semester. Weber is majoring in Elementary Education. The Dean’s List recognizes full-time undergraduate students who have earned a 3.6 grade-point average or higher.

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  • JO DAVIESS COUNTY COURTHOUSE WILL BE UNDERGOING A MAJOR REMODELING

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    GALENA IL – The Jo Daviess County Courthouse will be undergoing a major remodeling and addition project beginning in Spring of 2024.  As part of the remodeling project, County Government Offices and Courts will be moving out of the Courthouse. 

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  • NEED EXTRA CA$H?  WHAT’S IT WORTH ON EBAY?

    Written By: Paul Connor on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    GALENA, IL – If you have an item and you would like to know what it is worth, send digital pictures with a brief description to paulhconnor@gmail.com or you can make an appointment to visit me at 201 North Commerce Street, Galena, Illinois. Be sure to check out our website at www.ezsellusa.com.

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  • JASON HERMANN, STOCKTON, NAMED TO CENTRAL COLLEGE DEAN’S LIST FOR FALL 2023

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    PELLA, IA – Jason Hermann, Central College Class of 2025 from Stockton, has been named to the dean’s list for the Fall 2023 semester.

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  • FEBRUARY IS EARTHQUAKE  AWARENESS MONTH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The worst earthquake in Illinois history occurred on December 17th, 1811, and was so strong that it rang a church bell in a Cairo church in southern Illinois. It also blew smoke, sand, and coal 30 yards into the air and made the Mississippi River flow backward for a moment.

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  • BRIANNA ANDERSON COMPETES AT 2024 MISS ILLINOIS COUNTY FAIR PAGEANT

    Written By: MICHELLE BARTCH on
    February 7th, 2024

    February 7th, 2024

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – This year’s Jo Daviess County Fair Queen winner Brianna Anderson spent the  second week of January in Springfield to compete for Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant. The competition was held at the Crowne Plaza.

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  • CEDARVILLE AREA  HISTORICAL SOCIETY 22ND ANNUAL CHILI LUNCHEON

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    CEDARVILLE, IL – Cedarville Area Historical Society would like to invite you to their annual Chili Luncheon. Stop in on Sunday, February 11th, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to 450 West Second Street in Cedarville, Illinois.

    The cost will be adults: $6.00 and children 12 and under: $2.00.

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  • SIX VERY DIFFICULT WORDS TO SAY

    Written By: Scott Cernek, pastor of Peace Church in Browntown, Wisconsin on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    Why is it so hard to utter those six little words, “I am sorry, please forgive me?” Some believe that if we get in the habit of saying these words, we are showing weakness. Before we can answer the question, we have to probe into what caused the problem in the first place because each situation could hold a variety of different circumstances leading to a variety of different feelings and responses. According to the internet when a person says they are sorry it can be perceived as a threat to their self-image and ego. It also said that to apologize might lead to feelings of shame or a sense of being a “bad” person. Or how about this, if you have a fragile sense of self-worth, you may not be able to handle the emotions and ill effects that come after apologizing.

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  • BENNETT, CARTER ADVANCE TO REGIONAL SPELLING BEE

    Written By: Todd Nielsen on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    WARREN, IL – Warren seventh grader Hailey Bennett and eighth grader Winter Carter finished first and second in the Warren Spelling Bee on Wednesday, January 24th to advance to the Regional Spelling Bee.

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  • ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN CHURCH IN ELIZABETH, ILLINOIS KEEPS A STEADY MEMBERSHIP

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    ELIZABETH, IL – When many churches are closing, due to lack of young members joining and being active, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Elizabeth, with Pastor Mike Nesbit, has seen a steady growth in the years since COVID, especially with the increased number of young families joining.

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  • SSM HEALTH MONROE CLINIC MEDICAL GROUP MEDICAL ASSISTANT RECEIVES BEE AWARD

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    MONROE, WI –  SSM Health Monroe Clinic Medical Group Medical Assistant, Bree Schneider, has been named the newest recipient of the BEE Award. Bree serves patients at our clinic in Freeport on Kiwanis Drive.

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  • UW OSHKOSH FALL 2023 DEAN’S LIST, HONOR ROLL RELEASED

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    OSHKOSH, WI – University of Wisconsin Oshkosh officials have released the name of student who qualified for the Dean’s List and Honor Roll in fall 2023 across its three campuses (Fond du Lac, Fox Cities and Oshkosh):

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  • DEAN’S LIST FROM LUTHER COLLEGE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    DECORAH, IA – Jeremiah Haven, Liz Heim and Joseph Quinn of East Dubuque made the Dean’s List at Luther College for the Fall 2023 semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.

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  • STAFFING AGENCIES NOT EXEMPTED FROM ANTITRUST LAW, STATE SUPREME COURT RULES

    Written By: HANNAH MEISEL • CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS • HMEISEL@CAPITOLNEWSILLINOIS.COM on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – Staffing agencies – a fast-growing industry that employs nearly a million Illinoisans – are not exempt from the state’s antitrust law, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled late last week.

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  • BUILDING BLOCKS OF SUCCESS: IDOT ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY DATES FOR DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PROGRAM WORKSHOPS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting free virtual workshops in February as part of its continuing Building Blocks of Success series for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise firms interested in strengthening their skills, growing their business and bidding on state projects. New and existing DBEs, as well as firms interested in becoming certified in the program, are invited. 

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  • UW-GREEN BAY ANNOUNCES ACADEMIC HONORS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    GREEN BAY, WI – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has made public the names of undergraduate students receiving semester honors for fall 2023 semester academic achievement.

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  • VILLAGE OF WARREN

    Written By: Board minutes submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    Regular Board of Trustees Meeting • Saturday, January 8th, 2023 • 7:00 p.m.

    Published January 31st, 2023

    The regular board meeting was held on Monday, January 8th, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. at the Warren Village Hall.

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  • HIGHLAND FALL 2023 DEAN’S LIST     

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – Highland Community College proudly announces the dean’s list for the fall 2023 semester. Students who have completed 12 credit hours or more during the semester and have a minimum 3.25 grade point average (GPA), based on a 4.0 scale, are included on the dean’s list. The Highest Honors are awarded to students with a perfect 4.0 GPA. High Honors are given to students with a 3.50 to 3.99 GPA, and Honors students have earned a GPA between 3.25 and 3.49.

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  • STOCKTON PARK DISTRICT BOARD MEETING

    Written By: Park Board Minutes Submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    STOCKTON PARK HOUSE  • DECEMBER 20TH, 2023  •  REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES • 6:30 PM

    Published January 31st, 2023

    Meeting called to order by President Calvin Klopf at 6:30 p.m.

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  • CONGRATULATIONS STOCKTON  LITTLE BLACKHAWKS OF THE WEEK

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    STOCKTON, IL – Our Little Blackhawks for the week! Students were recognized for doing great things and following the Blackhawk Way! Congratulations, everyone!

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  • HIGHLAND PARTNERS WITH FHN FOR THE CNA OPEN HOUSE ON FEBRUARY 21ST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – Highland Community College and FHN have partnered to host an Open House for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on February 21st in the Ray and Betty Stamm Health Science Nursing Wing of the Natural Science and Health Center (building N) on campus.

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  • ILLINOIS PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS RECEIVE $400 MILLION IN CAPITAL GRANTS FROM THE IBHE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) has awarded $400 million in grants through the Independent Colleges Capital Investment Grant Program to 45 institutions of higher education in Illinois in partnership with the Illinois Capital Development Board. The goal of the program is to provide financial assistance to private, not-for-profit colleges and universities in Illinois for the construction, repair and renovation of infrastructure on campuses to provide equitable learning experiences to students across the state.

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  • INCI*DENTAL*LY             

    Written By: Dr. Stephen Petras, DMD • An Illinois Licensed General Dentist on
    February 1st, 2024

    NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH 

    January 31st, 2023

    This February marks the forty-second anniversary of National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM). The theme for this years’ celebration is “Healthy Habits for Healthy smiles!”

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  • The Galena HUSH Report

    Written By: John Huschik • jhush-flash@lycos.com on
    February 1st, 2024

    And the Winner Is…

    January 31st, 2023

    In the very significant and landmark case of Wendy Clark versus The City of Galena, James Baranski, True North Quality Homes, LLC, and Bien Vie, LLC, the winner is Wendy Clark. In the ruling handed down by Associate Judge John D. Hay, the defendants, the City of Galena et.al., actually won a favorable decision on nine of the ten counts brought against them by Ms. Clark. However, Count Eight was won by Clark, the Plaintiff. Unfortunately for the defendants, Count Eight was a checkmate for the case and Ms. Clark was the victor. As the result of the plaintiff, Wendy Clark, winning number eight, the entire Parker action was like Dorothy’s trip to Oz. As real as it all seemed, everything that was approved and changed by the City of Galena is all back as it was before the Parker Tornado struck Galena. Winning this crucial Count number eight has turned back the entire project, at least for now.

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT:  WRESTLING – JANUARY 31ST, 2024

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    February 1st, 2024

    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17TH

    PANTHERHAWKs FINISH THIRD AT LITCHFIELD

    FRIDAY and SATURDAY, January 26th and 27TH

    TEAM SCORES: Roxana 217, Oakwood 195, Le-Win/Stockton 193, Vandalia 189, Murphysboro 113, Peotone 108, Peoria Notre Dame 94, Litchfield 81, Harrisburg 77, Rochester 77, Auburn 72, Richards 72, Cumberland 70, Westville 58, Prarie Central 22, Hillsboro 18, Carlinville 17

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT: GIRLS BASKETBALL – JANUARY 31ST, 2024

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    MANNY’S SHOOTOUT

    SATURDAY, JANUARY 20TH

    RIVER RIDGE/SCALES MOUND  61   

    CAMANCHE  31

    MT. CARROLL, IL – At the Manny’s Shootout the Wildcats improved to 15-6 with a 61-31 win at the expense of the Camanche Indians.  RR/SM led 16-11 after the opening quarter before turning it into a rout with a 18-3 second period as the difference swelled to 34-14 at the half.  In that second period, the Wildcats Emily Wiederholt who finished with three threes netted nine of her fifteen points.  After the break the Wildcats expanded the difference to 49-24 at the end of three before they sealed up the “W” with a 12-7 final eight minutes. 

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT: BOYS BASKETBALL   – JANUARY 31ST, 2024

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    February 1st, 2024

    MANNY’S SHOOTOUT

    SATURDAY, JANUARY 20TH

    WARREN  59   

    EASTON VALLEY  42

    MT. CARROLL, IL – Treyton Pafford had a huge thirty-four-point outing and for the most part the Warriors would need all of those points in a 59-42 win over the Easton Valley River Hawks who resides out of Preston, Iowa. 

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  • PIRATE COMPETITOR OF THE WEEK:   EMMA DUNCAN, GIRLS WRESTLING   

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    GALENA, IL – Pirate Competitor of the Week are:

    Emma Duncan, Girls Wrestling

    Emma competed in the IHSA Regional Wrestling Tournament at Erie-Prophetstown this weekend. Emma went 3-2  to claim 5th Place and a berth in the Sectionals at Geneseo.

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  • WISCONSIN FUEL AND RETAIL ASSOCIATION DAY HELD JANUARY 25TH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    MADISON, WI – Wisconsin Fuel and Retail Association day on Thursday, January 25th. 17th Disrict of Wisconsin Representative Howard Marklein met with constituents who work at Kwik Trip, Saunders Oil Company, METCO, and Powell Petroleum. Jeremy “Bakin” Saunders said “It is my 3rd year on the WFRA board of directors and he loves it. We at the WFRA are dedicated to the success of fuel marketers, convenience stores and their associated industries in Wisconsin.”

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  • FARM FORWARD: TURNING LAST SEASON’S CHALLENGES INTO NEXT SEASON’S TRIUMPHS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    ELIZABETH, IL – Join University of Illinois Extension Crop Sciences Educator Kathryn Seebruck for the first year of her series “Farm Forward: Turning Last Season’s Challenges Into Next Season’s Triumphs.” This monthly series aims to address the needs of row crop producers and will be rotated between Jo Daviess and Stephenson counties.

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  • EXPLORING THE BENEFITS OF COOPERATIVE HOUSING MODELS IN GREEN COUNTY

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    MONROE, WI – Cooperative Housing Models were presented as a solution for increasing housing inventory and affordability in Green County at a January 18th meeting in Monroe.  Speakers, Kelly Maynard, Cooperative Development Specialist with the UW Center for Cooperatives and William Oemichen Professor of Practice at UW Madison explained the benefits of this model as an innovative and sustainable approach to housing and one that puts community at the forefront of home ownership.

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  • TRI-STATE FOREST STEWARDSHIP CONFERENCE OFFERS LANDOWNERS OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT FORESTRY AND CONSERVATION PRACTICES

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – The Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference has a 25+ year tradition of providing great information and resources to forest landowners in the Illinois/Iowa/Wisconsin tri-state area.  It has been one of the largest conferences for forest landowners in the Midwest. 

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  • GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    LENA, IL – All are invited to worship at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 118 East Mason Street Lena, Illinois. On Sunday,  February 4th, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. for Worship Service. You may join the service in-person or via Facebook Live. The reading will be from Mark 1:29-39, Everywhere Jesus goes, many people expect him to set them free from oppression. Everywhere he goes, he heals people and sets them free. Disease, devils, and death are running for their lives. The forces that diminish human life are rendered powerless by Jesus.

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  • ILLINOIS EPA PROVIDES OVER $2,755,000 IN FUNDING TO THE CITY OF GALENA TO REPLACE LEAD SERVICE LINES

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois EPA Director John J. Kim announced $2,755,000 in funding to the City of Galena (Jo Daviess County) to replace lead service lines in the community. The funding is provided through the Illinois EPA’s State Revolving Fund (SRF), which provides low-interest loan funding for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater projects. The funding is in the form of principal forgiveness, so the City of Galena (City) will not have to repay any of the $2,755,000 in funding.

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  • JO DAVIESS COUNTY HAS BEEN AWARDED FEDERAL FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE DHS/FEMA UNDER THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER NATIONAL BOARD PROGRAM PHASE 41

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    JO DAVIESS COUNTY, IL – Jo Daviess County is set to receive $9,413 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs through Phase 41 of the EFSP Allocations

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  • UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE FALL SEMESTER 2023 ACADEMIC DEAN’S LIST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    DUBUQUE, IA – The University of Dubuque congratulates the following students on being appointed to the Fall Semester 2023 Academic Dean’s List:

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  • GALENA’S KLARA STRAND NAMED TO UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PRESIDENT’S LIST FOR 2023 FALL SEMESTER

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    IOWA CITY, IA  – Klara Strand of Galena, Illinois was among the more than 950 undergraduate students at the University of Iowa named to the president’s list for the 2023 fall semester.

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  • JULIA TOWNSEND OF GALENA NAMED TO  UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA FALL 2023 DEANS LIST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    TUSCALOOSA, AL –  Julia Townsend was named to The University of Alabama Deans List for fall semester 2023.

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  • DEAN’S LIST FROM LUTHER COLLEGE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    DECORAH, IA – Mackenzie Muehleip and Nora Tresemer of Galena made the Dean’s List at Luther College for the Fall 2023 semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.

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  • JENNA MEIER EARNS SEMESTER HONORS AT EDGEWOOD COLLEGE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    MADISON, WI – Jenna Meier of Gratiot has earned Semester Honors for the Fall 2023 semester at Edgewood College. Fulltime students who achieve a 3.5 grade point average for the semester are eligible for this honor.

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  • GRACE WILHELM NAMED TO SIENA COLLEGE PRESIDENT’S LIST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    LOUDONVILLE, NY – Grace Wilhelm was named to the Siena College President’s List for the Fall 2023 Semester. Wilhelm is from Galena, Illinois.

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  • MSOE DEAN’S LIST – FALL SEMESTER 2023

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    MILWAUKEE, WI –  Milwaukee School of Engineering congratulates students named to the Fall Semester 2023 Dean’s List.

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  • UNIVERSITY OF IOWA 2023 FALL SEMESTER DEAN’S LIST HONOREES ANNOUNCED

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    IOWA CITY, IA – More than 7,900 undergraduate students at the University of Iowa were named to the dean’s list for the 2023 fall semester. Dean’s list status was earned by 1,810 first year undergraduates during the 2023 fall semester at Iowa, 1,773 second year students, 1,940 third year students, and 2,458 fourth year students.

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  • 36TH ANNUAL FARM TOY AND CRAFT SHOW

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    FORRESTON, IL – On Saturday, March 9th, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., come to the Forreston FFA Alumni 36th Annual Farm Toy and Craft Show. The event will be held at the Forreston Junior/Senior High School, 601 East Main Street, Forreston, Illinois. The cost for general admission is $3.00, for children five and under it’s free to get in.

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  • ARCTIC ALE AND ART WALK OFFERS SHOPPING, LOCAL ARTISTS, BEER TASTING ON FEBRUARY 24TH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – The Greater Freeport Partnership will host the fifth annual Arctic Ale and Art Walk on Saturday, February 24th from noon to 4:00 p.m. More than 20 participating businesses will feature a local artist and the opportunity to taste a favorite ale.  A tasting cup is $10.00 and can be purchased the day of the event.

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  • FEMALE VETERANS BRUNCH ON SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    LENA, IL – The Lena American Legion Auxiliary will honor female veterans with a brunch on Saturday, April 20th, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.  This will be held at the Lena American Legion Home at 316 West Main Street, Lena.  There will be no charge for this brunch.  Please come and join us for fellowship and entertainment.

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  • SECOND ANNUAL FAT TUESDAY PANCAKE  SUPPER ON FEBRUARY 13TH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    WARREN, IL – Warren United Methodist Church and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church are excited to announce their Second Annual Fat Tuesday (“Mardi Gras”) Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 13th.

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  • GALENA LIONS CLUB ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    GALENA, IL – The Galena Lions Club welcomes you to the 60th annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, February 11th, from 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Galena Arts and Recreation Center and the United Churches of Galena Food Pantry. This community event will be held at the Galena High School Cafeteria, 1206 Franklin Street in Galena, Illinois. Patrons will be offered all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, applesauce, orange juice, milk and coffee.

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  • A LETTER CALLING ALL LOCAL ARTISTS & MUSICIANS!

    Written By: Michelle Bartch on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    STOCKTON, IL – We are looking for local artists and musicians who would be interested in helping us in organizing a non-profit organization based in Stockton which focuses on music and arts. This will be known as the M.A.R.S.S. Music and Arts Recreational Society of Stockton.

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  • ANNUAL PIE JUDGING AND SOUP TASTING AT THE LENA AMERICAN LEGION

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    LENA, IL – The American Legion Auxiliary held their annual Pie Judging and Soup Tasting at the Lena American Legion Home.  There were 11 pies entered and the winners were:

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  • WOLFF

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    February 1st, 2024

    WARREN, IL – Frances “Fran” Wolff, 93, of Warren, Illinois passed away on Thursday, February 1st, 2024 at the Lena Living Center, surrounded by her family.  Fran was born on April 14th, 1930 to Edwin and Charlotte (Drake) Huffman.  She married Frederick “Fred” Wolff Sr. on April 16th, 1955 and together they raised three devoted children. Fran farmed alongside her husband while raising the children.  In her later years, Fran worked at Coast to Coast in Warren for Tom and Janet Sargent.

