Week of June 12, 2024

  • Freeport … Be Afraid

    Dan Stevens

    The circus side show, otherwise known as the Freeport City Council meeting, took place last Monday night, with very few things on the agenda … but that didn’t mean it didn’t last more than three hours. It all started with a report from the Albertus Airport Manager, Angie Janssen, who explained the issues the airport was facing. Currently, there are 53 hangers occupied, with 12 still vacant, but all of them – according to Janssen – were in need of some form of repair. Apparently one...

  • What Ever Happened About …

    Dan Stevens

    Most readers who follow the adventure that is known as the Freeport City Council knows that I filed a FOIA (Freedom of Information Request) regarding the text messages being sent during the meeting by Freeport Councilman, Larry Sanders and Cecelia Stacey. Specifically, there were two incidents – the first being when Sanders said over Zoom for all to hear, “Have Councilman Stacey text me back”, and the second when we took a picture of him plugging away on his phone during a meeting....

  • Looking For Love

    Meet Shiloh! Age: 2 years old Breed: Labrador Retriever - Great Dane mix (medium build 50-60 lbs) Gender: Male (neutered) Shiloh's journey hasn't been easy, but this resilient pup is ready to find his forever home! When Shiloh was found as a stray, he was very skinny and in need of some TLC. Since then, he's been working hard on gaining weight and is well on his way to becoming a healthy, happy boy. At first, Shiloh can be a bit shy, but don't let that fool you! He quickly warms up to people...

  • Freeport Getting Federal Grant Money

    Congressman Eric Sorensen (IL-17) is requesting funding for 15 local projects that will benefit Illinois families as Congress works to fund the government. Included within the list of 15 projects throughout the state, is Freeport, Illinois. “We have such a special way of life here in Central and Northwestern Illinois,” said Sorensen. “And if we want to make our region sustainable for future generations, we need to make investments now that will support our region’s growth. These fifteen local projects that I am requesting funding for...

  • Garden Walk Fundraiser

    VOICES of Stephenson County will showcase five gardens and offer a variety of activities when it sponsors Garden Walk 2024 on June 22. Organizers say the event should appeal to a broad audience. “The gardens and activities represent a little bit of everything,” said Beth Maskell, VOICES of Stephenson County executive director. “Two gardens have touches of history, another is rural and expansive, one is more compact, one is set at a school and another is designed to heal. The gardens truly are stunning, each in their own way.” Garden...

  • One Last Smash

    The third annual All Star Volleyball match was held last Tuesday night at Eastland High School, and the large crowd got to see area stars put on an impressive performance. "People don't realize that for the last ten years, it was a team from the NUIC that won the Sectional," said Eastland's Jim Pierce. "And for all but two of those years, they won the Super Sectional and went to State." Our corner of Northwest Illinois has indeed been blessed with some exceptional talent. Aquin, Eastland, and...

  • Free Drainage Workshop

    The Illinois Land Improvement Contractors Association (ILICA) is hosting a free Drainage Workshop Series focusing on water quality practices in 3 areas of the state this summer for landowners, tenants, and contractors. The first workshop will be held at Highland Community College on Wednesday, June 26 from 8 am - 5 pm. The single day workshop will provide information about the history and progress of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, the benefits of edge of field practices and how to identify suitable sites for installation, cost...

  • Point To Ponder

    Dan Stevens

    Many years ago, after I first got married, I needed a new car and ended up buying a Buick LeSabre from Confer Chevrolet in Lena (So, you know we’re talking MANY years ago). I liked the car for one main reason – I fit into it. With big fabric bench seats in the front and back, I was never having my hips pinched, and it had plenty of head room. And the engine in it had a little “pick-up” too so … I thought I was set. Until I told my Dad. “Why’d you buy an ‘Old man’ car?” “A...

  • Farm Bureau Beat

    Victoria Hansen

    A popular question around the office recently has been, ‘will there be peaches?’ I am so excited to say yes, we will have peaches. We are still finalizing details with the orchard we work with in southern Illinois. We hope to have details ready to share with you all by Father’s Day. Once details have been finalized, we will share the information on both county’s Facebook pages and websites as well as in this column. If you would like an email when we begin accepting orders, please email...

  • Preacher's Piece

    Kevin Cernak

    I’ve been doing some marriage counseling via Zoom for a couple who live out of state who are getting married soon. It’s kind of a unique situation. I am not officiating at their wedding, but they still wanted me to give them premarital counseling (the groom is a member of Martintown Church, but they are getting married in the South). After they are married, they will be living in Pennsylvania where they both have jobs waiting. One of the questions they asked me during a session was what...

  • Where Are They Now?

    Madigan Named Distinguished Scholar Kieran Madigan of Lena, IL is announced as a Spring 2024 Distinguished Scholar at Rockford University. Full-time (12 or more credits) students who earned at least a 3.75 GPA with no grades below "C" and completed all requirements for the semester are named Distinguished Scholars. Rockford University is a private four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. The University offers more than 80 majors,...

