Week of February 28, 2024

  • We're Not A Pawn

    Dan Stevens

    The sad truth about being one of the only true medias left in our region is that people often try to manipulate me into writing a story to promote their personal cause – which quite often, is factually inaccurate. Normally, when the needed research is done, we find the flaw and don’t fall for the attempt, but on occasion we have been played (Can you say “Ron Fluegel?”). The latest attempt was emailed in by Jody Coss in regard to the Walnut Acres Nursing Home, and … well … here’s...

  • From Raspberries To Blackberries

    Join University of Illinois Extension as they kick off their Spring Break Gardening Series with "Brambles: From Raspberries to Blackberries" on Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 1:30 p.m. This program is being held at the Jo Daviess County Extension Office, 204 N. Vine St. Elizabeth, IL 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...

  • 'Prairie Wind' Submissions Now Open

    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 8. Drop submissions off in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center, Building F, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport. The magazine has been published annually since 1992 under...

  • A Lengthy Problem

    Dan Stevens

    The Lena-Winslow 1-3-1 zone defense has given several teams fits this season, but in the Regional semi-final at East Dubuque Wednesday night the opponent was none other than the Scales Mound Hornets. The state ranked, been to the state finals for two years in a row, Hornets, put up one hell of a fight, before seeing their magical post season run come finally to an end 52-51. Early on, Scales Mound was picking the zone apart with sharp passes into the interior where a dump pass to the block...

  • On A Different Level

    Dan Stevens

    Throughout the entire Girl's Basketball season, the Galena Pirates had been ranked #1 in 1A ... and for a reason. On Tuesday, at the Lena-Winslow Sectional, the Pirates flexed some muscles early in the second half to make what had been a major contest, into a controlled win against an Aquin team that was good ... really good ... just not good enough. Throughout the first half, it was anybody's ballgame as both teams played solid defense – forcing some turnovers – while struggling against...

  • Clock Strikes Midnight On Cinderella Cats

    Dan Stevens

    Neither team was supposed to be there, but for different reasons. Rockford Lutheran is a 2A school, but due to the convoluted IHSA rules, failure to win at the 2A level allows them to drop down into the 1A tournament – much to the chagrin of teams like Orangeville, who deserved far better to end their season. And then you had the RR/SM Wildcats. A team that had struggled mightily during the season – losing at home to Stockton at one point, and getting run off their own floor by the Eastland...

  • Calm Down

    Dan Stevens

    The River Ridge Wildcats came in with an excellent game plan, and attacked the Lena-Winslow 1-3-1 zone effectively in the first half. With a high low combination of Joe Winter and Seth Nicholas working the inside, the Wildcats got some easy baskets when they were patient and got the ball inside to their big men. Meanwhile, the Panthers were struggling to get anything going. While the first quarter was close in spite of shooting 0 for 5 from the outside, repeated turnovers in the second quarter...

  • Boys Post Season Results

    River Ridge Sectional Tue., Feb. 27 Eastland vs. South Beloit – 7:00 pm Wed., Feb. 28 Pecatonica vs. Fulton – 7:00 pm Fri., Mar. 1 Championship – 7:00 pm East Dubuque Regional Mon., Feb. 19 Lena-Winslow 55 River Ridge 44 South Beloit 58 Stockton 28 East Dubuque 61 Warren 44 Wed., Feb. 21 Lena-Winslow 52 Scales Mound 51 South Beloit 32 East Dubuque 31 Fri., Feb. 23 South Beloit 48 Lena-Winslow 44 Pecatonica Regional Mon., Feb. 19 Pecatonica 58 Alden-Hebron 24 Pearl City 50 Dakota 44 Galena 60 Orangeville/Aquin 27 Rockford Christian Life...

  • Size Matters

    Dan Stevens

    With 5:00 to play in the second quarter, the South Beloit Sobos threw a pass down low to their star big man, Ross Robertson, who had sealed off Jaylen Rakowska on the block and put up the inside layup. As Cobryn Lynch went to in-bounds the ball he looked at Rakowska who simply said, "He's 6'8", what am I supposed to do?" Lena-Winslow played their hearts out against the Sobos, and fought back from a 39-31 deficit to claim the lead at 40-39 with 4:05 left in the game. But every time the Sobos...

  • Girls Post Season Results

    Lena-Winslow Sectional Tue., Feb. 20 Galena 49 Aquin 34 Rockford Lutheran 45 RR/SM 29 Thu., Feb. 22 Galena 46 Rockford Lutheran 30 West Carroll Regional Sat., Feb. 10 Sterling Newman 57 Fulton 28 River Ridge/SM 58 Milledgeville 33 Polo 62 West Carroll 21 Mon., Feb. 12 Eastland 41 Sterling Newman 39 RR/SM 58 Polo 33 Fri., Feb. 16 RR/SM 48 Eastland 39 Rockford Lutheran Regional Sat., Feb. 10 Alden-Hebron 55. Kirkland Hiawatha 18 Christian Life 51 Sacred Heart 14 Tue., Feb. 13 Orangeville 72 Alden-Hebron 32 Rockford Lutheran 92 Christian Life 43...