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  • NORTHWEST ILLINOIS DAILY DRAWING WINNERS FOR JANUARY

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    NORTHWEST ILLINOIS – The Northwest Illinois Daily Drawing (a cooperative fundraiser) winners for January.

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  • NEED EXTRA CA$H? WHAT’S IT WORTH ON EBAY?

    Written By: Paul Connor on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    GALENA, IL – If you have an item and you would like to know what it is worth, send digital pictures with a brief description to paulhconnor@gmail.com or you can make an appointment to visit me at 201 North Commerce Street, Galena, Illinois. Be sure to check out our website at www.ezsellusa.com.

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  • Guest Column From Senator Andrew Chesney

    Written By: Andrew Chesney on
    February 1st, 2024

    www.SenatorChesney.com

    In 2024, We Must Reinvest in Kids

    January 31st, 2023

    During the 2023 session, Republicans in the Senate and House fought hard to continue a tax credit scholarship program for low-income Illinois school children. Through private donations made to a special fund, children in schools that were failing them for whatever reason had an opportunity to improve their chances for academic success by moving to a learning environment that met their needs. Donors to the program received a 75 percent Illinois income tax credit in exchange for their donations. It was incredibly successful, bringing in over $308 million dollars since 2017 to fund more than 38,000 individual scholarships.

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  • ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN  CHURCH EVENTS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    February 1st, 2024

    January 31st, 2023

    PEARL CITY, IL - St. John’s Lutheran Church, Pearl City, will celebrate the fifth Sunday of Epiphany on Sunday, February 4th at 9:00 a.m. 

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  • DEPARTMENT ON AGING SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR SENIOR ILLINOISANS HALL OF FAME

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL –  The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is seeking nominations for the 2024 induction class of the Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame, which honors the accomplishments of Illinois residents aged 65 and older.

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  • SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – On January 18th, 2024, at 1:50 p.m., Officers of the Freeport Police Department responded to the 500 block of West Broadway Street for a report of gunshots being fired. Upon arrival, Officers located evidence that showed a firearm had been discharged in area. Freeport Dispatch was then advised a gunshot victim had been dropped off at FHN Hospital. The victim, a 21-year-old male Freeport resident, was struck in the leg from a fired projectile. The male victim was treated and later released from FHN Hospital.

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  • GALENA EAGLES CLUB /BLACKHAWK AERIE F.O.E. #952 PRESENTS CHECK TO GALENA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING TEAM

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – Quincy Kalkbrenner, shown here with the Galena High School Wrestling Team, accepts a check for $2,275.00 from Patty Shillington, Treasurer of Galena Eagles Club, Blackhawk Aerie F.O.E No 952. The proceeds were from the recently held “Tornado Potatoes Event.”  Several wrestlers along with Coach Gary Webster volunteered at the event.

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  • NIU GRADUATION LIST: FALL 2023

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    DeKALB, IL – Over 1,100 students received their degrees from Northern Illinois University in December. Included among the graduates was the following student from our area:

     Galena, Illinois
     Michael Lorento, Master of Science in Education, Orientation and Mobility

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  • IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES FALL SEMESTER 2023 DEAN’S LIST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    AMES, IA – More than 10,800 Iowa State University students have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the fall semester 2023 Dean’s List. Students named to the Dean’s List must earn a grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded course work.

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  • PIRATE CO- COMPETITORS OF THE WEEK:   HELENA TOWNSEND & IZZY FARREY

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – Pirate Co-Competitors of the Week are: Helena Townsend-Grove- All-State Orchestra, Clarinet

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT: WRESTLING  – JANUARY 24TH, 2024

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    January 24th, 2024

    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17TH

    AT DURAND

    HONONEGAH  44   LE-WIN/STOCKTON  27

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT: GIRLS BASKETBALL – JANUARY 24TH, 2024

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    January 24th, 2024

    MONDAY, JANUARY 15TH

    WARREN  47   

    PEARL CITY  42

    WARREN, IL – Lauren Williams helped the Warriors race out to a 15-4 advantage with eight of her game high sixteen points and in a 47-42 win over the Lady Wolves who have played much better since the return of Fallyn Endress.

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT: BOYS BASKETBALL – JANUARY 24TH, 2024

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    January 24th, 2024

    PECATONICA BOYS MLK TOURNAMENT

    SATURDAY, JANUARY 13TH

    EASTLAND  42   

    GALENA  39

    PECATONICA, IL – In both squad’s tournament opener Eastland and Galena had a good one with the Cougars advancing with a 42-39 win. After a close first half in which Galena had a 28-21 lead at its end. The Cougars then responded with a 15-7 third quarter in which Adam Awender scored eight of his fifteen points to give his mates a narrow 36-35 lead after three quarters of play. It then was nip and tuck in the final eight minutes with the winners hanging on with a 6-4 final eight minutes. Free throw shooting was something both teams could have helped their cause with a better day at the stripe with Eastland going just five for thirteen while the Pirates had only six attempts while making half of them.

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  • LAYLA DRISCOLL-WEBSTER NAMED TO SUNY ONEONTA’S FALL 2023 DEAN’S LIST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    ONEONTA, NY – Layla Driscoll-Webster of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, was one of more than 1,200 SUNY Oneonta students who earned Dean’s List honors for the fall 2023 semester. Driscoll-Webster is studying Fashion and Textiles at SUNY Oneonta.

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  • UW-EAU CLAIRE FALL DEAN’S LIST ANNOUNCED 

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    EAU CLAIRE, WI – The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire extends congratulations to the 2,778 students named to the fall 2023 dean’s list. Their academic performance has been outstanding, and we recognize these students with pride.

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  • ILLINOIS PAYROLL JOBS INCREASE, UNEMPLOYMENT RATE UP IN DECEMBER

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced that the unemployment rate increased +0.1 percentage point to 4.8 percent, while nonfarm payrolls increased +1,200 in December, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and released by IDES. The November revised unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, unchanged from the preliminary November unemployment rate. The November monthly change in payrolls was revised from the preliminary report, from +6,800 to +4,400 jobs. The December unemployment rate and payroll jobs estimate reflect activity for the week including the 12th.

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  • LAUREN WILLIAMS OF SCALES MOUND NAMED TO FALL DEAN’S LIST AT GROVE CITY COLLEGE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    GROVE CITY, PA – Lauren Williams, an Elementary Education major at Grove City College from Scales Mound, has been named to the Dean’s List with High Distinction for the Fall 2023 semester. Lauren is a 2021 graduate of Homeschool and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Colin Williams (Elaine) from Scales Mound, Illinois.

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  • DICKERSON MAKES DEAN’S LIST AT MONMOUTH COLLEGE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    MONMOUTH, IL –  Maya Dickerson, a public relations major from Galena, has made the Dean’s List at Monmouth College for the Fall 2023 semester. Parents are: Jay E. and Hillary E. Dickerson of Galena, Illinois.

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  • JANUARY IS RADON ACTION MONTH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – Radon is a naturally-occurring element which is undetectable from human senses. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security (IEMA-OHS) is urging residents to take time in January to test their home for radon as part of 2024 Radon Action Month.

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  • CONGRATULATIONS STOCKTON  LITTLE BLACKHAWKS OF THE WEEK

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    STOCKTON, IL – We were finally able to recognize our first group of Little Blackhawks for 2024 today. These students continued to follow the Blackhawk Way even with our E-Learning schedule changes due to the weather the past two weeks! Congratulations, everyone!

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  • WEATHER AND CHANGING CLIMATE ON THE FARM NOW AND IN THE FUTURE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    ROCKFORD, IL -The only thing certain about modern farming is that things are always changing, and today’s weather isn’t your grandparents’ weather. Growing seasons are shifting, and extreme weather events like storms, floods, droughts, and wildfires are becoming more common. The University of Illinois Extension offers the opportunity to connect with agricultural climate experts, explore resources, and discuss real-world scenarios at the Agriculture Climate Tools Workshop on February 29th, at NIU Conference Center, 8500 East State Street, Rockford.

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  • MIGHTY RICHLAND PLAYERS DESSERT THEATER WILL HOLD AUDITIONS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    ORANGEVILLE, IL – Mighty Richland Players Dessert Theater will hold auditions for the dramady Murder By the Book by Craig Sodaro. What happens when some of the world’s greatest writers get together? Murder,  That’s What!

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  • PATIENT OF THE MONTH – YEARS OF HARD WORK CAN TAKE A TOLL ON THE BODY

    Written By: Drs. Mike & DeeDee Wampfler  • Premier Chiropractic - Stockton, Illinois on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    Time and work can take its toll on your body making you hurt and feeling like there’s nothing that can be done.  We are created and geared towards work and accomplishment.  Finishing another difficult project is rewarding and seeing what you’ve accomplished should bring joy and satisfaction, but years of hard work can leave your body feeling worn out.

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  • HAYES NOBLE OF GALENA, ILLINOIS HAS MADE THE HONOR ROLL AT SFCC

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    SPOKANE, WA – Hayes Noble of Galena, Illinois has earned a place on the Spokane Falls Community College honor roll for Fall quarter 2023. Students must earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher to be on the honor roll. Congratulations on this academic achievement!

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  • SENATE AND HOUSE REPUBLICANS OFFER LEGISLATIVE SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS MIGRANT CRISIS IN ILLINOIS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL — A group of Republican legislators is stepping up to provide legislative solutions to a migrant crisis that is overwhelming state and community resources.

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  • Edward Jones Financial Advisor,  Ashlie Stoddard

    Written By: Ashlie Stoddard on
    January 24th, 2024

    TREASURY BONDS: STILL SAFE FOR INVESTORS

    January 24th, 2023

    You may have read reports about an impending “debt crisis” in the U.S. Should you be worried about investing in Treasury securities?

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  • The Galena HUSH Report

    Written By: John Huschik • jhush-flash@lycos.com on
    January 24th, 2024

    Burn, Baby Burn

    January 24th, 2023

    We are talking about the recent decision by the Galena City Council to go full steam ahead on building new bathrooms on Main Street. We agree with Alderpersons Westemeier and Wienen that it’s not really the best idea and use of taxpayer dollars. The new public restrooms will be located at 403 South Main Street.

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  • INCI*DENTAL*LY

    Written By: By Dr. Stephen Petras, DMD • An Illinois Licensed General Dentist on
    January 24th, 2024

    THE SPREAD OF HEALTH MISINFORMATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA

    January 24th, 2023

    Since its inception in 1997, social media has become a global phenomenon. The average American adult now spends over two hours a day on social media and the average teenager spends four plus hours a day. Keep in mind that these are averages I am talking about. Some teenagers report up to nine hours a day spent on social media platforms.

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  • GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    LENA, IL – All are invited to worship at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 118 East Mason Street Lena, Illinois. On Sunday,  January 28th, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. for Worship Service. You may join service in-person or via Facebook Live. The reading will be from Mark 1:21-28. Forces that would bring death and disease have taken hold of a man, yet they recognize Jesus and know what his power means for them. Jesus commands these forces to leave and people are amazed at his authority.

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  • SCALES MOUND FFA TO SPONSOR BLOOD DRIVE ON FEBRUARY 8TH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    SCALES MOUND, IL – You can save a life at the American Red Cross Blood Drive on February 8th from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Scales Mound School Ag Building, located in the parking lot behind the school. For the best service, please make an appointment at 800-733-2767 or at https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive. As a bonus for your time, donors will receive a $20.00 Amazon gift card and the Food Science class will be serving soup and snacks following the donation.

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  • ILLINOIS RANKS AS NO. 1 SOY, NO. 2 CORN PRODUCING STATE FOR 2023

    Written By: DANIEL GRANT • FARMWEEK on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois once again produced some of the largest crops of any state in the nation despite drought and other weather challenges last year, according to USDA’s crop production report released January 12th.

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  • IDOT AWARDED $7.1 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO FIX, REPLACE ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGERS ACROSS STATE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced it has been awarded $7.1 million in federal funds to fix electric vehicle chargers available to the public statewide. The funding, made possible through the Federal Highway Administration’s Electric Vehicle Charger Reliability and Accessibility Program, helps support Governor J.B. Pritzker’s goal to have one million EVs on the road in Illinois by 2030.   

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  • KAPPES

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    STOCKTON, IL – Robert “Bob” Charles Kappes, age 92, of Stockton, Illinois passed away Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024 at FHN Hospital in Freeport surrounded by his family. He was born in Pleasant Valley on September 28th, 1931 to the late Lawrence and Opal (Schmidt) Kappes. Bob married Vernetta Ault on March 10th, 1956 in Orangeville. Vernetta passed away August 7th, 2009.

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  • WARREN COMMUNITY UNIT DISTRICT #205   

    Written By: School Board Minutes Submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING • WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13TH, 2023

    Published January 24th, 2023

    I. OPENING OF TRUTH-IN-TAXATION HEARING

    A.  Call to Order

    The Truth-in-Taxation session of the Warren Community School District #205 Board of Education meeting was held in the boardroom. President Sabinson called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

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  • IT’S TIME! (TO LEARN ABOUT THE GALENA HIGH SCHOOL REFERENDUM)

    Written By: Ron Jenkins and Keith Kropp, Guest Columnists on
    January 24th, 2024

    ARTICLE #1

    January 24th, 2023

    It’s time! In December, the Galena Unit School District Board of Education unanimously voted to place before the citizens of Galena a referendum to renovate and add to the existing Galena High School–which has served its community well for the past sixty-six years, but which needs to be brought into the 21st century (nearly a quarter of which has already elapsed).

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  • UW-MADISON ANNOUNCES FALL DEAN’S LIST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    MADISON, Wi – The University of Wisconsin-Madison has recognized students named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2023-2024 academic year.

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  • ILLINOIS SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIPS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding over $58,000 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2024-2025 academic year. The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois, full-time. Online learning is acceptable.

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  • STOCKTON PARK DISTRICT BOARD MEETING

    Written By: Park Board Minutes Submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    STOCKTON PARK HOUSE   • DECEMBER 20TH, 2023  •  REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES • 6:30 PM

    Published January 24th, 2023

    Meeting called to order by President Calvin Klopf at 6:30 p.m.

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  • GCDC GRANT AWARD SUPPORTS CHILDCARE EFFORTS IN GREEN COUNTY

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    MONROE, WI – Green County Development Corporation (GCDC) is proud to announce a $70,000 grant award for childcare education and capital improvement from Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

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  • JO DAVIESS COUNTY EXTENSION AND 4-H FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIPS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    ELIZABETH, IL – Jo Daviess County Extension and 4-H Foundation announces the availability of the Ralph and Katherine Norris Scholarship and the Jo Daviess County Association for Home and Community Education Scholarship.

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  • NORTHERN ILLINOIS 4-H SUMMER CAMP – CHANGE YOUR CHILD’S LIFE!

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    POLO, IL – Registration for 4-H Camp 2024 is open!  4-H Camp is set for June 9th-13th, 2024, at Rock River Christian Camp, Polo, Illinois.  Sign up today to get your child in on all the amazing fun! 

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  • HIGHLAND ANNOUNCES CALL FOR ENTRIES TO 52ND ANNUAL DISTRICT JURIED ART EXHIBIT

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – Highland Community College announces a call for entries for the 52nd annual District Juried Art Exhibit. Works are due on Wednesday, February 1st for the exhibit, which runs February 14th to March 11th. Submission directions can be found at highland.edu/juriedart.

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  • CABIN FEVER? TAKE AN ART, POTTERY, MUSIC OR COOKING CLASS AT THE GALENA ARC THIS WINTER

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – The Galena ARC is offering several art, pottery, music, and cooking classes this winter for adults. Visit us online to learn more about the following classes and workshops and how to register: GalenaARC.org.

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  • 2024 STOCKTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL MEETING

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    STOCKTON, IL – You’ve been invited for a night of food and Edu-tainment!

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  • GALENA EAGLES TRIVIA TOURNAMENT ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 27TH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – How is your knowledge of facts? Do you enjoy Trivia? Are you interested in a challenge? Well, the Galena Eagles has something very special planned for Trivia enthusiasts. 

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  • GCDC ANNUAL BUSINESS AWARDS  OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    MONROE, WI – Green County Development Corporation (GCDC) is now accepting nominations for special awards to honor those who have made an outstanding contribution to our business community. Nominations are due Monday, February 26th.

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  • MIDWEST MEDICAL CENTER MEDICAL EDUCATION FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    GALENA, IL— Five loan/scholarship programs are available through Midwest Medical Center to provide financial assistance to persons pursuing an education in a medical field at an accredited school of the student’s choice.

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  • NEED EXTRA CA$H?  WHAT’S IT WORTH ON EBAY?

    Written By: Paul Connor on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – If you have an item and you would like to know what it is worth, send digital pictures with a brief description to paulhconnor@gmail.com or you can make an appointment to visit me at 201 North Commerce Street, Galena, Illinois. Be sure to check out our website at www.ezsellusa.com.

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  • REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE MEETING NOTICE – REGION 1

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    OTTAWA, IL – The next Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP) Regional Transportation Committee meeting for Region 1 (Boone, Carroll, Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties) will be held on Thursday January 25th, 2024 – 10:00 a.m. at Boone County Public Transit – 2141 Henry Luckow Lane, Belvidere, Illinois 61008. Human service organizations with an interest in public transportation are strongly encouraged to attend, as well as anyone interested in public transit. If you would like further information, please contact: hstp@ncicg.org or call us at (815) 433-5830.

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  • ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN  CHURCH EVENTS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    PEARL CITY, IL - St. John’s Lutheran Church, Pearl City, will celebrate the fourth Sunday of Epiphany on Sunday, January 28th at 9:00 a.m. 

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  • SENATOR ANDREW CHESNEY’S FALL SURVEY AFFIRMS TRADITIONAL CONSERVATIVE VALUES IN NORTHWEST ILLINOIS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – State Senator Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) recently sent a survey to 71,000 households in the 45th Senate District, and results confirm that they want conservative and traditional values represented in Springfield policy discussions.

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  • LENA-WINSLOW FFA WILL BE HOSTING A CHILI SUPPER

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    LENA, IL –  The Lena-Winslow FFA will be hosting a Chili Supper on February 9th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Lena-Winslow Elementary Cafetorium. They will be serving bean and meat chili, ham/turkey sandwiches, and dessert. A portion of the proceeds will also be going to the Farm Rescue Charity which provides equipment and volunteers to farmers in times of personal need. We ask that tickets be pre-ordered in the Le-Win High School office. If there are any questions please contact Jacob Snook at (815)-668-0787.

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  • WATCH FOR SIGNS OF SELF-HARM AND SUICIDE IN YOUTH: SUICIDE PREVENTION SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAM TO BE OFFERED IN MONROE ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 26TH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    MONROE, WI – As students begin the spring semester, the Department of Health Services (DHS) encourages parents and caregivers to be aware of Wisconsin Emergency Department data from the National Syndromic Surveillance Program that shows young people experience large increases in self-harm injuries at certain times of the year, including when school resumes after the winter holidays.