  • Stockton Honor Roll

    Second Semester High Honor Roll (All A’s) Grade 12: Anthony Bilich, Izabella Ertmer, Bennett Graves, Alicia Howell, Gracie Keleher, Nevaeh Peterson, Ashlyn Schubert Grade 11: Kyla Arnold, Emily Broshous, Masyn Cahill, Jacob Harbach, Ava Hess, Madalyn Mammoser, Ethan Steien, Landon Warner Grade 10: Jake Marek, Oliver McPeek, Sadie Vanderheyden, Hailey Weipert Grade 9: Arianna Arand, Alexis Bennett, Payton Goswick, Taylor Haas, Dionne McIntosh Second Semester Honor Roll (3.0 Semester Standard GPA & No D’s) Grade 12: Kristian Adleman, Lily...

  • River Ridge Honor Roll

    4th Quarter Honor Roll 4.00+ Enver Ahmedi, Addison Albrecht, Cora Boop, Avery Engle, Morgan Flynn, Macey Fulton, Dolan Geerts, Lynnea Groezinger, Arthur Horn, Matthew Johnson, Katerine Leonard, Edoardo Marcolin, Gwendoline Miller, Micaela Miller, Amie Richmond, Isaac Rife, Evelyn Walters, Kathryn Cobine, Kayla Diehl, Camden Flack, Aizlynn Griffiths, Nathan Haas, Lucius Mendenhall, Elaina Doms, Sawyer Fry, Jaime Miller, Harmony Packard, Samuel Rife, Sarah Winter, Nicholas Cobine, Amber Davis, and Jackson Goldsmith. 3.50 - 3.999 Millicent...

  • Scholarship Winners Announced

    The Jo Daviess County Extension and 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the Ralph and Katherine Norris college scholarship program for the 2024-25 school year. For information about the Jo Daviess County Extension and 4-H Foundation, please contact the University of Illinois Extension office at 815-858-2273. Ralph and Katherine Norris established funds in 1986 to provide scholarships for Jo Daviess County residents pursuing a college degree in agriculture or related fields. Scholarships are awarded to individuals pursuing a...

  • Ride The Waves At Lanark Library

    The kickoff party for summer reading will be held Monday, June 10 at 10:00AM at the Heritage Center, 106 S. Broad St., Lanark, IL. The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium from Dubuque, Iowa will present the program Tails & Tales. What animal comes in all shades of green, has scales and a shell? If you guessed a turtle you’re right! Many different types of turtles call the Mississippi River home. Children and adults are encouraged to attend this free program courtesy of the Library and the Friends of the Lanark Public Library. The...

  • Dubuque Beer Fest

    Dubuque Main Street (DMS) is bringing the outdoor craft beer tasting back with a new name. The Key City Beer & Seltzer Festival will take place in downtown Dubuque on Saturday, August 3, 2024, under Dubuque's Town Clock on the 700 block of Main Street. The 2nd annual tasting event is designed to bring together craft beer lovers from all walks of life and provide them with an opportunity to explore local and regional breweries. There are a few changes this year including the addition of seltzer...

  • Freedom Reins Rodeo Returns

    The Shenandoah Riding Center in The Galena Territory hosts the Freedom Reins PRCA Rodeo at 7 p.m., July 5 and 6. Enjoy a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)-sanctioned rodeo featuring two nights of amazing entertainment by Universal Pro Rodeos. Get a first-hand look at eight fiercely competitive and exhilarating competitions. This year the Stateline Hotshots Rodeo Drill Team will also perform. Each night features spectacular fireworks and a barn dance directly following the rodeo...

  • Everybody Cut Footloose At TLP

    Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP), the premier professional summer theatre of northwest Illinois, continues their blockbuster summer season with Footloose, scheduled to open June 13. Footloose tells the story of Ren McCormack, a teenager from Chicago who moves to a small town where dancing and rock music have been banned. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, he is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. But he’s not prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing...

  • Lighter Side

    When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles. Dangerous precipitation in Illinois is called a “rain of terror”. With all of this rain, my lawn will drown before I even have a chance not to mow it. I’m singing in the rain, so there’s another reason for everyone to stay inside. Oh good, more rain. I was afraid my inflatable ark wasn’t going to get used this year. If this rain keeps up, I’ll have to rely on my sunny disposition … Oh, wait … I guess the phrase, “There’s a 50% chance of precipitation” does sound more...

  • Shullsburg 21st Annual Music In The Park

    The City of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, has announced its 2024 entertainment line-up for their 21st Annual Music in the Park Concert Series, offering music from a variety of area artists throughout the summer as part of their seasonal entertainment. The free, family-friendly concerts are held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Shullsburg’s Badger Park – 279 Estey Street in Shullsburg. Food and beverage will be available for purchase at each event, with different vendors and offerings at every show. Concert goers are encouraged to bring their lawn...

  • Obituaries

    Stockton James A. Krohmer, 92 James A. Krohmer, age 92, of Stockton, IL passed away with his family by his side on May 30, 2024 at home. He was born on April 20, 1932 in Lenox, IA to the late John and Marie (Wurster) Krohmer. Jim married Carol Eden on October 28, 1956 in Massbach, IL. Jim was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Massbach, IL where he served on the counsel for several years. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1956 during the Korean Conflict. Jim was employed by Kraft Foods and Atwood/Dura for many years. Jim loved... Full story

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