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Headlines Hit Home

It was supposed to be something you watched on television; something that happened in the big cities; something that happened ... somewhere else. Instead, what began as a whole lot of nothing,...

Unemployment Benefit Can Burn You

So did you get your $1200 check from the Federal Government? Hopefully, if you did, you realize that it is not “free” money. The $1200 “incentive” checks that many people received is actually...

Attempt To Remove Pritzker From Office Begins

An Illinois lawmaker dissatisfied with Gov. JB Pritzker's handling of the large number of COVID-19-related unemployment claims is calling on his colleagues to support an effort to remove the...

Bass Named Illinois Sheriff's Scholarship Winner

Sheriff Kevin Turner presented Mickenzie Bass, daughter of Brian and Michelle Bass of Apple River, with the Illinois Sheriffs' Association Scholarship Award for 2020 - 2021. This scholarship has been...

Summer Reading Club Program

State Representative Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) announced the official launch of his Second Annual Summer Reading Club Program for 1st-5th (or going into 6th) grade students who live within the 89th...

Scholarship Winners Announced

The Jo Daviess County Extension and 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the Norris and Bale college scholarship programs for the 2020-21 school year. For information about the Jo Daviess County Extension and 4-H Foundation, please...

Freeport Community Foundation Awards $52,067.93 In Grants

The Freeport Community Foundation (FCF) Board of Directors awarded 8 grants totaling $52,067.93 to eight regional non-profit organizations that provide a variety of programs and services benefiting residents in Stephenson, Jo Daviess and Carroll...

First Ace

Last Friday, Gael Brewbaker made the first Hole-In-One of the season out at Woodbine Bend. Considering that the flags have to stay inside the pins now, this is not an easy task to accomplish....

Lotz Announces Retirement

Lena State Bank would like to announce the retirement of Julie Lotz, Consumer Services Officer. Julie will be retiring on June 5, 2020. Julie has been looking forward to her retirement to spend more...

Dairy Margin Coverage Program Payment Triggered

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the March 2020 income over feed cost margin was $9.15 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the first payment of...

USDA Announces Direct Assistance To Farmers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to...

Apple River State Bank Awards Grants

Through Apple River State Bank’s partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, the bank is providing $20,000 to support non-profit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are committed to supporting our customers and...

Farmers Can Now Apply For Financial Assistance

Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available online, and...

FSA Expands Set-Aside Loan Provision

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will broaden the use of the Disaster Set-Aside (DSA) loan provision, normally used in the wake of natural disasters, to allow farmers with USDA farm loans who are affected by COVID-19, and are determined eligible,...

Defining White Privilege

I thought I knew what the story was about. When sitting in the midst of the protests taking place in Freeport on Sunday May 30, I won’t lie, I wanted to set off an EMP to blow up every phone being...

Point To Ponder

We got an email from a woman, who made the point that her favorite column of Dan’s was back on 2/13/13 … so … we had to see for ourselves why someone would like it, and … yeah, it wasn’t...

Preacher's Piece

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried,” (G.K. Chesterton). It’s amazing to me how someone will not believe in God because they...

Frame Your Family Photo Challenge

With photo challenges being so popular right now, the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) has created the Frame Your Family Photo Challenge - because family is one of nature's masterpieces. A...

Fill Your Pantry With Home-Preserved Foods

Rest easy knowing you have weeks of food available for your family in your home pantry. Learn safe and easy ways to preserve foods through a series of free, online workshops by University of Illinois...

TLP Sets August 6th Open Date

Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP), the premier professional summer theatre of northwest Illinois, announces the postponement or cancellation of all performances and events through the end of July. TLP staff are busily working with concert promoters and...

Everyday Environment Webinar Series Offered

A team of University of Illinois Extension educators hope that by explaining the natural world, people will better understand the delicate balance of how living and nonliving things interact in today's world. The Everyday Environment Webinar Series...

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