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  • TRAIN WHISTLES AND GRANDPARENTS

    Written By: Scott Cernek, pastor of Peace Church in Browntown, Wisconsin on
    January 24th, 2024

    January 24th, 2023

    I just love train whistles, especially the long slow ones in the middle of the night. The soft sound of that whistle wafting through the night sky, drifting across the fields, and into my ears as I lay there in bed is one of the most peaceful tranquilities in the entire world to my ears.

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  • NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 24th, 2024

    Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

    Date: Wednesday,  January 24th, 2024

    Time: 7:00 p.m.
    Place: Jo Daviess County Board Room – 3rd Floor
    Agenda:   Any items that require the attention of the committee.

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  • LORAS COLLEGE ANNOUNCES FALL 2023 DEAN’S LIST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    DUBUQUE, IA – Loras College has announced the names of students who achieved Dean’s List status for the 2023 fall semester. A student must earn a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours to be recognized.

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  • RIVER RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL – 2ND QUARTER HONOR ROLL

    Written By: Honor roll submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    2023/2024 SCHOOL YEAR

    January 17th, 2023

    4.00+

    Ella Dittmar, Lane Groezinger, Wesley Haas, Elizabeth Rife, Amber Schlarmann, Ashlynn Wasmund, Samuel Cobine, Violet Golden, Brogan Grube, Christian Morhardt, Lucas Wurster, Lily Engle, Skye McLane, Mesa Whitmer

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  • RIVER RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL – SEMESTER 1 HONOR ROLL

    Written By: Honor roll submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    2023/2024 SCHOOL YEAR

    January 17th, 2023

    4.00+

    Enver Ahmedi, Addison Albrecht, Millicent Boden, Cora Boop, Ruby Dickerson, Avery Engle, Morgan Flynn, Dolan Geerts, Lynnea Groezinger, Arthur Horn, Matthew Johnson, Edoardo Marcolin, Gwendoline Miller, Micaela Miller, Amie Richmond, Isaac Rife, Evelyn Walters, Kathryn Cobine, Kayla Diehl, Aizlynn Griffiths, Nathan Haas, Lucius Mendenhall, Elaina Doms, Samuel Rife, Nicholas Cobine

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  • SNHU ANNOUNCES FALL 2023 PRESIDENT’S LIST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    MANCHESTER, NH – It is with great pleasure that Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) congratulates the following students on being named to the Fall 2023 President’s List. The fall terms run from September to December.

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  • YOU’RE INVITED TO THE QUAD CITY GOSPEL CELEBRATION

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    MOLINE, IL – Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. at the Adler Theatre in Davenport, Iowa. FREE ADMISSION – Reservations Requested. WQPT PBS and The Friends of MLK invite you to join them for the Quad City Gospel Celebration, a night filled with uplifting music and powerful performances. Get ready to be moved by the soulful voices and heartfelt lyrics of talented gospel artists from the Quad City area, including: Jerry Johnson and the Voices of the QC, Ashley Dean, Olivet Baptist Church Male Chorus, Gospel Mission Temple Inspirational Choir, Dwayne Hodges, Pastor Sam Kyles and Vision, and Gospel Soul Revivers.

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  • GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    LENA, IL – All are invited to worship at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 118 East Mason Street Lena, Illinois. On Sunday, January 21st, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. for Worship Service. You may join the service in-person or via Facebook Live. The reading will be from Mark 1:14-20, Before Jesus calls his first disciples, he proclaims a message that becomes known as “the gospel” or good news from God. God is ready to rule our lives. Those who realize this will respond with repentance and faith.

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  • VILLAGE OF STOCKTON

    Written By: Board minutes submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    REGULAR MEETING OF THE PRESIDENT AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES MINUTES • DECEMBER 12TH, 2023

    January 17th, 2023

    Call to Order:

    President Kunz called the meeting to order on December 12th, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. and asked the Clerk to call the roll.

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT: WRESTLING  – JANUARY 17TH, 2024

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    January 17th, 2024

    ABE’S RUMBLE

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30TH

    AT LENA

    LE-WIN  75   WEST CARROLL  0

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT: GIRLS BASKETBALL – JANUARY 17TH, 2024

    Written By: on
    January 17th, 2024

    NORTHWEST ILLINOIS GIRLS BASKETBALL SHOOTOUT

    SATURDAY, JANUARY 6TH

    AT LANARK

    AQUIN  66   

    EASTLAND  51

         LANARK, IL – In the final contest of the shootout the Aquin Bulldogs put a 66-51 beating on the hometown Cougars.  Eastland got the Bulldogs attention with a 17-10 first quarter before they stretched the difference to 35-26 at the half following a Cougars 18-16 second period.  In both of those first two quarters the Cougars Olivia Klinefelter booked six of her fourteen points only to have Aquin’s freshman Paityn London match those numbers.  Down 35-26 at the break the Bulldogs began their journey back with a 17-10 third quarter to get within 45-43 at the end of three.  In the final eight minutes Aquin would steal the win with a big 23-6 finish.

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT: BOYS BASKETBALL  – JANUARY 17TH, 2024

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    January 17th, 2024

    BATTLE OF THE STATELINE

    SATURDAY, JANUARY 6TH

    AT WARREN

    PEARL CITY  60   

    ARGYLE  55

         WARREN, IL – In the shootout’s opener the Pearl Wolves upended the 8-2 Argyle Orioles 60-55 in overtime.  The Orioles showed why they have the record they have with a 24-18 first quarter in which their junior Ike Waage scored eight of his game high twenty-one points.  Pearl City then answered that opening period with a 18-6 second quarter to take a 36-30 advantage into the break.  With an 8-6 third quarter the Oriole cut the difference to just four points with eight minutes left to play.  Argyle then rallied with a 15-11 fourth quarter to force the overtime period.  In the extra session the Wolves had a 7-2 finish which included four free throws to earn the win.

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  • ADDY BOHNSACK SCORES HER 1000TH POINT

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    WARREN, IL – Addy Bohnsack pictured with coaches and teammates.

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  • LOCAL STUDENTS NAMED TO MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY’S FALL 2023 DEAN’S LIST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    MILWAUKEE, WI - The following students have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2023 semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

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  • SSM HEALTH MONROE HOSPITAL ONCE AGAIN HOSTING CLUB SCRUB

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    MONROE, WI – SSM Health Monroe Hospital is excited to offer 8th grade students an opportunity to learn about healthcare professions through our Club Scrub program.

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  • This ‘N  That from the Stockton Heritage Museum

    Written By: ANN COPPERNOLL on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    Another New Year’s Day has passed, and the first check written for 2024! And after our fairly mild fall and start to winter,  it, winter, has arrived with conviction!  In not leaving the house, a couple of cupboards and closets have been cleared and cleaned.  No excuse!

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  • The Galena HUSH Report

    Written By: John Huschik • jhush-flash@lycos.com on
    January 17th, 2024

    Missing on Main

    January 17th, 2023

    Last week we wrote about the housing market in Galena. It’s true that there is a shortage of affordable family homes for purchase or rent. That also includes the single resident market. Galena also needs modern rentals with laundry facilities, adequate storage and dedicated off-street or garage parking. Based on the socio-economics of Galena, our lack-of-housing situation is not one that will be settled easily…or soon.

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  • INCI*DENTAL*LY

    Written By: Dr. Stephen Petras, DMD • An Illinois Licensed General Dentist on
    January 17th, 2024

    THE NEW YEAR BRINGS A NEW LAW

    January 17th, 2023

    A new Illinois law that became effective on January first is providing patients with cranial facial anomalies and their families something to smile about.

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  • STATE OF ILLINOIS COMBATS HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND SUPPORTS SURVIVORS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The State of Illinois is recognizing Human Trafficking Awareness Day, part of the larger Human Trafficking Awareness Month, in an effort to raise awareness about one of the most under-reported and under-identified crimes. Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to control another person for labor or commercial sex act purposes.  Every year millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide, including in the United States and in Illinois.

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  • NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    CANCELLED – Liquor Commission Meeting
    Date: Wednesday, January 17th, 2024
    Time: 11:00 a.m.
    Place: Jo Daviess County Board Room – 3rd Floor
    Agenda:   Any items that require the attention of the committee.

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  • ILLINOIS EPA ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL $3.4 MILLION AWARDED TO 92 COMMUNITY WATER SUPPLIES THROUGH LATEST ROUND OF LEAD SERVICE LINE INVENTORY GRANT PROGRAM

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) Director John J. Kim today announced the recipients of the third round of funding which will assist 92 additional community water supplies (CWSs) in meeting the requirements outlined in the Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act (LSLRN Act). The Lead Service Line Inventory (LSLI) Grant Program offers grants to local government units ranging from $20,000 – $50,000 to fund the creation of a complete lead service line inventory. Under this grant program, a total of 260 Illinois systems have benefited from this funding in calendar year 2023.

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  • CONCERNS ABOUT HERBICIDE RESISTANCE ADDRESSED AT NORTHWEST ILLINOIS AGRONOMY SUMMIT

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    ELIZABETH, IL – Herbicide resistance is one of agronomic crop producers’ most challenging issues. Kathryn Seebruck, Crops Educator, U of I Extension, will address Navigating the Inevitability of Herbicide Resistance at the upcoming Northwest Illinois Agronomy Summit. Our understanding of resistance is not keeping pace with the frequency of resistance evolution, making it increasingly difficult to mitigate. This presentation will explore herbicide resistance evolution, discuss the rise in non-target-site (NTS) resistance, and illustrate the importance of utilizing multiple control methods to prevent weed seed production.

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  • WEATHER A CHANGING CLIMATE ON THE FARM NOW AND IN THE FUTURE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    ROCKFORD, IL -The only thing certain about modern farming is that things are always changing, and today’s weather isn’t your grandparents’ weather. Growing seasons are shifting, and extreme weather events like storms, floods, droughts, and wildfires are becoming more common. The University of Illinois Extension offers the opportunity to connect with agricultural climate experts, explore resources, and discuss real-world scenarios at the Agriculture Climate Tools Workshop on February 29th, at NIU Conference Center, 8500 East State Street, Rockford.

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  • SOIL HEALTH TO BE  DISCUSSED AT NORTHWEST ILLINOIS AGRONOMY SUMMIT

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    ELIZABETH, IL – Is building soil health while maintaining crop yields possible in Northern Climates? Over the past five years, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been exploring the possibilities of incorporating reduced tillage and winter rye into corn and soybean crop rotations. This work has proven very successful. Dan Smith, Southwest Regional Specialist, Nutrient and Pest Management Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will discuss the results in his presentation at the Northwest Illinois Agronomy Summit.

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  • SOUTH WAYNE BLOOD DRIVE WAS A SUCCESS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    SOUTH WAYNE, WI – Red Cross Blood drive was successful despite the weather. The quota was set at 30 and 32 pints were collected. There were two deferrals, and ten walk-ins, which worked out great, because of missed appointments due to the weather and two deferrals. Jeffery Diehl gave a double.  There were no first  timers.

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  • ILLINOIS RAISES AWARENESS DURING  COMMUNITY RISK REDUCTION WEEK 

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – Governor J.B. Pritzker has proclaimed Monday, January 15th, 2024, through Sunday, January 21st, 2024, as Community Risk Reduction (CRR) Week in Illinois. CRR is a data-driven process to identify and prioritize local risks, followed by the integrated and strategic investment of resources (emergency response and prevention) to reduce their occurrence and impact.

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  • KRISTIN HALL OF GALENA, ILLINOIS, WAS NAMED TO DEAN’S LIST AT OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    BOURBONNAIS, IL – Kristin Hall of Galena, Illinois, was named to the dean’s list at Olivet Nazarene University during the recently completed fall 2023 semester. To qualify for inclusion on the dean’s list, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale.

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  • LOCAL STUDENTS NAMED TO FALL 2023 DEAN’S LIST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    DeKALB, IL – Northern Illinois University announces its fall 2023 Dean’s List students. To earn this distinction, students must meet a minimum semester grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology or a minimum of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale in the colleges of Business, Education, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts.

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  • FHN CELEBRATES DECEMBER DAISY AND BEE AWARD WINNERS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – Every day, every person at FHN strives to provide exceptional, compassionate care to our patients and their loved ones. We are proud to announce FHN’s December 2023 DAISY and BEE award recipients.

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  • THREE AREA STUDENTS RECEIVE FHN HEALTHCARE CAREER SCHOLARSHIPS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    FREEPORT, lL — Three area students have been awarded scholarships to help cover the cost of healthcare education. An outstanding group of students applied for the Healthcare scholarships this year.

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  • ADDITIONAL NAMES TO CLARKE UNIVERSITY FALL DEAN’S LIST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    DUBUQUE, IA – Clarke University is proud to announce the Dean’s List for the Fall 2023 semester. The list recognizes full-time Clarke students who have earned a 3.65 grade-point average or above, on a 4.0 scale, with a minimum of 12 graded hours.

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  • UW-STEVENS POINT UNDERGRADUATES HONORED FOR SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    STEVENS POINT, WI – The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point honored more than 2,500 undergraduate students for attaining high grade point averages during the fall semester of the 2023-2024 academic year.

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  • RIVER RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL – 2ND QUARTER HONOR ROLL

    Written By: Honor roll submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    2023/2024 SCHOOL YEAR

    January 17th, 2023

    4.00+

    Enver Ahmedi, Addison Albrecht, Millicent Boden, Cora Boop, Ruby Dickerson, Avery Engle, Morgan Flynn, Macey Fulton, Dolan Geerts, Lynnea Groezinger, Arthur Horn, Matthew Johnson, Katherine Leonard, Edoardo Marcolin, Gwendoline Miller, Micaela Miller, Amie Richmond, Isaac Rife, Evelyn Walters, Kathryn Cobine, Kayla Diehl, Aizlynn Griffiths, Laiken Haas, Nathan Haas, Lucius Mendenhall, Elaina Doms, Sawyer Fry, Jaime Miller, Samuel Rife, Sarah Winter, Nicholas Cobine, Faith Morhardt

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  • HCE POLLINATORS PROGRAM

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – Please join us for a lesson on Pollinators, to be held on Saturday, March 9th, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau Building, located at 210 West Spring Street, in Freeport.

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  • WINTER HAS ARRIVED

    Written By: Scott Cernek, pastor of Peace Church in Browntown, Wisconsin on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    Winter has finally arrived here in southern Wisconsin, and it has come with vengeance and in all its glory. In the last few days we have been hit complete with two large snowfalls and then an artic vortex of cold and wind that is rather bone-chilling to say the least.

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  • NAACP FREEPORT EVENT  RESCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 24TH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – Due to the snow storm, the previously announced event of the NAACP Freeport celebrating the National Day of Racial Healing is rescheduled for February 24th at 9:30 a.m. at the Freeport Public Library. See original press release below:

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  • SENATOR ANDREW CHESNEY LAUNCHES FIRST ANNUAL “VALENTINES FOR SENIORS” CARD DRIVE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – With the start of the new year in Illinois, State Senator Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) is launching his first annual “Valentines for Seniors” card drive. To brighten the days of seniors and make sure they know they are a valued part of the community, Senator Chesney is asking students from public and private schools, church groups, scouting organizations, and other groups to create homemade cards that will be delivered to assisted living centers, nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the 45th Senate District.

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  • SSM HEALTH TO HOST FREE AGING ADULTS EDUCATION SESSIONS IN 2024

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    MONROE, WI – There are many factors that impact the overall health and wellness of aging adults in our community.  

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  • GALENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS WILL O’ THE WISP

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – Will O’ The Wisp, a play written by Galena’s Ted Williams and Robyn Davis, is set in the early Galena lead mining period and details the life of Theodore Jones, a Welsh miner and his family. Written in a Welsh folkloric style, Will-O’-the-Wisp is filled with history, humor, romance, superstition, mystery, and, bit of whiskey.

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  • POP FACTORY PLAYERS’  THE SOUND OF MUSIC

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    DARLINGTON, WI – Darlington’s Pop Factory Players are thrilled to announce their upcoming production of the classic musical The Sound of Music. Set to captivate audiences with its timeless story and unforgettable music, this beloved musical will come to life on the stage at the Leona M. Haven’s Theatre located at Darlington High School, 11838 Center Hill Road, Darlington, Wisconsin 53530. Opening weekend is Saturday, January 20th, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 21st at 1:30 p.m. The following weekend dates and times are Friday, January 26th, and Saturday, January 27th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 28th at 1:30 p.m.

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  • GALENA AMERICAN LEGION LEGIONNAIRE OF THE YEAR FOR POST 193

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – Dale Knipschield – Legionnaire of The Year for Post 193 of The American Legion. He has worked countless hours on The Posts Auctions and Dinners.  Thank you Dale for your commitment. Pictured are Dale Knipschield and Valerie Slayton Adjutant of Post 193.

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  • SSM HEALTH HOSTS BLOOD DRIVE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    MONROE, WI – To help meet the continued national blood supply need, please consider participating in SSM Health’s Community Blood Drive on Tuesday, January 30th. The Blood Drive will run from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the St. Clare Conference Center at their main clinic located at 515 22nd Avenue in Monroe.

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  • HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION IN FREEPORT, ILLINOIS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – On January 13th, 2024, at 2:26 a.m., Officers of the Freeport Police Department responded to a residence in the 1100 Block of South Oak Avenue for a reported shooting incident.

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  • NOTICE TO THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED VOTERS FROM JO DAVIESS COUNTY

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – Voters may request a vote-by-mail ballot by calling the Jo Daviess County Clerk at 815-777-0161, emailing elections@jodaviesscountyil.gov or by completing an online application at www. jodaviesscountyil.gov/election. If you have applied to be added to the Permanent Vote by Mail list and indicated a Primary party preference, your ballot will be automatically sent to you. In each instance, ballots will not be mailed prior to Thursday, February 8th, 2024. If voters are returning their vote-by-mail ballot application by mail, it must be received in the Clerk’s office by Thursday, March 14th, 2024, as this is the last day a ballot may be sent via USPS.

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  • NEED EXTRA CA$H?  WHAT’S IT WORTH ON EBAY?

    Written By: Paul Connor on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – If you have an item and you would like to know what it is worth, send digital pictures with a brief description to paulhconnor@gmail.com or you can make an appointment to visit me at 201 North Commerce Street, Galena, Illinois. Be sure to check out our website at www.ezsellusa.com.

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  • JO DAVIESS COUNTY SEEKS INPUT ON 2045 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – Jo Daviess County is finalizing the update to its Comprehensive Plan. The Plan is meant to guide decisions and future development through 2045 by reviewing existing conditions and refining a vision for the County.

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  • Guest Column From Senator Andrew Chesney

    Written By: Andrew Chesney on
    January 17th, 2024

    Legislators Must Act to Address Migrant Crisis

    www.SenatorChesney.com

    January 17th, 2023

    For the last 18 months, Governor J.B. Pritzker has quietly issued consecutive 30-day disaster proclamations for the State of Illinois as it relates to the migrant crisis and the hordes of non-citizens making their way to Illinois from the U.S. southern border. These orders grant him massive power to bypass the Legislature, a co-equal branch of government, and move and spend budget dollars how he sees fit.

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  • SUN DOGS BRIGHTEN THE SKIES OVER JO DAVIESS COUNTY

    Written By: Bill and Carla Randecker on
    January 17th, 2024

    January 17th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – This was taken the morning of January 14th off of Chetlain Lane, Galena, Illinois. Shown is a phenomenon called a sun dog. Sun dogs are somewhat rare and require a mixture of cold temperatures, a high sun angle and millions of plate shaped ice crystals creating a mock sun on one or either side of the sun.