  • All Conference Girls Basketball

    NUIC North First Team * = Unanimous Selection *Whitney Sullivan, Sr – Orangeville *Paityn London, Fr – Aquin *Grace Groezinger, Sr – Lena-Winslow *Laney Cahoon, Jr – Orangeville *Elaina Rager, Jr – Pecatonica Nadalee Doyle, So – Orangeville Kianna Degner, Jr – Pecatonica Second Team Hanna Broge, Sr – Aquin Megan Holder, Sr – Aquin Rachael Setterstrom, Jr – Lena-Winslow Alyssa Daughenbaugh, Jr – Lena-Winslow Fallyn Endress, Jr – Pearl City Lauren Mellentine, Sr – Pecatonica Honorable Mention Meghan Carlisle, Sr ...

  • Larson Claims Second At State

    Final results for the four Pantherhawk wrestlers who were able to advance to the State finals in wrestling were: 1A 175: Eli Larson (Lena-Winslow/Stockton) - 2nd Champ. Round 1 - Eli Larson (LWS) over Joey Barrow (Auburn) (Fall 3:52) Quarterfinals - Eli Larson (LWS) over Thayden Root (Tolono Unity) (Dec 6-3) Semifinals - Eli Larson (LWS) over Ty Carter (Red Bud) (Dec 7-5) 1st Place Match - Carter Watkins (Manteno) over Eli Larson (LWS) (Dec 7-2) 1A 190: Jeremiah Luke (Lena-Winslow/Stockton) - DNP Champ. Round 1 - Jeremiah Luke (LWS) over...

  • Point To Ponder

    Dan Stevens

    The NCAA is getting close to announcing their tournament field, and the weather has been downright balmy to the point where my thoughts have already turned to the baseball season. And while I know my beloved Cubs fell into the toilet at the end of the season when they looked like a lock to make the post season, I have to admit … I’m looking forward to this year. I admit it, I’ve got baseball on the brain – Major League Baseball. I even joined an ESPN Fantasy Baseball league and am...

  • Preacher's Piece

    Kevin Cernak

    This has been quite the winter so far. We had lots of snow to start out, the ground beneath the snow never did freeze. While moving it along the edges of the lawn and the driveway I ended up accidentally making huge divots in the yard. When the snow melted, I put them back in place. The snow melt did not cause flooding, it all soaked into the ground. Somebody told me the other day that this February was almost exactly the same as February 2012. His point was: expect a drought. But I say,...

  • Valentines For Seniors

    Andrew Chesney

    My office recently completed its first annual Valentines for Seniors program, and the response from the community exceeded all expectations. Between February 14th and 15th, my staff and I delivered over 2,300 valentines to 30 different nursing homes and assisted living, rehabilitation, and memory care centers in the seven-county region that makes up the 45th Senate District. The smiles on the seniors' faces were priceless, and it was evident they felt appreciated and valued. Cards were made by...

  • Free Pollination Program

    Stephenson County Association for Home and Community Education is sponsoring a program on Pollinators on Saturday, March 9, 2024, 1 pm, at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau Building, 210 W. Spring Street, in Freeport. This program will provide an opportunity to learn what you can do to assist in creating a pollinator habitat in your yard or garden. Jim Ritterbusch, who was employed by USDA before his retirement, will be the speaker. He was part of the Natural Resources Conservation Service and a District Conservationist who served Stephenson...

  • Panthers Present SpongeBob The Musical

    The Lena-Winslow High School Theatre Program is proud to present the full-length musical, Nickelodeon's The SpongeBob Musical. Performances are Friday, March 8 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, March 9 at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm. SpongeBob (Jacob Schumacher) and all of Bikini Bottom face catastrophe until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage. This bold, original musical celebrates friendship, cooperation, and the power of unity. Can a simple sponge full of optimism really save the world? The...

  • Lighter Side

    If I’m not back in five minutes, just wait longer – Ace Ventura Pet Detective The suspense is terrible, I hope it will last – Willy Wonka Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves – Robin Williams If you can’t be kind, at least be vague – Judith Martin Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them more – Oscar Wilde When I was a kid my parents moved a lot, but I always found them – Rodney Dangerfield Instant gratification takes too long – Carrie Fisher You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your...

  • Obituaries

    Warren Brandon J. Hartzell, 39 Brandon J. Hartzell, 39 of Warren, IL passed away peacefully at home with his wife and daughters by his side, on Monday February 12, 2024. He was born on February 6th, 1985, in Monroe, WI 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. Brandon... Full story

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