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  • TESSA TUCKER MAKES THE DEAN’S LIST AT MCKENDREE UNIVERSITY

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    LEBANON, IL – Congratulations to Tessa Tucker of Stockton, Illinois, who was named to the McKendree University fall 2023 semester Dean’s List for earning a grade point average of 3.60 or higher.

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  • VILLAGE OF SCALES MOUND

    Written By: Board minutes submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees • Stone House • November 27th, 2023 • 7:00 p.m.

    Published January 10th, 2023

    The Regular Meeting of the President and Board of Trustees was called to order at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 27th, 2023.  Members present were Nicole Winter, John Duerr, Ruth Foley, Garrett Hillary, Scott Ohms, Kristy Schueller, and Janet Werner.  Deven Morgensen, Village Clerk, Steve Stadel, Village Treasurer, and Ron Duerr were also present. 

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  • CASE HARMSTON NAMED TO  WARTBURG COLLEGE FALL TERM DEAN’S LIST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    WAVERLY, IA – Case Harmston of Elizabeth was named to the Wartburg College Fall Term Dean’s List.

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  • UW-WHITEWATER ANNOUNCES DEAN’S LIST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    WHITEWATER, WI – A total of 3,757 students earned a spot on the Dean’s List at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for the 2023 fall semester.

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  • NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    Legislative Committee Meeting – RESCHEDULED
    Rescheduled to: Thursday,January 25th, 2024
    Time:  2:00 p.m.
    Place: Jo Daviess County Board Room – 3rd Floor
    Agenda:  Any items that require the attention of the committee.

    Board & Committee Meeting Agendas can be found on the
    Jo Daviess County website www.jodaviesscountyil.gov

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  • HIGHLAND LIFELONG LEARNING OFFERS NEW COURSES IN FEBRUARY

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL - Highland Community College Lifelong Learning February classes include Terrarium Bottle, Maple Syrup 101, Espresso Drinks and How to Order Them, Beginning Wheel-Thrown Pottery, and Soft Pastel for Beginners. To register online and view the complete Lifelong Learning schedule, visit highland.edu/lifelong. 

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  • THOMAS HEREAU BECAME THE 15TH MEMBER OF THE 1000-POINT CLUB

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    SCALES MOUND, IL – On December 29th, 2023, Thomas Hereau became the 15th member of the 1000-point club for Hornet Basketball at the Alexander Holiday Tournament in Benton. Way to go, Thomas! We are proud of you!

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT:  WRESTLING – JANUARY 10TH, 2023

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    January 11th, 2024

    TUESDAY, JANUARY 2ND

    AT ROCK FALLS

    LE-WIN/STOCKTON  66   

    ROCK FALLS  9

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT: GIRLS BASKETBALL –  JANUARY 10TH, 2023

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    January 11th, 2024

    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29TH

    LE-WIN  40   

    MERCER COUNTY  35

         PROPHETSTOWN, IL – The Panthers used a 15-4 fourth quarter to come from behind to beat the Mercer County Golden Eagles out of Aledo 40-35.  With the win the Panthers moved on to the championship game which was played on Saturday. Mercer County put the Panthers in a 16-11 hole after the opening quarter and they would stay there until that big ending. Following that first quarter The Eagles upped the difference to 23-17 at the half after a 7-6 Eagles second period. The two teams then played a 8-8 third quarter to set the stage for that big ending.

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT: BOYS BASKETBALL – JANUARY 10TH, 2023

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    January 11th, 2024

    CLIFF WARKINS MEMORIAL CLASSIC

    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29TH

    LE-WIN  56   

    ORION  44

         ERIE, IL – In a game between teams that finished second in their pool the Panthers improved to 9-4 with a 56-44 win over the Orion Chargers. The Panthers got off to a 17-13 first quarter lead behind eight of Jaylen Rakowska’s seventeen points with all but two of them coming in the first half.

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  • ILLINOIS BREAKS WHEAT YIELD RECORDS

    Written By: PHYLLIS COULTER, FarmWeek on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois wheat growers broke yield records for the third year in a row.

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  • LOCAL STUDENTS NAMED TO COLUMBIA COLLEGE FALL 2023 SEMESTER DEAN’S LIST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    COLUMBIA, MO – Columbia College recently announced its dean’s list for the Fall 2023 Semester (August-December 2023). To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have completed 12 credit hours in a 16-week period and achieved a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0-point scale.

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  • COMMITTEE MEMBERS WENT OVER LAYOUT FOR THE F-4 AERIAL COMBAT MEMORIAL

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    LENA, IL – Members of the Northwest Illinois F-4 Aerial Combat Memorial Committee going over a tentative layout for the memorial park, which will be the permanent home of the F-4.  Donations are still needed to be able to finish this project which if everything goes well will be this summer.  The committee is currently waiting to hear when the company will have us on the schedule this spring to move the jet.  Memorial papers are still available also.

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  • ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN  CHURCH EVENTS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    PEARL CITY, IL - St. John’s Lutheran Church, Pearl City, will celebrate the second Sunday of Epiphany on Sunday, January 14th at 9:00 a.m. 

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  • LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION AND PRINCIPLES  FOR BEGINNERS WEBINAR SERIES

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    ELIZABETH, IL – The Livestock Production and Principles for Beginners Webinar Series returns in 2024. This monthly series, first launched in 2023, addresses the needs of those who are getting started, exploring the concept of, or even assists those currently raising livestock. With a focus on helping those who are brand new to livestock, 4-H families may be interested in these sessions. 

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  • EXTENSION OFFERS NATURAL RESOURCES EVENT ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 27TH, 2023

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    ELIZABETH, IL – Embrace winter’s beauty through outdoor exploration and indoor inspiration at University of Illinois Extension’s Winter Trails and Naturalist Tales from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 27th, 2024.

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  • Edward Jones Financial Advisor,  Ashlie Stoddard

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    PSA: HOW WOULD YOU HANDLE FORCED EARLY RETIREMENT?

    January 10th, 2023

    Here’s a sobering statistic: About 40 percent of Americans say they have been forced into retirement, according to a survey from Edward Jones and Morning Consult, a research firm. If this happened to you, would you be prepared?

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  • The Galena HUSH Report

    Written By: John Huschik • jhush-flash@lycos.com on
    January 11th, 2024

    Not Every House is a Home

    January 10th, 2023

    Recently, the Galena city council has been approached by various groups and individuals that are encouraging the city to go out and aggressively pursue new housing for Galena.

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  • GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    LENA, IL – All are invited to worship at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 118 East Mason Street Lena, Illinois. On Sunday, January 14th, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. for Worship Service. You may join service in-person or via Facebook Live. The reading will be from John 1:43-51, In John’s gospel, Jesus’ ministry begins with the call of disciples, who then bring others to Jesus. Philip’s friend Nathanael moves from skepticism to faith when he accepts the invitation to “Come and see.”

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  • CARL’S JANUARY BLAST!

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – Another year… we stayed up until midnight to celebrate the new year! And it got me thinking about how we celebrated in our pre-Galena days…like in the 1960s when we lived in the suburbs of Chicago.

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  • GRATIOT FIRE DEPARTMENT FIRE CHIEF RETIRES AFTER 37 YEARS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    GRATIOT, WI – Ralph Stietz, member of the Gratiot Fire Department, was chief for the last ten years and also a member for 37 years retires. Thank you for everything you have done for the community and congratulations on your retirement! 

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  • REAL WINTER RETURNS

    Written By: Scott Cernek, pastor of Peace Church in Browntown, Wisconsin on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    In case you haven’t noticed it’s been a very mild winter so far here in southern Wisconsin.  I don’t think any of the lakes in this area are frozen yet and it’s almost the middle of January.

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  • AMERICAN LEGION POST 193 GALENA DISTRIBUTES BATTLE BUDDY BOXES

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – American Legion members distribute Battle Buddy Boxes to veterans at Midwest Medical Center in Galena for Christmas.  A Battle Buddy Box is filled with needed and wanted items to put a sparkle in the veteran’s day.  These boxes are distributed to veterans that are undergoing medical procedures or just to show how much we appreciate their sacrifice for our country.  Any comments, please send to battlebuddyboxes1@gmail.com. From left to right: Commander Jerry Howard, Chaplain David Glasgow, Sgt. of Arms Ed Schultz, Adjutant Valerie Slayton, Past Commander Art Ricker and County Chaplain Dale Wohlers.

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  • APPLE RIVER COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    APPLE RIVER, IL - Help out the American Red Cross by coming out for the Apple River Lions Club on Monday, January 22nd 2024 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to The Stagecoach Event Center at 446 East Hickory Street in Apple River, Illinois. For an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org.

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  • SHAKE RAG ALLEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS LOOKS FORWARD TO CELEBRATING ITS 20TH YEAR

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    MINERAL POINT, WI – Online registrations began rolling in before open business hours at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts as the 2024 catalog launch went live. The organization is preparing to celebrate its 20th year with expanded Fiber offerings including new weaving classes and explorations of sustainable fashion; glassblowing in Metal & Heat; and more favorites in Heritage Craft, while continuing to bring teaching artists from across the street and the country.

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  • GALENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS OPENS “GALENA ROOTS” AND REGIONAL ARTIST NEW EXHIBITS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – The Galena Center for the Arts, 971 Gear Street, announces the opening of exhibits in both their main Regional Artists Gallery and Special Exhibit space.  The main gallery will house a variety of artwork from regional artists, while the Special Exhibit space will present artwork from artists who have “Galena Roots,” but no longer live in the area.

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  • GALENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – The Galena Center for the Arts, 971 Gear Street, Galena, Illinois, welcomes Raven Rose and Lojo Russo to the Songwriters Showcase stage 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 18th, 2024. Songwriters Showcase encourages the creation and sharing of original music by regional singer songwriters.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

    Written By: Roland Korte on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    To the Warren School District Board Members, Superintendent and Principal!

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  • FHN GET FIT 2024 BEGINS JANUARY 21ST – REGISTRATION OPEN NOW

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL –  FHN’s popular wellness program is back to help participants work toward their best health. Get Fit 2024 is heavy on tips, videos, and recipes to help participants build a healthy lifestyle for years to come!

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  • NEED EXTRA CA$H?  WHAT’S IT WORTH ON EBAY?

    Written By: Paul Connor on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – If you have an item and you would like to know what it is worth, send digital pictures with a brief description to paulhconnor@gmail.com or you can make an appointment to visit me at 201 North Commerce Street, Galena, Illinois. Be sure to check out our website at www.ezsellusa.com.

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  • DECLARATION OF INTENT REQUIRED BEFORE WRITE-IN VOTES WILL COUNT

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – Any candidate wishing to have a write-in vote count toward their nomination or election, must file a Declaration of Intent to be a Write-In Candidate form.

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  • ATTENTION VETERANS!

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – The American Legion Fickbohm-Hissem Post 193, Galena, meets the 3rd Tuesday each month.

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  • VANSICKLE

    Written By: on
    January 11th, 2024

    R.I.P.

    1968-2024

    VANSICKLE

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  • JUMPSTART YOUR YEAR AT PREMIER CHIROPRACTIC!

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    STOCKTON, IL – Join us on three separate Wednesdays in January 2024 for three presentations featuring Dr. Mike Wampfler, Erika Vernon, and Brandy French at Premier Chiropractic, 1615 Summit Drive in Stockton, Illinois!

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  • 64TH ANNUAL MISS ILLINOIS COUNTY FAIR QUEEN PAGEANT

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    January 11th, 2024

    January 10th, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Pageant is held during the annual IAAF Convention in Springfield, Illinois on Thursday, January 11th through Sunday, January 14th, 2024.  Brianna is the daughter of Bradley and Stacy Anderson. She is 21 years old and her hometown is Warren, Illinois. She currently attends Drake University in DesMoines, Iowa majoring in Pharmacy.  Miss Jo Daviess will join an elite group of over 4,000 young women who have been Fair Queens in Illinois, including former Illinois First Lady Brenda Edgar, and former Miss America, Judy Ford.

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  • JULIUS

    Written By: on
    January 5th, 2024

    R.I.P. DAVE JULIUS 1967-2023 STOCKTON, IL – David Julius, 56, of Stockton, Illinois passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family.  David was born on July 6th, 1967 in Freeport, Illinois to Donald and Gloria (Lewis) Julius.  He was …

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  • IBHE AWARDS $1.7 MILLION IN GRANTS TO ILLINOIS INSTITUTIONS TO ADDRESS STUDENT HOMELESSNESS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) has awarded $1.7 million in End Student Housing Insecurity (ESHI) grants to ten institutions of higher education in Illinois.

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  • SOUTH WAYNE COMMUNITY RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2023

    SOUTH WAYNE, WI – The Red Cross will visit St. John’s Catholic Church, 202 South Varnum in South Wayne, for a Community Blood Drive on Wednesday, January 10th from noon to 5:00 p.m. For an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code: SouthWayneWI or use the Red Cross app on your smart phone. There is a great need.

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  • GLOBAL METHODIST DENOMINATION CELEBRATION ON JANUARY 7TH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2023

    STOCKTON, IL – Calvary Church of Stockton will be celebrating the church’s membership into the Global Methodist denomination on January 7th, 2024 at 10:15 a.m.

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT: GIRLS BASKETBALL –  JANUARY 3RD, 2023

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    January 3rd, 2024

    CLIFF WARKINS MEMORIAL GIRLS’ CLASSIC

    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27TH

    STOCKTON  38   

    ROCKRIDGE  29

         PROPHETSTOWN, IL – The Lady Blackhawks opened tournament play with a 38-29 win over Rockridge.  With the aid of three first quarter threes the Blackhawks would take an early 11-4 lead.  In a low scoring 6-4 Rockridge second period it became a Stockton 15-10 game at the half.  After the break the Blackhawks kept their heads above water with a 10-9 third quarter before finishing off Rockridge with a 13-10 final eight minutes in which Madie Mammoser booked seven of her game high eighteen points.

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT:  BOYS BASKETBALL – JANUARY 3RD, 2023

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    January 3rd, 2024

    MIKE ALEXANDER HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT

    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28TH

    SHULLSBURG  67   

    SCALES MOUND  64

         BENTON, WI – In an early season border line rematch the Shullsburg Miners took down the fifth ranked Hornets in Class 1A 67-64.

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  • PASTURE MANAGEMENT: RECOVERING FROM 2023

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2023

    ELIZABETH, IL – Why recover from 2023?  Timely early-season rains, which help start crops off reasonably well, gave way to hot, dry conditions for the last half of the season.

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  • The Galena HUSH Report

    Written By: John Huschik • jhush-flash@lycos.com on
    January 3rd, 2024

    A Spoonful of Sugar…

    January 3rd, 2023

    Anyone who knows their Mary Poppins knows that she is a big believer in the old mis-direction play.

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  • ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH EVENTS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2023

    PEARL CITY, IL - St. John’s Lutheran Church, Pearl City, will celebrate the first Sunday of Epiphany on Sunday, January 7th at 9:00 a.m.

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  • CHRISTMAS GIFTS GIVEN TO  VETERANS FROM THE  STOCKTON AMERICAN LEGION

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2023

    STOCKTON, IL – Commander Marcure of the Stockton American Legion delivered Christmas gifts to six veterans in Allure Nursing Home in Stockton, Illinois. 

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  • ANOTHER YEAR OF BLESSING

    Written By: Scott Cernek, pastor of Peace Church in Browntown, Wisconsin on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2023

    Here it is a new year and it’s fun to look back and think about all the blessings that God has supplied over the last twelve months.

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  • SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2023

    GALENA, IL – On December 23rd, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the intersection of South Derinda Road and U.S. Route 20 East for a single vehicle accident with injuries. 

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  • HIGHLAND AGRICULTURE HAS SUCCESS AT 2023 ILLINOIS PAS CONFERENCE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – The 2023 Illinois Professional Agricultural Student Organization (PAS) Conference was held on Thursday, November 16th, 2023, at Hancock Stadium on the campus of Illinois State University. Twenty Highland Community College Agriculture students participated in the one-day event.

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  • CURRENT  NEEDS FOR  FOOTLOCKER (VETERANS’  PANTRY) IN FREEPORT

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – The current list of items that are needed at the Veterans Pantry in Freeport:

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  • RIVER RIDGE FFA WINS GREENHAND QUIZ BOWL

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2023

    PECATONICA, IL – Eight members of the River Ridge FFA Chapter traveled to Pecatonica High School on December 5th to compete in the Section One FFA Greenhand Quiz Bowl competition.  A greenhand is a first-year high school FFA member and the competition is restricted to only those students. 

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  • TIME TRAVELING WITH SOIL: RESEARCHING ILLINOIS’ CENTENNIAL SOIL ARCHIVE 

    Written By: ERIN M. HENKEL • FARMWEEK on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – A soil sample from 1861 in Perry County was collected as part of the Illinois Geological Survey and provided researchers with information about Illinois geology, landscape and mineral resources. In 1899, researchers started mapping soil types to three-foot depth and characterizing the distinct soil layers.

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  • COLT, EMMA AMONG TOP BABY NAMES AT SSM HEALTH MONROE HOSPITAL IN 2023

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2023

    MONROE, WI – Monroe area families welcomed 462 bundles of joy into the world at SSM Health Monroe Hospital in 2023.

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  • HIGHLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION RECOGNIZES DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL — On November 16th, the Highland Community College Foundation recognized five Distinguished Alumni at the Freeport Club.

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  • DAVID BOWER RECIPIENT OF THE GIFTS FOR YANKS WHO GAVE PROGRAM

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2023

    LENA, IL – Tim Schoeny and Henry Saavedra of the Lena American Legion present a Christmas gift to David Bower. David is at the Lena Living Center.  The Gifts for Yanks Who Gave is a program of The American Legion where veterans who are in nursing homes or VA facilities receive a gift for Christmas.

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  • FELONY DRUG ARREST IN FREEPORT, ILLINOIS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – On December 20th, 2023, at 12:29 a.m., Officers of the Freeport Police Department were called to a business parking lot in the 800 block of W. Galena Avenue regarding an individual who was slumped over on a curb.

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  • “MIRACLE” WORKSHOP

    Written By: From the Writings of B.J. Palmer, D.C., Ph.C., Submitted by Drs. Mike and DeeDee Wampfler – Premier Chiropractic on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2023

    There are some who deny the existence of “miracles,” others who maintain that the age of “miracles” has passed, but the truth is that all existence is a “miracle” and one of your innate intelligence’s own miracle workshops carries on daily and hourly, within your own body.

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  • VILLAGE OF WARREN

    Written By: Board minutes submitted on
    January 3rd, 2024

    Regular Board of Trustees Meeting • Saturday, December 13th, 2023 • 7:00 p.m.

    Published January 3rd, 2023

    The Regular board meeting was held on December 13th, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. at the Warren Village Hall.

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  • PEARL CITY FFA TO HOST PORK CHOP DINNER

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2023

    PEARL CITY, IL – The Annual Pearl City FFA Pork Chop Dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, January 16th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The dinner will be held at the Pearl City School Cafeteria. Tickets can be purchased from Pearl City FFA members or at the door.  The dinner will include a pork chop sandwich, chips, cookie, and drink for $8. Carry-outs are available.

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  • FREELUND FAMILY DONATED FLAG BOXES TO STOCKTON AMERICAN LEGION

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2023

    STOCKTON, IL – Lee Freedlund was the Post Finance Officer for Stockton American Legion for 15 years prior to his death in 2021.  Recently, his brother Mike was sorting some lumber in Lee’s workshop when he came across some unfinished flag presentation boxes. He later found some boards cut to size for that purpose also. As a remembrance to his brother, Mike got to work and completed those boxes and I must say they are beautiful. 

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  • CLARKE UNIVERSITY FALL DEAN’S LIST 

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2023

    DUBUQUE, IA –  Clarke University is proud to announce that 188 students earned a spot on the Dean’s List for the Fall 2023 semester. The list recognizes full-time Clarke students who have earned a 3.65 grade-point average or above, on a 4.0 scale, with a minimum of 12 graded hours. Please join us in congratulating these students on their hard work!

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  • NEED EXTRA CA$H?  WHAT’S IT WORTH ON EBAY?

    Written By: Paul Connor on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2023

    GALENA, IL – If you have an item and you would like to know what it is worth, send digital pictures with a brief description to paulhconnor@gmail.com or you can make an appointment to visit me at 201 North Commerce Street, Galena, Illinois. Be sure to check out our website at www.ezsellusa.com.

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  • THE DECEMBER NORTHWEST ILLINOIS DAILY DRAWING WINNERS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2023

    NORTHWEST IL – The Northwest Illinois Daily Drawing (a cooperative fundraiser) December winners are announced.

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  • Guest Column From Senator Andrew Chesney

    Written By: Andrew Chesney on
    January 3rd, 2024

    www.SenatorChesney.com

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of 2023

    January 3rd, 2023

    In 2023, legislators passed hundreds of laws that affect many areas of Illinoisans’ lives. Some of the laws are good, some are bad, and some are truly ugly. 

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  • BRINKER

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2024

    LENA, IL – Sheridan Brinker, 82, died peacefully, January 2nd, 2024, at his home surrounded by his family.

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  • SHIPPY

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    January 3rd, 2024

    January 3rd, 2023

    GRATIOT, WI – Dennis David (Denny) Shippy, age 78, of Gratiot, Wisconsin formerly of Dakota, Illinois passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Saturday, December 30th, 2023 in Gratiot, Wisconsin after an almost ten year battle of bone cancer. 

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  • CURRAN

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    December 29th, 2023

    December 29th, 2023

    LENA, IL – Patricia A. Curran, 79 of Lena, Illinois passed away on Thursday, December 28th, 2023 in Lena. She was born on July 8th, 1944 in Rockford, Illinois to James and Dorothy (Radtke) Monahan. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, John R. Curran on July 11th, 1964. Following their marriage, in 1984, the family moved to Lena, Illinois where their children grew up and they lived the rest of their lives.

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  • MEYER

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    December 28th, 2023

    December 28th, 2023

    WEST BEND, WI – Joyce Meyer (nee Heller), age 97 years, passed away peacefully on December 27th, 2023, at Ivy Manor in West Bend, Wisconsin.

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  • MACNAUGHTON

    Written By: on
    December 27th, 2023

    R.I.P.

    DONALD MACNAUGHTON

    1949-2023

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  • HIGHLAND FALL HONORS STUDENTS PRESENT SEMESTER PROJECTS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 27th, 2023

    December 27th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – On December 8th, 13 Highland Honors students presented their semester projects via Zoom™. Highland’s Honors students created and designed projects based on their own chosen topics.

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  • GCDC AND FAMILY PROMISE RECEIVE WHEDA GRANTS FOR HOUSING PROJECTS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 27th, 2023

    December 27th, 2023

    MONROE, WI – Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) announced that 53 organizations in 27 counties throughout the state will receive $2 million in grants from the WHEDA Foundation to improve emergency shelter, transitional residences, and extremely low-income housing.

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  • NEW LAWS TAKING EFFECT MONDAY, JANUARY 1ST EXPAND LEAVE RIGHTS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 27th, 2023

    December 27th, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – Two laws taking effect January 1st, 2024, will expand leave rights for workers whose lives were impacted by violence.

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  • BLACKHAWK AND OPEN BIBLE EARN TOP COMMUNITY FESTIVAL OF TREES HONORS 

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 27th, 2023

    December 27th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – A tree from Blackhawk Elementary School won first place from FHN’s panel of judges and third place in People’s Choice voting for this year’s FHN Community Festival of Trees at the Freeport Public Library.

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  • LENA CANDY CANE CHRISTMAS WINNERS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 27th, 2023

    December 27th, 2023

    LENA, IL – The LBPA and Lena Beautification committee would like to thank everyone that came to our parade and participated in making our tenth anniversary a huge success.

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  • NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 27th, 2023

    December 27th, 2023

    Special Liquor Committee Meeting
    Date: Thursday, December 28th, 2023
    Time: 6:15 p.m.
    Place:  Jo Daviess County Board Room – 3rd Floor
    Agenda:   Any items that require the attention of the committee.

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  • ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE PROVIDES TAXPAYERS WITH TIPS TO PREPARE FOR NEXT YEAR’S TAX SEASON

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 26th, 2023

    December 27th, 2023

    CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is providing taxpayers with tips and alerting them to changes they may encounter when filing their 2023 state income taxes early next year.

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  • LENA AMERICAN LEGION TREE BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    December 26th, 2023

    December 27th, 2023

    LENA, IL – The tree decorated by Lena American Legion Auxiliary members for the Lena Living Center.

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  • THE BLESSINGS OF GOD AT CHRISTMAS

    Written By: Scott Cernek, pastor of Peace Church in Browntown, Wisconsin on
    December 26th, 2023

    December 27th, 2023

    Ever since I was a kid there were three things that I cared about the most. One was the farm. Everything about the farm just resonated in my spirit. Every tractor and implement and every animal fascinated me.

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  • The Galena HUSH Report

    Written By: John Huschik • jhush-flash@lycos.com on
    December 26th, 2023

    If the Stars Align…

    December 27th, 2023

    In the U.S. Dictionary, the idiom “the stars aligned” refers to a situation where everything comes together perfectly, as if by fate or destiny. It is often used to describe coincidences or series of events that lead to a favorable outcome. To most, the phrase means, that circumstances have come together perfectly. They have fallen into place in the exact right order, yet usually, completely unexpectedly. So, the aspects of this occurrence are these; usually the conditions are favorable, some piece of fate or destiny enters the scene and usually the outcomes from these occurrences are favorable. But where exactly, does the “stars aligning” come into it?

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  • ILLINOIS PAYROLL JOBS INCREASE, UNEMPLOYMENT RATE UP IN NOVEMBER

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 26th, 2023

    December 27th, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced that the unemployment rate increased +0.1 percentage point to 4.7 percent, while nonfarm payrolls increased +6,800 in November, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and released by IDES. The October revised unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, unchanged from the preliminary October unemployment rate. The October monthly change in payrolls was revised from the preliminary report, from -15,000 to -17,100 jobs. The November unemployment rate and payroll jobs estimate reflect activity for the week including the 12th.

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  • SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT NEAR RURAL GALENA

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 26th, 2023

    December 27th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – On December 15th, 2023 at 8:43 a.m., Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle accident with injuries near the intersection of West Stagecoach Trail and West Heller Lane in rural Galena, Illinois. 

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  • VILLAGE OF STOCKTON   

    Written By: Board minutes submitted on
    December 26th, 2023

    REGULAR MEETING OF THE PRESIDENT AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES MINUTES • NOVEMBER 14TH, 2023

    Published December 27th, 2023

    Call to Order:

    President Kunz called the meeting to order on November 14th, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. and asked the Clerk to call the roll.

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  • WARREN COMMUNITY UNIT DISTRICT #205

    Written By: School Board Minutes on
    December 26th, 2023

    BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2023

    Published December 27th, 2023

    I. OPENING OF MEETING

    A. Call to Order

    The regular session of the Warren Community Unit District #205 Board of Education meeting was held in the district Board of Education room.  President Sabinson called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

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  • A LETTER CALLING ALL LOCAL ARTISTS & MUSICIANS!

    Written By: Michelle Bartch on
    December 26th, 2023

    December 27th, 2023

    STOCKTON, IL – We are looking for local artists and musicians who would be interested in helping us in organizing a non-profit organization based in Stockton which focuses on music and arts. This will be known as the M.A.R.S.S. Music and Arts Recreational Society of Stockton.

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  • WARREN 6TH GRADE STUDENTS COMPLETED SCIENCE LAB ABOUT IDENTIFYING ROCKS

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    December 26th, 2023

    December 27th, 2023

    WARREN, IL – Mr. Homa’s 6th grade students test their skills at identifying rocks by gathering data on rock type, hardness, mineral composition and acid reactivity.

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  • RIVER RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL SANTA STORE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 26th, 2023

    December 27th, 2023

    HANOVER, IL – With Christmas coming around the corner, River Ridge had their Santa Store which was run by retired middle school literature teacher Mrs. Kim Thorsen, current business teacher Mrs. Jen Laity, and her high school business class. Kim Thorsen started Santa Store in 2004. The River Ridge PTO wanted a more active part in the school/community and they wanted to provide a service to the students, in addition to the financial support they offer throughout the year. With that combined vision, Santa Store was born.

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  • SCENIC ART LOOP ARTISTS SHOW OFF THEIR TALENT AT THE SMOKESTACK HOSTED BY DAAC FOR A JANUARY ART EXHIBITION!

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 26th, 2023

    December 27th, 2023

    DUBUQUE, IA – Dubuque Area Arts Collective (DAAC) is hosting a First Friday event, open to everyone, on January 5th, 2024 from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. celebrating regional and local artists from the Scenic Art Loop on the first and second floors at the Smokestack (62 East 7th St – Dubuque, Iowa 52001).

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  • ILLINOIS MINIMUM WAGE   INCREASES JANUARY 1ST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 26th, 2023

    December 27th, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The minimum wage in Illinois is increasing on January 1st, 2024.

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  • NEED EXTRA CA$H?  WHAT’S IT WORTH ON EBAY?

    Written By: Paul Connor on
    December 26th, 2023

    December 27th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – If you have an item and you would like to know what it is worth, send digital pictures with a brief description to paulhconnor@gmail.com or you can make an appointment to visit me at 201 North Commerce Street, Galena, Illinois. Be sure to check out our website at www.ezsellusa.com.

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  • Guest Column From Senator Andrew Chesney

    Written By: Andrew Chesney on
    December 26th, 2023

    www.SenatorChesney.com

    New Year’s Resolutions for the State of Illinois

    December 27th, 2023

    Christmas was come and gone, and once the hectic pace of the holidays subsides, Illinoisans will reflect and also look forward with hope as they make resolutions for the new year. Everyone’s slate is clean on January 1st. New stories can be written based on decisions people make each day.

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  • GOOD DEED AWARDS TO MEMBERS OF THE LENA-WINSLOW HONOR SOCIETY

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    December 26th, 2023

    December 27th, 2023

    LENA, IL – Kristin Jones a member of the Lena American Legion Auxiliary presented Good Deed Awards to members of the Lena-Winslow Honor Society.  These students raked yards for area veterans on Veterans Day.

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  • NEW YEAR, NEW NAME FOR LOCAL CO-OP

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 26th, 2023

    December 27th, 2023

    ELIZABETH, IL – Effective in January, Jo-Carroll Energy is rebranding to become JCE Co-op. The new name reflects the cooperative’s history and brings one name to all the services it provides to members.

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  • UBERSOX

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    December 26th, 2023

    December 26th, 2023

    SHULLSBURG, WI – Charolette Bernadine Ubersox, age 97, of rural Shullsburg, Wisconsin passed away at Upland Hills Hospital on December 23rd, 2023.

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT:  GIRLS BASKETBALL – DECEMBER 27TH, 2023

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    December 26th, 2023

    SATURDAY,DECEMBER 16TH

    ALBANY/PECATONICA  66   WARREN  39

          ALBANY, WI – In an interstate battle on Saturday the Albany/Pecatonica Orioles put a pretty healthy 66-39 beating on the visiting Warren Warriors.  The Orioles led 37-11 after the opening half in which Kylie Butler netted eleven of her game high twenty points.  Warren had a better showing in a 29-28 Orioles final eighteen minutes, but the 8-1 Orioles would have it on cruise control.

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT:  BOYS BASKETBALL – DECEMBER 27TH, 2023

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    December 26th, 2023

    FORRESTON HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT        

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16TH

    PEARL CITY  53 

    MILLEDGEVILLE  46

         FORRESTON, IL – Pearl City went sixteen for twenty from the line in the fourth quarter to erase a Milledgeville 32-31 advantage heading into the final eight minutes.  The aid of those free throws the Wolves finished off the Missiles with a 22-14 fourth quarter to improve to 3-5 and the right to face Byron in the winners’ bracket.  For three quarters, it was either teams game with the Missiles leading 14-13 after the opening quarter in which Ethan Petta scored six of his eighteen Wolves points.  Milledgeville took a 25-21 lead into the break following a 11-8 second quarter.

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  • New Year’s  Resolutions

    Written By: River Ridge Elementary  5th Graders in Mrs. Benson’s class on
    December 26th, 2023

    My New Year’s Resolution

    This paragraph is about my New Year’s resolution. My New Year’s resolution this year is to get straight A’s. I chose this goal because I want to be successful in life and get a good job. I will accomplish my goal by studying everyday for thirty minutes. The people who will help me achieve my goal are my parents. That is my New Year’s resolution goal and how I will achieve.

    By:  Emmett Patterson

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  • New Year’s  Resolutions

    Written By: Warren Elementary  5th Graders in Mrs. Wulfekuhle’s class on
    December 26th, 2023

    Happy New Year! One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to get better at drawing! Ever since I got good at drawing cats I tried to make a person and it did not end up well. I have been trying to draw a person for 4ish years now. I think I’m getting better and better at every age. Another New Year’s Resolution is to get better at cooking! I have been cooking and baking ever since I turned 8. I now know how to make noodles, fried rice, and burgers kinda! I hope I will get better at cooking and drawing!

    By: Piper Blanchard

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  • New Year’s  Resolutions

    Written By: Warren Elementary  5th Graders in Miss Bultman’s class on
    December 26th, 2023

    Happy New Year! One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to find a barber coin. In order to achieve this task I have to sort through tons of dimes, quarters, and half dollars and hope that I see a worn silver edge. These coins are hard to find, but I believe in myself. My other resolution is to finish typing my notes for higher education that I have been working on.  There are going to be tons of notes I want to finish, like my first chapter, “The Human Body.” At the end of all of this I will give copies to all my friends to have and enjoy using in higher grades. Have a great New Year and to all a good night.

    By: Alyssa Albrecht

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  • What Christmas Means to Me

    Written By: Black Hawk Elementary  5th Graders in Mrs. Petitjean's class on
    December 26th, 2023

    What Christmas Means to Leah Mosley

    Christmas is sooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooo fun and I think all kids would agree. You get to wake up really early and open a whole bunch of presents. You might have dinner for Christmas. You might meet up with family and friends. Christmas to me is fun. It’s one of the few days you get to get a whole bunch of things that makes your room really messy but it’s kind of a good thing and you get to spend a whole bunch of time with your family. That is why Christmas is My favorite holiday and that’s why I think Christmas is special to me.

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  • What Christmas Means to Me

    Written By: Le-Win Elementary  5th Graders in Mrs. Crisman’s class on
    December 26th, 2023

    What Christmas means to me

    Maddox Heimann

    This is what Christmas means to me. It means that it was the day Jeuse was born onI also think it means that we should spend more time with our family than gust getting presents and try to give more than you get and also go to church and celebrate the crist’s Bday on christmas morning. But do not just like Christmas for the presents. That is really rule instead of giving gifts to other people.Its just a nice thing to do.Maybe visit Family members that you do not see a lot for the time that live far away from you. But do not just like Christmas for the presents. That is what I think Christmas means.

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  • What Christmas Means to Me

    Written By: Scales Mound Elementary  4th Graders in Mrs. Pickel’s class on
    December 26th, 2023

    What Christmas means to me is hanging out with my family at my aunt’s house and my grandparents, and seeing family I haven’t seen in a while. I also like to open presents with everyone there and at home.  The food is also really good at Christmas.  My family also plays games and I like that.  Lastly, I also like to spend time with my siblings over Christmas break.  That’s what Christmas means to me!

    Asher Johnson

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  • What Christmas Means to Me

    Written By: Stockton Elementary  5th Graders in Mrs. Miller’s class on
    December 26th, 2023

    Christmas to me means spending time with family, and friends.  One thing I like to do with my family, and friends would be watching Christmas movies.  Some of my favorite Christmas movies would be “The Grinch”, “Rudolf”  . Another would be baking Chrimas cookies and food.

    Suki Grahame

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  • What Christmas Means to Me

    Written By: River Ridge Elementary  4th Graders in Mrs. Walter’s class on
    December 26th, 2023

    What Christmas Means to Me

    By Amia Stegle

    I love Christmas because I get to speed time with my family and open really awesome presents. We also make cookies, decorate Christmas trees, and watch a movie before bed. That’s my favorite part. Then in the morning I get up, get my teeth brushed and hair into a messy bun and run down the stairs. I wake up mom and the boys and then we open presents all together. Next we have some breakfast and get dressed then we watch a movie and eat. I Love Christmas So Much.

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  • What Christmas Means to Me

    Written By: Stockton Elementary  4th Graders in Mrs. Offenheiser class on
    December 26th, 2023

    What Christmas means to me. There are a lot of things that Christmas means to me but something that means to me more than most of the stuff I like about Christmas is Jesus’ birthday. Jesus’ birthday is important to me because since he passed away then we get the presents but I am not saying the presents are the whole thing about Christmas. I am just saying that I think Jesus is important to the world and he is the person who should be getting the presents. Another thing that is important to me on Christmas is family. Family is important to me on Christmas because sometimes you don’t get to see your family on any other normal kind of day. One last thing that Christmas means to me is food. I am thankful for food because food you get to eat all the time at Christmas and you don’t get to eat all the food you want on any other normal days. There are food times like breakfast, lunch, and dinner and maybe a snack too.

    Willow Amill

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  • What Christmas Means to Me

    Written By: Warren Elementary  4th Graders in Miss Larson’s class on
    December 26th, 2023

    Christmas means many things to me. One thing is that I get to decorate my Christmas tree with my family. We always put the angel on top. It also means getting to open up presents.  We do oldest to youngest.  I love to go to my dad’s house to open presents, too. We also celebrate the birth of Jesus by going to church. I like when we light the candles at church. That’s what Christmas means to me.  

    Breckyn Borsdorf

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  • What Christmas Means to Me

    Written By: River Ridge Elementary  4th Graders in Mrs. Fry’s class on
    December 26th, 2023

    What Christmas Means to Me

    By Mason Brown

    What does Christmas mean for you ? It means to me family gatherings and Christmas feasts. You also will be glad to see presents, but sad your elf is gone. Santa is here but Christmas is leaving soon. Advent calendars are gone but are gone but hearts are filled with joy and happinessn. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!!

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  • What Christmas Means to Me

    Written By: Warren Elementary 4th Graders in Mrs. Janecke’s class on
    December 26th, 2023

         Christmas means so many things to me. Christmas means seeing my family on Christmas. It is so nice to see my family smiling. I also go to church. I go on holidays. I love seeing my elves on the shelf. Christmas also means getting to play in the snow with my brother.  I love having snowball fights.This is what Christmas means to me.

    Brodey Wolber

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  • BRINKER

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    December 23rd, 2023

    December 22nd, 2023

    WARREN, IL – Gene Brinker was called to Heaven while at his home in Warren, Illinois after a short hard battle with an aggressive quick growing cancer on Dec 20, 2023. He was 95 years old.

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  • BUSCH

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    December 22nd, 2023

    December 22nd, 2023

    APPLE RIVER, IL – Darlene Elizabeth (VanLent) Busch, 88, of Apple River, Illinois passed away at home on Thursday, December 21st, 2023.

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  • HICKS

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    December 21st, 2023

    December 21st, 2023

    PRINCETON, IL – William Hicks, 55, of Princeton, Illinois peacefully passed away on Friday, December 15th, 2023 at home in Princeton, Illinois. surrounded by his loving family.

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  • BERG

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    December 21st, 2023

    December 21st, 2023

    STOCKTON, IL – Inge Berg, age 76, of Stockton, Illinois, passed on Wednesday, December 20th, 2023 at her home, with her family by her side.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 27th, 2023, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, in Hanover, Illinois. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service.  Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, in Hanover.  Family and friends are invited to share in Inge’s life at lawjonesfuneralhome.com.

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  • VILLAGE OF WARREN

    Written By: Board minutes submitted on
    December 19th, 2023

    Regular Board of Trustees Meeting • Saturday, November 11th, 2023 • 7:00 p.m.

    Published December 20th, 2023

    The regular board meeting was held on November 27th, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. at the Warren Village Hall.

    President Raab called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m. The Clerk recorded the minutes.

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT: WRESTLING  –  DECEMBER 20TH, 2023

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    December 19th, 2023

    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14TH

    AT BYRON

    LE-WIN/STOCKTON  44   BYRON  21

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT: BOYS BASKETBALL –  DECEMBER 20TH, 2023

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    December 19th, 2023

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9TH

    SCALES MOUND  82 

    WEST CARROLL  33

         SCALES MOUND, IL – After getting a scare at East Dubuque the night before the Hornets improved to 8-1 with an 82-33 win over the West Carroll Thunder.  The rout started with a Hornets’ 22-6 opening quarter before they completely blew it open with a 27-7 second quarter to lead 50-13 at the half.  The Thunder had a positive third quarter with a 14-13 advantage only to have the home team go on a 19-6 fourth quarter run.

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT: GIRLS BASKETBALL –  DECEMBER 20TH, 2023

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    December 19th, 2023

    PEARL CITY HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9TH

    MORRISON  38   

    LE-WIN  33

         PEARL CITY, IL – In the tournament opening game, the Morrison Fillies behind a 23-15 first half took down the Le-Win Panthers 38-33.  Morrison doubled up on the Panthers with a 14-7 first quarter in which the Fillies’ Camryn Veltrop boarded eight of game high nineteen points.  Morrison then stretched that difference to 23-15 with those first two big quarters.  Following the break, the gap swelled to 32-19 at the end of three after a 9-4 Morrison third quarter.  Le-Win did have a positive with a 14-6 final eight minutes but that proved to be just too little, too late.

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Black Hawk Elementary 4th Grade students in Mrs. Flanagan’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,

    Thank you for the water bottle I got last year. How are the reindeer today? Can I please have an ipad, an lphone, and some barbies please?

    Love,  Mikaela

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Black Hawk Elementary 3rd Grade students in Mr. Calow’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    My name is Breken I am 9 years old. I have been realy good this year and not getting in trouble that much. This year I want a Xbox because I have a playstation and it gets so loud also I want pokemon case i’m starting a bigger collection and I want new farm toys cause I dont have any and I want a chair that plays music because I don’t have to sit on my bed also I want 50 dollars.

    Breken Wilson, 9

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Le-Win Elementary 3rd Grade students in Mrs. Gerlach’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    How are your reindeer doing? I think ive been good because I help other people. A couple other things I want for christmas is a nintendo switch and a cute lizard. For my family I want a four wheeler and a dirtbik so we can ride around. Thanks for giving us presents Santa!

    Love, Emmett

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Le-Win Elementary 3rd Grade students in Mrs. Drake’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,

    OHw are the elfs? I think I am in the of the noty list and the nice list but I think a little ore nice list. can I pleas get a ipad or some cloths and can you get my little sister some shoes and can you give my little brother a NFl jersy.

    From, Maurulkic Alsy Sanchez

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Black Hawk Elementary 3rd Grade students in Mr. Flanagan’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    I hope you had a great christmas last year. Thank you for the backpack last year. I loved it. I would like a animal clay set. I love clay.

    Sincerely, Aubrey

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Stockton Elementary 3rd Grade Students in Mrs. Rillie’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,

    How are your reindeer?  Ps 4 games will be a good gift to get. I can play games with my sister and we can challenge each other.  A dog stuffed animal will also be a great gift to get. I want a dog stuffed animal because I love dogs.  A ps 5 will also be a great gift to get. I can play games. I appreciate your work.

    Sincerely, Champaign Broege

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Stockton Elementary 3rd Grade students in Mrs. Powell’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,

    How is everyone at the North Pole? Well, here are the three things I would mostly want for Christmas .  I want a Schleich barn that is brown and red with two horses, one blanket, food and one person.  I also want Schleich people. They  can ride horses and they can bend their legs.  Lastly, I want Schleich horses. They are hard to break, the people can ride them and you can put on a saddle bridle and a blanket on them.

    Love,  Ali Ximenez

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: River Ridge Elementary 3rd Grade students in Ms. Reese’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,

    Thank you for the pillowcase and blanket I got last year.  I’ve been good this year! This year may I please have a puppy? I want one so the dog I already have has someone to play with. I also would like 1 more elf so they could hide together. Lastly, I’d like a hoverboard so I don’t get bored outside. Merry Christmas!

    Your friend, Kaylynn
    Dear Santa,

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: River Ridge Elementary 3rd Grade students in Mrs. Schafer’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    Thank you for the candy from last year. It’s gone now and it was good and all the American girl doll stuff I loved. I am going to ask some questions. How do you go around the world in one night? It’s crazy. So by the way my name is Presley and I go to River Ridge you probably know that because you’re SANTA. I have a little brother named Kenny and an older sister named Mackenzie but you probably know that too I’m 8 but on December 20 I will be 9.  This Christmas I want bubble skincare because my skin is dry, perfume just to smell good, makeup just because, squishmallows because I need more pillows, basketball hoop because I love basketball.  This I want really bad- for Mrs. Schafer to stay-. She is my teacher and I love her. Also, I would like nails and nail glue to look pretty and  I also want a laptop. Thank you again for everything.

    Love,  Presley Ries 

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Warren Elementary 3rd Grade students in Mrs. Bunker’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    When is my elf coming and what is his or her name? How is it going with the elves are they working hard? I think I am on the nice list because I clean my room. For Christmas this year I would really like the Rise of the Beast transformers. I would like to add to my collection. Also, I would like a Nintendo Switch. I would like a blue and red one. I would like to play games on it and I will share it with my family. I wish I could give you a hug for all the gifts I have received, I will leave cookies and milk out for you and some fresh carrots for the reindeer. Merry Christmas!

    Love, Jamysn Atkinson

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Warren Elementary 3rd Grade students in Mrs. Sigafus’ class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    How are you doing? How is Mrs. Claus? I have been really good because I help my mom do dishes. This Christmas I would like a pink barbie house. I have a lot of barbies that I play with. I will leave you some cookies and milk. Thank you for everything.

    Love, Abriella Coy

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Le-Win Elementary 2nd Grade students in Mrs. Bonebrights’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    How are your elves? I want 100 Linky Boxes please or also you can choose. It is from YouTube. I listen to my parents. I also help my brother and sister. Can I please have 100 Linky Boxes? I hope your toys come quick for me. Merry Christmas! I love you.

    Sincerely, Daniel Riggs

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Le-Win Elementary 2nd Grade students in Mr. Werhane’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    How are you doing?  At school I am nice.  For Christmas I would like a evil super sonic toy.  Dad wants a peacock and mom wants ice creem.  Thank you for everything.

    Nick Albrecht

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: River Ridge Elementary 2nd Grade students in Ms. Sinagra's class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    My name is Tyson South and I am 8 years old. Do you like hot chocolate? I have been nice because I help my brother. I will leave you cookies. I would like Pokemon cards, Tai Kunf action figure, and Super Mario toys.

    Love, Tyson South

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Stockton Elementary 2nd Grade students in Mrs. Scheid’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    Hi! My name is Alizabeth and I am 7 years old. What is it like flying in the air? I have been trying really hard to get on the “nice” list this year. Some of the wonderful thingsI have done are: Clean up my room, I am nice to my siblings, and I get my homework done. I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: I would like 500 robux and I would like an iPhone. I would also like a dog too. I am very excited about your visit. I will give you cookies and milk.

    Your pal, Alizabeth

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Stockton Elementary 2nd Grade students in Mrs. Curtiss’ class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    Hi! My name is Brigs and I am 7 years old. Who was your first reindeer? I have been trying really hard to get on your “nice” list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are cleaning the dishes, cleaning my room, and being kind. I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are basketball and Pokemon Cards. I am very excited about your visit. I hope you have a good journey.

    Your pal, Brigson Decker

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Black Hawk Elementary 2nd Grade students in Mrs. Figi’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    This year I have been trying to be good by helping whenever I can. The best gift you gave me last year was my skeleton cat plushie. This year, I would like a hogwarts squishmallow toy, katana, money, roblox, and Piggy Books. I hope you like the cookies, milk, and carrots I leave for you and the reindeer on the coffee table. How do you get around so fast? Merry Christmas,

    Love,
    Elliana McNett, Age: 7

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Warren Elementary 2nd Grade students in Mrs. Janecke’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    My name is Braxton. I am 7 years old. I live in Warren. This year I have been very good. What I would MOST like for Christmas this year is Mario Maker 2 because it looks like a fun game. If your elves are not too busy I would also like new headphones, a big Pokemon box, and Nintendo cards worth $20. I will leave some Subway cookies for you on Christmas Eve! Merry Christmas!

    From your friend,
    Braxton Bigger

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Black Hawk Elementary 2nd Grade students in Mrs. Wills’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    My name is McKayla. I am 8 years old. This year, I have been nice. For Christmas, can you please get me dolls (LOL), Sonic things, and a doll house.

    Merry Christmas,
    McKayla, Age: 8

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Scales Mound Elementary 2nd Grade students in Mrs. Montgomery’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    How are you and Mrs. Clause? I’ve been good this year because I have been helping my mom clean. I would like an Xbox1 then I can play with my friends. May I please have a stuft animole caribouthen I can snuggle with it. I hope you have a good night.

    Love, Ava

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: River Ridge Elementary 1st Grade students in Ms. Hanson’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,

    How are the reindeer? Are the reindeer giting redeye to fliy the slaye? Can I plees have a lot of toys and plees have baby dols? Can I have a lot of toys for lion to cuddle like a stuft animol or a blakit plees and thank you!

    Love, Callie

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: River Ridge Elementary 1st Grade students in Mrs. Steele’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa;
    Mrs. Claus how are you doing?  Santa Claus I want one of your bells.  Merry Christmas! 

    Love, Liam

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Le-Win Elementary 1st Grade students in Mrs. Blakely’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    My name is Loral. I am 7. I like pizza. I like cars. I need a new hat because my hat is too small. I want a sparkly slime. I want a hoverboard. How many cookies can you eat?

    Your Friend,  Loral

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Black Hawk Elementary 1st Grade students in Mrs. Bartel’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    How many elves do you have? Can you bring me a PS5, a new Minecraft Lego set, and Spider Man 2? I will leave cookies for you.

    Love,
    Wolf Knight, Age 6

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Le-Win Elementary 1st Grade students in Mrs. Leamon’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    Hi! My name is Oliver. I am 6 years old. I like superheroes. I need snow pants. I want Pokemon cards. What is your favorite cookie? How old are you?

    Love, Oliver

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Le-Win Elementary 1st Grade students in Mrs. Hasselman’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa, my name is Cadence and I am good at math. For Christmas, I want fidgets. I need snacks. I want to know: how many reindeer do you have?

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Stockton Elementary 1st Grade students in Mrs. Offenheiser’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    My name is Anya. I am 7 years old. This year I have been nice. My favorite thing to do at Christmas time is make gingrbread houses. How did you pickd up my jeep last Chiristmas? Am I nice or naughty? For Christmas this year, I would really like bluey video game and bluey stuff. And please bring my sibbings a new book because they like books.

    Love, Anya Kleinemeier

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Stockton Elementary 1st Grade students in Mrs. Leverton’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    My name is Linkyn.  I am 7 years old.  This year I have been doing my best.  My favorite thing to do at Christmas time is sit biy the fireplase.  Your reol because if you arnt reol can you sed the letr back?  If you ar not reol do not sed it back.  For Christmas this year, I would really like an ifon and a PE S 5.  And please bring Desi new led lights because we are makin a gam room. 

    Love, Linkyn Schreiber

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Warren Elementary 1st Grade students in Mrs. Janecke’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    I would like to have some Pokemon cards. My other ones ripped.

    Love, Jai’Hiem

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Warren Elementary 1st Grade students in Mrs. Dobernecker’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    My name is Taelyn Kelly and I am 6 years old. This year I have been very nice. This year for Christmas I would really like a hoverboard.  I do have a few more things on my list. I also want five nights at freddys and a white board. Things I need are headbands and neklacs. Gifts I would like are pants, socks, and a Santa shirt. And I would like to read Five Busy Elves. I wil lev you sum mlc and cooces.

    Love,  Taelyn

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Stockton Elementary Kindergarten students in Mrs. Lawfer’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    My name is Maci and I am 5 years old. This year, I have been nice. These are three things I am wishing for: a unicorn case, mini toys, and a play set. How do you get in my house? I will set out cookies and milk for you on Christmas Eve.

    Love, Maci A.

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Stockton Elementary Kindergarteners in Mrs. Libberton’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    How are you doing? My name is Scarlett and I am 5 years old. I have been good this year.  What kinds of cookies do you like? How are the elves doing? For Christmas, I want LOL dolls, Playstation 5, and a new LOL dollhouse.  I love you.

    Love, Scarlett

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Black Hawk Elementary Kindergarteners in Mrs. Laird’s class on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    How are your reindeer doing? Thank you for the dinosaur toy you got me last year. Is there a North pole train and how does it drive? I was a pretty good boy this year. I would like a toy play set with dinosaurs that move and a remote control dinosaur. We will leave you some cookies and chocolate milk. My grandma and I are going to make the cookies special for you. We will leave the cookies right be the chimney for you. Merry Christmas!!!

    Sincerely,
    Abel Adams, 6

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  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Written By: Warren Kindergarten students in Mrs. Leverton & Barker’s classes on
    December 19th, 2023

    Dear Santa,
    This year I have been really nice. A few things I did that were nice was I helped my mom  do the dishes and fold her clothes. If you are not too busy here is my wish list. I’d love a Barbie  Doll House, a Dinosaur Book,a New Water Bottle and Dinosaur Pajamas. My #1 wish on my list i s T-Rex dinosaur.

    Drink lots of hot chocolate! 
    Your Friend, Stella

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  • AGRONOMY SUMMIT SLATED FOR JANUARY 31ST, 2024

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 19th, 2023

    December 20th, 2023

    ELIZABETH, IL – Producers faced another challenging crop growing season this year with dry weather and added weed pressure. “The short yet intense periods of drought this year, although mitigated by timely rainfall, made for an interesting growing season,” stated Kathryn Seebruck, U of I Extension Crops Educator, “it taught us a lot about the importance of setting the crop up for success in defense against these types of adverse conditions.”

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  • Around The Northern Hills

    Written By: Annette Eggers on
    December 19th, 2023

    Jo Daviess County Farm Bureau

    December 20th, 2023

    Happy Holidays from all of us at the Jo Daviess County Farm Bureau! I hope you and your families have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! As a reminder, our office will be closed on December 25th and January 1st to celebrate the holidays.

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  • SOPHIA BAYER NAMED TO PRESIDENT’S LIST AT BOB JONES UNIVERSITY

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 19th, 2023

    December 20th, 2023

    GREENVILLE, SC – Sophia Bayer, a Senior Visual Studies major from Lena, was among approximately 680 Bob Jones University students named to the Fall 2023 President’s List.

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  • OCC BOXES FOR THE YEAR 2023 IN OUR COMMUNITY WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL!

    Written By: Nancy Rice on
    December 19th, 2023

    December 20th, 2023

    STOCKTON, IL – Thank you everyone! Operation Christmas Child collected collected 950 shoe boxes the week of November 13th through 21st. Those helping that week were Judy and Jim Schubert, Pauline Craig, Pastor Chrissy, Janet Haas, Maggie Guenzler, Nancy Rice, Patsy Holland, Tony and Dixie Schubert, Angie Broshous and Barb Williams. The shoe boxes came from Elizabeth, Stockton, Lena, Kent, Mt. Carroll and Lanark. The weather that week was beautiful. God is good all the time.

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  • CARRYING THE TORCH ON JANUARY 27TH AND 28TH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 19th, 2023

    December 20th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – Utilizing planned and controlled fire for woodland habitat and undergrowth management will be the focus of “Carrying the Torch” seminar and interrelated art exhibit.  The event will be held on January 27th and 28th in the lower level of the Galena Center for the Arts, 971 Gear Street, Galena, Illinois. On Saturday, January 27th, 2024, a seminar will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. with the art exhibit open to registered attendees from noon to 5:00 p.m.  On Sunday, January 28th, the art exhibit will be open to the public from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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  • UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE HELD  COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 19th, 2023

    December 20th, 2023

    MILWAUKEE, WI – The following individuals from your area are among the 1,470 prospective candidates for degree attended University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee commencement exercises Sunday, December 17th, 2023 in Milwaukee:

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  • The Galena HUSH Report

    Written By: John Huschik • jhush-flash@lycos.com on
    December 19th, 2023

    HBCUs

    December 20th, 2023

    So, I got set to watch the endless stream of this years’ college football bowl games. There are a total of 43 of them and they started play Saturday the 16th and run until the last one crowns the overall college national champion on January 8th, they pretty much play every day but do break for the weekends to allow the full video audience to watch the pros.

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  • SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 19th, 2023

    December 20th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – On December 16th, 2023, at 9:38 p.m., Officers of the Freeport Police Department responded to the 800 block of South Chicago Avenue for a report of gunshots being fired. Upon arrival, Officers located and collected evidence that showed a firearm had been discharged in area. There were no reported victims or property damage.

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  • HIGHLAND CAMPUS TO CLOSE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 19th, 2023

    December 20th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – The Highland Community College campus, including the Student/Conference Center and Clarence Mitchell Library, will be closed for the holidays from December 22nd, 2023 – January 1st, 2024. The campus reopens on January 2nd, 2024.

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  • GALENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS BEGINNERS WOODBURNING CLASS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 19th, 2023

    December 20th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – The Galena Center for the Arts, 971 Gear Street, Galena, Illinois, will offer a beginners woodburning class on Saturday, January 6th from noon to 3:30 p.m.

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  • HIGHLAND EXPANDS WELDING PROGRAM FOCUS WITH NEW, LARGER LAB SPACE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 19th, 2023

    December 20th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – Highland Community College will unveil a new Welding lab with special events on Thursday, December 14th at the Dorothy and RC Clock Technology Center, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, Illinois.

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  • AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY PIE BAKING CONTEST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 19th, 2023

    December 20th, 2023

    LENA, IL – The American Legion Auxiliary will be holding the annual Pie Baking Contest on Saturday, January 20th, 2024 and Soup Tasting on Sunday, January 21st, 2024.

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  • CONGRATULATIONS STOCKTON  LITTLE BLACKHAWKS OF THE WEEK

    Written By: Caption submitted on
    December 19th, 2023

    December 20th, 2023

    STOCKTON, IL – Our last group of Little Blackhawks as we wrap up the 2nd quarter just before the holidays! Great job continuing to follow the Blackhawk Way!

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  • MIDWEST MEDICAL CENTER AUXILIARY TREE OF LOVE DONATION

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 19th, 2023

    December 20th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – Midwest Medical Center Auxiliary Foundation members Rose Lorenzen and Donna Ferry presented a check for $16,000 to Midwest Medical Center CEO Tracy Bauer and CFO Kelli Jackson during the 2023 Tree of Love Lighting Ceremony held on December 13th. Donations received will be used to purchase new dining room furniture at Midwest Senior Care Community. As of tree lighting, 518 ornaments honoring special people were sponsored. The Tree of Love will be on display at Midwest Medical Center until January 1st.

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  • LENA-WINSLOW FFA CHAPTER  DAIRY FOODS JUDGING TEAM

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 19th, 2023

    December 20th, 2023

    LENA, IL – The Lena-Winslow FFA Chapter recently had a very successful Dairy Foods judging team that not only placed first at the section level, but also excelled in the state competition as well. 

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  • ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN  CHURCH EVENTS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 19th, 2023

    December 20th, 2023

    PEARL CITY, IL - St. John’s Lutheran Church, Pearl City, will celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent on Sunday, December 24th at 9:00 a.m.  There will also be a Christmas Eve service on Sunday, December 24th at 7:00 p.m.

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  • NEED EXTRA CA$H?  WHAT’S IT WORTH ON EBAY?

    Written By: Paul Connor on
    December 19th, 2023

    December 20th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – If you have an item and you would like to know what it is worth, send digital pictures with a brief description to paulhconnor@gmail.com or you can make an appointment to visit me at 201 North Commerce Street, Galena, Illinois. Be sure to check out our website at www.ezsellusa.com.

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  • Edward Jones Financial Advisor,  Ashlie Stoddard

    Written By: Ashlie Stoddard on
    December 19th, 2023

    PSA: KNOW THE KEY BENEFITS OF ROTH IRA

    December 20th, 2023

    One of the most popular retirement savings vehicles available is the Roth IRA — but what sets it apart?

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  • JO DAVIESS COUNTY 4-H MEMBER SELECTED TO ATTEND NATIONAL 4-H CONGRESS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 19th, 2023

    December 20th, 2023

    ATLANTA, GA – Ten teens from Illinois attended a five-day national conference in Atlanta, GA, designed to expand their skills, engage with other 4-H members, and provide inspiration. Delegates to National 4-H Congress are selected for their outstanding 4-H accomplishments.

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  • MAKING CHRISTMAS MEMORIES

    Written By: Scott Cernek, pastor of Peace Church in Browntown, Wisconsin on
    December 19th, 2023

    December 20th, 2023

    Christmas is almost here, and my mind is flooded with memories of all the special family times at Christmas over the years.

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  • NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 19th, 2023

    Ad-Hoc Comprehensive Plan Committee Meeting

    Date:  Tuesday,  December 19th, 2023

    Time:  12:00 p.m.
    Place: Planning & Development – Hanover
    Agenda:   Any items that require the attention of the committee.

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  • FHN OB TEAM RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING COMMITMENT TO CARE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – The Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative (ILPQC) has recognized the FHN Women’s Health team at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport for the team’s outstanding efforts to provide equitable quality care to all mothers and babies.

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  • ARREST FOR HOME INVASION ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1ST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – On December 1st, 2023, at 4:00 a.m., Officers of the Freeport Police Department responded to an apartment in the 600 block of N. Walnut Avenue regarding a battery that was in progress inside of the apartment.

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  • FHN CALENDAR OF EVENTS:   DECEMBER 13TH-28TH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th

    Caregiver Support Group

    2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

    Virtual Meeting

    Free group for those who provide care to a family member, friend, or member of the community. Open-forum discussion and a chance to ask questions and share resources. Visit www.fhn.org/caregivers for the secure Zoom link or contact Sean Huguenin at 815-599-6160 for more information.

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  • SENATOR ANDREW CHESNEY PRESENTS SCALES MOUND HIGH SCHOOL TRAP TEAM WITH $500.00 SCHOLARSHIP

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    SCALES MOUND, IL — Christmas came early this year for the Scales Mound High School Trap Team, when State Senator Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) surprised the students and coaches on December 5th with a $500.00 scholarship to help support the program. The scholarship was made available by the Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus.

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT: GIRLS BASKETBALL – DECEMBER 13TH, 2023

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    December 12th, 2023

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2ND

    BLACK HAWK  52   

    HILLSBORO  33

    WISCONSIN DELLS, WI – At Justagame Field House in Wisconsin Dells on Saturday the Lady Warriors picked up a non-conference 52-33 win over Hillsboro. The Warriors set the tone early with a 29-14 first half in which Maddy Lange scored eleven of her game high fifteen points. Following the break, the Warriors put Hillsboro to rest with a 23-19 final eighteen minutes.

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT:  BOYS BASKETBALL – DECEMBER 13TH, 2023

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    December 12th, 2023

    SCALES MOUND STATELINE SHOOTOUT

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2ND

    SHULLSBURG  61   

    PEARL CITY  36

    SCALES MOUND, IL – Shullsburg took care of business early with a 21-6 first quarter in which Heath Poppy scored ten of his thirty points in a 61-36 Miners win at the expense of the Pearl City Wolves. The Wolves then clawed their way back in it with a 18-7 second quarter in which Jayden Downs scored ten of his team high fourteen points. Up just 28-22 at the half the miners put the “W” in the win column with a 22-11 third quarter in which Poppy had thirteen Shullsburg points. The second half proved to be a disaster for the Wolves which included a Miners 11-5 final eight minutes.

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  • WILLS FAMILY COUNTY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    SCALES MOUND, IL – The Wills Family, long time residents and philanthropic members of the area, have established a scholarship program for Jo Daviess County residents through the family trust. The Scales Mound School District Board of Education will administer the Scholarship program. Scholarships will be available to support attendance at vocational two and four year institutions. Recent or past high school graduates are eligible to apply.

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  • BASE CAMP OFFERS EDUCATIONAL SERIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND SMALL BUSINESSES

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – The Business Academy for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs (BASE) Camp is an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners to learn more about the important elements of business ownership to be successful. Classes begin on January 30th, 2024.

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  • PEORIA-CHICAGO PASSENGER RAIL PROJECT TAKES NEXT STEP FORWARD BY BEING SELECTED FOR FRA’S NEW CORRIDOR IDENTIFICATION DESIGNATION PROGRAM

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    OTTAWA, IL – Several area community representatives attended a press conference on Thursday, December 7th in Peoria announcing the designation and funding.  The press conference was hosted by Co-Chairs Peoria Mayor Rita Ali and former United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to announce the application for the Peoria-Chicago Passenger Rail Project submitted by the City of Peoria was selected for the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Corridor Identification Program. They were joined by representatives from Senator Durbin and Senator Duckworth’s offices, regional leaders, and members from the project leadership team.

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  • WARREN TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    WARREN, IL – Thank you to everyone who stopped in during the Christmas Walk and those who participated in the  “Disguise a Gingerbread Man” contest. Winners for the Christmas Walk prizes at the library were: Shanaye Hazelwood won the adult prize and Serenity Havens won the children’s prize. The winners for the “Disguise a Gingerbread Man” contest were Lori Montalvo won with her gingerbread man disguised as Cat in the Hat and Olivia Reese won with her gingerbread man disguised as a snow man. Stop in again to see what all our library has to offer.

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  • OPTIMIST CLUB OF DARLINGTON PRESENTED COMMUNITY RECOGNITION AWARD

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    DARLINGTON, WI – Optimist Club of Darlington recently presented Amanda Winslow with their 2023 Community Recognition Award. In 2016, the Optimist Club of Darlington’s board of directors founded a Community Recognition award to honor those who have made a positive impact within the Darlington community.

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  • PRITZKER ADMINISTRATION ENCOURAGES ALL INCOME-ELIGIBLE FAMILIES TO APPLY FOR UTILITY BILL ASSISTANCE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    CHICAGO, IL –  The Pritzker Administration and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) are encouraging all income-eligible families to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to support with utility bill assistance for natural gas, propane and electricity. Applications expanded today, December 1st, to include all income-eligible households.

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  • THE OPTIMIST CLUB OF DARLINGTON MAKES DONATION TO OPERA HOUSE

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    DARLINGTON, WI – The Optimist Club of Darlington recently presented the Driver Opera House with two checks totaling $1,500. The Optimist paid their pledge of $500 towards the #FinishThe Driver campaign for 2023. At the Pecatonica Valley Antique Days in September, the Driver Board and other community friends provided the labor for the Optimist food stand. The Optimist were able to raise $1,000 over the weekend for presentation to the Driver – Thank You Driver for your help!!!  Pictured left to right: Driver Board President Jean Kendall, and Optimist President Lori Garvey and Optimist Treasurer Tom Daly.

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  • CONGRATS TO THE LITTLE STOCKTON BLACKHAWKS OF THE WEEK

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    STOCKTON, IL – Our Little Blackhawks for the week! Students were recognized for continuing to follow the Blackhawk Way and do great things! Congratulations, everyone!

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  • The Galena HUSH Report

    Written By: John Huschik • jhush-flash@lycos.com on
    December 12th, 2023

    Mrs. Director, In The Library, With A Calculator.

    December 13th, 2023

    In the HUSH Report version of the game “Clue,” players (readers) are asked to discover and declare who they believe was solely responsible for the 2024 Galena Library budget.

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  • THE POWER OF YOUR SMILE

    Written By: Dr. Stephen Petras, DMD • An Illinois Licensed General Dentist on
    December 12th, 2023

    INCI*DENTAL*LY

    December 13th, 2023

    The holiday season is upon us and celebrations with family, friends and colleagues are beginning to populate our calendars. Unfortunately, thanks to the increased number of times we now see our smiles on screen during Zoom and Google Chat meetings, many people have become much more sensitive about their smiles. Unfortunately, their efforts to hide their teeth often include a reluctance to smile. Since one of the greatest joys of the holiday season is seeing our family’s smiles, I hope today’s column helps you to understand how the act of smiling promotes your health.

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  • FARM FORWARD: TURNING LAST SEASON’S CHALLENGES INTO NEXT SEASON’S TRIUMPHS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – Join University of Illinois Extension Crop Sciences Educator Kathryn Seebruck for the first year of her series “Farm Forward: Turning Last Season’s Challenges Into Next Season’s Triumphs.” This monthly series aims to address the needs of row crop producers and will be rotated between Jo Daviess and Stephenson counties.

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  • Around The Northern Hills

    Written By: Annette Eggers on
    December 12th, 2023

    Jo Daviess County Farm Bureau  

    December 13th, 2023

    So what would Christmas be like without our country’s strong agricultural base?  The first thought that comes to mind is all of the great food that we celebrate holidays with, but without agriculture, Christmas would be different in many ways. 

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  • MAKING IT TO HEAVEN

    Written By: Scott Cernek, pastor of Peace Church in Browntown, Wisconsin on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    It’s been almost a year since my dad went home to be with the Lord. He was just a week from turning 89 years old last year in January when he was promoted to heaven.

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  • JDCF ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP AWARD

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    ELIZABETH, IL – The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) is accepting nominations for the Nancy Hamill Winter Conservation Leadership Award, which will be presented at the Foundation’s annual meeting in early 2024. An individual, organization, governmental entity, educational institution, or business that has demonstrated creativity and/or leadership in the preservation, restoration, or stewardship of natural areas and/or Native American cultural resources, or has a strong history of promoting an understanding of the natural world in Northwest Illinois, particularly Jo Daviess County, is eligible.

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  • IDPH ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION GRANT

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is now accepting applications for a $312,000 suicide prevention grant. The federally-funded grant will fund a single organization to improve the ability of staffers in education, child welfare, and juvenile justice to identify, assess, and help young people who may be at risk for suicide.

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  • COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS DINNER IN STOCKTON

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    STOCKTON, IL – The Community Christmas Dinner Committee announces the 37th annual dinner sponsored by the churches and businesses in the Stockton  Community. It will be on Monday, December 25th, 2023 at Calvary Church of Stockton at Noon. 

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  • LAYLA DRISCOLL-WEBSTER TAKES THIRD PLACE IN GLOBAL FASHION COMPETITION

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    ONEONTA, NY – Layla Driscoll-Webster of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, was one of four SUNY Oneonta Fashion and Textile students who placed third in the 2023 Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Production (ESRAP) Student Merchandising Competition. ESRAP’s competition is a global event that challenges undergraduate students to develop sustainable and socially responsible fashion retail business plans.

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  • BACK PAIN, SHOULDER PAIN AND FREQUENT URINATION SOLVED

    Written By: Drs. Mike & DeeDee Wampfler  • Premier Chiropractic - Stockton, Illinois on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    Kyle is our December patient of the month.  He had never been to a chiropractor before and was uneasy about it.  He was skeptical and had his doubts and concerns about chiropractic care, not knowing much about what we do.  He didn’t know if chiropractic was safe, if it would hurt, and if it would be able to help him, but he saw us at an expo event and made an appointment after having a preliminary posture screening and talking with one of our team members.

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  • ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH EVENTS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    PEARL CITY, IL - St. John’s Lutheran Church, Pearl City, will celebrate the third Sunday of Advent on Sunday, December 17th at 9:00 a.m. 

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  • ATTENTION VETERANS!

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – The American Legion Fickbohm-Hissem Post 193, Galena, meets the third Tuesday each month.

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  • NEW STATE FUNDING IS NOW AVAILABLE TO HELP BUILD OUT ILLINOIS’ FOOD  INFRASTRUCTURE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – Nearly $2 million in state funds will be handed out next spring under the Illinois Local Food Infrastructure Grant program, under a new program being administered this year by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance. The group brought together farmers and food consumers to advocate for legislation last spring aimed at addressing one of the biggest challenges facing the state’s food system.

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  • SOS+ DECEMBER 14TH CHRISTMAS  PROGRAM WITH “PLEASANT HOPE”   

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    STOCKTON, IL – SOS+ welcomes back, the Mai family teens, known as “Pleasant Hope” to our December 14th, 2023 Christmas Celebration at Senior Outreach (SOS+).  We will start the day off with a pot luck dinner in the Fellowship Hall at 12:00 noon at Calvary Church of Stockton, Stockton, Illinois.  The Mai family will entertain us with a their gift of music at 1:00 p.m. followed by the seniors white elephant gift exchange.

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  • DELTA KAPPA GAMMA’S JOINT MEETING ABOUT AMERICAN RED CROSS’S DONUT DOLLIES

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – We had a fabulous joint meeting at Deer Ridge Ministries in Freeport with Alpha Mu on November 18th, 2023 where the speaker enlightened the group on the American Red Cross’s Donut Dollies recreational mission during the Vietnam War. Our speaker, former Dolly Susan DeWitt, visited from the St. Louis area. Her history of the organization started by stating that she herself never made or served a single donut during her 14 month deployment from 1967-68. The name “Donut Dollies” was left over from ladies who served during WWI and WWII.

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  • GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    LENA, IL – All are invited on December 17th, 2023 to Good Shepherd, 118 East Mason Street Lena, Illinois, for Sunday worship service at 9:30 a.m. This will be the third Sunday of the Advent Season. Holy Communion will be celebrated in worship. You may join the service in-person or via Facebook Live. The reading will be from John 1:6-8, 19-28. John’s gospel describes Jesus as the “light of the world.” John the Baptist is presented as a witness to Jesus, one who directs attention away from himself to Christ, the true light. Chime practice will be at 10:45 a.m., and choir practice will be at 11:00 a.m.

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  • FINANCIAL ADVISOR ASHLIE LAYNE STODDARD OF EDWARD JONES RECEIVES CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (TM) CERTIFICATION

    Written By: Ashlie Stoddard on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    ELIZABETH, IL – Financial Advisor Ashlie Stoddard of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Elizabeth, Illinois, has received the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(TM), or CFP®, certification, granted by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board).

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  • NEED EXTRA CA$H?  WHAT’S IT WORTH ON EBAY?

    Written By: Paul Connor on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – If you have an item and you would like to know what it is worth, send digital pictures with a brief description to paulhconnor@gmail.com or you can make an appointment to visit me at 201 North Commerce Street, Galena, Illinois. Be sure to check out our website at www.ezsellusa.com.

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  • GREEN COUNTY HOUSING ACTION FORUM CREATES ACTIONABLE ITEMS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    MONROE, WI – More than 50 municipal leaders, lenders and developers connected on Thursday, December 7th at SSM Health Monroe for the Housing Action Forum, an event to create actionable items for solving the housing issues in Green County.

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  • This ‘N  That from the Stockton Heritage Museum

    Written By: ANN COPPERNOLL on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    The Blessing of the Season to all. 

    We at the Stockton Heritage Museum want to thank all the people who supported the Museum this year and worked hard to help achieve a successful season. We had over 700 visitors to our museum and programs we hosted this year and entertained visitors from around the world and coast to coast. 

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  • A LETTER FROM WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT SHAWN TESKE

    Written By: Shawn Teske, Ed. D. Superintendent on
    December 12th, 2023

    December 13th, 2023

    Happy Holidays, Warren Warriors!

    As we approach the end of another calendar year, I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude and warm wishes to each and every member of our incredible school community.

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  • MARTIN

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    December 8th, 2023

    December 8th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – Della “Polly” M. Martin, age 90 of Freeport, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, December 7th, 2023 at Ascension St. Joseph Nursing Home. She was born June 28th, 1933; the daughter of the late Earl and Viola (Bonner) Barnhart. She was a 1951 graduate of Mt. Morris High School. Della married Jim Holder on August 16th, 1952. She later married Burnham “Bun” Martin on April 9th, 1965; he passed September 5th, 2011.

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  • BEYER

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    December 7th, 2023

    IOWA CITY, IA – Peggy Ann (Steffes) Beyer went home to the Lord on November 22nd, 2023 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. She was born on April 29th, 1945 to Florence (Musser) and Raymond Steffes in Freeport, Illinois.

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  • PIRATE COMPETITOR OF THE WEEK: SAM AMAYA, VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – Greetings Pirate Nation

    Sam Amaya, Varsity Boys Basketball

    Sam had a good week as he averaged 14 points, six rebounds, two steals and three assists per game. Coach Matt Wienen said, “Sam has been a great addition to our varsity team this season.

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  • FREEPORT MAYOR JODI MILLER ELECTED TO NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – Freeport Mayor Jodi Miller was recently elected to the National League of Cities (NLC) Board. Only 26 elected officials across the country are elected to serve 2-year terms as at-large members of the board. Mayor Miller is the first Freeport mayor to be elected to this national leadership position, and only one of two elected officials representing Illinois communities.

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  • WARREN UMC PLANS ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS EVENTS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    WARREN, IL – The Warren United Methodist Church is excited to announce our upcoming Advent and Christmas events.

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  • PERSONAL INJURY ACCIDENT RURAL GALENA

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – On December 2nd, 2023 at approximately 10:50 p.m., the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office 911 dispatch center received a report of a one vehicle traffic crash with possible injuries that was located on West Council Hill Road just north of Council Ridge Road in rural Galena, Illinois.

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  • THE CARROLL JO DAVIESS CHAPTER OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION NOVEMBER MEETING HONORING OUR VETERANS

    Written By: Caption submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    LENA, IL – Carroll Jo Daviess Chapter NSDAR held their November meeting at the Lena Public Library in Lena, Illinois.  During the meeting they honored service veterans.  The guest speaker was Edward F. Gaulrapp, Jr. Navy Veteran.  Mr. Gaulrapp spoke about his 20 years of service.  The Carroll Jo Daviess Chapter NSDAR thanks him for his service and his very informative presentation. DAR member Sondra Strohecker, Lena, is pictured with Edward F. Gaulrapp.

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  • A SUPER CHRISTMAS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    STOCKTON, IL – Everyone is invited to see “A Super Christmas.” It’s about a group of famous super heroes who discover that while Baby Jesus did come to save the world, he won’t be stealing their jobs! This Christmas program will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church, 127 East Benton Avenue in Stockton on December 10th at 11:00 a.m. Christmas refreshments will follow in Fellowship Hall.

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  • ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH EVENTS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    PEARL CITY, IL - St. John’s Lutheran Church, Pearl City, will celebrate the second Sunday of Advent on Sunday, December 10th at 9:00 a.m. 

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  • WHAT IS THE NERVOUS SYSTEM?

    Written By: Drs. Mike & DeeDee Wampfler  • Premier Chiropractic - Stockton, Illinois on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    Our nervous system is highly complex and plays the dominant role in coordination, association, and integration of body responses to internal and external demand.  It is composed primarily of two parts – the Central Nervous System (CNS), which consists of our brain and spinal cord and the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS), which consists of twelve cranial nerve pairs, thirty-one spinal nerve pairs, and the ganglia, which are groups of neuron cell bodies clustered together in the PNS.

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  • GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    LENA, IL – All are invited on December 10th, 2023 to Good Shepherd, 118 East Mason Street Lena, Illinois, for Sunday worship service at 9:30 a.m. The reading will be from Mark 1:1-8. The Gospel of Mark does not begin with a story of Jesus’ birth but with the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord. Chime practice will be at 10:45 a.m., and choir practice will be at 11:00 a.m.

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  • CONGRATULATIONS STOCKTON  LITTLE BLACKHAWKS OF THE WEEK

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    STOCKTON, IL – Our Little Blackhawks for the week. Students were recognized for following the Blackhawk Way! Congratulations!

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  • The Galena HUSH Report

    Written By: John Huschik • jhush-flash@lycos.com on
    December 6th, 2023

    Always on Her Mind

    December 6th, 2023

    For literally years, we here at the HUSH Report have had one goal: “to do whatever we could, to appeal to anyone who would listen, in order to realize a new entrance to the Midwest Medical Center. We were not alone. Many, many readers and area residents joined in and urged the “powers that be,” whoever that was, to try, with any means necessary to get that entrance project done. The major force behind the push to get the entrance done was the C.E.O. herself, Tracy Bauer.

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  • MUSIC TRIP GIFT CARRIES SPECIAL MEANING FOR SCHEIDER FAMILY

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    LENA, IL – On November 27th, the Scheider Family generously donated $1,000 in memory of Le-Win Alumnus Terry Scheider to sponsor a student for the 2024 Le-Win Music Trip.

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  • LIVESTOCK FENCING WEBINAR  TO BE HELD IN JANUARY

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    ELIZABETH, IL – The Livestock Production and Principles for Beginners Webinar Series returns in 2024. This monthly series, first launched in 2023, addresses the needs of those who are getting started, exploring the concept of, or even assists those currently raising livestock. With a focus on helping those who are brand new to livestock, 4-H families may be interested in these sessions.

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  • INCI*DENTAL*LY

    Written By: Dr. Stephen Petras, DMD • An Illinois Licensed General Dentist on
    December 6th, 2023

    ACID REFLUX AND YOUR ORAL HEALTH

    December 6th, 2023

    Reflux is defined as the flow of a fluid through a vessel or valve in the body in a direction opposite to normal.  Normally when swallowing, a band of muscles around the bottom of the esophagus (the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach) relaxes to open and allow food and fluids to enter your stomach, then closes to protect the esophagus from the strong acids in the stomach. When this band of muscles (the lower esophageal sphincter/LES) doesn’t function properly or stays relaxed, the acids from your stomach can flow back upwards (reflux) into the esophagus. When this reflux becomes frequent it can progress to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Current data shows that approximately 20 percent of the US population suffers with GERD.

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  • RIVER RIDGE FFA HOSTS SUCCESSFUL FOOD DRIVE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    HANOVER, IL – The River Ridge FFA Chapter hosted a non-perishable food drive in the weeks before Thanksgiving. The elementary, junior high, and high school students were all invited to donate food items as well as paper products.  Members of the officer team collected the items in several different locations. The elementary classes had a competition to see which grade could donate the most. The 3rd graders earned an ice cream sundae treat for being the class with the most donations! The FFA Chapter was happy to donate 468 pounds of needed items to the Elizabeth Food Basket.

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT: WRESTLING –  DECEMBER 6TH, 2023

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    December 6th, 2023

    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH

    AT DIXON

    DIXON  34   LE-WIN/STOCKTON  28

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT: GIRLS BASKETBALL –  DECEMBER 6TH, 2023

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    December 6th, 2023

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH

    RIVER RIDGE/SCALES MOUND  55   

    PEARL CITY  16

    DAKOTA, IL – It was all Wildcats from start to finish in a 55-16 decision over Pearl City.  The rout started with a 15-2 Cats first quarter before the difference swelled to 24-7 at the break.  Following the intermission, River Ridge/Scales Mound continued to build on the difference with a 18-6 third quarter that made it a 42-13 game at the end of three.  The final eight minutes saw a running clock early as the Wildcats finished off the Wolves with a 13-3 finish. 

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  • THE FLASH SPORTS REPORT: BOYS BASKETBALL – DECEMBER 6TH, 2023

    Written By: Our sports writer on
    December 6th, 2023

    MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH

    EASTLAND  46   

    DAKOTA  36

    LANARK, IL – Eastland made their season debut with a 46-36 win at the expense of the visiting Dakota Indians.  The Cougars got out of the gate with a 13-5 opening only to have the Indians answer with a 11-4 second period to cut the difference to 17-16 at the half.  Following the break, the cougars Adam Awender netted ten of his team high seventeen points in a 17-9 third quarter to put the Cougars up 34-25 at the end of three.  Despite a big outing from Austin Stuckey late the home team was able to hang on late.

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  • STOCKTON FFA CHAPTER COMPETES IN SECTION ONE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    LENA, IL – On November 14th, our chapter competed in the Section One Agronomy CDE. The high school agronomy team placed 2nd overall. Individually, Karl Hubb placed 6th, Ashlyn Schubert placed 7th, Amber Haas placed 9th, and Michael Haas placed 10th.

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  • GREEN COUNTY MARKET STEER/MARKET HEIFER WEIGH-IN

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    MONROE, WI – The annual Green County Market Steer/Heifer Weigh-In will be held on Saturday, December 30th, 2023 at Equity Livestock, located south of Monroe from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.  In case of inclement weather the snow date will be Saturday, January 13th. An announcement will be made over WBGR radio prior to 8:00 a.m. on the morning of December 30th, if the weigh-in will be re-scheduled due to inclement weather.

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  • Around The Northern Hills

    Written By: Annette Eggers on
    December 6th, 2023

    Jo Daviess County Farm Bureau 

    December 6th, 2023

    This past weekend I travelled into Chicago with our Jo Daviess County delegates to the Illinois Farm Bureau annual meeting. The delegates from across the state worked hard to determine the changes and additions to Illinois Farm Bureau’s policy. This is what is so great about Farm Bureau, it is truly a grassroots effort. Would you like to know how the policy development process works? Feel free to give me a call.

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  • PRITZKER ADMINISTRATION ENCOURAGES ALL INCOME-ELIGIBLE FAMILIES TO APPLY FOR UTILITY BILL ASSISTANCE

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    CHICAGO, IL –  The Pritzker Administration and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) are encouraging all income-eligible families to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to support with utility bill assistance for natural gas, propane and electricity. Applications expanded today, December 1st, to include all income-eligible households.

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  • UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON SUMMER GRAD LIST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    MADISON, WI –   Just over 1,300 students received doctoral, bachelor’s, master’s and professional degrees in August 2023 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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  • A WARM BARN ON CHRISTMAS EVE

    Written By: Scott Cernek, pastor of Peace Church in Browntown, Wisconsin on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    There really isn’t anything quite as nice as a barn full of contented dairy cows in the winter time when it is snowy and cold outside.  One of the most pleasing experiences on the dairy farm growing up was to see the cows lying down in their stanchions at the end of the evening milking all comfy and cozy.  Their bellies were full of green leafy alfalfa hay, and one by one they would lie down and begin chewing their cud. Their jaws would move in a funny way side to side as they calmly and rhythmically began this post meal ritual.  A cow won’t chew their cud unless they are relaxed, and there was something very mesmerizing and calming about watching them perform this amazing action.

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  • VILLAGE OF WARREN

    Written By: Board minutes submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    Regular Board of Trustees Meeting • Saturday, November 11th, 2023 • 7:00 p.m.

    Published December 6th, 2023

    The regular board meeting was held on November 11th, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. at the Warren Village Hall.

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  • HOLIDAY PARTNERSHIP CASH PROVIDES ADDITIONAL SAVINGS TO CONSUMERS WHO SHOP LOCAL

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL –  The Greater Freeport Partnership is reigniting the wildly popular Partnership Cash program for the holiday season and you can’t afford to miss out.  Just in time for the gift-giving season, purchase $100 in Partnership Cash and receive an additional $20 free! That is extra gift-giving power for you and more local spending for our small businesses.

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  • FREE COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS MEAL SCHEDULED ON DECEMBER 12TH

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    WARREN, IL – In an effort to foster community and fellowship, Warren area churches are coming together to offer a free community Christmas meal.

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  • DECEMBER MEETING

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    LENA, IL – The December meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary will meet on Wednesday, December 13th, at the Lena American Legion Home at 6:00 p.m.  We will be making tray favors for the hospitalized veterans and wrapping gifts for the veterans. 

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  • MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET AT TIMBER LAKE PLAYHOUSE

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    MT. CARROLL, IL – Brady Wease (Jerry Lee Lewis), Collin Yates (Carl Perkins), Alessandro Viviano (Elvis Presley) and Peter Oyloe (Johnny Cash) portray The Million Dollar Quartet in the Timber Lake Playhouse production of The Million Dollar Quartet Christmas running through Sunday, December 10th at the playhouse in Mt. Carroll. For tickets or more information, contact the Box Office at (815) 244-2035 or online at www.timberlakeplayhouse.org.

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  • SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS COMING TO  WARREN LIBRARY

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    WARREN, IL – Bring the kids to the Warren Township Public Library on Saturday, December 9th to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Arrive by 10:30 a.m. Bring your camera! The library is located at 210 Burnett Avenue in Warren, Illinois.

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  • ROYAL SCOTS TO HOLD HOLIDAY CONCERT AT HISTORIC CHURCH IN GALENA

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL –  Join the Royal Scots and Chamber Singers for an evening of seasonal music from around the world and across time on Saturday, December 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the historic Galena United Methodist Church, 125 South Bench Street, Galena, Illinois.

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  • PRAIRIE FARMS IS MOST AWARDED COMPANY AT NMPF CHEESE AND YOGURT CONTEST

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    EDWARDSVILLE, IL – The annual National Milk Producers Federation Cheese and Yogurt Contest recently wrapped up, and it was a successful year for Prairie Farms Dairy. With an impressive 20 ribbons, including the Chairman’s Award, the contest’s highest honor, for Cave Aged Rinded Swiss Cheese and Best Italian Award for Pasteurized Blue Cheese, Prairie Farms won more awards than any other company competing in the contest.

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  • NICAA RETURNING TO WARREN  TOWNSHIP  PUBLIC LIBRARY

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    WARREN, IL – NICAA will be at the library on Thursday, December 7th and Thursday, December 21st from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. NICAA will also take walk-ins. Pick up your pre-application packet at the library if you need one. Please call (815) 232-3141 to schedule an appointment.

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  • NEED EXTRA CA$H?  WHAT’S IT WORTH ON EBAY?

    Written By: Paul Connor on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – If you have an item and you would like to know what it is worth, send digital pictures with a brief description to paulhconnor@gmail.com or you can make an appointment to visit me at 201 North Commerce Street, Galena, Illinois. Be sure to check out our website at www.ezsellusa.com.

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  • SEARCH WARRANT RESULTING   IN THE SEIZURE OF FIREARMS

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    FREEPORT, IL – On November 18th, 2023, Officers with the Freeport Police Department conducted a search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of North Cherry Avenue.

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  • Guest Column From Senator Andrew Chesney

    Written By: Andrew Chesney on
    December 6th, 2023

    www.SenatorChesney.com

    So Many Reasons to be Thankful

    December 6th, 2023

    As we enter this holiday season, there is so much for which we can be grateful. First of all, we live in a state with an abundance of potential and existing greatness. The farmers who put food on Illinois’ and the nation’s table deserve our highest gratitude. If you had a traditional turkey dinner for Thanksgiving, you may have enjoyed one of the three million turkeys produced by Illinois farmers each year. Additionally, from the butter to the cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, whipped cream and milk, you may also have enjoyed products produced by one or more of Illinois’ thousands of dairy farmers.

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  • SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN!

    Written By: Caption Submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    ELIZABETH, IL – Deklan Murray, 3, of Elizabeth tells Santa his wishlist during the Elizabeth Christmas Walk.

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  • RING IN THE HOLIDAYS DECEMBER 15TH-17TH AND BENEFIT THOSE SERVED BY THE GALENA FOOD PANTRY    

    Written By: Article submitted on
    December 6th, 2023

    December 6th, 2023

    GALENA, IL - We talk about the need to “keep Christmas” in our hearts, thoughts, words and deeds throughout the year. One of the things that unfortunately continues every day is hunger, with many people without enough food to sustain themselves and their families. That’s why Keeping Christmas is the theme of a special, free musical event for three performances December 15th-17th, with donations to support the Galena Food Bank.

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  • DAVIS

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    December 1st, 2023

    December 1st, 2023

    WARREN, IL – Dennis Davis, age 66 of Warren, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday November 28th, 2023 after a year long battle with cancer at UW Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. He was born on November 11th, 1957 in Freeport, Illinois to William and Marian (Snyder) Davis. He graduated from Warren High School in 1976. Dennis worked at Eaton Corporation, Warren, Illinois and Sauer-Danfoss, Freeport, Illinois. He enjoyed tinkering in his shop, collectibles, and had a deep love for his cats and dogs.

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  • ELLINGSON

    Written By: Obituary submitted on
    November 28th, 2023

    November 28th, 2023

    MONROE, WI – Barbara A. (Ruegsegger) Ellingson, age 88 of Monroe passed away on Monday, November 27th, 2023 at the SSM Health Monroe Hospital.

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  • PERSONAL INJURY ACCIDENT

    Written By: Article submitted on
    November 28th, 2023

    November 29th, 2023

    ELIZABETH, IL – On Monday, November 20th, 2023, the Jo Daviess County 911 Center received multiple reports of a single vehicle accident with unknown injuries.

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  • A CALL FOR ART! BROAD IDEAS RETURNS FOR YEAR SEVEN

    Written By: Article submitted on
    November 28th, 2023

    November 29th, 2023

    GALENA, IL – Broad Ideas will be back at the Galena Center for the Arts in March 2024. This month-long community arts show committed to inclusion through dismantling patriarchy and misogyny needs you! 

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  • JO DAVIESS COUNTY 4-H HOLDS RECOGNITION EVENT AT THE ELIZABETH COMMUNITY BUILDING

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    November 28th, 2023

    November 29th, 2023

    ELIZABETH, IL – On Sunday, November 5th, 2023, over 100 volunteers, members, and families gathered at the Elizabeth Community Building for the annual Jo Daviess County 4-H Award and Volunteer Recognition Event.

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  • VALERIE STOCKS MARKS 40 YEARS AT APPLE RIVER STATE BANK

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    November 28th, 2023

    November 29th, 2023

    GALENA, IL– Valerie (Val) Stocks, Senior Vice President and Mortgage Banking Manager, celebrated her 40th anniversary at Apple River State Bank on November 22nd.

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  • OPERATION RISING SPIRIT ENCOURAGES LETTERS OF SUPPORT TO ILLINOIS VETERANS DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

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    November 28th, 2023

    November 29th, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today launched the 2023 “Operation Rising Spirit,” campaign encouraging service organizations, schools, communities, and individuals to write letters of appreciation and support to veterans residing at the state veterans’ homes in Anna, Chicago, LaSalle, Manteno, and Quincy.

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  • HORT FOR THE HOLIDAYS: JO DAVIESS COUNTY EDITION

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    November 28th, 2023

    November 29th, 2023

    ELIZABETH, IL – Gather your friends for an afternoon of decorating fun as the University of Illinois Extension hosts “Hort for the Holidays – Jo Daviess County Edition.” This program is being held on Wednesday, December 20th from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Jo Daviess County Extension Office, 204 Vine Street, Elizabeth, Illinois 61028. There will be a $30 charge to attend, and attendees will leave with two projects to take home with them. Pre-registration is required by December 13th to attend. To register or for more information visit us online at go.illinois.edu/jsw or call us at 815-858-2273.

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  • SAFE HAVEN’S DOG PORTRAIT HOLIDAY FUNDRAISING EVENT

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    November 28th, 2023

    November 29th, 2023

    ELIZABETH, IL – Safe Haven Humane Society recently hosted its 3rd annual pet portrait fundraising event at Highway 20 Brewery in Elizabeth. The tree was lit, Safe Haven Board Member and Volunteer Bill Hengtgen came dressed as Santa, and dogs had their pictures taken. Donors received a framed photo of their pet with Santa.

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  • RECYCLED FABRIC COMES BACK TO LIFE AS ART AT THE SOUTH DOOR IN LENA, ILLINOIS

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    November 28th, 2023